ComicMix To Present ‘The Original Johnson’

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 7, 2008

NEW YORK— Artist Trevor von Eeden returns to comics on Wednesday, October 8, with a series that is especially meaningful to our American culture. It’s the story of Jack Johnson, whom von Eeden describes as “the first psychologically free black man in American History.”

This is the first major biography of Johnson created by an African-American artist.

The Original Johnson is the story about the man behind the face, a boxer who defeated white men in the ring and took their women after the show, who openly triumphed in white society.

He was self-educated, well-read and fluent in three languages.

And yet, as von Eeden says, “unlike today’s uncouth gangsta-rapper-thug black ‘stars,’ Jack Johnson had taste, style and class. He conquered racist America because he saw everything from the point of view of his own private joke.”

“I want to explain that joke to our audience.”

Mike Gold, editor-in-chief of ComicMix, said, “I’ve known Trevor for more than three decades, and this is the best I’ve ever seen him do. This 240 page graphic novel is the work of a man reaching his creative peak.”

The work of an accomplished artist of nearly 30 years (Batman, Green Arrow, Black Canary and co-creator of Black Lightning), Trevor von Eeden ‘s Jack Johnson: The Great Black Hope debuts on

The Original Johnson will run every Wednesday in ComicMix. is the site for readers who enjoy all types of fantastic media, from comic books television and movies to video games and more. Every day, visitors find new original comics, classic stories, news, facts, reviews, commentary, columns and a community environment that reaches across the globe, across decades and into the future.

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