I’m a huge comic book fan and I’ve been collecting comics for quite some time (the late 70s). At this point, I collect to read and for fun, but I wanted to amp it up to “Hard Mode.”
Two years ago, I started my 1972 Project to collect comics I would have bought in 1972, the year I was born. I collected comics that a 13-year-old version of myself would have purchased in the year 1972. There were a lot of comics there.
Now I’ve embarked on another project, this one is the People of Color Project.
My goal is to collect what I consider landmark comics for people of color. Not just any comics, but ones I believe culturally influential books. Characters that were first, or had some significant impact on comics and the PoC community.
Below is a visual list of comics I own (in gray) and comics I need/want (in red).
The Rules for the Project:
- If I can, I must buy it at a comic shop, or convention.
- It doesn’t have to be a Mint grade book.
- No reprints.
- must be the first appearance of a hero of color.
- has to be a physical copy (no digital books).
- I have until 2021 to finish.
I also need the help of other comic fans with suggestions for characters I’ve forgotten.
Caveat– A lot of PoC started to proliferate in the late 80s and beyond. Although important, they aren’t very significant. There are a few outliers such as Steel, but for the most part, please no suggestions for Chapel, or Riri Williams.