Minorities in cartoons is a weekly look at various minority characters in animation, webcomics, comic strips, and comic books.


Minorities in cartoons: Hulkling

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Hulkling (real names: Theodore “Teddy” Altman/Dorrek VIII), a superhero that usually appears with the teenaged superhero team the Young Avengers. Hulkling first appeared in “Young Avengers” #1 (April 2005), and was created by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung.

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Jane's World

Minorities in cartoons: “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 shows Jane dealing with her love life, including ex-girlfriends, as well as a sizable cast of friends.

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Krusty the Clown

Minorities in cartoons: 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.

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Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

Minorities in cartoons: Harley Quinn

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

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Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12

Minorities in cartoons: Poison Ivy

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

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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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Minorities in cartoons: 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

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Talia al Ghul

Minorities in cartoons: 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

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