4. Co-Co Nutt , Blac k Eye, 2002

Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Did you know there was not one, but two black ver­sions of Viz? In 1994, rid­ing on the phenom­e­nal sales of

Viz, 20-year-old com­edy writer Bobby Joseph per­suaded pub­lish­ers X-Press to try Skank, the first adult comic by and about Bri­tish blacks. Joseph was forced to close when ath­lete Lin­ford Christie sued for li­bel, but he bounced back in 2002 with Black Eye. He lent to the Bri­tish Li­brary the orig­i­nal art­work by Daniel Fran­cis for this episode of the money-hun­gry “brown su­gar” Co-Co Nutt, in which she has to con­tend with sex, drugs and Robert de Niro while va­ca­tion­ing in funky Ja­maica.

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