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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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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896 242
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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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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846 243
John Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
John Stewart Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe

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845 248
Cyborg is listed (or ranked) 6 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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849 260
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Spawn Spawn

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637 213
Falcon is listed (or ranked) 8 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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640 213
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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720 252
Static is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Static DC Universe

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628 210
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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655 224
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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566 213
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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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

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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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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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223 70
Aqualad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Aqualad Young Justice

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

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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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293 171
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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Blue Marvel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
TeaganSted added Blue Marvel Marvel Universe

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Steel (John Henry Irons) is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Steel (John Henry Irons) Steel, DC Universe

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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, Hancock 2

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Frozone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
PixarAnimate added Frozone The Incredibles

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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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254 194
Deathlok is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Deathlok Marvel Universe

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118 68
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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Icon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Videoport Jones added Icon DC Universe

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

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

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186 146
Cecilia Reyes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Dimos Dicoudis added Cecilia Reyes

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Captain Universe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Captain Universe Marvel Universe

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

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Monica Rambeau is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
StevenWatts added Monica Rambeau Marvel Universe

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100 69
Oya is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Martin Copeland III added Oya

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Patriot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Martin Copeland III added Patriot Marvel Universe

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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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Mister Terrific is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Spyke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
vitamink added Spyke Earth-11052

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Blackwing is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Blackwing Wonder Woman

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Thunder and Lightning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans

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

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

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Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
PhilWalters added Mysterio Marvel Universe

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Battlestar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
James Lewis added Battlestar Marvel Universe

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Gabe Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Rage is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Guest_3549622f-8714-457e-aad1-fa3b62f3640c added Rage Marvel Universe

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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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102 146
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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Brown Hornet is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Adrian Sidney added Brown Hornet Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids