Tag Archives: Minorities in cartoons


War Machine

Minorities in cartoons: War Machine

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is James “Rhodey” Rhodes, an Iron Man supporting character who’s best known as the superhero “War Machine.” Rhodey first appeared in “Iron Man” #118 (January 1979), and was created by David Michelinie and Bob Layton. His debut as War Machine came in “Iron Man” #284 (September 1992). Rhodey’s backstory states he served in the military as a Marine on tours of duty in southeast Asia. While he was originally involved in the Vietnam War, comic book time’s retconned the war involved in…

Read More »

The Princess and the Frog

Minorities in cartoons: “The Princess and the Frog”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.” Released in 2009, “Princess” was Disney’s first feature-length theatrical animated film (and first “Princess” film) with an African-American star. Based on the old fairy tale “The Frog Prince,” the film’s plot centers around Tiana, a young woman living in 1920s New Orleans whose dream is opening her own restaurant. Not being wealthy (far from it), she’s working hard at a restaurant to try to raise funds to open her own eatery. Meanwhile, Prince Naveen, a…

Read More »


Minorities in cartoons: Nubia

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Nubia, a longtime Wonder Woman supporting character. Nubia first  appeared in “Wonder Woman” (vol. 1) #204 in January 1973, and was created by Robert Kanigher and Don Heck. Nubia was an early example of an attempt at introducing diversity into superhero comics. As such, she was introduced with an unusual origin story—by being retroactively inserted into Wonder Woman’s own origin! Nubia’s backstory stated that she too was sculpted from clay like her sister Diana, with both statues brought to…

Read More »


Minorities in cartoons: “Fillmore!”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the Saturday morning series “Fillmore!” Airing on ABC from 2002 to 2004, the series was produced by Disney. “Fillmore!” focused on its titular character Cornelius Fillmore, a bald 12-year-old African-American kid who was once a juvenile delinquent. Caught planning to steal a shipment of chalk from his school (“X Middle School,” supposedly located in the Twin Cities per Wikipedia), the school’s safety patrol gave him a choice: help solve a case or spend the rest of middle school in detention. Fillmore…

Read More »

Not Invented Here: Runtime Error

Minorities in cartoons: “Not Invented Here”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Not Invented Here,” a webcomic about the staff of a software development company. The webcomic started in 2009, and is created by Bill Barnes, Paul Southworth, and Jeff Zugale. The strip’s lead characters consist of Owen and Desmond, a program manager and a developer respectively. Owen, a thin Caucasian man with a goatee, is the goofier of the two. However, that’s not by much, seeing as his best friend Desmond (a heavy-set bald African-American man) is also prone to odd behavior,…

Read More »

Keith White

Minorities in cartoons: Keith White

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Keith White, a minor supporting character in the Superman comics. Keith first appeared in “Superman: Man of Steel” #1 in 1991, and was created by Louise Simonson. Keith was introduced as a young boy sent to live in a Metropolis orphanage after his mother, suffering from AIDS-related complications, was unable to continue caring for him. One day, while wandering underground, Keith was caught and kidnapped by “Underworlders,” genetic experiments-gone-wrong (long story) who were living underneath Metropolis. Telling Keith they were…

Read More »


Minorities in cartoons: “The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the 1972 Hanna-Barbera series “The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.” Loosely based on the Charlie Chan movie series and books, the series featured famed detective Charlie Chan and his 10 children of various ages (ranging from teens to grade schoolers), plus their pet dog, solving mysteries, like Scooby-Doo and his various imitators. While Mr. Chan gets top billing, most of the episodes center around his offspring, as they attempted to solve the episode’s mystery. Also like “Scooby-Doo”…

Read More »

Minorities in cartoons: Jason (“Love and Capes”)

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jason, a supporting character in the comic series “Love and Capes” by Thom Zahler. Jason’s first appearance is in “Love and Capes” (first series) #8 in 2008. Jason is an employee at the bookstore owned by Abby; he was hired to replace the then-departed Charlotte, Abby’s sister and former employee. A film school student, Jason’s previous job was at a video rental store, where he didn’t manage to save much money due to buying too many DVDs. Unlike…

Read More »

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…

Read More »

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,…

Read More »