Matt Baker, one of the earliest African-American comics artists, worked in the 1940s and ’50s mainly on what’s known as “good girl” art. Good girl art went away with the comics code, and unfortunately Baker passed away young in 1959 and never got a chance to shine in the Marvel age. English prof Chris Gavaler joins Tim to talk about Baker’s crazy page layouts, what we do and don’t know about him, the what-ifs of Baker in the ’60s, and more.
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