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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

African American Characters Created by African American Artists

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

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