Why Black Superheroes aren’t successful
A.Lack of personal identity
Many black superheroes are just a black version of a characters that already exists. Icon is a black Superman, Photon is a black Captain Marvel, War Machine is a black Iron Man along with characters like Steel and Hardware. The idea as it is used by different companies is to take two characters and try to have them share the spotlight. However most of those black heroes are much weaker or less intelligent or have something as a part of their character that makes them inferior to their white counterpart. Logically why would anyone read War Machine when Iron Man does what he does..but so much better? It seems that when it comes to black heroes, their creation is always a business move to reach certain audiences when in reality, any character should only be created when when a writer\creator has a good idea for one. When you force it..ideas come out lackluster. DC has been able to capture a sound idealism with selling female characters, it’s odd they can’t do the same for black characters. If you take Cassandra Cain for instance, when she was Batgirl the comic did very well, the same gimmicks where used where she is tied to Batman himself..but what made her stand out as that she was actually a valid rival for the Batman, she was a valid rival for every member of the Bat-Family. The idea of being able to compete is powerful.
B. Lack of Importance
There aren’t alot of black heroes that have much of a role in any comic universe. A character like Black Panther although having his own book and his own adventures pales in comparison as far as popularity to characters like his wife, Storm. Why is that? Storm appeared in an extremely popular cartoon in the 90’s and she was a significant part of her team. She projected a role of dominance and leadership. Even as the King of Wakanda (a hidden nation in Africa), Black Panther fails to grasp the same popularity of Marvel’s other A-list characters. Storm had one thing on her side when it came to becoming as popular as she is.. exposure. It seems odd that companies can’t see that in order to get people to read comics with black heroes as the lead..they need a combination of exposure and importance. Blade had 3 successful films, and yet he appeared in less comics than Wolverine’s son, Daken whom has existed for less than a decade. Maybe is Vampires and the type of enemies Blade takes on actually meant something in the Marvel Universe than Blade’s role would become meaningful.
The conservative Christian group One Million Moms is calling on DC Comics and Marvel to immediately cancel all plans involving “homosexual superhero characters.”
Let me emphasize: the problem isn’t sexiness, or sexy costumes, it’s that artists casually revise her costume design to emphasize breasts to the degree that it overwhelms all sense of practicality and/or stealth. And they don’t, I suspect, consider why they do this, they simply frame their panels to accentuate her “assets” before conveying action, tone, or mood.
And this is where that Catwoman piece fails.
(3/3) This is something that just about everyone at Marvel ignored during Dark Reign, instead preferring a foul-mouthed sociopath who slept with half the Dark Avengers and at times was borderline incompetent. Brian Reed had her reveal that she killed her own mother. Brian Bendis said she used sex as a weapon. Matt Fraction described her as a lapdog, desperate for Osborn’s approval. This annoyed the hell out of me.
Yeah but I did her in the Ms Marvel book.