The best of minorities in cartoons: Talk shows

Dave Stevens and Tina Ames

With David Letterman’s final talk show this week, I thought I’d list a few examples of favorite characters who’ve made appearances on (in-universe) talk shows of some sort… Cleveland Brown Cleveland created his own talk show on an episode of “The Cleveland Show.” Cyberchase Jackie, Inez, and Matt all have appeared on a cyberspace talk … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Tommy Lee, a DC Comics character. Tommy first appeared in “Superman” (vol. 1) #362 (August 1981), and was created by writer Bob Rozakis and artist Kurt Schaffenberger. Tommy was shown as one of Clark Kent’s roommates during his college years at Metropolis University; the other three were Dave … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Linda Park

Linda Park

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Linda Park, a long-running character in DC Comics’ “The Flash.” Linda first appeared in “Flash” (vol. 2) #28 in July 1989, and was created by writer William Messner-Loebs and artist Greg LaRocque. Linda, born in Chicago to a third-generation family of Korean descent, works as a television reporter. … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Apollo and Midnighter

Apollo and Midnighter

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is a duo: Apollo and Midnighter. Both superheroes first appeared in “Stormwatch” (vol. 2) #4 in February 1998, and were created by writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch. The duo’s most prominent aspect are that they’re analogs of Superman (Apollo) and Batman (Midnighter). Unlike the actual World’s Finest, both Apollo … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Skyrocket

Skyrocket

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Skyrocket, a DC Comics superheroine. Skyrocket (real name: Celia Forrestal) first appeared in “JLA” #61 (February 2002), and was created by Kurt Busiek and Tom Grummett. Celia’s backstory states she grew up in St. Louis, where her parents were scientists working for Argo Technologies. A lieutenant in the … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Oliver Wendell Jones

Oliver Wendell Jones

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Oliver Wendell Jones, a character introduced in 1983 in Berkeley Breathed’s popular comic strip “Bloom County.” Similar to “FoxTrot”‘s Jason Fox, and unlike fellow African-American costar Ronald-Ann Smith, Oliver spent much of his time engaged in geeky or scientific pursuits. This was to the dismay of his parents, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Kitty Pryde

Kitty Pryde

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Kitty Pryde (full name: Katherine Anne Pryde), a member of the X-Men. Kitty first appeared in “Uncanny X-Men” #129 (January 1980), and was created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Kitty’s trademark mutant power is the ability to phase through any object like a ghost. Said ability can also … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Firestorm (Jason Rusch)

Firestorm

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jason Rusch, a DC Comics character who’s the superhero Firestorm. Jason first appeared in “Firestorm” (vol. 3) #1 (July 2004), and was created by writer Dan Jolley and artist Chris Cross. Jason’s backstory states he was a 17-year-old who grew up in Detroit and had a rough background. … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: Women in STEM

SciGirls

This week, it’s a round-up post, featuring the minority girls and women I’ve written about so far who’re involved in some way in STEM areas. It’s also a nice way to round out Women’s History Month. STEM, of course, is short for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” and there’s been plenty of recent press about the lack … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Danielle Foccart

Danielle Foccart

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Danielle Foccart, a DC Comics character. Danielle first appeared in “Legion of Super-Heroes Annual” #2 (1982), and was created by Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen. Danielle first appeared as the preteen younger sister of Jacques Foccart; both siblings hail from the 30th century’s Ivory Coast in Africa. Suffering … Read more