DC and Marvel
The two publishing companies tried to create long-lasting Black characters, but it did not pan out before the 1960s. Dell Comics created Lobo, a Black cowboy and lawbringer in 1965. Now, that character is a gray alien bounty hunter in DC Comics. While in the 1950s, Marvel aka Atlas Comics created Waku, Prince of the Bantu, who may have been a predecessor to Black Panther. Marvel made a major impact by creating Black characters in the ’60s and ’70s. DC’s bulk of Black characters came in the ’80s and ’90s. Characters like Cyborg of the Teen Titans and Dwayne McDuffie’s Milestone Media brought Static Shock and Icon over to DC. Today, the companies are striving for more diversity.