10 of The Greatest Black Superheroes Of All Time

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4. Green Lantern (John Stewart)

He first appeared in 1972 and was DC Comics first Black superhero. Artist Neil Adams decided to have a substitute Green Lantern and decided to make Stewart Black. In his words “given the racial makeup of the world’s population, “we ought to have a Black Green Lantern, not because we’re liberals, but because it just makes sense.” No affirmative action here; Stewart earned his spot on DC’s roster from pure common sense. Stewart has been featured in hundreds of the Green Lantern comics as well as several video games, the cartoon series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited as well as several animated Justice League movies. His character is rumored to be featured in the upcoming Justice League live-action movie.

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3. Storm (Ororo Munroe)

First appearing in 1975, Storm is one of the first Black female characters to play a significant role in comics. In fact, there were only a handful of Black male characters at the time of her arrival. She is the descendant of an ancient line of African priestesses all who could wield magic.Her mother, N’dare, was an African princess who married American photojournalist David Monroe and moved with him to Harlem, where Ororo was born. She was at one point the leader of the X-Men and revered as a goddess in the Marvel Universe. Storm has been featured in the X-Men animated television series, X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men. She has also appeared in four live-action X-Men films, where she is portrayed by actress Halle Berry. Director Bryan Singer announced on Twitter on Jan. 22 that Alexandra Shipp will play Storm in the 2016 X-Men: Apocalypse.

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Comments

  1. F*ck i hate racial pandering and i hate when people that don't like comics talks about it. Where is ICON? rocket? masquerade ? buck wild, Batwing? KALEL (the black superman of earth 23), steel? blue marvel, Firestorm, nighthawk. Etc. Black panter and luke cage are terrible, pandering heroes.

  2. Freedom is Right, remember the mantis had his own live Action TV show. This listing is a good PRESENTATION of black comic book characters you will see in the near future but it's terrible at telling whom are the best black comic characters.

  3. Spawn would not have made my list. But I think the list should have been more diverse to include not just superheroes. Michonne from Walking Dead. Dee from Rat Queens. So many to chose from.

  4. Milestone brothers

  5. Icon, Hardware

  6. Brotherman?

  7. no war machine or bishop from xmen??

  8. gtfo! Luke Cage is a great black superhero. No! A great comic hero period! Kalel(earth 23) is a fucking knock off of a white boy. At least Luke is original. You read like the type who thinks Alpha Flight was the bomb.

  9. What about Herald Jones, protector of Jade City? He is the first Black superhero with a radio serial, not to mention graphic novels, and a full theatrical play on top of that?

  10. Where's Night Thrasher?

  11. I agree somewhat…Luke Cage is terrible for the fact that he's a blaxploitation character. Icon is only a good character because he's black which makes him kinda weak really. Batwing, Buckwild and Nighthawk are a joke. Black Panther is a really good character but is rarely written well. Kalel of Earth-23 is a very good one even if he is an alternate Superman. I also liked the original Night Thrasher…how often do you see wealthy black heroes who are team leaders? John Stewart was pretty good in the Justice League cartoons but wasn't anything that special in the comics, again because of how he was written and him being a B or C class character mostly. Bishop used to be one of my favorite black heroes until i found out he's really a native Australian. Static is good one but Cyborg, even though he's anoriginal character is trash and will always be the weakest and most expendable member of the Justice League.