Minorities in cartoons: Krusty the Clown

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Krusty the Clown (real name: Herschel Krustofski), a character on the (very) long running TV series “The Simpsons.” Krusty’s a parody of the type of weekday afternoon children’s TV show hosts that were popular in “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening’s youth, but had largely vanished from TV by the 1990s. … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Krusty the Clown”

Minorities in cartoons: Harley Quinn

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 … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Harley Quinn”

Minorities in cartoons: “Samurai Jack”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Samurai Jack,” an animated series that aired on Cartoon Network from 2001 to 2004. “Samurai Jack” was created by Gennedy Tartakovsky, the creator of “Dexter’s Laboratory.” The series centers around “Jack,” a samurai from ancient Japan who’s been flung into the future by his enemy, the powerful demon Aku. (“Jack” … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Samurai Jack””

Minorities in cartoons: Poison Ivy

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 … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Poison Ivy”

Minorities in cartoons: Nancy Whitehead

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Nancy Whitehead, a character in Marvel comics. Nancy first appeared in “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” #1 (March 2015), and was created by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. Nancy is a student at New York City’s fictional Empire State University (most famously known as the university Peter Parker attended), … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Nancy Whitehead”

Minorities in cartoons: Catman

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Catman, a minor Batman villain. Catman’s real name is Thomas Blake; Blake first appeared in “Detective Comics” #311 (January 1963). Catman was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Jim Mooney. Blake’s backstory states he was a big game hunter (of big cats) who’d grown bored of both hunting and … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Catman”

Minorities in cartoons: Talia al Ghul

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul. Talia first appeared in “Detective Comics” #411 (May 1971), and was created by Dennis O’Neil and Bob Brown. Talia sometimes finds herself split between her affections for Batman (or “beloved” as she sometimes called Bruce) and her … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Talia al Ghul”

Minorities in cartoons: Daredevil

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Daredevil (real name: Matt Murdock). Nicknamed “The Man Without Fear,” Daredevil first appeared in “Daredevil” #1 (April 1964), and was created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett. Daredevil’s origin story states he had a mundane upbringing by his father (a boxer) in New York’s “Hell’s Kitchen” (also known as Clinton) neighborhood. … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Daredevil”

Minorities in cartoons: “Mission Hill”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Mission Hill,” an animated series that aired on The WB from 1999-2000, and Adult Swim in 2002. The series focuses on the lives of a group of roommates (siblings Andy and Kevin; Jim; Posey; and Andy’s dog, Stogie). The series is set in a neighborhood named “Mission Hill,” located in … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Mission Hill””

Minorities in cartoons: “Mucha Lucha!”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Mucha Lucha!,” an animated series that aired on Kids WB from 2002 to 2005. “Mucha Lucha!” focuses on a Mexican town (and world at large) obsessed with lucha libre (Mexican professional wrestling). As such, nearly the entire cast wears Mexican wrestling masks, and is obsessed with Mexican wrestling. The series’ … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Mucha Lucha!””