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

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List Rules Vote 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 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
1,556 338
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Black Panther

2
1,360 285
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
1,009 286
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
1,001 288
Cyborg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans, Justice League: Doom

5
1,039 303
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Universe

6
1,052 309
Blade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade

7
976 304
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Spawn

8
811 262
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
833 282
Static is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
DC Universe

10
751 249
Falcon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe

11
743 246
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
750 250
Ultimate Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

13
651 246
Bishop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

14
600 224
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
405 123
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
320 100
Aqualad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Young Justice

17
499 216
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
492 232
Cloak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

19
165 45
Frozone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
PixarAnimate added The Incredibles

20
318 165
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
393 225
Misty Knight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

22
360 201
Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added DC Universe

23
384 240
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
199 97
Hancock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Wouter van Aken added Hancock, Hancock 2

25
181 89
Batwing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added