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
1,517 322
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Black Panther

2
1,318 276
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
1,025 298
Blade is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade

4
970 277
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
967 277
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
1,007 297
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Universe

7
958 293
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Spawn

8
781 256
Spider-Man (Miles Morales) is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Ultimate Spider-Man

9
805 278
Static is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
DC Universe

10
719 239
War Machine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

11
724 242
Falcon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe

12
720 243
Ultimate Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

13
630 240
Bishop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

14
577 219
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
381 120
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
295 96
Aqualad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Young Justice

17
485 211
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
475 227
Cloak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

19
137 35
Frozone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
PixarAnimate added The Incredibles

20
347 194
Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added DC Universe

21
379 219
Misty Knight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

22
297 162
Blue Marvel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
TeaganSted added Marvel Universe

23
185 87
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
367 237
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
166 87
Batwing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added

26
283 217
Spectre is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
DC Universe

27
282 217
Deathlok is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

28
244 184
Goliath is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Goliath Power Man

29
78 30
Mister Terrific is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
146 95
Icon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Videoport Jones added DC Universe

31
213 163
Cecilia Reyes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Dimos Dicoudis added

32
264 213
Brother Voodoo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

33
126 83
Patriot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Martin Copeland III added Marvel Universe

34
168 127
The Prowler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
AnthonyTick added The Prowler

35
208 168
Monica Rambeau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
StevenWatts added Marvel Universe

36
237 198
Captain Universe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

37
124 90
Oya is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Martin Copeland III added

38
105 73
Rocket is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added DC Universe

39
116 93
Spyke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
vitamink added Earth-11052

40
73 49
Thunder and Lightning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans

41
67 48
XS is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added DC Universe

42
190 194
Blackwing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Wonder Woman

43
192 215
Black Vulcan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Super Friends

44
24 15
Night Thrasher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
ThunderKat added

45
24 20
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
PhilWalters added Marvel Universe

46
22 27
Rage is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Guest_3549622f-8714-457e-aad1-fa3b62f3640c added Marvel Universe

47
53 69
Battlestar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
James Lewis added Battlestar Marvel Universe

48
118 159
Prodigy (David Alleyne) is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Jerrald Dyon Spencer Jr. added

49
11 14
Riri Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Riri Williams

50
115 156
Gabe Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 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