The development of African American characters in the comics

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OCL’s own Chris Barnes leads a discussion about African American characters in comics during a Black History Month program held on Feb. 20 at the Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library.

The well attended program centered on how African American characters evolved from stereotypes to fleshed out personalities. Barnes discussed the evolution of characters like Ebony White from the classic comic book series “The Spirit” in the 1940s and how he had changed to his modern day counterpart. He also discussed the development of black superheroes such as Marvel Comics Power Man and DC Comics Black Lightening among many others during the hour long program.  Barnes also touched on African American artists and writers who helped bring African American characters to mainstream popularity. The program concluded with a comics trivia quiz which also covered many of the topics he discussed during the night.

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