green-turtle

Comics: Smash That Stereotype

Chinese American artist Chu Hing created the Green Turtle, the first Asian comic book hero, for Blazing Comics during World War II. “Armed only with his wits, combats skills, a remarkable light aircraft (the Turtle Plane,) and a mystic jade dagger, he and Burma Boy, a youngster he saved from the Japanese, flew across Asia battling the Imperial Japanese Army,” according to ComicVine. (Caveat: The depiction of the Japanese in these comics is over-the-top Asian caricature of the worst kind.) Some may argue that Shang Chi was the more relevant Asian breakthrough character — he debuted in 1973 for Marvel — but Shang Chi was a stereotypical martial arts master without discernible magical powers.