First comic book featuring all-Native superheroes is getting new life from creator Jon Proudstar
In 1996, the first edition of “Tribal Force” was released. It was the first comic book to feature all-Native American superheroes — and it got a lot of attention.
However, before creator Jon Proudstar could finish the second issue, his publisher went out of business. That didn’t stop “Tribal Force” from becoming an inspiration to a generation of Indigenous comic book creators.
Now, 23 years later, Proudstar has a successful career as an actor, he plays Leon on the hit series “Reservation Dogs," and he is ready to re-release “Tribal Force” with a new artist and a new perspective. The Show spoke with the Tucson native more about it — and where the idea for the comic came from to begin with.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correct a reference to Jon Proudstar.