Michael Davis: Milestones – African Americans In Comics, Pop Culture And Beyond, Part 3

Michael Davis

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6 Responses

  1. Gaines’ fight with the Code was even more Gangsta then that. This was a REPRINT of a story that had run before, pre-code. When the head of the Code said “You can’t show a black man”, Bill and Al said they’d hold a press conference and tell the country the code is racist. Then he backed down and said they had to remove the perspiration on his brow. They then told him to fuck off.

    Brian Cronin covered the story very well in his Urban Legends column some time back, and I kibbitzed from the comments.


  2. House Ni…s?!?!? How can anyone justify that “opinion”?

  3. Mark Turner says:

    Thank you for giving voice to the question that has been rattling around in my head for some time now….”Where is the next wave?” As someone who is taking the first steps to become a comic creator, three other questions come to mind “Who?”, “What?”, and “How?” Who will step up to be that next wave…What will it take for this to happen and How will they (we) make it happen. I’ve been a fan my entire life, but know little about the industry side of things, but I am willing to do what it takes to learn and be a part of it. To create something of quality that endures and sets the standard for generations to come. I encourage any of a like mind to reach out, I am open to hearing your thoughts (from those in all capacities of the industry) and most importantly,BUILDING something great. Thanks Michael for giving a voice to the unknown history!

  4. Todd Maxwell says:

    “Penultimate” means “next to last”. I sincerely hope there are many more African American moments in comics (or was Miles Morales the last one we will ever see) as well as more African American comic book companies.

  5. Jeremiah Avery says:

    I went to a book signing for “The Ten-Cent Plague” and the audience laughed and applauded when David Hajdu told that story. Looking at the matter at hand, there really was no justification for pulling the story unless it was 1) as Gaines suspected, the Code trying to put him out of business (which does have some credence) or 2) the head of the Code really was a racist piece of trash. Then again, it could be both, a bonus!

    MOTU, how do people react when they find out that it was two Jewish guys that created the Black Panther?

    In an industry featuring aliens from other worlds, I still don’t get why a main character that is black causes people to not be able to enjoy the story as is without making pre-conceived judgments.

    Buying comics as a kid in the 90’s, “Static Shock” and “Hardware” were definitely amongst my favorites. Virgil Hawkins wasn’t much older than I was and the stories were interesting and his powers were cool. Kept me hooked.