Review of DC Comics’ “The Monkey Prince Hates Superheroes”

Last updated: 03-13-2022 A follower on social media asked me to write an article about DC Comics’ new character the Monkey Prince (Ch: Hou wangzi, 猴王子), appearing in the story “The Monkey Prince Hates Superheroes” (Yang, 2021). He is part of a lineup of new and existing Asian characters in their DC Festival of Heroes: The … Continue reading Review of DC Comics’ “The Monkey Prince Hates Superheroes”

The Tightening Spell of Sun Wukong’s Golden Headband

Last updated: 07-25-2022 Sun Wukong‘s golden headband (jingguquan, 金箍圈) (fig. 1) is an instantly recognizable part of his popular iconography. Anyone who’s read Journey to the West (Xiyouji, 西遊記, 1592) will know that it painfully tightens around our hero’s skull to correct any unsavory behavior. “What kind of behavior?” someone might ask. Well, mass murder, of … Continue reading The Tightening Spell of Sun Wukong’s Golden Headband

How Tall is the Monkey King? – A Debate

This was originally posted as a 03-03-2022 update to an existing article, but I decided to make it a standalone piece. Last updated: 03-08-2022 In “What Does Sun Wukong Look Like?” I highlighted several sentences pointing to the Monkey King’s small stature (fig. 1 & 2). For example, one monster comments: The old monster took … Continue reading How Tall is the Monkey King? – A Debate