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Dwayne McDuffie

Dwayne McDuffie (February 20, 1962 – February 21, 2011) was a comic and television writer.

He was known for creating the animated television series Static Shop broadcast on the WB television network from 2000 to 2004, and writing and producing the animated series Justice League Unlimited and Ben 10. Dwayne McDuffie was also the co-founder of the minority-owned-and-operated comic book company Milestone Media, an independent company whose work is distributed by DC Comics. Milestone produces comics with ethnically diverse casts.

Growing up, McDuffie said, he encountered few comic-book characters who looked like him; he encountered fewer still who were simultaneously black, heroic and even remotely authentic.

“You only had two types of characters available for children,” Mr. McDuffie told The New York Times in 1993. “You had the stupid angry brute and the he’s-smart-but-he’s-black characters. And they were all colored either this Hershey-bar shade of brown, a sickly looking gray or purple. I’ve never seen anyone that’s gray or purple before in my life. There was no diversity and almost no accuracy among the characters of color at all.”

Dwayne McDuffie died on February 21, 2011, he was 49 years-old.

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