I Am Curious (Geek)
Not really. It was a little before my time although I have heard of this story.
“Relevant” comics were the rage in the early 70s but the stories don’t always age well. Did the story seem awkward at the time? I have no idea.
Can Marvel or DC take the same risks today?
They consider it a big deal to have a major character gay or muslim (and it is a big deal) but could they take on a hot issue like police shootings? I remember back in the 90s DC took a lot of heat for a Batman one shot on gun control.
OTOH, they are businesses with shareholders. Making political statements isn’t their business and it is a legitimate issue if doing so conflicts with running a profitable corporation. If you work for a big company, you’ve got to pick your battles if you want to make a statement.
Just because I am curious (geek), I looked up the credits on that issue of Lois Lane (issue 106).
That people are still talking about this comic today says something. Well done, gentlemen.