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No, not THAT guy. Ever since I heard Stan Lee claim that he made a soldier gay way back in the day, I've been curious to see Percival "Pinky" Pinkerton.



From Sgt Fury and the Howling Commandos #8

Date: 2009-07-03 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
It's entirely possible that Lee was TRYING to write him as gay, but had not in point of fact ever met any gay guys at that point, and didn't know how to write them. (Hey, it WAS the early '60's, remember, and Lee's writing can come off as obnoxiously macho every now and then.)

Date: 2009-07-03 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dr_hermes.insanejournal.com
Most likely this was a twist on an old gag Stan used to pull in the Westerns. A fancy dude who spoke proper English was picked up by bullies and he turned out to be heavyweight boxing champ or something. Or the helpless old man with the white beard was a former Texas Ranger. The gimmick works by reversal.

Date: 2009-07-03 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] psychop_rex.insanejournal.com
Right - the guy looks like a pansy, but he's really a tough guy. Only in this case he IS a pansy (in the old usage of the word - you know what I mean), he's just a TOUGH pansy.

Date: 2009-07-04 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dr_hermes.insanejournal.com
It's a stereotype, but then the comic might as well have been SGT FURY AND HIS ASSORTED STEREOTYPES. I imagine Lee and Kirby got this from those post-WW II movies with the squads that always had a Jew, an Italian, an Irishman, all interacting with just enough conflict. I don't recall those movies going so far as to put a black soldier in a combat unit, but in the Civil Rights era of 1963 it would feel right.


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