Superman Comic 1950s-60s from the Smithsonian (

I chose this comic (I’ll admit, not an ad but still advertising the comic!) because it has such a clear depiction of race/ethnicity as a costume. Natalie Wood and George Chakiris (Maria and Bernardo) in the WSS movie are obvious examples, using makeup to make them look “more Hispanic,” but it’s interesting that even with Rita Moreno, an actual Latina person, the production had to amplify it with dark eyeliner and lips.

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