January 28, 2009

Interesting article on black superheroes

Will Obama's election mean more black comic book heroes? I wonder, though, why the article glanced over Marvel's first real money-making (and critically acclaimed) film, "Blade," which stars Wesley Snipes as a human-vampire hybrid who battles the nocturnal bloodsuckers. It's an awesome flick which features one of the best action film opening scenes ever. (A linked related article deals with Blade a bit more.)

I wondered too, if the overall premise of the article is to get more black superheroes into the "mainstream" comics audience, why would it mention a group like the "O+Men," a group of HIV-positive characters? That's not exactly "mainstream." That's about as "niche" as you can get. (It's creator does pontificate on the dearth of mainstream black heroes, but his creations seemingly will do little to affect it.)

Related: I wrote a rather lengthy post about minority superheroes almost two years ago.

Posted by Hube at January 28, 2009 10:59 AM | TrackBack

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I'm entrenching my boots firmly in geek territory here, but several recent/current series are exploring the "Black-" in the names of heroes and giving specific reasons for it. In Marvel's Black Panther, the name of the character is title that's been handed down to the protector of Wakanda, his home country. Black Lightning took on his prefix (in the current Year One miniseries) because the artist's renditions of him in the newspaper were of a caucasian, and he wanted to inspire the mostly black residents of his neighborhood to know that they were being taken care of by one of their own.

I want to note for the record that despite what I have just admitted to knowing, I am married and have two children. Regular people read funny books too.

Posted by: Brud Lee at January 28, 2009 01:08 PM