5 Impressive Facts About the First Black Woman Cartoonist

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Torchy Brown in Heartbeats

By 1950, the Pittsburgh Courier ran an eight-page insert of Ormes’ new and reinvented Torchy Brown character. This insert focused more on the character’s romantic life than career. Torchy and her boyfriend combated racism, pollution and social injustices until 1954 when the comic was canceled. As you can tell, her artwork had evolved into a more photo-realist style.

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