Orrin Evans and All Negro Comics

Sean Quimby, Director, Kislak Center

In 1947, twenty-one years before the Black Panther character first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, the African American journalist and Philadelphian, Orrin Evans, published the one and only issue of All Negro Comics.

April 22, 2022 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm @ Virtual
Front cover of All Negro Comics, 1947

In 1947, twenty-one years before the Black Panther character first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four, the African American journalist and Philadelphian, Orrin Evans, published the one and only issue of All Negro Comics. Cutting across genres, from super hero to hard-boiled detective, the comic sought to give audiences “a finer appreciation of their African heritage.” This talk will look at how precisely Evans sought to do this and why, sadly, the comic’s run was limited to just one issue.

This program will be presented via Zoom.

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These monthly lunchtime presentations by Kislak curators, faculty, and students focus on individual works or small archives and collections found among the holdings of the Kislak Center.

Featured image: All Negro Comics, Philadelphia, 1947: front cover (Comics Collection, Kislak Center)