Tag Archives: Minorities in cartoons


Madame Xanadu

Minorities in cartoons: Madame Xanadu

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Madame Xanadu, a DC Comics/Vertigo character. Madame Xanadu first appeared in “Doorway to Nightmare” #1 in 1978, and was created by David Michelinie, Val Mayerik, and Michael William Kaluta. A mystic, Madame Xanadu is sensitive to supernatural phenomena, and often uses tarot cards to interpret what she senses, including forecasting the future. She also has some limited magical abilities. “Doorway” was a short-lived horror/supernatural anthology series, with Madame Xanadu as the book’s recurring host (and story participant sometimes). “Doorway” fell victim…

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Dr. Hibbert

Minorities in cartoons: Dr. Hibbert

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Dr. Julius Hibbert, a supporting character on “The Simpsons.” Dr. Hibbert first appeared in the second season episode “Bart the Daredevil,” and is voiced by Harry Shearer. Dr. Hibbert’s a loose parody of Bill Cosby’s character from “The Cosby Show,” Dr. Huxtable. As such, Dr. Hibbert’s good natured, though prone to chuckling at odd times (and about almost anything). Being the Simpsons’ family’s doctor, he’s delivered all three of Marge’s children, as well as overseen their various medical emergencies, ranging…

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Sabrina and Llandra

Minorities in cartoons: Llandra da Silva

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Llandra de Silva, a supporting character in the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” comic. (SPOILERS below…) As far as I can tell, Llandra first appeared in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” (volume 3*) #45 (July 2003) as a fellow student and witch at the magical “charm school” Sabrina attends. Several issues after this point, the “Sabrina” comic assumed a manga style and extended storyline, which it kept for the remainder of its run. Llandra is shown as Sabrina’s best friend. Similar to Sabrina,…

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Roberto Reyes

Minorities in cartoons: Ghost Rider (Roberto Reyes)

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Roberto “Robbie” Reyes, the newest person to assume the role of Ghost Rider. Roberto first appeared in “All-New Ghost Rider” #1 (May 2014), and was created by Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore. Roberto’s backstory states he lives in a crime-ridden East Los Angeles neighborhood, where his interests include caring for his brother and street racing. Seeking a way to get himself and his brother out of poverty/their surroundings, Roberto enters a  street race with a $50,000 prize, borrowing a…

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Minorities in cartoons: “Unshelved”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the webcomic “Unshelved.” The strip’s written by Gene Ambaum and drawn by Bill Barnes, and debuted in 2002. “Unshelved” features the daily goings-on at the “Mallville Public Library” and its staff of librarians. (Wikipedia claims the library’s name is a play on “Smallville” of Superman fame.) The strip makes fun of various aspects of life at a public library; besides writing “Unshelved,” Ambaum also works as a librarian himself. The main characters deal with both each other and with the library’s patrons. Among…

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Jakeem Thunder

Minorities in cartoons: Jakeem Thunder

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jakeem Thunder. Jakeem first appeared (under his original name “J.J. Williams”) in “The Flash” (vol. 2) #134 in February 1998, and was created by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Paul Ryan. Jakeem’s backstory states he grew up in Keystone City, the home of the original Flash (Jay Garrick) and the third Flash (Wally West). Jakeem came from a tough background (orphaned at a young age, etc.), and adopted a similarly tough attitude (including a foul mouth) in response. Meanwhile,…

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Harper Lodge

Minorities in cartoons: Harper Lodge

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Harper Lodge, a supporting character in Archie comics. Harper first appeared in “Archie” #656 in June 2014, and was created by writer/artist Dan Parent. (Possible spoilers below…) In her debut appearance, Harper is introduced as Veronica’s cousin, who’s visiting Riverdale from out of town. Like her cousin, Harper has a vivacious, outgoing personality. Besides being a student, Harper’s shown as a talented teen fashion designer, as well as running her own online advice column. Harper also makes use…

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Wallace Wells

Minorities in cartoons: Wallace Wells

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Wallace Wells, a supporting character in the comic series (and movie) “Scott Pilgrim.” Wallace was created by Bryan Lee O’Malley. “Scott Pilgrim” focuses on its eponymous character’s slacker-ish life in Toronto, and his attempt to win over Ramona, an American who’s moved to Toronto. To win her over, Scott’s forced to fight and defeat her multitude of “evil exes,” people Ramona used to date. The world the books take place in plays fast and loose with the laws…

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Kamala Khan

Minorities in cartoons: Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Kamala Khan, the current holder of the superhero identity Ms. Marvel. Kamala first appeared in “Captain Marvel” #14 (September 2013), and was created by writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona. Kamala’s backstory states she’s the daughter of Pakistani immigrants who moved to Jersey City, New Jersey. Kamala grew up respectful of her Muslim background, but also wanted to fit in with her peers. She’s also a huge fan of Carol Danvers, the former Ms. Marvel who’d recently…

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Thomas Kalmaku

Minorities in cartoons: Thomas Kalmaku

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Thomas “Tom” Kalmaku, a supporting character in the Green Lantern comics. Thomas first appeared in “Green Lantern” (vol. 2) #2 in October 1960, and was created by writer John Broome and artist Gil Kane. Tom was a mechanic employed at fictional Ferris Aircraft, where his pal Hal “Green Lantern” Jordan also worked. Unlike Lois Lane, Steve Trevor, Jimmy Olsen, and other comic characters who’re close pals of the main hero, Tom was in on Hal’s secret identity from the start. He’d…

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