Marvel creatives introduced a new superhero for African-American children titled, "Moon Girl." The new character is spin-off from the late 1970's classic Moon Boy, who appeared in the comic book, Devil Dinosaur, about the adventures of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a caveman boy. The new reinvented Moon Girl features an African-American pre-teen, who is a genuis, with super intelligence power and the DNA of an alien. Moon Girl's character resembles Inspector Gadget according to Entertaintment Weekly but she is in a class of her own, due to her super cleverness.
Marvel was concerned about the lack of African-American hereos in their books and storyline, they were inspired to create Moon Girl for the objective of representation and the principle of creating more superheroes, which African-American children can relate to. Nancy Bustos who is the artist behind the sketches and drawings of Moon Girl, made a statement about her role in creating the character and what Moon Girl is purposed for.
“It’s great to be a part of the creation of something which can mean something special to so many people."
Bustos went on and eleborated about her upbringing, the lack of diversify superheroes for herself and other children.
“I myself have come up against this dilemma of finding few or no cultural references, especially in Spain."
The pitch for Moon Girl is a pre-teen girl and a Tyrannosaurus Rex, who seek out adventures in the concrete jungles of New York City. The assistant editor for Moon Girl, Emily Shaw expressed, how Moon Girl can and will be applied for all genre of cultures which children, as well as adults can relate to.
“Generally, we’re skewing a little bit older with a lot of our titles and we wanted to create something that adults and kids could really love, like a Pixar feel. That’s where the tone jumped off for us."
Marvel's introduction and launch of Moon Girl is geared towards motivating mainstream media to familiarize with African-American superheroes and fictional hereos in developing TV shows, and movies across the nation. Emily Shaw expressed about the inspiration of creativity and aspiration of Moon Girl for mainstream media.
"It’s really important that the mainstream throws up new references like these, and it’s an honor to be a part of that change that Marvel is bringing to the comic book creative landscape."
Also in education and literature: when it comes to books, magazine and digital literature for readership of all cultures to divulge in.
"A greater number of readers are looking for characters they can identify with, and above all, with the aim that any reader, whatever their background or lifestyle, is capable of transcending their own identities to see themselves in a mirror of entertainment for 20 or 30 minutes without any difference."