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Remembering Black Panther, oh and Queery

You may be asking yourself why is there an article about Black Panther on the Queery website? Well gentle viewer, if you continue reading you’ll soon find out why we at Queery can never forget the 2018 film, Black Panther.

Way back in the 1960s, a young, white, Jewish male (that’s me) started reading comic books. Many of them were written by older, white, Jewish males (not me). And so many of the characters in comics were white. That is until the mid-1960s. You see, that decade was an incredible period for change in US history. The space program, the civil rights movement, even the start of the internet helped create a new, more challenging world. This new world would challenge comic books as well.

While the country also had a great deal of unrest during the 1960s, like the Vietnam War and the assassinations of President Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, some positive things happened as well. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 helped give black people equal rights. Social injustice was being fought through the efforts of Dr. King. Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to win an academy award for best actor. Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American appointed to the US Supreme Court. The 60s was clearly a time when strong black representation was of extreme importance in our country, particularly in media, government, and human rights. So it became apparent that positive black representation was needed in comic books as well. Now what does all of this have to do with Queery? I’m getting there, so please stick with me.