By Sheena C. Howard, Ronald L. Jackson II
Winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for top Scholarly/Academic Work.
Bringing jointly participants from a wide-range of severe views, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation is an analytic historical past of the varied contributions of Black artists to the medium of comics. masking comedian books, superhero comics, image novels and sketch strips from the early twentieth century to the current, the booklet explores the ways that Black comedian artists have grappled with such topics because the Black adventure, gender identification, politics and social media.
Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation introduces scholars to such key texts as:
The paintings of Jackie Ormes
Black girls superheroes from Vixen to Black Panther
Aaron McGruder's strip The Boondocks
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For Atlas/Marvel, was posthumously inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2009. The only 32 BLACK COMICS Black-oriented romance comic book of the time was something of an experiment by Fawcett Publications, a power in the mainstream industry. ” However, after three issues Fawcett discontinued the comic book, making extant copies highly desirable for comic book collectors. There was even more love in pulp novels and magazines. African American women’s magazines had been around since the 1910s providing important information for the woman learning to navigate urban spaces; importantly as well, the magazines also had love stories.
Today a persistent collector or researcher might get lucky and find an ephemera dealer selling original format Pittsburgh Courier newspapers, or sometimes a cache of papers— even original drawings—are found in a deceased cartoonist’s belongings and donated by a family member to a library. This happened recently with the family of Samuel Milai (Pittsburgh Courier and others) donating to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library at Ohio State University, or the family of Chester Commodore (Chicago Defender) donating to the Vivian G.
Because few people have actually seen full runs of Ormes’s comic strips, it will be necessary—and quite fun, at least for this writer—to describe the narratives and how they relate to the evolving art of comic strips in Black newspapers and to romance fiction. 28 BLACK COMICS Romance in Torchy Brown in “Dixie to Harlem” (1937–8) Before television, videos, and electronic games took over as the national pastime, comic strips provided a large part of Americans’ in-home entertainment and were a major player in newspaper marketing.