This picture is from JSA #29 (part of the Joker's Last Laugh crossover), which I read a decade ago, and back at the time, when Jakeem Thunder and Star-Spangled Girl were fighting with Solomon Grundy, it passed over my head, but he mouths off with a racist slur, calling Grundy a "white boy", and no argument was forthcoming from Courtney Whitmore about whether that's a good idea to call even a villain by that name. After all, Grundy may be a zombie pain in the butt, but he's far from a crook who's own motives were ever built on racism, and that's why Geoff Johns' choice of words was pretty tacky. This was also part of one story he wrote solo at the time without David Goyer assisting him, explaining extra why it's one of the weaker stories.
It would be truly awful if Spider-Man or any other white
superhero were depicted using that kind of language against any black
criminals they've faced. So why did DC editorial allow the slur Johns slipped in here to get the green light to pass with nary even a message about what's wrong with it? It's a very stupid way to write even a protagonist with flaws in personality.
Labels: dc comics, dreadful writers, Justice Society of America, misogyny and racism