Are These Characters The Greatest Black Superheroes Of All Time

Unlike television and film, black characters started appearing as major characters in comics since the 1960s. In 1966, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced the Black Panther in an issue of Fantastic Four and DC soon followed with Jon Stewart. Both are not just filler characters introduced for the sake of diversity. No, they are iconic characters. To answer an ongoing question about “why aren’t there any major black superheroes”, we created a list of awesome characters that all “real” comic book fans should know and love.

Falcon (Sam Wilson)


Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan
1st appearance: Captain America #117 (Sept. 1969)

Sam Wilson, the son of a prominent minister, felt jaded by racism and the death of his parents. However, his life changed the day he met Captain America. Steve Rogers convinces him to adopt a persona to inspire the natives. He uses his hi-tech costume and avian telepathy as the Falcon to defend Harlem.

The Falcon made his big-screen debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and is portrayed by actor Anthony Mackie.

Spawn (Al Simmons)


Publisher: Image Comics
Created by: Todd Mcfarlane
1st appearance: Spawn #1 (may 1992)

Killed by his best friend and sent to hell, Al Simmons, a highly trained assassin, struck a deal with the devil and was reborn as a soldier, Spawn. He is by far one of the most noteworthy Black superheroes ever and even starred in his own movie (back in 1997) starring Michael Jai White as Spawn.

Batwing (David Zavimbe)


Publisher: DC Comics
Created by: Grant Morisson and Chris Burnham
1st appearance: Batman, Incorporated #5, 2011

Created by Grant Morrison within the pages of Batman Incorporated, David Zavimbe is a former child soldier whose parents died of HIV/AIDS very early in his life. He is chosen by Batman to represent him as the Batman of Africa. He dons a powerful suit of armour which augments his strength and allows him to fly.

Green Lantern (John Stewart)


Publisher: DC Comics
Created by: Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams
1st appearance: Green Lantern vol. 2 #87 (December 1971)

John Stewart is an architect selected by the Guardians to be Hal Jordan’s backup Green Lantern after Guy Gardner is seriously injured. After Jordan gave up being Green Lantern in the ’80s, the Guardians selected John for full-time duty. Stewart’s power ring provides him with the abilities of all other Green Lanterns. He’s noteworthy for being a planet destroyer as a result of destroying both Fatality’s planet and Mogo the living planet.

Spider-Man (Miles Morales)


Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Brian Michael Bendis
1st appearance: Ultimate Fallout #4, August 2011

Miles Morales is a half Latino, half Black character who becomes the New Ultimate Spider-man after the death of Peter Parker. Like the original Spider-Man before him, he’s bitten by a radioactive spider from Oscorp which grants him incredible powers.

Misty Knight


Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Tony Isabella and Arvell Jones
1st appearance: (unnamed) Marvel Team-Up (1st series) #1 (March 1972), (name revealed) Marvel Premiere #20 (January, 1975)

Mercedes “Misty” Knight is a kung fu bionic (an arm courtesy of Tony Stark) detective known for dating Iron Fist Danny Rand and her police work at the New York Police Department. She has teamed up with various members of the Defenders, including Luke Cage.

Black Panther (T’Challa)


Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
1st appearance: Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966)

T’Challa, the Black Panther, is a warrior king of the African nation of Wakanda. Described as one of the smartest men in comics, he is an Avenger and Storm’s ex-husband.

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Storm (Ororo Munroe)


Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Len Wein and Dave Cockrum
1st appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975)

Marvel’s answer to DC’s Wonder Woman, Ororo Monroe, also known as Storm, is a mutant with the ability to manipulate the weather, like lightning or rain. She was a member of the X-Men, Avenger, the Fantastic Four and the former Queen of Wakanda. The character was portrayed by Halle Berry in the live action X-men series.

Nick Fury


Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Allred (based upon the original character by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)
1st appearance: Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #5, August 2001

The current version of Nick Fury was moulded off the likeness of Samuel Jackson, who plays the character on the big screen. More popular than original White version of the character, Fury was one of the very first super soldiers in the Ultimate universe and went on to become the director of S.H.E.I.L.D.



Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: John Byrne, Jim Lee, and Whilce Portacio
1st appearance: The Uncanny X-Men #282, 1991

X-Men’s Bishop is a mutant from the 22nd century that travelled into the past. He has the power to channel kinetic energy, releasing it generally through beams of energy.



Publisher: Milestone Comics
Created by: Denys Cowan, Dwayne McDuffie, Derek Dingle, Christopher Priest and Micheal Davis
1st appearance: Static #1, 1993

Virgil Hawkins was exposed to a mutagenic gas which gave him superpowers. With the ability to control electromagnetism, Static joined the Teen Titans and continued to protect his city.

War Machine (James Rhodes)


Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: David Michelinie and John Byrne
1st appearance: Iron Man #118, 1979

James or Jim “Rhodey” Rhodes was a US Marine who served several tours in Southeast Asia who became a stand-in replacement for Tony Stark, his close friend, as Iron Man. Rhodey would eventually become War Machine, followed by Iron Patriot.

Power Man (Luke Cage)


Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Archie Goodwin and John Romita Sr
1st appearance: Luke Cage, Hero for hire #1, 1972

Wrongly convicted and imprisoned, Luke Cage was altered in a failed prison experiment that granted him bulletproof skin and super-human strength.

Steel (John Henry Irons)


Publisher: DC Comics
Created by: Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove
1st appearance: Adventures of Superman #500, 1993

John Henry Irons was a scientist who created weapons for Lexcorp. Driven by guilt, he was inspired to by Superman to become a hero. When Superman died after his battle with Doomsday, Steel assumed the mantle. He eventually became a member of the Superman Family and joined the Justice League.

Cyborg (Victor Stone)


Publisher: DC Comics
Created by: Marv Wolfman and George Pérez
1st appearance: DC Comics Presents #26, October 1980

The son of two scientists, Victor Stone was a high school football star was exposed to the energy of Apokalyps technology. His father chose to save his life using experimental technology. He later took on the role as a superhero named Cyborg.



Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan
1st appearance: The Tomb of Dracula #10 (July 1973)

Blade is half-human and half-vampire who has dedicated his life to destroying the world of vampires. Armed with a sword and fighting skills, he has even managed to take on the likes of Dracula. Actor Wesley Snipes plays Blade in the movies.

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  1. Carlo Hendricks

    Why are we not seeing more Blade? And I think we’re overdue for Miles Morales. I LOVE Tom Holland, but we need Miles now.
    Also, I’ve seen two episodes of the new CW tv series, Black Lightning. This show hols no punches and deals socioeconomic issues such as poverty, the drug scourge, prostitution, human trafficking and that greatest evil and embarrassment of humanity, racism. And that’s just the first episode! But what intrigues me about this show, is the constant pursuit of self betterment and transcending negative environments. The main hero is also a middle aged hero with two teenage daughters. I’m highly excited about this show….

  2. Let's Be Real

    Let’s be real. Only a very small and insiginificant minority of people (including white people) found this movie racist. It was a really good movie, and one of the first mainstream movies I can remember that had a primarily black cast. I appreciate the token-white-dude in it though, lol. As a white person, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and celebrate it as a huge achievement for black people in film. But let’s be real…in the 21st Century, nobody in modern society or the majority of the world has an issue with black people. What we have an issue with is the trashy culture assosiated with ghetto and rap culture that has a heavy influence in the black community. Gangsta rap, mumble rap, gang influence, etc….it’s the same type of trash that white people hate about themselves…trailer-trash, heroin addicts, KKK, rednecks, etc. The modern world is unanimous in looking past skin color. But the plague that still remains is appreciation of ignorance…no matter what race. Let’s get rid of the Crypts and Bloods as well as the KKK, and Nazis. And that starts with each race calling out their own ignorant trashy cultures within. No more appreciation of ebonics and gang culture…no more appreciation of confederate pride and bullshit chants like “The South will rise again.” We all need to forget about the bullshit our ancestors did. Fu€# that $h!t. Let’s forget about the N word, and the holocaust, the Irish famine, and the rape and pillage of every society in history. We are all beyond all of that shit, and it’s time we all unanimously agree to carry on in mutual respect for those who agree to get over the past. Peace!

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