Today in my series of Blacks in Comics, I am going to talk about Static Shock. Static debuted in Static #1(June 1993). Static was created by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington,III, and John Paul Leon for Milestone Media. Static is easily the most well known character from milestone, from the cartoon Static Shock that aired on the Kids WB.
Static’s real name is Virgil Hawkins. Virgil is the typical 15 year old. He is a self proclaimed geek who is into comics and video games. Virgil is in the wrong place at the wrong time, and gets caught in the crossfire of a gang war. During this, Virgil is splashed with some kind of chemical, and he acquires electrical powers. Virgil decides to use his powers for good, and starts to fight crime under the name of Static. Static is a lot like Spider-Man, with his witty banter and kind of care free attitude. He teams up with various other heroes of the Milestone universe, often playing in key cog in these team ups.
In 1997, Milestone canceled all of its comics due to poor sales. Static was saved from the life of a footnote with the debut of the Static Shock cartoon on the Kids WB. This cartoon ran for four seasons, and was really popular. This helped lead to Static and the rest of the Milestone characters being folded into the DC universe in 2008. Static eventually became a member of the Teen Titans. When DC reset their universe with the New 52, Static was on of the first 52 titles picked by DC when it decided to reboot it’s continuity.
Static has played a an important role in comics over the past 15 years. He has given kids a black super hero to relate to. You can learn more about this great character here