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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1,455 309
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Black Panther

2
1,258 268
Storm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men, X2

3
968 279
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Universe

4
925 267
John Stewart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe

5
923 267
Cyborg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans, Justice League: Doom

6
975 288
Blade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade

7
914 284
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Spawn

8
693 227
Ultimate Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

9
730 247
Spider-Man (Miles Morales) is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Ultimate Spider-Man

10
699 233
Falcon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe

11
777 270
Static is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
DC Universe

12
694 232
War Machine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

13
607 231
Bishop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

14
547 210
Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

15
354 113
Vixen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
vitamink added Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire, DC Universe

16
272 85
Aqualad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Young Justice

17
457 202
Firestorm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, DC Universe

18
455 223
Cloak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

19
361 211
Misty Knight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

20
325 186
Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added DC Universe

21
280 152
Blue Marvel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
TeaganSted added Marvel Universe

22
112 29
Frozone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
PixarAnimate added The Incredibles

23
166 73
Hancock is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Wouter van Aken added Hancock, Hancock 2

24
353 233
Steel (John Henry Irons) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Steel, DC Universe

25
147 79
Batwing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added

26
272 209
Spectre is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
DC Universe

27
269 211
Deathlok is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

28
136 86
Icon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Videoport Jones added DC Universe

29
231 178
Goliath is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Goliath Power Man

30
257 207
Brother Voodoo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

31
204 158
Cecilia Reyes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Dimos Dicoudis added

32
65 22
Mister Terrific is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Devin Chadwick added DC Universe -

3rd most intelligent person on the planet

33
158 121
The Prowler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
AnthonyTick added The Prowler

34
115 78
Patriot is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Martin Copeland III added Marvel Universe

35
227 192
Captain Universe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

36
197 162
Monica Rambeau is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
StevenWatts added Marvel Universe

37
117 83
Oya is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Martin Copeland III added

38
99 67
Rocket is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added DC Universe

39
108 87
Spyke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
vitamink added Earth-11052

40
64 43
Thunder and Lightning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans

41
184 185
Blackwing is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Wonder Woman

42
55 44
XS is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added DC Universe

43
183 207
Black Vulcan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Super Friends

44
14 10
Night Thrasher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
ThunderKat added

45
16 15
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
PhilWalters added Marvel Universe

46
4 2
Riri Williams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Riri Williams

47
113 154
Prodigy (David Alleyne) is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Jerrald Dyon Spencer Jr. added

48
123 171
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

49
109 153
Gabe Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel Universe

50
7 11
Rocket Racer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
ThunderKat added