Comics are definitely blockbuster hits that are here to stay but the material is much older and filled with Black Firsts.
Comic book-based films are set to hit theaters as early as April with Marvel’s “Captain America: Winter Soldier” continuing through to late Summer with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Comics are definitely blockbuster hits that are here to stay but the material is much older than movie culture and filled with Black Firsts. Here are some groundbreaking contributions and firsts in the comic industry in honor of Black History Month.
Clarence Matthew Baker
Fiction House started in the 1920s until the 1950s. It was a pulp-magazine publisher of mostly Aviation, Western and Sports pulps. In the 1930s, it move into detective mysteries and its comics division was known for pinup-style good girl art, epitomized by its most popular character, Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. Baker was the first African American artist to work for the publication. He also worked for Fox Comics, Quality Comics and St. John Publications and is responsible for the redesign on comic book character, Phantom Lady.