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A look at African American heroes in comic books

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

 

(Examiner) As part of Black History Month the Hollywood Comic Books Examiner looks to see how comic books, an original American art form, changed from a medium dominated by white super heroes where blacks played supporting roles as non-powered civilians to becoming a important part of comic book publishing.

In 1966, during the height of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s comic book creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby did something unheard of in comic books up to that point. In Fantastic Four #52they introduced the first black super powered hero, the Black Panther. The character comes from the secret African nation of Wakanda so he is not an African American but his presence in the comic books diversified the genre and added a much needed multi-cultural boost to a modern mythology.

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