Tag Archives: Black Cartoon Characters

The Space Sentinels Cartoon – Astrea

The Space Sentinels Cartoon – Astrea

Astrea was the first Black female superhero featured in a Saturday Morning Cartoon series, the Space Sentinels. Roman mythological figures Hercules and Mercury were joined by Astrea, one of the most respected and esteemed goddesses of the Greek and Roman world to form a superhero team to protect mankind.

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Tarzan and The Super 7 – Micro Woman And Super Stretch Cartoon

Tarzan and The Super 7 – Micro Woman And Super Stretch Cartoon

Chris and Christy Cross are Micro Woman and Super Stretch, a fictional, shape-shifting, husband and wife crime fighting team. They were the first Black Superhero duo and the first Black Husband and Wife superhero duo to appear in a Saturday Morning Cartoon.

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Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Comic Book

Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids Comic Book

 

The character Fat Albert first appeared in Bill Cosby’s stand-up comedy routine “Buck Buck,” as recorded on his 1967 album Revenge. The stories were based upon Cosby’s tales about growing up in inner city North Philadelphia. In 1969, Cosby and veteran animator Ken Mundie brought Fat Albert to animation in a one-shot prime-time special entitled Hey, Hey, Hey, It’s Fat Albert. The special, which aired on NBC, was a hybrid of live-action and animation.

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The Harlem Globetrotters Comic Book Collection

The Harlem Globetrotters Comic Book Collection

 

In April 1972, Gold Key Comics launched a comic adaptation of the Harlem Globetrotters animated series; their first comic book appearance was in issue #8 of Gold Key’s Hanna-Barbera Fun-In, published in July 1971.

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Basketball Jones 70′s Cartoon Classic from Cheech and Chong

Basketball Jones 70′s Cartoon Classic from Cheech and Chong

Who could forget the days of Cheech and Chong. Up In Smoke and all the rest of their comedy reflected their hippie and drug based roots. Among their more famous routines was Basketball Jones, a song which was sung in falsetto by Cheech Marin, playing the title character Tyrone (as in “tie-your-own”) Shoelaces.

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Star Trek The Animated Series – Lt Uhura

Star Trek The Animated Series – Lt Uhura

Lt Uhura was the first positive Black character from a TV series to appear as that character in a Saturday morning cartoon series.

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Afrodisiac

Afrodisiac

From the minds of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca, the Afrodisiac phenomena got it’s start in 2005 as short stories and anthologies. Jim Rugg, co-creator of the Afrodisiac comic series, recently stated in an interview with Comic Book Resources “ We try to capture the style and energy of the great Blaxploitation movies”.

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The Princess And The Frog

The Princess And The Frog

So it took the election of the first Black President, a beautiful Black first lady and two Black tween girls living in the White House for Disney to make a Black princess movie.

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Josie And The Pussycats Cartoon – Valerie Brown – Animated Trailblazing Sistah!

Josie And The Pussycats Cartoon – Valerie Brown – Animated Trailblazing Sistah!

 

“Josie and the Pussycats!
Long tails — and ears for hats!
Guitars in sharps and flats!
Neat, sweet, a groovy song! You’re invited, come along!”

The Museum of UnCut Funk pays homage to Valerie Brown, the first positive Black female character in a Saturday morning animated cartoon series, Josie and the Pussy Cats.

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Meet “The Man” – Ralph Bakshi

Meet “The Man” – Ralph Bakshi

Palestine native Ralph Bakshi was raised in Brooklyn, New York. A talented artist, Bakshi worked at the Terrytoons animation studio, directed episodes of Deputy Dawg and James Hound and worked on the Hekyll and Jekyll and Mighty Mouse cartoons. In 1965, he put together The Mighty Heroes “superhero” TV cartoon series, featuring some of the most ridiculous superguys in history: Tornado Man, Cuckooman, Ropeman, Strongman, and Diaper Baby. Bakshi’s also worked on the Spiderman series.

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