Total Nerd Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans  

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In general, comic books have not paid nearly enough attention to people of color. Even when a black super hero did exist, they didn't get the exposure they deserved. The best black superheroes are every bit as iconic, interesting, and emotionally compelling as their peers. In fact, Black Panther in particular has been a consistently strong book over the years that will no doubt provide a lot of great material for a ton of films down the line. Static has not only gotten his own cartoon, but an incredibly loyal cult following. When Superman died, Steel was one of the only people who stepped up to take his place that didn't have some horrific ulterior motive waiting in the wings that could spell doom for the planet Earth. When the mantle of Ultimate Spider-Man was passed from Peter Parker to Miles Morales, the character blossomed and became arguably more beloved than his predecessor.  

Even despite these triumphs, black characters still haven't gotten the time of day they deserve. Ask most people to name a few black super heroes and you probably will get a list with maybe three names. The good news is recent films, comics, and TV shows are really pushing their black characters the way they always deserved. We're seeing  new exposure for characters like Black Panther getting his own film in the Marvel cinematic universe, Luke Cage on Netflix, and Cyborg in the Justice League movie. While it was great to have Wesley Snipes as Blade have his own film series, we're glad to see new heroes filling the ranks.  

But let's not forget how much farther we have to go. The length of this list proves there are a ton of black super heroes that could make their debuts in television and movies. The Spectre could make a great on screen presence. Spawn deserves a better film than his 90s misfire, and with the advances in special effects and storytelling available today we could get something very special for fans of his book in addition to new audiences. If you're curious to see just how many characters are out there, check out the list of the best black superheroes below and be sure to vote up your favorites

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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Black Panther Black Panther

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988 214
Storm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Storm X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men, X2

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766 209
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Luke Cage Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Universe

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795 224
Blade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Blade Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade

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736 207
Cyborg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Cyborg Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans, Justice League: Doom

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767 223
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Spawn Spawn

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720 209
John Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
John Stewart Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe

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626 218
Static is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Static DC Universe

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545 183
War Machine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
War Machine The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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540 183
Falcon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Falcon Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe

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527 181
Ultimate Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Ultimate Nick Fury Marvel Universe

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552 198
Spider-Man (Miles Morales) is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man

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486 184
Bishop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Bishop Marvel Universe

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403 175
Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Black Lightning Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

The Greatest Marvel Villains & Enemies Ever

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232 68
Vixen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
vitamink added Vixen Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire, DC Universe

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352 161
Firestorm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Firestorm Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, DC Universe

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343 187
Cloak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Cloak Marvel Universe

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149 46
Aqualad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Aqualad Young Justice

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282 166
Misty Knight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Misty Knight Marvel Universe

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241 146
Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Bumblebee DC Universe

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280 194
Steel (John Henry Irons) is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Steel (John Henry Irons) Steel, DC Universe

The Best Howard Stern News Pranks Performed by Captain Janks

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187 113
Blue Marvel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
TeaganSted added Blue Marvel Marvel Universe

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227 170
Deathlok is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Deathlok Marvel Universe

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74 26
Hancock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Wouter van Aken added Hancock Hancock, Hancock 2

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223 169
Spectre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Spectre DC Universe

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86 48
Icon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Videoport Jones added Icon DC Universe

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81 43
Batwing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Batwing

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158 125
Cecilia Reyes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Dimos Dicoudis added Cecilia Reyes

List of All of the Avengers

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198 167
Brother Voodoo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Brother Voodoo Marvel Universe

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182 155
Captain Universe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Captain Universe Marvel Universe

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175 148
Goliath is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Goliath Power Man

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74 46
Oya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Martin Copeland III added Oya

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149 129
Monica Rambeau is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
StevenWatts added Monica Rambeau Marvel Universe

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112 91
The Prowler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
AnthonyTick added The Prowler

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64 42
Patriot is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Martin Copeland III added Patriot Marvel Universe

The Top 6 Real-Life Versions of Batman Villains

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154 150
Blackwing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Blackwing Wonder Woman

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51 42
Rocket is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Rocket DC Universe

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25 14
XS is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added XS DC Universe

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27 19
Thunder and Lightning is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Thunder and Lightning

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61 65
Spyke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
vitamink added Spyke Earth-11052

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147 174
Black Vulcan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Black Vulcan Super Friends

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29 36
Battlestar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
James Lewis added Battlestar Marvel Universe

The Full List of X-Men Characters & Members

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2 2
Mister Terrific is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Devin Chadwick added Mister Terrific DC Universe - 3rd most intelligent person on the planet

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89 122
Gabe Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Gabe Jones Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel Universe

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13 20
Brown Hornet is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Adrian Sidney added Brown Hornet Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

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1 4
Starchild and Saren is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Clearvisioneer1 added Starchild and Saren www.starchildandsaren.thecomicseries.com

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41 63
Kestrel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
vitamink added Kestrel X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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98 144
Amazing-Man is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Amazing-Man All-Star Squadron, Justice Society of America

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86 129
Prodigy (David Alleyne) is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Jerrald Dyon Spencer Jr. added Prodigy (David Alleyne)

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78 127
Kid Quantum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Kid Quantum DC Universe