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

Updated June 25, 2020 70.6k votes 6.2k voters 141.7k 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
    2,672
    563

    Black Panther

    Black Panther
  • 2
    2,380
    510

    Storm

    X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men
  • 3
    1,789
    440

    Miles Morales

    Ultimate Spider-Man
  • 4
    1,821
    478

    Blade

    Blade II, Blade: Trinity
  • 5
    1,800
    479

    Luke Cage

    Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Universe
  • 6
    1,378
    406

    Sam Wilson (Falcon)

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe
  • 7
    1,400
    415

    Ultimate Nick Fury

    Marvel Universe
  • 8
    1,327
    402

    War Machine

    The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man
  • 9
    1,154
    370

    Bishop

    Marvel Universe
  • 10
    567
    151

    Shuri

    First Appearance: Black Panther #2 (v4)
  • 11
    1,716
    593

    John Stewart

    Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe
  • 12
    1,609
    607

    Cyborg

    Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans
  • 13
    990
    351

    Cloak

    Marvel Universe
  • 14
    1,522
    593

    Spawn

    Spawn
  • 15
    690
    254

    Monica Rambeau

    Marvel Universe
  • 16
    832
    319

    Blue Marvel

    Marvel Universe
  • 17
    1,145
    466

    Black Lightning

    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
  • 18
    1,311
    563

    Static

    DC Universe
  • 19
    808
    332

    Misty Knight

    Marvel Universe
  • 20
    844
    419

    Vixen

    Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire, DC Universe
  • 21
    619
    296

    Brother Voodoo

    Marvel Universe
  • 22
    497
    231

    The Prowler

  • 23
    167
    42

    Synch

    Marvel Universe
  • 24
    308
    125
  • 25
    559
    273

    Goliath

    Power Man