Milestone Generations Takes Fans Behind the History of Game-Changing Comic Book Company

Milestone Generations Reveals History of Black Comics Company


In an interview with IGN at San Diego Comic-Con, co-founder and comic book legend Denys Cowan discussed how important the project is to telling Milestone’s story. “It’s something I’m very proud of, what we did,” he said.


“I shared this story in the film, how Jim Steranko had been approached by a major comics publisher and asked to create Black comic book characters,” Cowan said. “Jim came up to me [at a comics show] in New York City and said, ‘I don’t think I’m the right man for the job. Do you know who might be?’ And that was like a light bulb going off for me.”

Actor, rapper and comic book fan Cliff “Method Man” Smith narrates the doc, which features interviews from DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee; writer and widow of Milestone co-founder Dwayne McDuffie, Charlotte (Fullerton) McDuffie; voice actor Phil LaMarr (Static Shock!, Justice League) and journalist/author Angélique Roché (My Super Hero is Black).


In April, I got the chance to speak with Cowan and Milestone partner Reginald Hudlin about how much it meant to me to finally feel seen when Static was created. In their endlessly humble way, Hudlin thanked me for being a fan, but also acknowledged that my joy at being represented was exactly why they started Milestone.

“We’re all the same tribe. It’s great that we get to represent ourselves and commune with each other and just go, ‘Oh, my God, that’s me,’” Hudlin said. “That’s us. That’s the conversations we have.”


Milestone Generations is streaming on HBO Max.

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