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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

All-Negro Comics, no. 1, June 1947. Philadelphia: All-Negro Comics, Inc. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (037.00.00)

African American Characters Created by African American Artists

Journalist Orrin Evans was the first black reporter to cover general news at a mainstream newspaper. He co-founded All-Negro Comics, Inc., with fellow journalist Harry Saylor as a way to show positive representations of African Americans. All-Negro Comics, no. 1, debuted in 1947, created solely by African Americans. Unable to find a wholesaler willing to sell him newsprint for a second issue, Evans returned to newspapers. However, his landmark All-Negro Comics was among the first American small press publications.