Anyone who knows comic books can look no further than Marvel and DC, two of the most well known comic book publishers that exist. However, even they aren’t immune to being involved in controversy or failing to accurately portray specific characters of a certain race, ethnicity or gender. One example was in the case of the New Mutants with the character Dani Moonstar or “Mirage,” who was seen as a painful Cheyenne stereotype.
However, Marvel has excelled in another ways, in the case of Black Panther, the first black superhero who rules his own kingdom called Wakanda. More recently, some illustrators in Africa, particularly with an arthouse called Leti Arts, has taken to creating their own superheroes as a way of telling stories and accurately portraying how the African continent really is.
In one case, South African illustrator Loyiso Mkize, who already had an interest in comic books, took it to the next level and created his own hero named Kwezi. He described Kwezi as a typical teenager who learns he’s a descendant of an ancient race and has to learn how to acknowledge his superpowers.