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While we recorded this episode before the news from DC FanDome that DC Comics would be bringing back the Milestone heroes, including Static and Icon, Dwayne McDuffie matters to comics and beyond. This episode, with the help of John (aka Sceritz), creator of Scorpio, we dive into Dwayne McDuffie’s history in comics from Marvel and trading cards, to co-founding Milestone Media, and how his work in animation defined the beloved DC Animated Universe. We dive into the heroes he created, their backgrounds and how they broke the mold, and we also cover the scathing letter he sent to Marvel to make his point on the representation of Black communities in comic books. We also detail the issues Dwayne McDuffie dealt with from DC leadership which led to the shuttering of Milestone Media and why he was removed from working on the Justice League in the 2000s.
If you’re unfamiliar with Dwayne Glenn McDuffie, he was an American writer of comic books and television, known for producing and writing the animated series Static Shock, Justice League Unlimited and Ben 10, and co-founding the pioneering minority-owned-and-operated comic-book company Milestone Media, which focused on underrepresented minorities in American comics. He earned three Eisner Award nominations for his work in comics and since his death had funds and diversity awards in his name.
Ultimately, we detail the generation of creators influenced by Dwayne McDuffie and how his work in comics and television set the standard for representation in storytelling.