"Hot Wheels" 1969 TV show

Minorities in cartoons: “Hot Wheels”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Hot Wheels,” the first TV cartoon directly based on a pre-existing toy line, namely the popular toy cars. “Hot Wheels” debuted on ABC in 1969.

The series featured the racing adventures of the “Hot Wheels Racing Club,” which featured a group of teenage car enthusiasts.

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Nancy Whitehead

Minorities in cartoons: 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),

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Sealab 2020

Minorities in cartoons: “Sealab 2020”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Sealab 2020,” a Hanna-Barbera animated series that aired from 1972 to 1973 on NBC. The series focused on the 250 residents of an undersea scientific research facility in the then-far-off year 2020; said facility was headed by Captain Michael Murphy. Plots usually revolved around underwater threats and challenges, including dealing with

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Cloak and Dagger

Minorities in cartoons: Cloak and Dagger

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the duo Cloak and Dagger. Cloak (real name:Tyrone “Ty” Johnson) and Dagger (real name: Tandy Bowen) first appeared in “Peter Parker, the Spectactular Spider-Man” #64 (March 1982), and were created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan. The duo‘s backstory states that Tyrone was a teenage runaway from Boston

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Ready Jet Go!

Minorities in cartoons: “Ready Jet Go!”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Ready Jet Go!,” a PBS animated series that debuted in January 2016 online, and on TV in February 2016. The educational series teaches lessons about space, physics, and other science facts in each episode. The series stars Jet Propulsion, a young boy who’s actually an alien from another

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Curtis

Minorities in cartoons: “Curtis”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Curtis,” a newspaper comic strip by Ray Billingsley. The strip began its run in 1988.

“Curtis” stars 11-year-old Curtis, an African-American youth who gets into various misadventures, usually from misbehaving or dealing with his family and friends. His family includes Barry, Curtis’ obnoxious younger brother who usually manages to avoid getting in trouble, or sometimes causes Curtis to get into trouble. There’s also the boys’ parents, Greg and Diane, who also prominently feature in the strip.

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COPS

Minorities in cartoons: “COPS”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “COPS,” an animated series that ran in syndication from 1988 to 1989. The series was animated by DIC, and based on a series of toys by Hasbro. The series was set in fictional Empire City. The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) states that the series was set in the year 2020,

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