My first “favorite” superhero, Tyroc, (by favorite, I mean the first black superhero that I ever saw, so by default, he became my “favorite”)
He also one of the worst superhero origin stories (fantastically stereotypical) and costumes (as it turns out, on purpose) in the history of the world. I agree with co-creator, Mike Grell when he says “he might as well been named Tyrone”.
But, then again, most black superheroes from back in the day were stereotyped in some fashion. They were either in jail (Luke Cage), thieving (Storm from The X-Men), a Cosmically assimilated ex-pimp (The Falcon) angry young black man (John Stewart) or Tyroc.
Tyroc was a 30th Century white-people hating militant, who was part of a group of black people who
self-segregated themselves were descendants of slaves who took over a slave ship and landed on a deserted island that turned out to be a “very special island” that would disappear from the Earth dimension and re-appear every 200 years for a short time before disappearing again.
Sigh. I love my comic books but I wasn’t always a fan of my people’s depiction in them.
Anyway, Tyroc eventually overcame his origins and, eventually became President Of Earth for a time. Well, that time was during an occupation by aliens. You know the drill for black Presidents in fiction. They can’t be president unless the world is either fucked up or about to be destroyed. Not even Morgan Freeman being president could save the world in Deep Impact.
Morgan Freeman, man!
Anyhoo, if you ever come across someone with the online nickname of “Tyroc”, 9 times out of 10, it will be me…except on the message boards on Chunky Black British Arses…um, that’s not me.