10 of The Greatest Black Superheroes Of All Time

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2. Static (Virgil Ovid Hawkins)

Static first appeared in 1993 and was produced by Milestone Comics, a coalition of African-American artists and writers who believed that minorities were severely underrepresented in American comics. Static’s civilian identity was named after the first African-American to go to law school in 1949. Milestone closed in 1997, but Static was saved by the WB animated series Static Shock, which aired for four seasons and led to several comic book series. Static has appeared in video games and comics, has action figures and, of course, is famously known for his cartoon Static Shock. In October 2014, it was announced producer-director-writer Reginald Hudlin is developing a live-action Static Shock series for Warner Bros with Jaden Smith rumored to be playing Static.

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1. The Black Panther (T’Challa)

First appearing in July 1966, the Black Panther is the first Black superhero in mainstream American comics. Black Panther is not only a superhero but an African king of a highly advanced unconquered albeit fictional African nation of Wakanda. The Black Panther is married to Storm of the X-Men. In 2006, their wedding was a central theme during Marvel’s civil war story arch. The Black Panther has been featured in several video games, has an action figure and has been in several animated cartoons including BET’s animated series voiced by Djimon Hounsou. In 2014, Marvel announced that the Black Panther will be played by Chadwick Boseman and will debut in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, with a solo Black Panther film to be released in 2017.

Written by Sheldon Williams

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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.