Noah Burstein, Paternalism, and Black Bodies in David F. Walker´s “Luke Cage”

After reading David Walker’s Nighthawk, I started reading his run on Luke Cage that started in May 2017. The first story arc, “Sins of  the Father,” sees Cage headed to New Orleans to attend the funeral of Dr. Noah Burstein, the man who experimented on Carl Lucas at Seagate prison, turning him into the superhero Luke Cage. Once he arrives, Cage discovers a plot and believes that Burstein did not commit suicide but rather someone murdered him. However, it turns out that Burstein is not dead; he had been taken captive by a billionaire to help make a superhero serum for profit. The story of Burstein and Cage recalls, to a certain extent, Robert Morales and Kyle Baker’s Truth: Red, White, and Black where, before Steve Rogers becomes Captain America, the government experimented on African Americans such as Isiah Bradley to test the supersoldier serum.  “Sins of the Fathers” tackles some of the same questions that appear in Morales and Baker’s book, and it is these issues, with some historical connections, that I want to explore today.

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Mt. Fløyen, Håkonshallen, and Rosenkrantztårnet

So, we’ve been in Bergen about two weeks, and all I can say is, “Wow!” Over the past fourteen days, we’ve hiked Mt. Fløyen, visited Bergenhus, walked around the city centre, and learned how to navigate the grocery stores. All in all, it’s been an exciting two weeks. Today, I just want to share some pictures and stories about our time here in Bergen so far. Melissa has been sharing about our experiences as well. You can head over to Notes from Norway to see more. As well, a stuffed Aubie has tagged along with us and started his own Instagram and Twitter pages. Make sure to follow him to see his unique insights into our adventures. The other day, he somehow ended up in the dungeon at Rosenkrantztårnet. We still don’t know how that happened. img_5478

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Uncle Percy and Frank Yerby in Thomas Mullen’s”Darktown”

Occasionally, I do a Twitter search on authors or topics I am researching. When I did a search for “Frank Yerby,” I came across a one of Stephen King’s tweets from January 2017: “Re DARKTOWN, by Thomas Mullen: Can’t help wondering if Lucius Boggs’s Uncle Percy was based on black historical novelist Frank Yerby.” Mullen replied to King and stated that Uncle Percy is loosely based on Yerby. Mullen’s response and acknowledgment of a fictional Yerby in Darktown peaked my interest. Darktown is a book worthy of a longer study, and I am seriously thinking about how it would work alongside books such as Attica Locke’s The Cutting Season or Hilary Jordan’s Mudbound. I think that pairing Darktown with these novels would open up some very interesting and important conversations. However, I do not want to focus on these aspects today. Rather, I want to briefly look at Uncle Percy and his correlation to Yerby.

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