The best of minorities in cartoons: Movember

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Movember is an annual month-long event during November. Movember involves men growing mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues (depression, cancer, etc.)—the term “Movember” is a portmanteau of the British English spelling of “mustache” (“moustache”) and “November.” As such, I thought it’d be interesting to list some minority cartoon characters (out of the ones I’ve already … Read more

Top 10 1970s TV cartoon theme songs

Josie and the Pussycats

The 1970s saw a big shift in animation, away from the more violent superhero, funny animal and action cartoons of the 60s. An example of this is the top superhero cartoon of the decade being “Super Friends,” where the heroes weren’t allowed to punch villains the way they would’ve a decade earlier. Many of the … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Fire (DC Comics)

Fire and Ice

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Fire (real name: Beatriz Bonilla da Costa), a Brazilian superheroine published by DC Comics. Fire first appeared in “Super Friends” #25 (October 1979), and was created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon. Background Beatriz first appeared in the “Super Friends” comics as the “Green Fury,” a heroine … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Seraph

Seraph

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Seraph (real name: Chaim Levon), a superhero in DC Comics. Seraph first appeared in “Super Friends” #7 (October 1977). Chaim was created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon. Background Seraph was created for the “Super Friends” tie-in comic in the late 70s as part of an effort to … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: El Dorado

El Dorado

Completing the various minority Super Friends members, this week we’ll look at El Dorado. The hero was introduced during the early 1980s run of the show. Background El Dorado possessed various vaguely defined powers, including the ability to cast illusions and some mental abilities (including possibly telepathy). One episode shows him physically fighting the villainous Kalibak, … Read more

Anthony’s DC Comics picks for April 2014

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Here’s what’s of interest coming out from DC Comics for April. Full solicitations are available here. Comics Adventures of Superman #12, on sale Apr. 30, $4 (digital first) Batman ’66 #10, on sale Apr. 30, $4 (digital first) Astro City #11, on sale Apr. 9, $4 Looney Tunes #218, on sale Apr. 2, $3 Trade … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Samurai

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Continuing from last week’s Super Friends theme, this week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Samurai, another Super Friend. Background Samurai is a Japanese hero who was created in the late 70s, in a push for diversity. Similar heroes created alongside Samurai were Apache Chief, Black Vulcan, and El Dorado. Samurai’s powers are similar to those of … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Apache Chief

MacBook Air on a table

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Apache Chief, of the long-running Saturday morning series “Super Friends.” Background Chief (no real name was ever given) joined the Super Friends during the now famed 1978-1979 “Challenge of the Super Friends” season. He was created as part of a push to add a more ethnically diverse range … Read more

The best 1970s superhero TV show or movie openings

Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour

Moving on from the 1960s, here’s my choices for runners-up to the best superhero openings of the 1970s. The 70s’ best openings were the Christopher Reeve Superman movie and the Wonder Woman TV show. As you’ll see, there’s fewer choices for the 70s versus the 60s. Various changes in late 1960s children’s programming led to … Read more