Minorities in cartoons: “Samurai Jack”

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” … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Poison Ivy

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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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Nancy Whitehead

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), … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Catman

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Talia al Ghul

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Daredevil

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. Matt’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. … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Mission Hill”

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 … Read more