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

Updated June 25, 2020 77.8k votes 6.5k voters 145.9k 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
    2,543
    520

    Storm

    X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men
  • 2
    2,807
    587

    Black Panther

    Black Panther
  • 3
    1,935
    493

    Blade

    Blade II, Blade: Trinity
  • 4
    1,866
    476

    Miles Morales

    Ultimate Spider-Man
  • 5
    1,885
    482

    Luke Cage

    Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Universe
  • 6
    1,482
    417

    Sam Wilson (Falcon)

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe
  • 7
    1,474
    427

    Ultimate Nick Fury

    Marvel Universe
  • 8
    1,402
    421

    War Machine

    The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man
  • 9
    1,251
    380

    Bishop

    Marvel Universe
  • 10
    652
    190

    Shuri

    First Appearance: Black Panther #2 (v4)
  • 11
    1,070
    371

    Cloak

    Marvel Universe
  • 12
    797
    267

    Monica Rambeau

    Marvel Universe
  • 13
    1,758
    664

    John Stewart

    Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe
  • 14
    918
    331

    Blue Marvel

    Marvel Universe
  • 15
    1,649
    659

    Cyborg

    Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans
  • 16
    1,577
    661

    Spawn

    Spawn
  • 17
    885
    351

    Misty Knight

    Marvel Universe
  • 18
    290
    79

    Monet

  • 19
    254
    67

    Synch

    Marvel Universe
  • 20
    1,347
    634

    Static

    DC Universe
  • 21
    1,164
    542

    Black Lightning

    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
  • 22
    581
    243

    The Prowler

  • 23
    702
    305

    Brother Voodoo

    Marvel Universe
  • 24
    388
    146
  • 25
    540
    233

    Patriot

    Marvel Universe
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