Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans

Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans

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A history of the trailblazing comics that broke color barriers and portrayed African Americans in heroic storylines What do the comic book figures Static, Hardware, and Icon all have in common? Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans gives an answer that goes far beyond qtights and capes, q an answer that lies within the mission Milestone Media, Inc., assumed in comic book culture. Milestone was the brainchild of four young black creators who wanted to part from the mainstream and do their stories their own way. This history of Milestone, a qcreator-ownedq publishing company, tells how success came to these mavericks in the 1990s and how comics culture was expanded and enriched as fans were captivated by this new genre. Milestone focused on the African American heroes in a town called Dakota. Quite soon these black action comics took a firm position in the controversies of race, gender, and corporate identity in contemporary America. Characters battled supervillains and sometimes even clashed with more widely known superheroes. Front covers of Milestone comics often bore confrontational slogans like qHardware: A Cog in the Corporate Machine is About to Strip Some Gears.q Milestone's creators aimed for exceptional stories that addressed racial issues without alienating readers. Some competitors, however, accused their comics of not being black enough or of merely marketing Superman in black face.... and they represent for many fans the next best thing to becoming a professional comic book writer or artist, they have ... on developing my style, and I get to take advantage of all this stuff I know about comics that is no good for any other job, a#39;a#39;anbsp;...

Title:Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans
Author: Jeffrey A. Brown
Publisher:Univ. Press of Mississippi - 2000-12-01

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