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Big Bang theorists may theorize they are the center of the comic book  universe. And they may be right. But Marvel movies have shown a wider audience exists. Can they expand the fandom universe? Yes, if they make compelling characters for other demographic markets. I put elements of Mami Wata (top middle) into one of my book characters and wanted to see if any comic book characters match up. Most characters connected to snakes and Voodoo act as villains and the list of black female superheroes is lacking. Zora Neale Hurston took flak for how she characterized her fellow people of Black skin. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who co-produces and writes for Glee, had his work on the comic book series Marvel Divas criticized as misogynistic. The man got a GLAAD Media Award, think about that for a moment. I’m sure it dampens the desire to create diversity. Putting muscles on women makes them look more masculine, so other feminine traits have to be exaggerated to compensate.

I write about Florida and Zora Neale Hurston is part of our history. She wrote about Hoodoo. Miguel Covarrubias’s illustration (bottom left) depicts Zora, as she lies on a snake-skin for three days, in an initiation ritual order led by a supposed nephew of the famous hoodoo priestess, Marie Leveau ( Angela Bassett, another Floridian recently played Marie Leveau in “American Horror Story: Coven.”

The bottom center image depicts the Marvel Comics villain, Calypso. a voodoo priestess. Notice, Black Mamba (bottom right from http://marvel.wikia.com/Calypso_Ezili_(Earth-616)) looks more like White Mamba; she gets her name from her dark energy superpowers. Princess Python (top right: cover art for Punisher War Journal (vol 2) #16
Art by Alex Maleev) is another snake related villain and I thought the cover art had a voodoo look to it.

The point of this post is that a Black female writer or artist will probably have to champion a Black female superhero and to make not of a couple of my allusions. I thought my research may have led to more allusions but I saw mostly dead-end.

 

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