This year, we're celebrating Black History Month with creators and inventors of toys, comics, and videogames!
Matt Baker – Comic Book Illustrator
Maybe you haven’t heard of Phantom Lady, but she was a serious crimefighter back in her day. Phantom Lady was created during the Gold Age of comic books in the 1940s and 50s. Her illustrator was Matthew Baker. He drew many other comics, but Phantom Lady was by far his most popular. He was also one of the first African American artists to succeed in the comic book industry! Mr. Baker was inducted into the Wil Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2009.
Jerry Lawson – Video Game Pioneer
Mr. Lawson was an innovator in video games. Before Jerry Lawson, arcades were filled with games like ring toss, but Lawson helped bring in the era of coin operated machines and home consoles, changing gaming forever. In 1977 he helped create Demolition Derby, one of the very first video games! Thanks to Jerry Lawson’s ideas and creations, now we have our Xbox 360s and PlayStation!
Brian Jackson – Bringing Sports and Video Games together!
Brian Jackson has been designing video games since 1995. He has been a part of the amazing team who created sports video games like, NFL Fever, NBA Inside Drive 2004, NCAA March Madness, and the HUGELY popular Madden franchise. He is currently doing creative design, and he coaches high school football on the side!
Lonnie G. Johnson - Inventor
Waterguns have been around for years, but in 1989, an inventor named Lonnie G Johnson took them to a whole new level with the Super Soaker! The Super Soaker became the top selling toy in the entire United States of America in 1991 and 1992. Now Johnson uses that brainpower to work on new energy technologies and runs two huge companies. And we can’t wait for summer to starts spraying again!