MARTHA THOMASES: George Lucas, Black History, and African-American Comics

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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3 Responses

  1. Erich Hicks says:

    Keep history alive by telling that history:

    Read the greatest ‘historical novel’, Rescue at Pine Ridge, the first generation of Buffalo Soldiers. The website is: This is the greatest story of Black Military History…5 stars Amazon Internationally, and Barnes & Noble. Youtube commercials are: and

    Rescue at Pine Ridge is the story of the rescue of the famed 7th Cavalry by the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers. The 7th Cavalry was entrapped again after the Little Big Horn Massacre, fourteen years later, the day after the Wounded Knee Massacre. If it wasn’t for the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, there would of been a second massacre of the 7th Cavalry. This story is about, brutality, compassion, reprisal, bravery, heroism, redemption and gallantry.

    You’ll enjoy the novel that embodies the Native Americans, Outlaws and African-American/Black soldiers, from the south to the north, in the days of the Native American Wars with the approaching United States of America.

    The novel was taken from my mini-series movie with the same title, “RaPR” to keep the story alive. The movie so far has the interest of, Mr. Bill Duke, Hill Harper, Glynn Turman, James Whitmore Jr., Reginald T. Dorsey and a host of other major actors in which we are in talks with, in starring in this epic American story.

    When you get a chance, also please visit our Alpha Wolf Production website at; and see our other productions, like Stagecoach Mary, the first Black Woman to deliver mail for the US Postal System in Montana, in the 1890’s, “spread the word”.


  2. Martha Thomases says:

    Thanks for the update. Stagecoach Mary, starring Queen Latifah?

  3. Mindy Newell says:

    I learned about the Tuskagee pilots a long time ago, Martha.

    My father, who was a P-51 Mustang fighter jock in the CBI (that’s the China-Burma-India theater, for you non-WW II buffs), told me about them when I once asked him if he had met any prejudice (against Jews) during his service. For the record, he told me that his commander would have none of that and actually transferred a pilot out of Dad’s squadron when he started yakking about “kikes.”

    Don’t know if prejudice caused Lucas’s problems in making and distributing the film–I tend to think that it had more to do with Hollywood’s reluctance to put anything out that doesn’t have what they consider to be a “built-in” audience so they can figure on making their money back…i.e., sequels, adaptions of “blockbuster” books, etc.

    I personally would have preferred seeing this as a series on HBO, SHOWTIME, or even *gasp* network television. The story is strong enough to sustain more than 2 hours in a movie theatre.