Top 30 Black Superheroes-Traffic Edition

This list is based on which black superheroes have received the most traffic (The most popular superheroes on the website) since we began back in 2010 right up to May 2013. You’ve read their biographies and visited their galleries multiple times; I give you World of Black Heroes top thirty Black superheroes!


1.       Spider Man/Miles Morales

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Miles Morales-The Black Spider man

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Brian Michael Bendis

1st appearance: Ultimate Fallout #4, August 2011

Miles Morales is the ½ Latino ½ Black New Ultimate Spiderman who made his debut in 2011’s Ultimate Fallout after the death of Ultimate Peter Parker. Miles lives with his parents in New York and has a villainous uncle named Aaron/Prowler. Like Peter before him he’s bitten by a radioactive spider from Oscorp which endows him with incredible powers. With this power Miles tries to emulate the late Peter Parker while balancing school, family life and the whirlwind of adventure that has become his life.





Storm/Ororo Munroe

The X-men's Storm!
The X-men’s Storm!

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Len Wein and Dave Cockrum

1st appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (May 1975)

Ororo Monroe/Storm is a mutant with the ability to perceive and manipulate the forces and elements that govern weather. She’s a mainstay and veteran member of the X-Men, tactical field leader, Avenger, African Goddess, Thief, former member of the Fantastic Four, Headmistress of the Jean Grey School, and the former Queen of Wakanda.




Black Panther/T’challa

T'challa The King of the Dead
T’challa The King of the Dead

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

1st appearance: Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966)

T’Challa the Black Panther is the super genius warrior king of the African nation of Wakanda, the most technologically advanced nation on Earth. He is one of the smartest men in the Marvel Universe, a former Avenger, and Storms ex-husband. Black Panther was the first mainstream black Marvel superhero and is currently the “King of the dead”.




4.       Green Lantern/John Stewart

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John Stewart- Destroyer of Planets

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams

1st appearance: Green Lantern vol. 2 #87 (December 1971)

John Stewart is an architect/Marine who was originally selected by the Guardians to be Hal Jordan’s back up as Green Lantern. John is currently one of the Lanterns guarding sector 2814 and member of the Honor Guard and one half of the latest black power couple alongside Fatality/Yrra Cynril.




5.       Spawn/Al Simmons

Al Simmons-Spawn (1)
Spawn- Angel, Demon and bringer of Armagedon

Publisher: Image Comics

Created by: Todd Mcfarlane

1st appearance: Spawn #1 (may 1992)

Al Simmons was a highly trained assassin who was killed by his best friend and sent to hell. There he made a deal with the devil and was reborn as a soldier in hells army, a hell Spawn. In his long history Spawn has been an Angel, the ruler of hell and even the bringer of Armageddon.




6.       Icon/Augustus Freeman


Publisher: Milestone Comics

Created by: Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan

1st appearance: Icon #1, May 1993

Arnus is an alien who crash landed on earth during slavery and took on the appearance of a black human. He is equal in power to DC Comics Superman. As Augustus Freeman he was a lawyer who later becomes Dakota’s premier superhero Icon after a chance encounter with Raquel Irvin/Rocket. Icon was created by Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan and made his debut in Icon #1, May 1993.



7.       Azrael/Michael Washington Lane

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Azrael- Death’s Dark Knight

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Grant Morrison

1st appearance: Batman 666, 2007

The man who would one day become Azrael was a Gotham police officer that was changed into a villainous Batman who before taking the sword of Azrael and the suit of sorrows as an agent of the Order of Purity, from the Sacred Order of Saint Dumas. In a cryptic future he became the anti Christ.




8.       Static/Virgil Ovid Hawkins

Static Shock-Virgil Hawkins
Static Shock-Virgil Hawkins

Publisher: Milestone Comics

Created by: Denys Cowan, Dwayne McDuffie, Derek Dingle, Christopher Priest and Micheal Davis

1st appearance: Static #1, 1993

Virgil “Static” Hawkins was exposed to a mutagenic gas that swept his city of Dakota, which gave him and other ‘bang babies’ superpowers. With the ability to control electromagnetism, Static joined the Teen Titans and continued to protect his city while serving on the team. During DC Comics new 52 he moved to New York and starred in his own ongoing title which was among the first wave of cancellations.




Tyrone Cash-The Black Hulk

9.       Tyrone Cash/Leonard Williams

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu

1st appearance: Ultimate Comics Avengers 2 #1, 2010

Leonard Williams was the mentor to a young Bruce Banner and they worked on the super soldier formula. As Leonard he relied on crutches to walk but after transforming he became the powerful and violent gangster “Tyrone Cash.”




Blankman (1)
The Blankman

10.  Blankman

Created by: Damon Wayans and J.F. Lawton

1st appearance: Blankman (may 1994)

Darryl Walker is an exaggerated nerdy gullible geeky man-child gifted with prodigious brilliance in the field of invention and robotics. After the death of his grandmother he’s inspired to clean up his neighborhood which has been overrun by crime. He is joined in this quest by best friend (and invention) J5 and later his older brother as “Other guy”.




11.  Batwing/David Zavimbe

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Batwing-Batman of Africa

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Grant Morisson and Chris Burnham

1st appearance: Batman, Incorporated #5, 2011

An African orphan and former child soldier chosen by Batman himself to represent Batman incorporated as the Batman of Africa. Batwing fought evil not just as a superhero but every day as the only non corrupt police officer in his precinct. In his fight on crime he had a powerful suit of armor which augmented his strength and granted fight. He eventually walked away from the Batwing mantle though he plans to continue his war on crime.  




12.  Aqualad/Kaldur’am


Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Greg Weisman, Brandon Vietti and Phil Bourassa

1st appearance: Brightest Day #4, 2010

Kaldur’ahm(Jackson Hyde) is the son of Black Manta and the successor to the first Aqualad who became Tempest. Despite his father’s villainy Kaldur has chosen the life of the hero. Due to biological experimentation conducted by Atlantean outlaws, Kaldur has the unique ability to construct solid objects from water, and when in contact with water he develops webbed hands and gills so he can breathe underwater. Though he was created for the now cancelled Cartoon Network show ‘Young Justice’ he was later brought into comics by Geoff Johns in Brightest Day #4 but has not been seen in the new 52 relaunch.




13.  Wonderwoman/Nubia

nubia wonderwoman (6)Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Grant Morrison based on the original created by Robert Kanigher and Don Heck

1st appearance: Final Crisis #7 (March, 2009)

Nubia was created from black clay by the queen of the Amazons Hipolyta as a sister for Dianna who was created from white clay. This version of Nubia went beyond being princess of the amazons and rose to the rank of Queen. Partnered with President Superman she was present during Final Crisis and in a latter appearance seems to be the a huge moral guide for President Superman whose ideas of keeping the world safe blur the line between hero and villain.




War Machine (1)
The War Machine

14.  War Machine/James Rhodes

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: David Michelinie and John Byrne

1st appearance: Iron Man #118, 1979

James Rhodes was a soldier in the United States Army who has served as a stand in replacement for Tony Stark as Iron Man. Rhodey grew into his own character over the years though becoming War Machine whose armor dwarfs Iron Man’s in sheer destructive force. Appearances in the Iron Man movie franchise later gave him mass appeal.




15.  Luke Cage

Luke Cage (6)
Luke Cage- Father, Leader, Avenger and Hero for Hire

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Archie Goodwin and John Romita Sr

1st appearance: Luke Cage, Hero for hire #1, 1972

Luke Cage, wrongly convicted and unjustly imprisoned, was altered in a failed prison experiment that granted him bulletproof skin and super-human strength. Recently he has been a member of and led Earths Mightiest Heroes; The Avengers as well as the Thunderbolts program for reformed villains. With his street smarts and unending determination to do right, he fights for the common man!




16.  Blue Marvel/ Adam Brashier

bluemarvel9Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Kevin Grevioux

1st appearance: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1 (2009)

The Blue Marvel is an African-American superhero who was asked to retire by President Kennedy for the Civil Rights movement. Blue Marvel is forced out of retirement to face his greatest foe and former best friend, Anti-Man. Despite being one of the most powerful beings on Earth he has been used rarely since his debut in 2009.




17.   Tangent Superman

Tangent Superman

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Mark Millar and Jackson Butch Guice

1st appearance: Tangent comic’s Superman #1, 1998

Harvey Dent has evolved into human being on the planet earth. When his powers first manifested he used his powers to help people as Superman; however over time his methods became ruthless. He eventually became the ruler of his planet and attempted to conquer the mainstream DC Universe in a misguided bid to “save them”. In this quest he showed how much he outclassed Clark Kent/Superman in terms of raw power.




18.  President Superman

President Superman (1)
President Superman

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Grant Morisson

1st appearance: Final Crisis #7(March, 2009)

On a parallel world (Earth 23) the last survivor of Krypton came from Vathlo Island on which dark-skinned kyptonians dwell. His parents were scientists named Jorel and Lara. After arriving on earth he was taken in by a kindly black couple who instilled the morals of peace love and the American way into him; his father also taught him the art of boxing. As Calvin Ellis he eventually ascended to the presidency of the United States.




19.  M/Monet St. Croix

Monet St. Croix
Monet St. Croix

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Scott Lobdell and artist Chris Bachalo

1st appearance: Uncanny X-Men #316, September 1994

Monet St. Croix, also simply known as M, is one of the more powerful new mutants of her generation with powers eerily reminiscent of Kryptionians under a yellow sun. Monet also has the distinction of coming from a family filled with mutants, from older brother black supervillain Emplate/Marius St. Croix and twin little sisters Claudette and Nicole. She was involved with the now cancelled X-Factor Investigations and was a former member of Generation-X.




20.  Vixen-Mari Jiwe McCabe

Vixen-Mari Jiwe McCabe
Vixen-Mari Jiwe McCabe

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner

1st appearance: Action Comics #521, (July 1981)

The African born Vixen carries a magical Tantu totem that augments her animal mimicking abilities. She has been a JLA and Suicide Squad member, a model and successful business woman. She enjoys mainstream popularity through appearances on the very popular Justice League animated series.




21.  Aliyah Bishop

Aliyah Bishop
Aliyah Bishop

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Chris Claremont and Sean Chen

1st appearance: X-Men: The End: Book 1: Dreamers & Demons #1, 2004

Aliyah Bishop is the daughter of the X-Man Bishop and Sh’iar Royal Deathbird. Aliyah was an instrumental part of the battle on her world to defeat the mumudrai Cassandra Nova and doomed all existence. After the climactic battle she becomes the Majestrix Sh’iar, being the only surviving member of the Neramani family, with her father as imperial chancellor.




22.  Bishop

Lucas Bishop
Lucas Bishop

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: John Byrne, Jim Lee, and Whilce Portacio

1st appearance: The Uncanny X-Men #282, 1991

Lucas Bishop is a mutant from the 22nd century that traveled into the past, becoming a temporary member of the X-Men. He has the power to channel kinetic energy, releasing it generally through beams of energy. In recent years Bishop betrayed the X-men to kill the mutant messiah Hope Summers and was left stranded in the future. In 2013 he returned to the present in the pages of Uncanny X-force.




23.  Darwin

darwin (4)Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Ed Brubaker and artist Pete Woods

1st appearance: X-Men: Deadly Genesis #2 (February, 2006)

The half-black, half-latino Darwin/Armando Edi Munoz is a mutant with the power of reactive evolution literally allowing him to survive anything, though it is completely involuntary. As a member of Professor Xavier’s failed X-men team lead by Vulcan he was presumed dead for years. Upon returning he rejoined the X-men and later X-Factor Investigations. With X-factor he battled Hela the Asgardian mistress of death in Las Vegas. He is currently trying to cope with his new acquired powers and left the team.




24.  Kasper Cole

Kasper Cole-The White Tiger
Kasper Cole-The White Tiger

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Christopher Priest and Andy Kubert

1st appearance: Black Panther #50, 2002

Meet Kasper Cole the ½ white, ½ black, Jewish son of the supervillain Kibuka. Kasper briefly operated as the Black Panther when the mantle was left vacant by T’challa while he was in New York. His duel wielding gun style made him a very unique take on the Black Panther mythology in a modern setting. Kasper also appeared in the short-lived Black Panther spinoff series “The Crew” before being cast into comic book limbo. Writer David Liss had plans for the character but had his “Black Panther: Most Dangerous man alive” series cancelled before this could be implemented.  




25.  Shuri

Shuri- The deadliest of the species
Shuri- The deadliest of the species

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Reggie Hudlin and John Romita Jr.

1st appearance: Black Panther #2, 2005

Younger Sister to T’challa the Deadliest man Alive, daughter to T’chaka the Great, often called the deadliest of the special and the current reigning Queen of Wakanda. Shuri was born to the greatest and prestigious dynasty in the marvel universe. Born to be queen Shuri is a fierce loyalist to her people who unlike T’challa believes in the old ways.




26.  Azzari

Azzari The Wise

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Jack Kirby

1st appearance: Black Panther #1, 1977

Azzari/Azzuri more popularly known as “The Wise” was the black panther and king of wakanda during the world war two era, father of T’chaka “The Great”, Syan “The Swift” and grandfather of T’challa “The Most Dangerous Man Alive” and Shuri “Deadliest of the Species”. He also has the distinction of being the man who defeated Captain America/Steve Rogers and gave him the idea for a circular shield that could be thrown for both defensive and offensive combat purposes.




27.  Becka Munroe

becka2Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Chris Claremont

1st appearance: Genext #1, 2008

Becka is the daughter of the X-men’s longtime leader Storm/Ororo Munroe. Curiously she has both weather control powers like her mother and a lupine feral nature and abilities which suggest she was conceived when the X-men traveled to the Savage Land and were under the control of Brainchild. Birthed in a jungle she was taken in by the Rasputin clan which sprung up there.




28.  Falcon/Samuel Wilson

The Falcon

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan

1st appearance: Captain America #117 (Sept. 1969)

Empowered by evil, inspired by good, Sam Wilson‘s bleak outlook on life was wiped away the day he met Captain America. He uses his winged costume, combat prowess, and avian telepathy as the Falcon, defender of Harlem. The Falcon is set to make his big screen debut in Captain America The Winter Soldier portrayed by Anthony Mackie.  




29.  Blade

Black or Not?
Blade: The Daywalker

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan

1st appearance: The Tomb of Dracula #10 (July 1973)

Blade is half human and half vampire, thus possessing all the strengths but none of the weaknesses of a traditional vampire. He has dedicated his life to destroying the occult world of vampires and all who associate with them. Blade is most popular for his portrayal by Wesley Snipes in the Blade Trilogy set of movies.




30.  Hawkgirl

New Hawkgirl
The New Hawkgirl

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: James Robinson and Nicola Scott

1st appearance: Earth 2 #2 2012

Meet the Hawkgril of Earth 2, Kendra Munoz-Saunders who made her debut during the new 52 event. Kendra was an archeologist /hunter/ tomb raider who came to the military’s attention after an adventure in Egypt gave her wings around the same time a new Dr. Fate was empowered. As a ‘wonder’ on her world she was present during the battle with Grundy and was instrumental in guiding the Flash into his heroic future. She will also be a founding member of the JSA.


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28 thoughts on “Top 30 Black Superheroes-Traffic Edition

  • May 28, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Great list! You even had a few up there I’d forgotten about. Is this in the order that they’ve been searched or just a random listing? Either way glad I found your blog!

    • May 28, 2013 at 1:31 am

      Thanks for the kind words CainTheConqueror. They are in order my friend from most searched @ 1 🙂

  • May 28, 2013 at 2:49 am

    You forgot Black Lightning and Captain Marvel(Photon)

  • May 28, 2013 at 4:56 am

    MAAANNN,I want to be nice about this but I can’t ,this is the lamest black superhero list ever! You got about 4 original HEROS and the rest are remakes of white HEROS or their bastard children and you even have the nerve to start it off with one of the newest ones “the black Spider-Man”. And why would anyone constantly remind black people that storm is a goddess and African queen OH, and she was a thief? Dam,she keepin that charge with her like she just did a 10 year bid and now it won’t come off her record. And Blankman?!? Blankman out all the black heros on your site? Blankman?…c’mon man,y’all just lost some credibility with me.

  • May 28, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Oh, I see now your national spokesman for the bullshit. Look clown,I don’t buy that trash for a minute,anytime Blankman is on a popularity list. Ask all the W.B.H. bloggers to compile a list and then you’ll get a lesson on who’s a popular black hero ,teacher boy. Other than that,speak when spoken to.

  • May 28, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    And if you can read you would see that I said YA’ll lost credibility,meaning EVERYONE WHO MADE THEM POPULAR…idiot.

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  • May 29, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I agree with Erik.
    I mean, how does Miles Morales get so popular so fast, he’s piggy backing off being a Spider-man knockoff.
    It seems like a cheap way to attract a black audience, just change the color of popular white characters.
    Of course Marvel and DC characters will be the most popular, they have the most marketing dollars behind them. Let’s have a list of the top 30 heroes from independent black publishers and animators.

  • May 29, 2013 at 4:23 am

    And that’s all I’m say’n, thank u Roger.

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  • February 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Ummm.. yeah. How about Afro Samurai on there?

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  • January 7, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Wheres cyborgg??? White tiger??? Ther are so many black heros i can name that arent on this list, hotspot, a few teen titan enimies, bumble bee, nick fury, so many others…this list is missing some really obvious names…but yet there r heroes on here that i have never even heard of….oh they forgot cheetah…she might be a bvillian but still kick ass….list needs improve ment

  • February 7, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Icon is by far the one who should get a reboot. And he should have his own squad within the Justice League. It’s a shame someone so powerful has to take the back seat because Superman gets all the props. I’m banking on Icon being able to smash out Doomsday.

  • June 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    why is blade and luke cage soon deep down the list?

    I think john stewart should be #1

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  • December 1, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Cyborg? Monica Rambeau (Spectrum)? Misty Knight? Amanda Waller (kinda)? Ultimate Nick Fury/Nick Fury Jr? You’re missing a lot here

  • July 2, 2016 at 11:34 am

    It is sad reading through these comments because people can’t read. This list is based on traffic not anyones opinion. Can’t understand why people love to jump and criticize.

  • July 4, 2016 at 11:23 am

    of DC comics NOT Marvel.
    David Savimbe NOT that American, son of Lucius Fox.
    from Congo, Africa.

  • July 22, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    How About Orpheus from DC.
    Great Mini Series!


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