Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics has been airing Mondays on AMC with a full parade of comics personalities and experts (including The Beat’s own Jeffrey Trexler) looking at comics history, and episodes covering Marvel, Wonder Woman, Superman and comics after 9/11.
Next Monday’s episode, airing on 12/4, is called “The Color of Comics” and it looks at the rise and fall of Milestone Media. Starting in 1992, the company, founded by the late Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle and Michael Davis presented a line of comics featuring superheroes of color. Teen superhero Static proved to be the breakout Milestone star, but all the characters found an audiance, mixing authentic voices with rsing stars as creators.
As with many long gone comics companies, the story of Milestone has ups and downs, twists and turns. And it’s poised for a (controversial) return sometime next year as Earth M, a new branch of the DCU, with new characters as well the returning Milestone stalwarts. Excerpts from the Secret History episode were even shown at the Milestone panel at NYCC in October, and Kirkman made an apperance on the panel.
To get you warmed up, here’s an exclusive clip from the episode, in which Cowan, Davis, and former DC publisher Jenette Kahn talk about Icon and Rocket.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.