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
1,607 352
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Black Panther

2
1,413 298
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
1,057 299
John Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe

4
1,081 314
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Universe

5
1,090 320
Blade is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade

6
1,028 308
Cyborg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans, Justice League: Doom

7
1,015 315
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Spawn

8
865 274
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
871 293
Static is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
DC Universe

10
784 260
Ultimate Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

11
772 255
War Machine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

12
780 259
Falcon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe

13
680 252
Bishop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

14
627 233
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
426 135
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
345 111
Aqualad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Young Justice

17
520 225
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
513 241
Cloak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

19
186 56
Frozone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Fanimation03 added The Incredibles

20
343 174
Blue Marvel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
TeaganSted added Marvel Universe

21
407 229
Misty Knight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

22
378 212
Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added DC Universe

23
403 246
Steel (John Henry Irons) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Steel, DC Universe

24
194 100
Batwing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added

25
209 113
Hancock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Wouter van Aken added Hancock, Hancock 2