It’s no secret that I’m a secret comic book geek. One of the sites that I check regularly is Don Markenstein’s Toonopedia. It is an absolute treasure trove of information on all things ‘toon – comics, TV cartoons, movie shorts, etc.
Today Mr. Markenstein published an entry about Lobo – the first black comic book character to rate his own comic book. My brother and I had the first issue of this book – we were big western fans before we discovered superheroes the following year with the advent of Batman on TV. It is sad that in 1965 retailers refused to put this comic on the racks simply because it featured a black man. But it didn’t bother my brother and I. Not that we were particularly liberal or enlightened, but simply because we were used to cheering for another black hero – Bobo Brazil – every Saturday morning on Big Time Wrestling.
In this historic year, where a black man (with an Arabic name no less) has the potential to become the President of the United States of America, it is certainly educational to look back on how far we’ve come in the last 43 years – Gayle Quinnell not withstanding.
Check out the Toonopedia entry on Lobo.