Tag Archives: Milestone Comics

Minorities in cartoons: Rocket

This week’s entry is Rocket, from Milestone Comics’ “Icon” title. Debuting in “Icon” #1, Rocket (real name Raquel Ervin) was created by Dwayne McDuffie and Mark D. Bright. Raquel grew up in an impoverished neighborhood of the fictional city of Dakota. As a teenager, while attempting a robbery with friends, she meets Augustus Freeman IV, a wealthy conservative Black man… who’s actually an alien in disguise (and stranded on Earth since the mid-19th century). Raquel encourages Augustus to become the superhero “Icon,” with her as…

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Minorities in comics and animation: Maddie Blaustein (“Pokemon”)

This week’s entry is Maddie Blaustein, a voice actress who’s voiced various dubbed-for-English anime series. Her most well-known role was as the voice of Meowth for the various “Pokemon” incarnations up through the late 2000s. Maddie Blaustein also was a comic book writer, having written some stories for the Milestone Comics line. Blaustein was a transgender woman, and did some share of activism. Blaunstein died in her sleep in 2008, at age 48. YouTube contains many fan-made videos in tribute to Blaustein (using clips from…

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RIP Dwayne McDuffie

I and the rest of the comics/animation enthusiast world was surprised today by the news that Dwayne McDuffie has died, due to complications from a surgical procedure. Comic Book Resources has this nice summary of McDuffie’s career. I was introduced to McDuffie’s work through reading the Milestone Comics line of characters when I was in high school, though I preferred Icon and Rocket over Static, not suspecting the latter would become the line’s most successful character. When “Static Shock” came to television, I enjoyed watching…

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Black animated and comic characters: Static

Continuing from the previous post about “Black superheroes with electrical-based powers,” we come to Static. Static (real name: Virgil Hawkins) was introduced in 1993 in “Static” #1, as part of the then-new Milestone Comics line, an imprint of DC Comics taking place in a world with a multicultural range of superheroes. Static’s origin: Virgil was inadvertently caught up in a large gang fight, one which the police tried to break up through the use of an experimental tear gas. However, it wound up giving many…

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Anthony’s picks for DC Comics for August 2009

Yep, time for another round of “see what Anthony thinks is good from DC” for August 2009. What I’ll be buying:Nothing. What I might buy:- The Flash Chronicles, vol. 1 TPB, on sale Sept. 23, $15- Icon: A Hero’s Welcome TPB, on sale Sept. 30, $20 Comments:Wednesday Comics, the faux-Sunday comics section DC is offering, will feature this month Supergirl (with Streaky and Krypto), the Metal Men (in a story written by Dan DiDio), and the Flash, among others. DC’s reviving “Adventure Comics,” one of…

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