never forget April O’Neil started out as a black woman
I remember pointing this out (back in the late 80s) to a much older classmate of mine, who mentioned it to her comics-reading son, who was appropriately upset about it. Those of us old enough to remember the Turtles’ first appearance as a satire of the absurdities of comic books at the time saw them quickly dumb down for TV-friendliness and become what they were once a parody of, but this one was the really ugly change.
So this got me curious. I remembered the character being white originally and that she was based on Eastman’s high school crush of the same name. So I looked it up. It looks like she was not white washed for the traditional reasons but was instead drawn differently by different artists because Eastman and Laird disagreed on what her ethnic background should be. She is white in her very first but black in her second. Her race alternates almost issue by issue.
It’s a combination of fascinating, frustrating, and sad.