disguised himself as a black to spy on a rich man who treated blacks like servants. The message overall seemed to be that disparate groups needed to, and could, learn to get along with each other. At one point in these adventures, when his athletic prowess was noticed, a bystander remarks, "Wait til he's fully developed, in his twenties! He'll be even better'n Batman!" (No. 231, May 1971).
Some new characters became popular in the Seventies. Stan Lee's Spider Man, the Incredible Hulk, and DC's new offering, Swamp Thing. Both Hulk and Swamp Thing were horrific-looking creatures, transformed humans, who were "more hero than horror, and more to be pitied than feared" ( Daniels 1995, 160). Both became great favorites not only with seasoned comic readers but with the public. Swamp Thing was soon featured in a 1982 film, and Hulk had his own network television series in 1978.
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