Marley teamed up with Image Comics (Berkeley, Calif.) to create a superhero from outer space destined to save the marijuana fields on Earth. The first comic will be released on April 20, 2011, according to Image's website. Image Comics released a synopsis of the comic:
"Ziggy’s new superhero, Marijuanaman, is from a planet that is in desperate need of THC. Marijuanaman seeks to save Earth’s marijuana fields from destruction by the drug company PharmeXon, and thus saving his home planet from destruction."
The eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy won a Grammy Award for his latest album, Family Time, earlier this year. He was invited to perform songs from the album at the White House Easter Egg Roll by First Lady Michelle Obama. Who would have thought Marijuanaman was sprouting up in Berkley? Smoking marijuana is a cultural ritual for Rastafarians, so it's not surprising to see Ziggy lend his fame to the project. After such recent events as the Oakland City Council approving production plants for marijuana cultivation, Marijuanaman could possibly have a cult following.
Marijuanaman has yielded Marley criticism for allowing the comic hero to be a white man. For the record, Bob Marley is half-white, making Ziggy Marley one-quarter white, and he is also married to a white woman. Bob Marley's "One Love" was written for peace, unity and love, and Ziggy is continuing to deliver his father's message. If race is still of significance, Jamaica's national motto states, "Out of Many, One People."