August 11, 2011 – Segment 1

Peter Parker, the legendary comic book alter ego of Spider-Man, is dead.   At least, he’s dead in one of the Marvel Comics universes.  And in that universe, his powers now rest in a young man named Miles Morales, who happens to be half African American and half Hispanic.
Today we take a look at the new comic book hero, and the history of racial politics and comic books.

Joining us are:

Dr. Lester Spence, Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, blogger at, and self described “comic book guy”
Arturo R. García, Managing Editor at
Sharvonique Fortune, blogger and animator

For a humerous take on the subject, check out comedian Andre Meadows’ video.

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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