As far as I can tell this is the first interracial kiss in mainstream comics, not counting interstellar aliens or magazines. There were probably other examples but I haven’t seen any, and they may be one-sided or the kind where people are forced to do it against their will a la Star Trek’s Capt. Kirk and Lt. Uhura.
Misty & Danny have been snuggling off-panel in his book for a few years, but the relationship was down-played until Chris Claremont and John Byrne wrapped up a story from IF’s canceled magazine in a 2-issue tale in Marvel Team-Up #63 & #64 (v1, 1977). Any regular reader of the Iron Fist title knew what was going on between them but it wasn’t until MTU #65 that we got the payoff. The relationship was also little creepy in a Hal & Arisa/Kitty & Collossus way since going by his story history Danny was about 17 when he and a much older Misty hooked up.
What? What did he say?
That’s what I thought he said. I miss 1970’s comic book activism.
I’ve looked but I can’t find the letter’s page that had a negative response about their relationship in it. Iron Fist was all over the place in Marvel around that time and I may have missed where the letter ended up being printed.
Well, in the place of that disappointing missive here’s that kiss again!
Can’t stop progress, dude.