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    MY FAVORITE BLACK COMIC BOOK ARTISTS AND WRITERS

    A far-from-comprehensive list. Please order a title or titles now from your local comic book shop. And drop me a line with your recommendations!

    1. KYLE BAKER

    He's been around for ages and his distinctive art style still gives me a smile. You really have to explore the panel, and what you thought you initially saw may indeed be guiding you toward something else.

    I met him at a Convention, and he's a lovely human to boot. Some of his fantastic books include:

    2. Dick Tracy (1990 Movie tie-in)

    Disney / Via loutshelter.blogspot.com

    This three-issue prestige format series was essentially a movie prequel, with the final issue adapting the film. Bold and dynamic colors highlight this fun romp through Chester's Gould's creation.

    The collected edition of all three is titled Dick Tracy: The Complete True Hearts and Tommy Guns Trilogy.

    3. Plastic Man

    DC / Via amazon.com

    Baker's art couldn't have been more perfectly suited for a character than it is for good old Plasty. So much fun to see Baker streeeeeetch his imagination in page after page.

    4. Truth: Red, White, and Black

    Marvel / Via en.wikipedia.org

    This series retcons Captain America lore seamlessly as it explores the U.S.'s attempts to create Cap by experimenting on black soldiers.

    Baker's art is, at times, a little too loose for my liking, but he turns in some truly gorgeous individual panels, and a flowing narrative to go with Robert Morales' words.

    5. RONALD WIMBERLY

    Beautiful art and athletic storytelling.

    6. Prince of Cats

    Image Comics

    Weaving before and between Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, it's a samurai/hip-hop mixtape of verse and action, told from Tybalt's point-of-view. And it's going to be a movie directed by Spike Lee!

    7. Black History In Its Own Words

    Image Comics / Via pen.org

    Wimberly illustrates quotes from important historical black figures. Wonderful and rich.

    8. CHRISTOPHER PRIEST, REGINALD HUDLIN, and TA-NEHISI COATES

    All three have a massive body of work, but I'm focusing on their Black Panther work for Marvel. Black Panther has always been one of my favorite Marvel characters. The mythos for the character is incredibly layered and Shakespearean, and while Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created him, Priest, Hudlin, and Coates elevated T'Challa and co. to undreamed of heights.

    9. Priest's Black Panther run

    Marvel / Via amazon.com

    My favorite all-time run of BP. The filmmakers dipped into his run. Great guest stars and build-up of supporting characters. Priest's writing and some great art (mostly by Mark Texeira) solidified this as my definitive version of the character.

    10. Hudlin's run

    Marvel / Via amazon.com

    Hudlin turned in my second favorite take on BP, with art by the legendary John Romita, Jr. Marvel adapted his first story arc into a funky (but cool) motion comic with Djimon Hounsou as the voice of T'Challa. Hudlin's a prolific film producer, writer, and director in addition to being a hell of a comic book writer.

    11. Coates on BP

    Marvel / Via amazon.com

    Buoyed by Brian Stelfreeze's glorious art, Coates throws Wakanda into turmoil. The first volume is great, but it truly starts to soar in volume 2 and beyond. Plus, his portrayal of Shuri gives me goosebumps.

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    I could go on and on, and I'm embarassed that I wasn't able to include any black female comic book creators. View this list as a starting place. Please let me know your favorites!

    13. Bonus! Black comic book shop owners:

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