It’s What “Coming to America” Was Based Off

Ethnically black characters have been featured in comic books since their inception, but they usually served small roles in the story and were often shown in a racist light. One of the most commonly cited examples is Ebony White from Will Eisner’s Spirit.

It was not until 1966 that Stan Lee created the first black superhero. Named the Black Panther, he was a vigilante like Batman, but unlike Batman, he had political immunity since he was the king of the fictional African country of Wakanda. (Actually, Eddie Murphy came from Zamunda.)

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