San Diego, California: Yoe Books, 2020. Hardcover. 248pp. Quarto [28.5]. Illustrated paper over boards. No dust jacket, as issued. New. Item #59168
"Hear the riveting stories of Black artists who drew–mostly covertly behind the scenes–superhero, horror, and romance comics in the early years of the industry.
The life stories of each man’s personal struggles and triumphs are represented as they broke through into a world formerly occupied only by whites. Using primary source material from World War II-era Black newspapers and magazines, this compelling book profiles pioneers like E.C. Stoner, a descendant of one of George Washington’s slaves, who became a renowned fine artist of the Harlem Renaissance and the first Black artist to draw comic books. Perhaps more fascinating is Owen Middleton who was sentenced to life in Sing Sing. Middleton’s imprisonment became a cause célèbre championed by Will Durant, which led to Middleton’s release and subsequent comics career. Then there is Matt Baker, the most revered of the Black artists, whose exquisite art spotlights stunning women and men, and who drew the first groundbreaking Black comic book hero, Vooda!"