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Superheroes in Color
64 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
Episode 04: Sweet Christmas! The Tragedy of Luke Cage
From the hokey catchphrase "Sweet Christmas" to the metaphor of a 6 foot 6 inch, 425 pound bulletproof Black man with superhuman strength living in the United States, this episode explores the failures and successes of Marvel Comics’ Luke Cage (aka Powerman) - who is among the first Black superheroes to be featured in the Marvel Universe.
51 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
Episode 03: Some Lesser-Known Storylines
In Episode 03, we dig through the crates to explore some lesser-known black characters and storylines found in the shadows of the comic universe. While, not part of the black comic book canon, these compelling characters and storylines dramatically expanded the breadth and scope of how Blackness was curated into comics and comic culture.
54 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
Episode 02: The Impact of The Black Panther
This discussion is be an in-depth character analysis of Marvel Comic’s Black Panther, exploring the iconic superhero’s progression from his first comic book appearance in Fantastic Four #52, (1966) to Ryan Coogler’s (2018) major motion picture. A critical inquiry into the racial and socio political origins of the Black Panther this discussion will serve as a lens to survey the presence and impact of Blackness on the ethos of the comic book industry and global popular culture.
48 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
Episode 01: Superman vs Muhammad Ali
This discussion focused on the history and contemporary relevance of the 1978 DC Comics’ celebrity comic book, Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, which features Superman teaming up with the heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali to defeat an alien invasion of Earth. A racialized exploration into the visual and narrative construction of this iconic comic, this conversation will use Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, as a lens to discuss the socio-political climate of the late 70s and the evolution and meaning of Blackness in popular American culture. Superman vs. Muhammad Ali was based on an original story by Dennis O'Neil, which was adapted by Neal Adams, with pencils by Adams, figure inks by Dick Giordano, and background inks by Terry Austin.Wesley Hall has been an avid collector of comic books, for over 20 years, which feature Black characters and storylines. The Wesley and Chere Hall African American Comic Book Collection is archived at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. Wesley Hall is also a Digital Marketing professional whose expertise is centered on how media and marketing influence American popular culture; and the lived experiences of content consumers in the United States.
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