The scribe hit out at the notion that Marvel Comics introduced Miles Morales as a means of affirmative action, dismissing remarks from conservative radio host Glenn Beck.
"It would have been nice if we were past certain places in people's hearts about race. That kind of surprised me. There was a lot of veiled weirdness," he told USA Today. "What I could completely appreciate is, 'I love Peter Parker as Spider-Man, what the hell are you doing?' Completely with you on that.
"When it goes into that area where they think it's affirmative action, or like Glenn Beck said about Michelle Obama making us do this, that was weird. I did not expect that. What I was more mad about was this dismissive, 'Oh, it's only a comic book, who cares?' thing that was coming out of Glenn Beck.
"I'm like, 'Hey. Now you're making me mad. This isn't just a comic. This is pop art, man. This is our culture. How dare you, sir.'"
Morales, a teenager of African American and Latino descent, replaced Peter Parker as the Ultimate Universe Incarnation of Spider-Man in Ultimate Fallout #4 last month. Parker met his demise in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160.
Miles Morales makes his debut as Spider-Man in this week's Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1.