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    DescriptionWhat do the comic book figures Static, Hardware, and Icon all have in common? "Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans" gives an answer that goes far beyond "tights and capes," an answer that lies within the mission Milestone Media, Inc., assumed in comic book culture. Milestone was the brainchild of four young black creators who wanted to part from the mainstream and do their stories their own way. This history of Milestone, a "creator-owned" publishing company, tells how success came to these mavericks in the 1990s and how comics culture was expanded and enriched as fans were captivated by this new genre. Milestone focused on the African American heroes in a town called Dakota. Quite soon these black action comics took a firm position in the controversies of race, gender, and corporate identity in contemporary America. Characters battled supervillains and sometimes even clashed with more widely known superheroes. Front covers of Milestone comics often bore confrontational slogans like "Hardware: A Cog in the Corporate Machine is About to Strip Some Gears." Milestone's creators aimed for exceptional stories that addressed racial issues without alienating readers. Some competitors, however, accused their comics of not being black enough or of merely marketing Superman in black face. Some felt that the stories were too black, but a large cluster of readers applauded these new superheroes for fostering African American pride and identity. Milestone came to represent an alternative model of black heroism and, for a host of admirers, the ideal of masculinity. "Black Superheroes" gives details about the founding of Milestone and reports on the secure niche its work and its image achieved in the marketplace. Tracing the company's history and discussing its creators, their works, and the fans, this book gauges Milestone alongside other black comic book publishers, mainstream publishers, and the history of costumed characters.


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    Title
    Black Superheroes
    Subtitle
    Milestone Comics and Their Fans
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeffrey Brown
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 146 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781578062829
    ISBN 10: 1578062829
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21800
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ART
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: AKLC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 741.5
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000
    Ingram Subject Code: HU
    Libri: I-HU
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 42
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: CGN000000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 741.5/089/96073
    LC classification: PN6725 .B76 2001
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 741.50899607
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: AKLC
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    22 b&w cartoons, line drawings and photographs
    Publisher
    Roundhouse Publishing Ltd
    Imprint name
    Roundhouse Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    05 April 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Flap copy
    A history of the trailblazing comics that broke color barriers and portrayed African Americans in heroic storylines