Posts Tagged 'superheroes of color'



Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Black Panther

Fantastic Four #52 (1966) by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby In observance of Black History Month, I’d like to take a little time to talk about the first black superhero.

Ascertaining the first black superhero is tricky thanks to the ambiguous nature of the term “superhero.” In 1941, the horribly offensive Whitewash Jones was fighting Nazis alongside Bucky in the pages of  The Young Allies; in 1954, Waku, Prince of the Bantu, starred in his own feature in Jungle Tales; in 1963, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos introduced us to Gabe Jones; and in 1965, Lobo briefly starred in his own series. Continue reading ‘Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Black Panther’

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Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Lobo

First appearance of Lobo the first black comic heroAs promised, in honor of Black History Month, I’m back to spotlight the first black hero to star in his own comic: Lobo.

This western hero, created by writer D.J. Arneson and illustrated by Tony Tallarico, made his debut in Lobo (1965),  published by Dell Comics.

In the series, Lobo is a former Union soldier who heads west after the the Civil War. Upon being wrongfully accused of murder, Lobo sets out on a mission to fight injustice and to clear his name. Continue reading ‘Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Lobo’

Black Superheroes for Black History Month

First Black SuperheroToday marks the beginning of Black History Month. Being as this is a comic blog, I’ll be observing the month by highlighting some of the most influential and important black superheroes in comic history. Each Monday, I’ll be publishing a different black hero spotlight.

I hope you’ll join me this Monday when I discuss Lobo, the first black hero to star in his own title.

[Update: You can also now check out my posts on Black Panther, the first black superhero; Falcon, the first African-American superhero; and Butterfly, the first black superheroine.]

Is a Hero of Color More Upsetting than a White Would-Be Rapist?

Doc_Ock_Spider-Man_vs_Miles_MoralesSome pundits seem to think so.

Spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man #700 ahead. Continue reading ‘Is a Hero of Color More Upsetting than a White Would-Be Rapist?’

What the Comic Industry Can Learn from the 2012 U.S. Elections

Obama and Spiderman ComicThere’s a very important lesson that the comic book industry can learn from the 2012 U.S. elections. You can’t just cater to straight white men anymore.

Last night we saw Mitt Romney carry the white vote and lose, a record number of women win Senate seats, and multiple victories for the LGBT community.

As ABC News puts it “Romney’s most reliant bloc the whole campaign was white men.” He won the white vote by 20 points but lost the election and the popular vote. The same margin of white voters Reagan used to win by a landslide in 1980 is no longer enough to win an election. Continue reading ‘What the Comic Industry Can Learn from the 2012 U.S. Elections’

Thanks for Trying, Jonathan Hickman

Jonathan Hickman's New Avengers #1 coverI should start by saying that I have enjoyed the limited amount of Jonathan Hickman’s writing that I have read and I am looking forward to his run on New Avengers as part of Marvel Now.

However, I have to call him on what he recently said about his new lineup:

“By the time we get to 22 characters on the book, twelve are either female or minority, and we feel like we’ve accomplished what we’ve set out to do, which is a book that looks like the [real] world.”

Sorry Mr. Hickman, but it doesn’t seem like you know anything about demographics. Continue reading ‘Thanks for Trying, Jonathan Hickman’

Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the X-Men (Part 3 of the Six Month Superhero Census)

Cyclops, Storm, Emma Frost, Magneto, Namor, Danger, Colossus, MagikPlease note that this is the final part of my quantitative six month superhero census. To read it from the beginning, see Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Justice League (Part 1 of the Six Month Superhero Census).

Also, please note that the following information is part of a larger year-long superhero census. This data is only reflective of X-Men comics (all ongoing titles, one-shots, and miniseries) released from January to June of 2012. Continue reading ‘Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the X-Men (Part 3 of the Six Month Superhero Census)’

Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Avengers (Part 2 of the Six Month Superhero Census)

Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, HawkeyeThis is part 2 of my six month superhero census. To check out the demographic of the Justice League and to start at the beginning of series, go to Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Justice League (Part 1 of the Six Month Superhero Census).

As previously stated, this is part of a year-long superhero census but the following information only reflects data gathered from January through June of 2012.  It includes Avengers members from not only The Avengers but also from all other Avengers titles, one-shots, and miniseries. Continue reading ‘Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Avengers (Part 2 of the Six Month Superhero Census)’

Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Justice League (Part 1 of the Six Month Superhero Census)

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, CyborgAs you know, a couple of weeks ago I presented “A Superhero Census: Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the X-Men, Avengers, and Justice League” at Dragon*Con as part of the 5th Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference.

Now that the lecture is over, I’d like to share my quantitative six months results, starting with the Justice League! Continue reading ‘Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the Justice League (Part 1 of the Six Month Superhero Census)’

My Superhero Census Abstract for Dragon*Con 2012

Cyclops, Wolverine, Beast, Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde, ColossusAs I mentioned in my last post, I’m ecstatic to be presenting “A Superhero Census: Sex, Race, and Sexual Orientation in the X-Men, Avengers, and Justice League” at the 5th Annual Comics & Popular Arts Conference being held at Dragon*Con 2012.

Central themes of the X-Men comics include alienation, otherness, and being born different, but does the team actually practice what they preach? Are the X-Men really as diverse as they would like us to think? How do the demographics of the X-Men compare to that of  real world national averages and to other superhero teams such as The Avengers and the Justice League? Continue reading ‘My Superhero Census Abstract for Dragon*Con 2012’


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