Then, less than a week later:
A report in the “Arts, Briefly” column on Nov. 16 about a new Marvel Comics monthly series featuring the superhero Black Panther misstated his ethnicity and cited a precedent incorrectly. While many of his adventures take place in the United States he is African, not African-American. The first African-American superhero in comics was the Falcon, not Black Panther. A correction in this space on Wednesday misstated the timing of their debuts. Black Panther indeed preceded the Falcon.
And in early January:
An obituary of the innovative comic-page illustrator Will Eisner yesterday included an imprecise comparison in some copies between his character the Spirit and others, including Batman. Unlike Superman and some other heroes of the comics, Batman relied on intelligence and skill, not supernatural powers.
Writers and editors everywhere: may the facts be with you.
(Yes, I know that’s not a Star Trek reference!)
Correction of the Week
“A headline on page one of the Toronto Sun yesterday was both inaccurate and misleading. In fact, as the story reported, the mother of a boy involved in a high school fight in Keswick said her son “said something stupid.” She did not say nor imply he was stupid. The Sun regrets the error and apologizes to the boy and his family.” – Toronto Sun
Birds of a Widow
“Owens Lake: An article in Section A on April 19 about a bird census conducted at Owens Lake identified a bird sighted as a dowager. The name is dowitcher.” – Los Angeles Times
“An item in the PriceWatch page in yesterday s edition, concerning value for money on tuna, made reference to the Spanish stealing Irish tuna. No Spanish fishermen have been charged with illegal fishing of tuna in Irish waters.” – Irish Times