In 1969, Brumsic Brandon Jr. launched Luther, a comic strip about a group of kids living in a poor urban neighborhood. The main character was named after Martin Luther King Jr., who had been assassinated the previous year. The strip was one of the earliest nationally-syndicated features created by an African American cartoonist and featuring a black main character.
Through the strip, Brandon tackled issues like racism, discrimination, and poverty in a gently satirical way. Brandon said, “My objective, in my comic strip, was to bring to light not only the long-ignored ‘black perspective,’ but the many various philosophical postures found therein.” The strip ran until 1986.