6. Marvelman Fa mily No. 16, c. 1958
The hooded lynch mob, the Ku Klux Klan, were conspicuously absent as villains in US superhero comic books and popped up in just one episode of the Superman radio show. London in the summer of 1958 saw a large mob of white people attacking West Indian residents. Perhaps to address the Notting Hill race riots, British creators Mick Anglo and Don Lawrence concocted this well-meaning if heavy-handed story showing the Marvelman Family intervening at a university in America’s Deep South, where ‘coloured’ students are being terrorised by the Klan. Our white superheroes disguise their identities by blackening their faces and trick the Klansmen, unmasking their leader as a respected citizen.