Diversity in comics is always important but currently it is a hot topic in the comic book industry and broader pop culture fandom discourse. In the vein of a modern legacy of reintroducing characters of color in their own titles, Marvel, which is along with DC one of two major comic book publishers and entertainment media companies, announced the latest solo comic featuring a character of color. Marvel announced that dimension-hopping Latina superhero, Miss America Chavez, created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta, will star in her own comic in 2017. America continued to gain popularity following Kieron Gillen and Jaime McKelvie’s reimagining of the character in their 2011 Young Avengers run. A Latina comic book lead should be a major moment for Marvel save for one wrinkle—Casey and Dragotta announced this summer their new, creator-owned series featuring a butt-kicking, cosmic superhero called America Vasquez. Sound familiar?
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal website on November 3, 2016. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Gonzalez, Maricela, "Will the Real Miss America Please Stand Up? Copyright Considerations in Recent Comics News" (2016). AELJ Blog. 132.