Minorities in cartoons: Mystique

Mystique from "X-Men: Evolution"

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Mystique, a Marvel Comics supervillain. Mystique (real name: Raven Darkhölme) first appeared as a cameo in “Ms. Marvel” #16 (April 1978), and made her first full appearance in “Ms. Marvel” #18 (June 1978). She was created by Chris Claremont and David Cockrum. Raven’s backstory’s quite “in-depth”…which of course means convoluted, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Questionable Content”

Questionable Content

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Questionable Content,” a webcomic by Jeph Jacques. The strip began running in August 2003, and has since become one of the more prominent online webcomics. “Questionable Content” is a “slice-of-life” strip about the lives of a group of mostly twentysomething friends, lovers, and so forth. Per Wikipedia, the … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Scandal Savage

Scandal Savage

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Scandal Savage, a supervillain who appears in DC Comics. Scandal first appeared in “Villains United” #1 (July 2005), and was created by Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham. Scandal is the daughter of longtime DC Comics villain Vandal Savage (an immortal caveman who wants to conquer the Earth) and … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Hulkling

Hulkling

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Hulkling (real names: Theodore “Teddy” Altman/Dorrek VIII), a superhero that usually appears with the teenaged superhero team the Young Avengers. Hulkling first appeared in “Young Avengers” #1 (April 2005), and was created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung. Hulkling’s backstory states Teddy was born as “Dorrek VIII,” the son … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Jane’s World”

Jane's World

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Jane’s World,” a comic strip by Paige Braddock. The strip debuted in 1998. “Jane’s World” stars Jane, a twentysomething lesbian who lives with her straight best friend, Ethan. Jane’s shown having worked at various jobs through the strip’s run (all of them mediocre or less-than-glamorous). Much of the strip also … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Harley Quinn (real name: Harleen Quinzel), a Batman supervillain who appears in DC Comics. Harley first appeared in 1992’s “Batman: The Animated Series” TV series, and was created by series heads Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. As her backstory states, Harleen was originally a psychiatrist working at Gotham City’s … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Poison Ivy

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Poison Ivy, a longtime Batman nemesis. Poison Ivy (real name: Pamela Isley) first appeared in “Batman” #181 (June 1966), and was created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Sheldon Moldoff. Poison Ivy’s origin has varied over the years, and across media. For most versions, Dr. Pamela Isley (a botanist and … Read more