Minorities in cartoons: Black Panther

Black Panther

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Black Panther (real name: T’Challa), a Marvel superhero.  Black Panther (no relation to the African-American political movement of the 60s) first appeared in “Fantastic Four” #52 (July 1966), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Black Panther has the distinction of being the first Black superhero … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Tutenstein”

Tutenstein

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Tutenstein,” a cartoon that ran on the Discovery Kids cable channel (now Discovery Family, by way of The Hub) from 2003 to 2008. The series’ premise is centered around its eponymous star, whose real name is “Tutankhensetamun,” a play on the name of real-life Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen (the famous “King … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Madame Xanadu

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Dr. Hibbert

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Llandra da Silva

Sabrina and Llandra

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Ghost Rider (Roberto Reyes)

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Unshelved”

Too Much Information

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Jakeem Thunder

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Harper Lodge

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Wallace Wells

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, … Read more