No, youre not the only one that thinks about the deeper meaning of Black Superheroes. There are classes being taught on campuses around the country and text books dedicated to meaning of our melanin perfected comic book idols
The Untold History of Black Comic Books
A groundbreaking collection in both scope and detail, The Untold History of Black Comic Books traces the changing image of African Americans in comic books from the 1940s right up to the present day. Just in time for the new millennium exploration of diversity in the field, this exciting work presents sample comic books featuring African Americans from the past seven decades! Perfect for fans and comic scholars alike, it includes nearly 200-pages of rarely seen classic and mainstream comics, many in full-color, researched and compiled by two of America’s foremost comic book historians.
The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art
When many think of comic books the first thing that comes to mind are caped crusaders and spandex-wearing super-heroes. Perhaps, inevitably, these images are of white men (and more rarely, women). It was not until the 1970s that African American superheroes such as Luke Cage, Blade, and others emerged. But as this exciting new collection reveals, these superhero comics are only one small component in a wealth of representations of black characters within comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels over the past century.
The Blacker the Ink is the first book to explore not only the diverse range of black characters in comics, but also the multitude of ways that black artists, writers, and publishers have made a mark on the industry. Organized thematically into “panels” in tribute to sequential art published in the funny pages of newspapers, the fifteen original essays take us on a journey that reaches from the African American newspaper comics of the 1930s to the Francophone graphic novels of the 2000s. Even as it demonstrates the wide spectrum of images of African Americans in comics and sequential art, the collection also identifies common character types and themes running through everything from the strip The Boondocks to the graphic novel Nat Turner.
Though it does not shy away from examining the legacy of racial stereotypes in comics and racial biases in the industry, The Blacker the Ink
also offers inspiring stories of trailblazing African American artists and writers. Whether you are a diehard comic book fan or a casual reader of the funny pages, these essays will give you a new appreciation for how black characters and creators have brought a vibrant splash of color to the world of comics. click here for more
Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime
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