Reflecting the changing political climate, the representation of racial and ethnic minorities in comic books have also evolved over time. Throughout history, comics have reflected the sociopolitical attitudes of their writers and readers. In America, early comics consisted primarily of short, humorous comic strips printed in newspapers. In the s, comics evolved into longer, action -oriented storylines and transitioned into the comic medium format. It began addressing important contemporary political issues. For example, some have suggested that the Wonder Woman character and title evolved as a vehicle to communicate pro-American attitudes during World War II.
For one, most other characters speak clear English or have British accents. The cartoon's King Louie The character is widely panned as exemplifying "negative racial stereotyping" and connoting inequality between African-Americans and Caucasians. Disney's animated film "Peter Pan" is a story about siblings who follow a flying boy who never grows up into a magical world full of adventure.
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Black people have been portrayed in comics since the medium 's beginning, with their portrayals often the subject of controversy. The integration of black characters in mainstream and superhero comics has endured various obstacles and challenges. Critics have noted that black men and women have often been portrayed as jungle or ghetto stereotypes, and have often been portrayed as sidekicks as opposed to primary characters. Cartoonist Lee Falk 's adventure comic strip Mandrake the Magician featured the African supporting character Lothar from its debut. He was a former "Prince of the Seven Nations", a federation of jungle tribes, but passed on the chance to become king and instead followed Mandrake on his world travels, fighting crime.