Where are our black superheroes? Inspired by Marvel Comics, Bahian artist turns myths of African Orixás (deities) into superheroes

Black Brazil Today


Note from BW of Brazil: Just like any young boy, I spent a great amount of my time in the fantasy world of the superheroes. It was a regular part of my life. I remember growing up in Detroit, there was a time when a local TV channel featured a different 30-minute Marvel superhero every day of the week. First, from Monday through Friday, at 4pm, there were the adventures of “your friendly neighborhood Spiderman“. And then at 4:30, there was a different hero holding down the next 30-minute slot. I don’t remember the exact order, but the Marvel superheroes were Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, Ironman and the Submariner. Also during this time period, there were Saturday morning cartoons featuring the DC Comic heroes, The Superfriends, cheesy TV shows such as Shazam, Isis and Batman, and later the original three Superman films. Even growing up…

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