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The Vintage Guide To London | December 18, 2017

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Afro Supa Hero exhibition at The V&A Museum of Childhood

Afro Supa Hero exhibition at The V&A Museum of Childhood

Head to the Afro Supa Hero exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood to see a snapshot of childhood and a journey to adulthood, shown through a personal collection of pop cultural heroes and heroines of the African diaspora.

The collection belongs to Jon Daniel, whose action figures, comic books and games offer an insight into the experience of a boy of African Caribbean heritage growing up in Sixties and Seventies Britain in search of his identity.

Born in East Sheen in southwest London and as the child of Caribbean parents, Jon Daniel found his positive black role models in the West Indian culture of his family and the African-American culture of the US. In his late twenties, Jon began collecting primarily Seventies action figures, feeling that they most strongly embodied the era of his childhood.

In the display Meteor Man, Mr T and Lieutenant Uhura stand alongside real-life icons Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. Also on show are games, and comics including Black Lightning, The Falcon and Lobo, one of a two-issue series featuring the first leading African American character in the genre.

Afro Supa Hero
until 9 February 2014