So growing up, I didn’t really read a lot of comics(though I did read manga),but I loved watching TV shows about them, there was something about super-heroes that I loved(I still do actually).I watched Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends along with his multiple animated series,X-Men,Silver Surfer,Captain Planet(hey don’t judge me the environment definitely needs a hero),Fantastic Four,every single Batman animated series that came out,the Incredible Hulk,Batman(the old sixties one),and Mutant X(I really loved that show).
But looking back there was one show that was different from all the shows I watched growing up and that was Static Shock.
If you never heard of this show, it came out in 2000 and lasted 4 years.It was about a nerdy kid in high school named Virgil O. Hawkins, who trying to get revenge on a bully and gets caught in the middle of a gang war.Police release tear gas they think will knock out all of the gang member, what they don’t realize is, that it contains an experimental mutagen.Many of the people effected in this tear gas gained power, this event is called the Big Bang and those effected people are called “Bang Babies”.Escaping from this Static gains the ability to create and control lightning along with controlling magnetism.
Now you may be wondering what makes him different from these others groups and heroes I’ve stated,what makes him different from all the other show I watched growing up.
He’s black and not just that he’s a nerd,he reads comics and games.
Think about it, I can’t name ten,not even five superhero based TV shows I watched growing up in which a Black,Asian, or Hispanic person was the lead character,or even if there was a team,that person,was the leader of that team.Static wasn’t one of many,he wasn’t part of a team,he wasn’t a sidekick,he was a teenager who decided to become a hero in his own right upon.
He was created by Dwayne McDuffie,Robert L.Washington III,and artist John Paul Leon,under the banner of Milestone comics,a minority ran comic subsidiary of DC whose goal was to create more minority characters within comics(This company is actually having a revamp in 2015,I wish them all the best,I’m super excited to see what they will put out).I really liked the show,and I really think we need more shows like it.
Because I think every little boy and girl needs to have the ability to watch a TV show with a superhero, and be able to see a little bit of themselves in the character.I can see a bit of myself in Peter Parker,Robin,Batman,and Wonder Woman.But it’s nice sometimes to see a character that looks like you.Everybody’s not Caucasian,that’s just not the world we live in. Everybody wants to have a character that’s saving the world that looks like them.If you look at comic books it’s very obvious that originally most characters in the universe are white,now things are different,….. well slightly.
Think about this
Name 15 Asian comic book character(non manga please).
Uhhh,I can tell you at least seven off the top of my head.[More research is necessary]
Now 15 Hispanic characters
I have at least five I could think of on the top of my head,and I’m including Miles Morales in both the Black and Hispanic categories.[I definitely need to do more research]
and 15 black characters.
After a lot of research I am totally able to name 15 black characters,easily,but sadly most of them I can think of quickly aren’t original(based on another characters power,or race changed version) or they’re so obscure very few people know of them.A few quick examples are BatWing, Ulitmate Spider Man,War Machine(Iron Patriot),President Super Man, Bumble Bee,Green Latern(John Stewart),Ultimate universe Nick Furry and many others.
Most of the characters I know who are minorities I’ve never seen on TV or maybe they are a part of some bigger team,but they rarely have their own shows,or ever lead the team they are in for more than a couple of issues or episodes, Blade is the only other minority comic book character I know that has had his own show.And if you want , we can through Young Justice into the pot,who was run by a New 52 black version of AquaLad,although he was technically he was only holding that position until Robin matured enough to lead the team.
Counting them all up, that’s three shows.Four if you count the New Luke Cage show that will be coming on soon.Comics are changing there are new minority comics coming out now,and it makes me totally happy.It’s been 77 years of Super Hero comics I think the masses should be able to know at least five Asian superhereos off the top of their head.You shouldn’t have to be a comic book nerd to know about minority characters,they should just be there for anybody who wants to read about them.
As you may or may not know it’s February,and in America that means it’s black history month.So some nerd blogger,have decided to do a whole month long dedication to independent minority comics and minority comic book characters.Blogs such as http://vixenvarsity.com/ along with a lot of others are getting the word out ,the twitter page is https://twitter.com/BlackComicMonth.
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