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  1. says:

    February 11, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    What a GREAT post! The lack of black role characters in the media really concerns me (on many levels, but most of all for my boys). I found your breakdown of their history in the comics really fascinating. My husband is a huge comic fan, but I’m pretty clueless…even though my sons both have names inspired by comic book characters, one of them black. 😉

  2. says:

    February 12, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Monica Rambeau was such a good Captain Marvel!

    You’re so right about all of this. If you’re 5 and under, the comics world is white people and animals. And robots. Once some diversity starts showing up for older kids and adults, though, you’re still right — where are the black girls and women?

    For guys we have Cyborg, Black Panther, Luke Cage, War Machine, Spawn, Blade, Miles Morales as Ultimate Spider-Man, the John Stewart Green Lantern that so many people grew up with as the only Green Lantern they’d ever known due to the Justice League cartoon… and for gals we have Storm. As far as characters the general public may have heard of. We need more guys, but wow do we ever need more women too!

    Princeless: Save Yourself was written to push back on some of this, by a man who wanted more for his daughter. Becky in Word Girl (comics based on the tv show) is drawn as a young girl of color (I think?) but she’s actually from outer space so that was disappointing. Miranda Mercury, and Scout from Shadoweyes, are amazing indie heroines for older kiddos / YA.

    Looking over my favorite “grownup” comics, superhero and otherwise, I see very few black female characters, even though my family continually searches for comics starring women and people of color. I always need to dig more, true, but part of it is that publishers just aren’t supporting those characters being created or distributed so there aren’t that many to find.

    It’s so messed up!

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