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Welcome to But Why Tho? the podcast, where we talk about the parts of popular culture that people say matter and ask the question but why tho?


Kate, Adrian, and Matt answer this question with through passion, geekdom, history and even some scholarship.

Aug 26, 2020

While we recorded this episode before the news from DC FanDome that DC Comics would be bringing back the Milestone heroes, including Static and Icon, Dwayne McDuffie matters to comics and beyond. This episode, with the help of John (aka Sceritz), creator of Scorpio, we dive into Dwayne McDuffie's history in comics from Marvel and trading cards, to co-founding Milestone Media, and how his work in animation defined the beloved DC Animated Universe. We dive into the heroes he created, their backgrounds and how they broke the mold, and we also cover the scathing letter he sent to Marvel to make his point on the representation of Black communities in comic books. We also detail the issues Dwayne McDuffie dealt with from DC leadership which led to the shuttering of Milestone Media and why he was removed from working on the Justice League in the 2000s.