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

Updated June 25, 2020 78k votes 6.5k voters 146.1k views90 items

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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 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
    2,552
    522

    Storm

    X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men
  • 2
    2,813
    588

    Black Panther

    Black Panther
  • 3
    1,942
    493

    Blade

    Blade II, Blade: Trinity
  • 4
    1,890
    482

    Luke Cage

    Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Universe
  • 5
    1,870
    477

    Miles Morales

    Ultimate Spider-Man
  • 6
    1,486
    417

    Sam Wilson (Falcon)

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe
  • 7
    1,481
    427

    Ultimate Nick Fury

    Marvel Universe
  • 8
    1,408
    421

    War Machine

    The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man
  • 9
    1,256
    380

    Bishop

    Marvel Universe
  • 10
    658
    190
    #12 added

    Shuri

    First Appearance: Black Panther #2 (v4)
  • 11
    1,074
    371

    Cloak

    Marvel Universe
  • 12
    801
    267
    StevenWatts added

    Monica Rambeau

    Marvel Universe
  • 13
    1,762
    666

    John Stewart

    Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe
  • 14
    922
    332
    TeaganSted added

    Blue Marvel

    Marvel Universe
  • 15
    1,652
    661

    Cyborg

    Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans
  • 16
    1,581
    661

    Spawn

    Spawn
  • 17
    888
    351

    Misty Knight

    Marvel Universe
  • 18
    293
    82
    11jwapner added

    Monet

  • 19
    257
    68
    Moai added

    Synch

    Marvel Universe
  • 20
    586
    243
    AnthonyTick added

    The Prowler

  • 21
    1,351
    636

    Static

    DC Universe
  • 22
    704
    305

    Brother Voodoo

    Marvel Universe
  • 23
    1,165
    543

    Black Lightning

    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
  • 24
    388
    147
    ThunderKat added

    Night Thrasher

  • 25
    543
    233
    Martin Copeland III added

    Patriot

    Marvel Universe
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