5 Black Comic Makers With 5 Ways To See That Inclusive Superhero Moment | Books

Jevon Phillips Los Angeles Times

Marvel’s “Black Panther,” one of the highest grossing films of all time at the global box office, is the most vivid recent reminder that black character-led stories created by black creators have monetary value. the general public when they are done well.

CW’s “Black Lightning” and Netflix’s “Luke Cage” brought black superheroes to television, and in the recently concluded Disney + series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” the Hawk ‘Anthony Mackie, after some initial resistance, becomes Captain America. But before these black superheroes were seen on movie and TV screens, they were in comics.

It’s true that, as in other areas of entertainment, representational issues have plagued the comic book world. Yet the black storytellers in the comic book industry are no longer invisible. Nor are they isolated cases without a voice, vision or impact within the industry.

“I’ve been reading and collecting comics for 40 years, and this one, right now, is probably the most diverse there is,” says Geoffrey Thorne, who currently writes “Green Lantern” for DC Comics. “Marvel and DC both took care to bring in people from different ethnicities, different genders – queer, cis, whatever. Stories are written by those who come from these types of groups.

Lisa M. Horner