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When Night Thrasher Was Given Some Ill-Considered Marketing Advice

In Meta-Messages, I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.”

Today, based on a suggestion from my pal Fraser S., we take a look at Dwayne McDuffie poking some fun at Night Thrasher.

Years ago (nearly a DOZEN years ago, actually), I did a Comic Book Legends Revealed about some concerns that Dwayne McDuffie had with some Marvel characters towards the end of the 1980s.

Rocket Racer had shown up again in the pages of Web of Spider-Man…

and Night Thrasher had just been introduced in Thor #412 along with the rest of the New Warriors….

Here’s Thrasher, well, you know, thrashing on his skateboard in that issue…

McDuffie made fun of these characters with a fake pitch for a book called Teenage Negro Ninja Thrashers…

Therefore, it is not surprising to note that McDuffie would later take another shot at Night Thrasher in the third Damage Control miniseries he wrote (art by the late, great Ernie Colon).

Obviously, a common naming convention for black characters over the years had been to name them Black something…

Similarly, in his first appearance, Night Thrasher was a particularly angry fellow…

Fabian Nicieza had an entirely different take on the character in the New Warriors ongoing series that launched based on their debut in Thor, but presumably McDuffie was still talking about the initial take on Night Thrasher when he had him guest star in Damage Control #2, where he rages a lot…

and then, a character suggests that he should try the name Dark Thrasher instead of Night Thrasher. It does not go over well…

Thanks to Fraser for the suggestion!

Okay, that’s it for this Meta-Messages. If anyone else has a suggestion for a good Meta-Messages, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

In their latest look at creators talking about comics within their comics, CSBG sees Dwayne McDuffie poking fun at past superhero naming conventions.

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