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

Doctor Mist and Superman from "DC Comics Presents" #46 (June 1982)

Minorities in cartoons: Doctor Mist

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Doctor Mist, a DC Comics superhero. Doctor Mist first appeared in “Super Friends” #12 (June 1978), and was created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon.

Doctor Mist’s origin states he was originally known as Nommo, a wizard who was also the ruler of the fictional ancient African empire of Kor. 11,000 years ago, Nommo stood in the “Pillar of Life,” which granted him immortality.

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Mystique from "X-Men: Evolution"

Minorities in cartoons: Mystique

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Mystique, a Marvel Comics supervillain. Mystique (real name: Raven Darkhölme) first appeared as a cameo in “Ms. Marvel” #16 (April 1978), and made her first full appearance in “Ms. Marvel” #18 (June 1978). She was created by Chris Claremont and David Cockrum.

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Hulkling

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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