Dwayne McDuffie, comic book creator, dies at 49
Dwayne McDuffie, 49, a comic book and television show writer, story editor, and producer, died Feb. 21 at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of complications from emergency heart surgery, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Mr. McDuffie, who co-founded Milestone Media, created black superheroes for the comic book genre, including Hardwire and Static. He also wrote and produced the cartoon "Justice League Unlimited."
Among his many writing accomplishments, he wrote the screenplay for "All-Star Superman," an animated film that was released Tuesday by Warner Home Video.
Mr. McDuffie, raised in Detroit, Mich., had been aware of the lack of diversity in comic strips since he was a child. He formed his company in order to create more diversity in the genre.
The Detroit Free Press reported in 1996 that Mr. McDuffie also wanted to subtly teach important lessons and values through his characters.
"I try to put superheroes in situations where being strong, or being able to fly or fight aren't the answers," he said. "We've dealt with teen pregnancy, abortion, racism and anti-Semitism. Being able to hit somebody harder doesn't help you deal with that."
For a more detailed account of Dwayne McDuffie's career and life, check out the Post's Comic Riffs blog.
You can watch an episode of "Justice League Unlimited" below.
| February 24, 2011; 10:32 AM ET
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