The Museum of Black Superheroes
July 20, 2006 10:04 AM   Subscribe

The Museum of Black Superheroes: There are galleries, articles, exhibits. See villians like Dreadlox and Hypno-Hustler, and heroes like Muhammad X and, well, Hero. All of these bios together in one place present an interesting picture.
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posted by OmieWise at 10:07 AM on July 20, 2006

What's a Nubian?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 10:20 AM on July 20, 2006

Huh...Never knew there was a black Batman.
posted by Bugbread at 10:21 AM on July 20, 2006

Has there ever been a Jewish superhero? (the Hebrew Hammer dosen't count)
posted by jonmc at 10:29 AM on July 20, 2006

Interesting. And it looks like the site has been around a long time, too.
posted by Gator at 10:30 AM on July 20, 2006

Has there ever been a Jewish superhero?

posted by Espy Gillespie at 10:34 AM on July 20, 2006

Some people think Superman's jewish.

Or this.
posted by Bearman at 10:37 AM on July 20, 2006

Comic books hate Black people.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 10:39 AM on July 20, 2006

Some people think Superman's jewish.

I saw a quote in an interview with Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman's creators, where they said as much, but I can't seem to find it now, dammit. Of course, he's not a practicing jew in the comics (specifically, he worships Rao), but they said they always imagined him being jewish when they were writing the comics.
posted by Gamblor at 10:43 AM on July 20, 2006

more jewish superheroes here (with a bafflingly shitty embedded pdf layout): None Apparently Allergic To Spandex
posted by hypocritical ross at 11:00 AM on July 20, 2006

When did Marvel give T'Challa, the Black Panther, a CAPE?

That's just stupid.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 11:06 AM on July 20, 2006

What? It looks like they left out Black Vulcan.

From Harvey Birdman: "They said it was some sort of budget thing, but I think it's because I complained that they were always pairing me up with a white Super Friend, like I was gonna start super-looting the minute they weren't watching. And you think I named myself Black Vulcan? Hell, no! I used to go by Super Volt. Black Vulcan was Aquaman's idea. And I said, 'Well, maybe we should just call you White Fish!'"
posted by Gamblor at 11:17 AM on July 20, 2006

Has there ever been a Jewish superhero?


But back onto the topic of black superheros, what's worse? The (mostly dead) convention that they have "Black" appended to the front of their name (Black Panther, Black Lightning/Vulcan, Black Goliath), or Marvel's weird insistance that all black characters have to be either blood relatives (my favorite: the reveal that Gateway, an Australian Aborigine, is the grandfather of Bishop, an African-American) or married to each other?
posted by COBRA! at 11:18 AM on July 20, 2006

Uhm, duh: they're all brothers.
posted by yerfatma at 11:21 AM on July 20, 2006

I couldn't find Supernigger in the museum.
posted by Mayor Curley at 11:27 AM on July 20, 2006

The Thing's a Jew?

posted by Astro Zombie at 11:42 AM on July 20, 2006

The Thing's a Jew?


Good thing he was jewish before his transformation. He'd have to be circumcized with an angle grinder.
posted by Mayor Curley at 11:51 AM on July 20, 2006 [1 favorite]

Would you like something to read?

Do you have anything light?

How about this leaflet, "Famous Jewish Sports Legends?"
posted by three blind mice at 12:07 PM on July 20, 2006

Man, I love The Thing. I've got all 36 issues of his first solo series (July 1983 – June 1986). I've got a T-shirt. If there was 'The Thing' toothpaste, I'd buy some. ("Hey! Your teeth sure look Orange and Rocky today!")

I know he's not technically a Superhero, but when I think 'Black Superheroes' I think of Muhammad Ali beating the shit out of Superman.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 1:42 PM on July 20, 2006

I gotta give it to Deathlok (Michael Collins) as the coolest black superhero. I don't see him on the site.
posted by Smedleyman at 1:52 PM on July 20, 2006

Sure, the Irish have been historically marginalized and he was a good leader, but I think it's a stretch to call Michael Collins a "black superhero."
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:59 PM on July 20, 2006

That link's a grand one, grabbingsand. Thanks for that. Reading about his time on Spiderman now. Oh the humility!
posted by Sparx at 3:27 PM on July 20, 2006

Some people think Superman's jewish.

Reminds me of that joke in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay when Sam suggests that Superman's Jewish because "Coming over from the old country, changing his name like that. Clark Kent, only a Jew would pick a name like that for himself"
posted by concrete at 12:28 AM on July 21, 2006

Wassamatta Mayor Curley, you’ve never heard of ‘black irish’?

Been thinking about the whole choosing Clark Kent as a name -
I’ve been writing a story about Superman as pure alien. He has a hard time replicating human patterns of thought, but saves lives because the field of intelligent life increases his own well being. Remember those sketches from - I believe it was SNL where the alien was running for office and says stuff like “If I were an alien - would I turn on this light ballb?” (spelling matches inflection)
So there’s a hyperreal middle america feel to Clark Kent. Like his flesh isn’t real, like he’s wearing a mask.
Clark: “Gee, Lois, I’m going apple picking with my mother today” *steve forbes wide eye stare* “I don’t think I can make that lunch”
Lois: “You’re going to fly out to Kansas? Today? In the middle of the afternoon just to - pick apples?”
Clark (long stare): “...Yes.”

Funny, I’d think black superheros would be far more plugged in and motivated to be superheros. I watched “Kinsey” last night and it was funny how (Tim Curry) was speaking about sexual proclivities, disparaging “negros” and was so clueless he didn’t know how “John” was used as slang - or “Peter” or “Dick” - the last was brought up by a black student.
You’d think there would be a “you don’t live around here, do you?” componant to a black superhero.
posted by Smedleyman at 12:45 PM on July 21, 2006

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