Aesthetic Grooves

1964 Treasure Chest Comic – A Black President!!!

1964 Treasure Chest Comic – A Black President!!!

The 1964 story line Pettigrew for President featured a Black candidate for the Presidency of the Untied States. Considering the times, this was a pretty risky story line for Treasure Chest, or for that matter, any other comic title in America. The serialized story began in the issue cover dated January 30, 1964, Volume 19, #11. Treasure Chest #19 is in the archives of the Museum Of UnCut Funk.

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When Muhammad Ali Knocked Out Kal-El circa 1978

When Muhammad Ali Knocked Out Kal-El circa 1978

Superman vs. Muhammad Ali…The Museum Of UnCut Funk has 8 copies of this classic comic book in it’s archives.

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Five Offensive Comic Books

Five Offensive Comic Books

From the moment the Golden Age of comics hit the shelves of drug stores and penny candy stops, the mythology and lore created by comic books has become a part of not only American, but global culture – so much so that the images and names of many characters are well-known in every corner of the world.  Everyone knows the origin of Batman. Children know the name Superman. Teens across the world relate to the hardships of Spider-man, but what do people remember the most about such characters? If anything else, the character’s name is the beginning of what defines them, who they are, and what they stand for.

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Zombies and A.C. Hollingsworth circa 1952

Zombies and A.C. Hollingsworth circa 1952

Count down to Halloween..Comic Books featuring Black writers, artists and story tellers.

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Franklin and The Peanuts

Franklin and The Peanuts

The Peanuts cartoon franchise started in the early 1950s and is one of the most famous and influential cartoon series of all time. Because Peanuts was featured primarily in comic strips in the Sunday newspaper and later in films and television specials, its target audience is family friendly, with both children and adults taking part. In 1968, which was also in the heat of the civil rights movement, a new character, Franklin, was introduced into the Sunday comic strip. Because he was Black, Franklin made history and quickly became one of the most famous Black cartoon characters of all time.

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Coloring The Color Line with Franklin

Coloring The Color Line with Franklin

Like many other venues in 1960s America, the comics page was essentially racially segregated. The diversification of the comics required the mainstream acceptance of Charles Schulz’ Peanuts and the persistent idealism of one of its readers.

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Franklin can SWIM!!!

Franklin can SWIM!!!

In the summer of 1968, Charles Schulz decided not to take the path of least resistance and introduce the world to Franklin, the first and only Black Peanuts character. 

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The Lost Comic Strips of Franklin circa 1968

The Lost Comic Strips of Franklin circa 1968

Franklin made his first Peanuts comic strip appearance on August 1, 1968 in a short run of four comic strips which lasted three days. Franklin did not reappear until October 15, 1968. Check out the lost comic strips of Franklin from Peanuts.

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The Overanalyzation of Franklin’s Thanksgiving Feast

The Overanalyzation of Franklin’s Thanksgiving Feast

Franklin, the sole Black member of the Peanuts ensemble, is sitting all by himself on one side of the table.

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Valerie Smith In Comic Books

Valerie Smith In Comic Books

The Museum Of UnCut Funk presents A Josie and The Pussycats Comic Book Retrospective featuring Valerie Smith.

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Corey Pickett

Corey Pickett

The Museum Of UnCut Funk thanks Corey Pickett for agreeing to showcase his work in Aesthetic Grooves. Corey creates works of art that is consistent with our mission to pay homage to Black Icons from the 1970’s and beyond.

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Minorities in Cartoons: “The New Archies”

Minorities in Cartoons: “The New Archies”

Anthony Dean is the owner of Anthony’s Notes. He enjoys writing about media and technology related topics; comics and animation are also hobbies of his. The Museum Of UnCut Funk thanks Anthony for giving us permission to post his article in Aesthetic Grooves.

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Marcus Kwame Anderson’s Art

Marcus Kwame Anderson’s Art

His name is Marcus Kwame Anderson. He creates paintings, drawings, comics, music, poems and whatever else moves him. The Museum Of UnCut Funk is inspired by the passion Marcus invests in his work.

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March: Book One

March: Book One

Legendary American congressman John Lewis, already a hero of America’s civil rights movement, will join the ranks of American superheroes on bookshop shelves as he prepares to launch a comic book version of his remarkable life story.

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Artistic Tribute To Trayvon Martin

Artistic Tribute To Trayvon Martin

In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, I needed time to reflect and to find a way for the Museum Of UnCut Funk to honor Trayvon Martin. I have decided to feature as much art as I could find created by those who are feeling the same way that I am. RIP Trayvon. Let the art speak for itself.

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Soyinka I. Ogunbusola

Soyinka I. Ogunbusola

I had the pleasure of meeting Soyinka at this year’s ECBACC event and I invited her to join our Aesthetic Grooves family. I hope you enjoy reading about Soyinka and support her work.

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The Art of Nadine Hamata

The Art of Nadine Hamata

The images I picked are some of my own personal favorites. I think they are strong in the expressions and give the contemplator the feeling he’s part of their emotion. Also it’s a bit of a mix between pencil drawing/digital work and scribbling. I think I’m strong in architecture drawing as well. I love showing face expressions period. On 80% of my drawings you see people that don’t smile, you see strong characters and a lot of emotion through the eyes…Nadina

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2013 AfriCoz at ECBACC

2013 AfriCoz at ECBACC

Do you know your Black Superheroes? Well, now you have no excuse not to. Welcome to AfriCoz: the first costume and cosplay contest celebrating characters of African descent in comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and film!

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The 2013 Glyph Comic Award Winners

The 2013 Glyph Comic Award Winners

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is pleased to announce  and congratulate the 2013 Glyph Comic Award Winners.

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Anthony Pugh

Anthony Pugh

The Museum Of UnCut Funk welcomes Anthony Pugh to the Aesthetic Grooves family. Anthony is a talented illustrator who has worked with some of the biggest heavy weights in the advertising industry.

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