Unsung Heroes Of Black History: Dwayne McDuffie

In honor of Black History Month, VIBE is saluting influential figures who may not appear on any stamps but have made significant contributions to American culture. This week, we place a spotlight on Dwayne McDuffie, a comic-book writer known for diversifying the pantheon of superheroes.

If you’ve checked out our 20 Black Superheroes We’d Love To See In Film list, then you know this man is responsible for quite a few on it. The Detroit born-and-bred animator pioneered the minority-owned-and-operated comic book company Milestone Media—and rewrote the game on what it means to be a connector of the dots.

Here, we list five things that celebrate the life and legacy of Mr. McDuffie.