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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1,382 300
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Black Panther

2
1,196 261
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
933 261
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel Universe

4
885 255
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
884 255
John Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe

6
940 279
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
883 270
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Spawn

8
752 259
Static is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
DC Universe

9
667 222
Falcon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe

10
660 219
Ultimate Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

11
691 235
Spider-Man (Miles Morales) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Ultimate Spider-Man

12
664 226
War Machine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

13
589 224
Bishop is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

14
521 205
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
327 104
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
249 77
Aqualad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added Young Justice

17
436 196
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
432 217
Cloak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

19
347 204
Misty Knight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

20
309 182
Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added DC Universe

21
260 147
Blue Marvel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
TeaganSted added Marvel Universe

22
151 66
Hancock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Wouter van Aken added Hancock, Hancock 2

23
344 228
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
89 22
Frozone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
PixarAnimate added The Incredibles

25
135 75
Batwing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added

26
264 203
Deathlok is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

27
262 203
Spectre is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
DC Universe

28
224 173
Goliath is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Goliath Power Man

29
127 81
Icon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Videoport Jones added DC Universe

30
245 200
Brother Voodoo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

31
194 153
Cecilia Reyes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Dimos Dicoudis added

32
221 186
Captain Universe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Marvel Universe

33
55 18
Mister Terrific is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Devin Chadwick added DC Universe - 3rd most intelligent person on the planet

34
150 117
The Prowler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
AnthonyTick added The Prowler

35
110 77
Oya is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Martin Copeland III added

36
187 158
Monica Rambeau is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
StevenWatts added Marvel Universe

37
105 74
Patriot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Martin Copeland III added Marvel Universe

38
91 63
Rocket is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added DC Universe

39
102 85
Spyke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
vitamink added Earth-11052

40
59 39
Thunder and Lightning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans

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179 180
Blackwing is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Wonder Woman

42
179 200
Black Vulcan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Super Friends

43
47 40
XS is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Moai added DC Universe

44
11 7
Mysterio is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
PhilWalters added Marvel Universe

45
7 6
Night Thrasher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
ThunderKat added

46
44 61
Battlestar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
James Lewis added Battlestar Marvel Universe

47
106 147
Gabe Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel Universe

48
4 6
Rocket Racer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
ThunderKat added

49
12 18
Rage is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Guest_3549622f-8714-457e-aad1-fa3b62f3640c added Marvel Universe

50
119 167
Amazing-Man is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Top 35+ Best Black Superheroes in Comics, Ranked by Fans
Amazing-Man All-Star Squadron, Justice Society of America