How The Incredible Black Superman Represents Us

CM Campbell
Mar 22, 2019 - 5:00
How The Incredible Black Superman Represents Us

In 2011, Black Spider-Man arrived in comic stores. Miles Morales, an Afro-Latino teenager from Brooklyn, was replacing Peter Parker. I worked at a comic shop in Los Angeles, and Black Spider-Man’s advent sparked conversations with a few customers about the “Black Superman.” But the Black Superman conversation wasn’t just about a single character; it was also about independent publishing and the aspirations of creating an icon. In addition to issues of diversity in comics, the conversations questioned the possibility of a Black person creating a Black character, and building a franchise around that brand. Considering the origins of Superman and how the character was co-opted as a propaganda myth to promote a...

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