3. Static Shock Has A Dual Place In Black History —
Static, perhaps Mr. McDuffie's most famous creator, is the alter ego of a mild-mannered teenager, who uses his secret electromagnetic powers to do valiant things. The late illustrator named Static's alter ego after a legend of Black History, Virgil Hawkins. The real life inspiration waged a battle with the education system to be admitted to law school at the University of Florida. The arduous process eventually led to the desegregation of Florida's public university system.
The comic inspired the animated television series, Static Shock, which was the first broadcast of an African American superhero (with super powers) on the small screen. Mr. McDuffie served as the show's creator, story editor and writer.