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

Updated June 25, 2020 71.2k votes 6.3k voters 143.9k views90 items

List RulesVote up the best Black superheroes and comic book characters.

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 Black superhero movies 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 superheroes 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
    2,670
    567

    Black Panther

    Black Panther
  • 2
    2,403
    504

    Storm

    X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men
  • 3
    1,787
    463

    Miles Morales

    Ultimate Spider-Man
  • 4
    1,828
    476

    Blade

    Blade II, Blade: Trinity
  • 5
    1,803
    478

    Luke Cage

    Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Universe
  • 6
    1,396
    405

    Sam Wilson (Falcon)

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe
  • 7
    1,401
    419

    Ultimate Nick Fury

    Marvel Universe
  • 8
    1,329
    412

    War Machine

    The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man
  • 9
    1,727
    589

    John Stewart

    Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe
  • 10
    1,160
    379

    Bishop

    Marvel Universe
  • 11
    583
    167

    Shuri

    First Appearance: Black Panther #2 (v4)
  • 12
    1,627
    598

    Cyborg

    Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans
  • 13
    996
    355

    Cloak

    Marvel Universe
  • 14
    1,534
    587

    Spawn

    Spawn
  • 15
    709
    257

    Monica Rambeau

    Marvel Universe
  • 16
    1,162
    461

    Black Lightning

    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
  • 17
    838
    320

    Blue Marvel

    Marvel Universe
  • 18
    1,325
    559

    Static

    DC Universe
  • 19
    805
    333

    Misty Knight

    Marvel Universe
  • 20
    853
    414

    Vixen

    Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire, DC Universe
  • 21
    625
    293

    Brother Voodoo

    Marvel Universe
  • 22
    500
    231

    The Prowler

  • 23
    568
    273

    Goliath

    Power Man
  • 24
    201
    64

    Monet

  • 25
    462
    222

    Patriot

    Marvel Universe