DC Comics criticized for Hispanic Heritage covers featuring Mexican food

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A recent change to an upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month comic book cover has upset many fans as a folk hero’s image was changed from him honoring a famous Mexican artwork instead holding a bag of tamales . And that’s just one example of several covers that have come under fire.

Artist Jorge Molina previously drew Kyle Rayner’s Green Lantern, and he was inspired by Jorge González Camarena’s work “La Patricia”.

In June, Molina shared his work, saying it was never meant to be seen by the public — which explained parts of it were still incomplete — due to legal issues. However, Molina posted it on social media after it was accidentally promoted by DC at the time.

“How this image was promoted by DC is a mystery to me, I don’t know if it was a mistake or if in the end they decided to go for it,” he said. “There is a variation of this cover, but I’m so glad this one is available for the world to see since it was my brainchild, to pay homage to Camarena.”

With these legal issues preventing the original work from being an homage to a classic, the new cover was recently released – and it has led to many frustrated fans.

While the original saw Green Lantern waving a Mexican flag and produce a construct with imagery including the eagle from Mexico’s coat of arms, the new art sees Rayner produce a construct of a flag that says “Viva Mexico!!” while holding a bag of groceries that says “tamales” with the food spilled on the side.

Molina addressed the change, distancing himself from the new additions.

Interestingly enough, other variant covers were also released. And the common denominator to all of them is food.

In fact, the work featuring Green Lantern and the bag of tamales was the only image that wouldn’t have had food without the change.

You can see the rest of the Hispanic Heritage artwork below:

blue beetle

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Scourge

Scourge

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Hawkgirl

Hawkgirl

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The question

The question

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Green Lantern Jessica Cruz

Green Lantern Jessica Cruz

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