Minorities in cartoons: “Jane’s World”

Jane's World

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Jane’s World,” a comic strip by Paige Braddock. The strip debuted in 1998. “Jane’s World” stars Jane, a twentysomething lesbian who lives with her straight best friend, Ethan. Jane’s shown having worked at various jobs through the strip’s run (all of them mediocre or less-than-glamorous). Much of the strip also … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Colossal Boy

Colossal Boy

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Colossal Boy (real name: Gim Allon). Gim first appeared in “Action Comics” #267 (August 1960), and was created by Jerry Siegel (the co-creator of Superman) and Jim Mooney (a longtime Supergirl artist). Gim Allon was born in 30th/31st century Israel. When Gim grew older, he enrolled in the training … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Krusty the Clown

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. … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

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 … Read more

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

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12

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