Day 2 : 29 Days of Blackness
My earliest memory of seeing a Black super hero was finding the Brother Man: Dictator of Discipline comic on the book shelf in an Afrocentric store in Queens, NY. The art style was vastly different than what I was familiar with from the two big publishers. It seemed more real…like graffiti I had seen tagged up along Merrick Boulevard.
Antonio Valor was the hero of Big City. By day, he fought crime as a public defendant and by night he patrolled the mean streets as Brother Man. The stories encapsulated our culture and what real life was like during the 90s; there weren’t any symbiotes or mythological characters coming in to reign supreme, the hero and villains were real. My preteen mind could relate more to this content and I enjoyed our trips to the book store to pick up a copy. By the mid 90s, the book store had closed and I couldn’t find the comic in any of the other local shops.
Brother Man was the brainchild of Dawud Anyabwile. In 1989, he collaborated with his brother Guy A. Sims to create and self-publish the Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline comic book series. Guy A. Sims wrote and Dawud Anyabwile illustrated eleven Brotherman: Dictator of Discipline issues. The first one was published April 1990 and the last one was published July 1996. – Wikipedia