Diversity, change comes to comicbook industry

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Diversity, change comes to comicbook industry

When one thinks of superheroes, Iron Man, Superman, Batman and Spiderman come to mind.

Diversity, change comes to comicbook industry

Diversity, change comes to comicbook industry

When one thinks of superheroes, Iron Man, Superman, Batman and Spiderman come to mind. The ones that dominate Hollywood's box-office have been almost always been men and almost always white. Rarely have they been women or minorities, but the comic book landscape may be changing.

The ones that dominate Hollywood’s box-office have been almost always been men and almost always white. Rarely have they been women or minorities, but the comic book landscape may be changing.

The traditional superhero is changing face now. In 2011, Marvel Comics unveiled the new Spiderman: Miles Morales, a half-black, half-Hispanic teenager. And last year Sam Wilson, the African American superhero known as the Falcon became the new Captain America.

But it’s not just minorities becoming more prominent in the super hero universe.

In 2013, Kamala Khan, a teenage Pakistani-American girl with shape-shifting abilities became the new Misss Marvel.

It was one of the first efforts by a major comic book publisher to provide a window into the American Muslim experience.


Sana Amanat on the growing influence of women in comic books

Sana Amanat is one of the people pushing for a cultural shift in the superhero universe. Also, she’s the director of content and character development at Marvel Comics.

CCTV America’s Shraysi Tandon sat down with Sana Amanat to talk about the growing influence of women in comic books.

  • Zed

    “Rarely have they been women or minorities, but the comic book landscape may be changing.”

    No it really hasn’t. See contrary to popular uninformed opinion (usually defined by poorly fact checked article like this one), comics have had a wider collection of diversity for decades than most other media.

    There have always been female characters in comics & characters of ethnicities other than Caucasian have been common place since the 70’s.

    Lets put it this way, do you know what Miles Morales Spiderman, Sam Wilson Captain America & Kamala Khan Ms Marvel have in common? Plummeting sales figures. Because unlike in the past where the books were still about the characters, now these “diversity” books lack for any kind of compelling narrative. The only focus is on the characters minority status, there is no depth to them.

    So no the change isn’t the introduction of diversity, the change is the death of narrative depth & the loss of writing talent.