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Revisiting the Darkhold

I had no idea the black dude who was innocently birdwatching in Central Park when he was accosted by some dimwitted racist hag was former Marvel Comics writer Christian Cooper! Did you? Cooper is the guy responsible for telling the world that the character Northstar was gay—after which Marvel disastrously tried to retcon the whole thing. Cooper also introduced a gay woman character in the series DARKHOLD: PAGES FROM THE BOOK OF SINS. This was the early 90s, though, and things weren’t like they are today. He had a much tougher time selling the suits on the story.

DARKHOLD was a damn fine book, or at least it started out that way. The Darkhold is Marvel’s version of the Necronomicon, and the big evil behind it, Cthon, is Marvel’s version of Cthulhu. Any time someone read one of the spells from the Darkhold, bad things happened. It had some seriously creepy stories in its short run, and was a part of the “Midnight Sons” family of books, which included characters like Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, and Morbius. I’d love to see the Darkhold appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point. Now that the Infinity Gauntlet storyline is over they’re going to need some new major-league Maguffin, and the Darkhold would work perfectly.

TheCheezman • June 22, 2020

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