Tag Archives: Minorities in cartoons

 

Minorities in cartoons: Dave Stevens and Tina Ames

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is another two-fer: Dave Stevens and Tina Ames, who (as far as I can tell) hold the distinction of being the first recurring African-American characters in Superman comics. Dave first appeared in “Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane” #106 (November 1970), while Tina first appeared in “Lois Lane” #114 (September 1971); both were created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Werner Roth. Astute readers may recall that “Lois Lane” #106 is one of the most (in)famous issues in Lois’ Silver/Bronze…

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Minorities in cartoons: “Turbo”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Turbo,” a DreamWorks movie released in 2013. The film’s plot is about a snail named Turbo (voiced by Ryan Reynolds in the movie and Reid Scott in the spinoff animated series) who’s obsessed with speed and auto racing, particularly the Indianapolis 500. This irritates his fellow garden snails, including his older, heavily cautious brother Chet (voiced by Paul Giamatti in the movie, Eric Bauza in the animated series). Feeling dejected one day, Turbo wanders out near the freeway,…

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Minorities in cartoons: Captain Marvel Jr.

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Captain Marvel Jr. Junior (real name: Freddy Freeman) first appeared in “Whiz Comics” #25 in December 1941, and was created by Ed Herron and Mac Raboy. As Junior’s origin relates, Freddy Freeman was a kid who one day went on a fishing trip with his only living family member, his grandfather. At the time, Captain Marvel was nearby, fighting the vicious superpowered villain, Captain Nazi. A punch by Marvel landed Nazi into the water near the Freemans, who…

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Minorities in cartoons: “Hammerman”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the short-lived TV series “Hammerman.” Airing on ABC during the 1991-92 TV season, the show was produced by DIC, and designed to cash in on the then-popularity of hip-hop star M.C. Hammer, similar to the Beatles and Jackson Five cartoons of the 60s/70s respectively. The show’s premise was about a youth center worker named Stanley Burrell (MC Hammer’s real name), who inherited a pair of magical, talking shoes that, when worn, turned him into the singing, dancing superhero…

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Minorities in cartoons: Thunder and Lightning

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is a double one this week: Thunder and Lightning, a pair of superheroine sisters who’re the daughters of superhero Black Lightning. Thunder Thunder (real name: Anissa Pierce) is the older of the Pierce siblings. Thunder possesses the ability of increasing her body’s mass while keeping her size the same, thus increasing her density. This allows her to become immovable and invulnerable, as well as generate shock waves by stomping her foot. Anissa promised her father she’d wait until she…

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Minorities in cartoons: Reptil

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Reptil, a Marvel superhero character with the power to turn into various types of dinosaurs. Created for the 2009 animated series “The Superhero Squad Show,” Reptil also has appeared in Marvel’s comics, which gave him a more expanded backstory. Reptil’s first comics appearance was “Avengers: The Initiative Featuring Reptil” #1 in May 2009; he was created by Christos N. Gage and Steve Uy. Reptil‘s real name is Humberto Lopez. Per his comics backstory, Humberto loved superheroes as a…

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Minorities in cartoons: “Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World.” “Rick & Steve” is an animated series about the misadventures of the show’s stars Rick and Steve, a gay thirtysomething couple, and their extremely dysfunctional group of friends. The series is set in the fictional town of “West Lahunga Beach” in California. (The town seems to resemble the most stereotypical aspects of various famous gay neighborhoods, including West Hollywood, California and San Francisco’s Castro.) As the bad-pun…

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Minorities in cartoons: Misty Knight

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Misty Knight, a detective and crime fighter who appears in various Marvel Comics. “Misty” (her real first name’s “Mercedes”) was first mentioned in “Marvel Premiere” #20 (January 1975), and first appeared in the following issue. She was created by Tony Isabella and Arvell Jones. Misty’s backstory states she was an officer with the New York Police Department. One day, she was severely injured while preventing a bomb explosion, forcing an arm to become amputated. Refusing to take a…

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Minorities in cartoons: Asok

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Asok, a supporting character in Scott Adams’ newspaper comic strip “Dilbert.” Asok was first introduced in 1996 as an intern for “Dilbert”‘s nameless corporation, providing the strip with material based on Asok being an idealistic intern thrust into “Dilbert”‘s completely dysfunctional, soul-crushing workplace. As such, Asok will sometimes have higher-minded/more idealistic expectations than Dilbert, Wally, and company. Asok also is shown being stuck in his position as an intern despite his qualifications (so the company can exploit his…

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Minorities in cartoons: Bridget Clancy

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Bridget Clancy, a supporting character in Nightwing’s comic in the 1990s. Bridget first appeared in “Nightwing” (vol. 2) #2 in November 1996, and was created by Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel. Clancy’s backstory states she was an orphan born in Hong Kong, but was adopted by an Irish couple and raised in Ireland, before eventually emigrating to the United States. Clancy (she preferred being called by her last name) described herself in one story as “me lookin’ like…

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