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Black Comics History

The face of Western comics is changing, but it’s been a long road and a journey that still has many hills to climb. Black characters are taking on more prominent roles in the panels we read, and more Black creators are shaping their stories behind the scenes. But what of the creatives who came before? This column traces the path of Black comics creativity throughout the decades, with each year focusing on a book that features a Black writer, artist, colourist, letterer, or editor. From underground comix through Black Panther and beyond, this series will reveal the evolution of diversity in the comics industry, and shed some light on the unsung Black heroes that have helped to shape it.

1970: Ebon #1 and Larry Fuller
by Wendy Browne
1971: Creepy #43 and Billy Graham
by Wendy Browne
1972: Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 and Billy Graham
by Matthew Cowans
1972: Super Soul Comix #1 and Richard “Grass” Green
by Touissaint Egan
1974: Jungle Action #10 and Billy Graham
by Jay Rincher
1975: White Whore Funnies #1 and Larry Fuller & Raye Horne
by Wendy Browne
1976: Fast Willie Jackson and Golden Legacy and Bertram A. Fitzgerald
by Wendy Browne
1977: Black Lightning #1 and Trevor Von Eeden
by Terrence Sage
1977: The Love Rangers #1 and Vernon Grant
by Wendy Browne
1979: Amazing Spider-Man #194 and Keith Pollard
by Kenneth Laster
1980: Weird War Tales #94 and Denys Cowan
by Matthew Cowans
1982: Hugo #1 and Milton Knight
by Wendy Browne (with Milton Knight)
1983: The Falcon #1 and Jim Owsley
by Kenneth Laster
1984: Blue Devil #1 and Paris Cullins
by Kenneth Laster
1987: Daredevil #246 and Priest
by Adam Karenina Sherif
1988: Black Panther: Hero No More #1 and Denys Cowan
by Matthew Cowans
1989: Damage Control #1 and Dwayne McDuffie
by Latonya Pennington

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