Untouchables (Eastern)

    (Eastern, 1988)
™ and ©1988 Franz Henkel and Eastern Comics

The appeal of sport is the idea of a level playing field. It’s individual against individual, team against team and at times, ideology against reality. The sporting event itself is a rare opportunity to shout to the world, ‘We belong!’ Individuals and teams have defied mountainous odds in sporting events have been well documented. To Western eyes, the Japanese people remain an enigma. Why? Japan seems to be a homogenous nation. But a hidden society exists within Japanese culture. These people are treated as second class citizens, denied Japanese citizenship and have been subjected to discrimination, prejudice and racial antagonism. Who? These ‘untouchables’ are expatriated Koreans. In Japan, the most popular modern sport is baseball. What better way to ‘shout’ at the patricians than becoming a champion in the national pastime? This popular Korean title examines themes that most comic books wouldn’t touch; racial superiority, injustice, and hostility.

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