Static Shock was one of first black heroes I was aware of. Back when I was in primary school Static Shock was one of many after school cartoons to choose from.
I never chose it though. In my defense this was the era of Animanics and Freakazoid.
A bit about Static Shock:
Static Shock is a DC Comics character created by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and John Paul Leon in 1993.
Static’s alter ego, or real name, is Virgil Ovid Hawkins and he’s usually a good guy on a team of youths. He recently made his debut as a powered up character on Cartoon Network’s Young Justice.
AND one of my favorite things about Static? In Young Justice, as all the kids are escaping S.T.A.R. Labs and wondering where to go, he stops the conversation and says unlike the rest of them, he’s got a great relationship with his parents– who are probably looking for him. He already called them to wire him money so they could all get bus tickets. I love when people of color are represented with positive social backgrounds rather than rehashed stereotypes.
So what can Static Shock do?
- Static has an electromagnetic ability. Personally it sounds mad lame until you see the liberties creators take with it.
- Static makes things rise and stick and… He can move things via static-kenisis.
He can manipulate some electronics in specific ways.
- He can also manipulate magnetic fields.
Sadly in the DC New 52 Static Shock was discontinued.