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20 Great Black Comic Book Characters

To celebrate Black History Month, ComicsAlliance presents some of our favorite black comic book characters, including old staples and new superstars.

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Liefeld, Deadpool, And Creator Credit

Rob Liefeld’s assertion that Fabian Nicieza rode his coat-tails in the creation of Deadpool raises interesting questions about who gets to claim a creator credit.

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Preview: Mockingbird #1

Novelist Chelsea Cain joins artist Kate Niemczyk for Bobbi Morse's first solo ongoing series Mockingbird. Check out an unlettered preview of issue #1.

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A Birthday Tribute to Bill Finger

Batman co-creator Bill Finger, born this day in 1914, rarely saw his name appear on his comics, but he's one of the most influential creators in comics history.

Just Making a Good Show: A Birthday Tribute to Bruce Timm

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Ask a generation of cartoon watchers what their prototypical Batman or Superman would look like, and there's a pretty good chance the image that will pop into the heads of many will look a whole lot like a Bruce Timm drawing. Same goes for Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Harley Quinn, The Flash, Martian Manhunter, Robin, Batgirl, Lois Lane and dozens of other DC characters.

Timm, born on this day in 1961, has made his career in animation, co-creating Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League, among other shows, but he has arguably had as much of an impact on superheroes as any living comic artist.

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‘The Flash’ Drops Killer New Frost Art for ‘Welcome to Earth-2’

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There’s no secret that The Flash will finally introduce us to Killer Frost with this coming Tuesday’s “Welcome to Earth-2,” but however much time we get to spend with an alternate-reality version of Caitlin Snow, The CW will make it memorable. Check out some chilly new Killer Frost art from the Tuesday premiere, along with brand-new photos from “Welcome to Earth-2.”

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20 Great Black Comic Book Characters

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It's no secret that white male leads have dominated comic books since --- well forever. In the '60s, Marvel and DC finally started to put a change to that with the addition of super-powered people of color, which led to some of today's biggest names in comics. But it still wasn't enough. Eventually the lack of diversity led to the onset of Milestone Media in the '90s, where Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Michael Davis, and Derek T. Dingle crafted several intriguing characters. With an increasingly active black nerd, or blerd, community, new black characters are being created every day --- primarily through independent publishers, though Marvel has also kickstarted a focus on one of its most notable black characters --- but more on that later.

To celebrate Black History Month, ComicsAlliance is running down our list of 20 Great Black Comic Book Characters. Our list considers old staples as well as some new favorites, including a certain katana wielding badass, space explorers and of course, plenty of superheroes.

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‘Walking Dead’ Will Time-Jump for Season 7, Plus Major Spoiler Leaks?

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The Walking Dead will return in under a week’s time, picking up with one of the biggest cliffhangers in the series’ history, and answering the question of whether or not Alexandria is here to stay. That said, Andrew Lincoln teases a huge change for the back half of Season 6, while a new leaked photo may confirm some deadly consequences ahead.

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Rob Liefeld, Deadpool and True Creator Credit

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With the Deadpool movie arriving in cinemas this week, media attention has turned to the character's co-creator Rob Liefeld, and it’s already caused a fair share of controversy. As part of an interview with the New York Times, Liefeld stated that he did “all the heavy lifting” in the creation of Deadpool, and even more bluntly, “I chose Fabian [Nicieza], and he got the benefit of the Rob Liefeld lottery ticket. Those are good coattails to ride.” Liefeld has called the article a "hit piece," but has made similar assertions on Twitter.

Liefeld’s words raise interesting questions about who gets to call themself the true creator of a character. Is it just the initial concept, idea, or design that warrants a creator credit, and does time spent defining a character count for anything?

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‘Gotham’ Reveals First Look at B.D. Wong’s Hugo Strange

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FOX’s Gotham has been on a cold snap of teasing its latest early Batman arrival, but another, equally sinister villain will make an ominous debut in the DC drama’s February 29 return. Meet Jurassic World star B.D. Wong’s take on Hugo Strange, in a new photo of the major Bat-Baddie’s debut!

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Star Trek, Star Wars, Cat Noir and Ladybug, One Punch Man, and More

In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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‘Mockingbird’ #1 Launches an Ongoing by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk [Preview]

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Bobbi Morse, superhero and SHIELD agent, is getting her own ongoing title, spinning out of the success of her SHIELD 50th Anniversary Special. Novelist Chelsea Cain joins artist Kate Niemczyk to tell the story of Mockingbird uncovering something shady in SHIELD's medical department.

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Ranger Station Episode 23: Itsy Bitsy Spider

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With 800 episodes over the course of 22 years, the Power Rangers television show is arguably the single most successful live-action superhero franchise of all time, and certainly one of the strangest. Adapted from Japan's long-running Super Sentai series, created by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori, the Power Rangers combined the giant robots and monsters of their Japanese counterpart with a completely different set of secret identities and problems, and became a pop cultural phenomenon. That's why we're looking back with an in-depth guide to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, including its source material, Kyuoryu Sentai Zyuranger, in ComicsAlliance's Ranger Station!

This week, one of the Rangers has to face their fears, and... wait, didn't we do this one before?

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The Unsung Hero: A Birthday Tribute To Bill Finger

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In 1939, Superman kicked open the doors of a brand new genre, and an entire generation of young creators did their level best to shape the future of superheroes. In that spirit, in an office in New York, a 24-year-old artist brought his creative partner an idea --- a name, really: "Bat-Man." Beyond that, there wasn't much to it. The artist was toying with the idea of a blonde, lantern-jawed hero in a domino mask who could fly, but his partner saw a little more to it.

Instead of the artist's bright red costume, the writer suggested a darker color scheme, something reminiscent of The Shadow, but with a cowl designed to mimic the ears of a bat, and give him a more fearsome appearance; and instead of super-powers, he could be a man who fought crime through his own strength and wits, driven by the tragic murder of his parents to spend his life in an endless war on crime. That writer was Bill Finger, born this day in 1914, and while his name rarely appeared on the comics he created, he remains one of the most influential creators in comic book history.

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