The Creator of Scotland’s First Black Superhero May Have Missed Classic Comics


STV News tells the story of a Congo native who moved to Scotland and created a black superhero who represents the latter country:

beats of war tells the story of Scotland’s first black comic book superhero, DJ ET, and pays homage to the two countries its creator calls home.

Filmmaker and DJ Etienne Kubwabo started writing the comic in 2018 – seven years after moving to Glasgow from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

[…] Beats of War sees DJ AND take on gangs and features references to Scotland and African culture, including real Glasgow and Congo landmarks.

The comic has sold over 15,000 copies since its launch last year and has seen Etienne lead workshops in classrooms across the country.

Again, it’s great when people decide to create their own superheroes. But what is 15,000 in sales? Even in Europe, it’s nothing big. And then the author brings up something that has become an all-too-common cliché:

Etienne recalled his lifelong love for superheroes, but I did not feel represented in the pages of Marvel and DC.

“I grew up watching Spiderman and Superman, but they didn’t look like me,” he said. “I wanted to inspire other kids who might see themselves in this character.

“I feel like I’ve helped kids of color around the world who don’t feel represented.

Wait a minute. He look at – not Lily – their? Guess the movies and TV shows he watched didn’t even feature Robbie Robertson, who was Spidey’s first major African-American cast member in the late ’60s. ‘ve ever looked at the full range of Marvel and DC, as he would find they had Black Panther, Black Lightning, Storm, Luke Cage, Vixen and Falcon to offer, and the stories produced up to the turn of the century were worth watching to be read.

What this implies is that beats of warThe creator of was much more informed by TV and movies than by comics per se and that’s a shame. As a result, it’s no wonder this article seems so nonsensical, as there has been representation for POC in the past, even in indie creations, but the mainstream press only gives us these hazy reports obscuring creations keys to the history of the comic medium, despite the production of the Black Panther film. This is exactly what makes these articles frustrating.

Kudos to the guy for producing a comic paying homage to two countries, but the way the mainstream media continues to fake comic book history is insulting to the intellect and does nothing to improve the status of a collapsing industry.

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