Podcast conversations about the Black comicverse. Facilitated by Wesley Hall and The Auburn Ave Research Library.

The Superheroes In Color Podcast

Wesley and Chere Hall have been collecting comic books featuring Black characters for over twenty years. In July of 2018, the Halls donated their entire collection to The Auburn Avenue Research Library where the Wesley and Chere Hall African-American Comic Collection is now a permanent archive. That collection is the basis for the Superheroes In Color Podcast.

Episode 04:
Sweet Christmas! The Tragedy of Luke Cage

Superheroes in Color - Episode 04 Sweet Christmas! The Tragedy of Luke Cage
Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 June, 1972. Published by Marvel Comics. Script: Archie Goodwin. Pencils: George Tuska. Inks: Billy Graham. Letters: Skip Kohloff.
From the hokey catchphrase "Sweet Christmas" to the metaphor of a 6 foot 6 inch, 425 pound bulletproof Black man with superhuman strength living in the United States, this episode explores the failures and successes of Marvel Comics’ Luke Cage (aka Powerman) - who is among the first Black superheroes to be featured in the Marvel Universe.
Episode 04: Sweet Christmas! The Tragedy of Luke Cage
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Episode 03:
Some Lesser-Known Storylines

Some Lesser-Known Storylines
Prince: Alter-Ego January, 1991. Published by DC Comics. Script: Dwayne McDuffie. Pencils: Denys Cowan. Inks: Kent Williams. Colors: Noelle Giddings. Letters: Robert (Bob) Lappan.
In Episode 03, we dig through the crates to explore some lesser-known black characters and storylines found in the shadows of the comic universe. While not part of the black comic book canon, these compelling characters and storylines dramatically expanded the breadth and scope of how Blackness was curated into comics and comic culture.
Episode 03: Some Lesser-Known Storylines
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Episode 02:
The Impact of The Black Panther

The Impact of The Black Panther
Fantastic Four #52 July, 1966. Published by Marvel Comics. Script: Stan Lee. Pencils: Jack Kirby. Inks: Joe Sinnott. Colors: Stan Goldberg. Letters: Terry Austin.
In Episode 02, Reginald McKie and Morris Gardner join us for a discussion on the origin and evolution of the Black Panther.  Our panel runs the Black Panther gamut as we discuss everything from the Klu Klux Klan to Kimoyo Beads.
Episode 02: The Impact of The Black Panther
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Episode 01:
Superman vs Muhammad Ali

Superman vs Muhammad Ali
Superman vs Muhammad Ali February, 1978. published by DC Comics. Original story by Dennis O'Neil. Adapted and penciled by Neal Adams. Inked by Dick Giordano. Background inked by Terry Austin.
In our first discussion, we focus on the history and contemporary relevance of the 1978 DC Comics celebrity comic book, Superman vs. Muhammad Ali. This conversation will use Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, as a lens to discuss the socio-political climate of the late 70s and the evolution and meaning of Blackness in popular American culture.
Episode 01: Superman vs. Muhammad Ali
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Auburn Avenue Research LibrarySuperheroes In Color is created in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta, Georgia where the Wesley and Chere Hall African-American Comic Book Collection is housed.
           
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