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The first African American cartoonist with “two nationally syndicated comic strips” is in this book. Political and social-commentary cartoonists are represented. The first Black woman to own a comic book store is profiled here, as is America’s first Black comic book publisher; the “first and only Black editor at King Features Syndicate;” an animator and writer whose credits include Thundercats; a 12-time Pulitzer Prize nominee; and many people who use their talents to enhance your favorite superhero comic books…

In his afterword, comics writer-editor Christopher Priest points out that, to many African Americans, the Man of Steel isn’t Superman, he’s “SuperWhiteMan.” That’s just one reason, as Priest indicates, that a book like this is needed.

“Encyclopedia of Black Comics” is a good start for this genre. For those who love the funnies, cartoons, or pen-and-ink art, this book will be a big draw.


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