1. Diversifying The Justice League —
"You only had two types of characters available for children," Mr. McDuffie told The New York Times in 1993. "You had the stupid angry brute and the he's-smart-but-he's-black characters. I've never seen anyone that's gray or purple before in my life." After successfully bringing his own characters to the small screen, McDuffie was handed the production reigns for several mainstream animated series for TV.
Under his stewardship of the Justice League of America, the Detroit animator added new Black and female faces (Green Lantern's John Stewart and Hawkgirl) to what was seen as predominantly an old boys' club.