Jack Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion at a time when being black was sufficient to get you killed as evidenced by the lynchings which were in vogue in America in the early 1900s. His impact continues to resonate into the 21st century as evidenced by Trevor Von Eeden's serialized comic strip:
The legend of Jack Johnson, who became the first black heavyweight champion 100 years ago Friday, keeps growing. His story was already inspiration for a stage play and a feature film. Now he has inspired an online comic-book biography, “The Original Johnson.”
The comic, which is being serialized in weekly installments at www.comicmix.com, is written and illustrated by Trevor Von Eeden, and is unflinching in its depiction of racism in America, the brutality of the boxing ring and the tragedies and triumphs of Johnson’s life, including his sexual conquests. New chapters are scheduled to be posted every Wednesday.