Top 30 Black Superheroes- Fan Edition

So after a month long voting you guys have put your votes where your mouth is and here they are the top 30 black superheroes Fan Edition your response to my own list Top 30 Black Superheroes-Traffic edition. What makes this one unique is that you  nominated and voted on over fifty black superheroes. I may even show you the top fifty black superheroes as voted by you but work has me by the balls and I really don’t have that amount of time on my hands. I must add though that the voting was overwhelming, with easily over ten thousand votes cast (oh yeah). So without any further delay here your top thirty black superheroes!

1.Black Panther/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”.




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The Headmistress

2.      Storm/Ororo Munroe                                                                  

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.





Green Lantern/John Stewart                             

John Stewart- Green Lantern
The Planet Destroyer

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. He’s also noteworthy for being a planet destroyer as a result of destroying both Fatality’s planet and Mogo the living planet.



4.      Luke Cage                                                

The 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!




5.      Spawn/Al Simmons                                                        

Al Simmons-Spawn (21)
The Assassin from Hell

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.     Static                                                       

Milestone’s finest

Publisher: Milestone Comics

Created by: Denys Cowan, Dwayne McDuffie, Derek Dingle 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.




7.      Icon/Augustus Freeman                                                        

Superman’s Equal

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 after a chance encounter with Raquel Irvin/Rocket. After the merger of DC and Milestone he was shown to be friends with Superman.




8. 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 and for kick starting the modern Superhero movie genre back in 1999.




9.      War Machine/James Rhodes

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The War Machine

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.





The Finatic
The Fanatic

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.




11.  Black Lightning                                              

Black Lightning
DC’s First Man

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Tony Isabella and Trevor Von Eeden

1st appearance: Black Lightning #1, April 1977

Jefferson Michael Pierce is a teacher and Olympic medal winning decathlete, metahuman able to control and manipulate electricity. He is popularly regarded by his superhuman peers as the first black Superhero. Over the course of his career he’s been a founding member of the outsiders, secretary of education for the United States and also had two daughters who continue his heroic legacy as Thunder and Lightning.  




12.  Aqualad/Kaldur’am                           

The Leader

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, Kaldurhas 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.Nick Fury (Ultimate)                          

Nick Fury (Ultimate)
Nick Fury (Ultimate)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Allred
(based upon the original character by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)

1st appearance: Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #5, August 2001

This version of Nick was molded off the likeness of Samuel Jackson who incidentally plays him on the big screen in blockbuster movies such as the Iron Man films and the Joss Whedon’s Avengers film. Arguably more popular than the white original version of the character this one was one of the very first super soldiers who rose to the rank of director of SHEILD. He has recently become the benefactor of New Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales.

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14.  Vixen (3)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 Justice League animated series.




15.  Spider Man/Miles Morales          

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The Replacement

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 Spider-man 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.



16. Misty Knight

Are you for Hire?
Are you for Hire?

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Tony Isabella and Arvell Jones

1st appearance: (unnamed) Marvel Team-Up (1st series) #1 (March 1972), (name revealed) Marvel Premiere #20 (January, 1975)

Misty knight is the super bad, super foxy 70’s style kung fu bionic detective. Misty is well known for dating Iron Fist Danny Rand and being partners with red haired samurai Colleen Wing. Recently she joined the Fearless defenders partnered with Valkyrie after restarting the heroes for hire business under the alias of control.



The Sidekick

17.  Falcon/Samuel Wilson                                              

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.  





The True Icon

Publisher: Milestone Comics

Created by: Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan

1st appearance: Icon #1, May 1993

Raquel Ervin is an outspoken young black woman who is the fist teenage mother in comics, the woman who inspired Augustus Freeman into becoming Icon and later becomes his partner. As the superhero Rocket, Raquel uses an inertia belt which allows her to fly, re-channel kinetic energy and even form shields. 




19.  Monica Rambeau                   

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The Woman of many names

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Roger Stern and John Romita, Jr.

1st appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16, (1982)

Monica Rambeau has gone by many code names in her long superhero career: Captain Marvel, Photon, Pulsar etc. She has been a member of and lead Earths Mightiest heroes, The Avengers, dated black superhero Brother Voodoo when he was sorcerer supreme and was considered a sun goddess by the Black Panther. She recently led the Nextwave team and during marvel now will join fellow black superheroes Luke Cage, Power Man, Blue Marvel and White Tiger as a member of the Mighty Avengers under new codename, Spectrum.




20.Batwing/David Zavimbe                               

The 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.  





The Darkness

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan

1st appearance: Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64, March 1982

Tyrone Johnson began his life as a cowardly Stutterer who was unable to save his best friend’s life. As a runaway he bonded with Tandy Bowen and together they were captured and subjected to experimentation. The Chemicals mutated them and granted her the powers of light and him access to the darkforce dimension which allowed him to teleport and ensnare others. He recently served as a member of the Dark X-men and the Utopia based X-men before getting entangled in the Spider-Island incident.




22.  Night Thrasher                                                

Criminals beware

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Tom DeFalco (writer) and Ron Frenz (artist)

1st appearance: Thor #411, December 1989

Dwayne Taylor’s became an orphan when his parents were killed in front of him while he was quite young. This traumatic experience filled him with a righteous rage which was supported by his handlers Tai and Chord. He grew into a brilliant man who lead his family’s company by day and fought crime by night. Dwayne was a founding member of the New Warriors and one of the finest martial artists in the Marvel Universe before he was killed before the Civil War event.




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The Master

23.  Dr. Voodoo                                          

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Len Wein and Gene Colan

1st appearance: Strange Tales #169 (1973)

A twin by birth Jericho and Brother Daniel were literal opposites as they grew up in their native Haiti. Gaining a scholarship he went to America to become a doctor and leave superstition and magic behind. When his brother was struck down with a Voodoo curse he returned to embrace his destiny and became brother Voodoo. Often regarded as the most respected Voodoo user of the marvel universe he later became the new Sorcerer Supreme when Dr. Strange lost the mantle. Before his death he held all the vestiges of Sorcerer supreme and the staff of Legba making him the first in known history to hold both the titles at once.





Hardware-Curtis “Curt” Metcalf

Publisher: Milestone Comics

Created by: Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan

1st appearance: Hardware #1, 1993

Curtis Metcalf was blessed with a prodigious intellect in the art of computing, electronics, metallurgy. At a young age Edwin Alva took him under his wing and Curtis’ creations single handedly made Alva billions. Upon realizing that his father figure was corrupt and he was held in little regard he rebelled. Creating the identity of Hardware he waged a one man war against Alva and his corrupt company. Over the course of his career he helped Icon repair his ship, befriended Rocket and supplied technology to Static during the new 52.




25. Isaiah Bradley                                     

Black Captain America/Isiah Bradley
Black Captain America/Isiah Bradley

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Created by: Robert Morales, Kyle Baker and Axel Alonso

1st appearance: Truth: Red, White & Black #1 (January 2003)

Isaiah was a model soldier who was drafted into a secret project to remake the super soldier formula during WWII after Captain America/Steve Rogers was presumed dead and the Super Soldier formula with him. As the only viable option and only successful test subject he fought valiantly for his country. Bradley became an underground legend amongst the Black community, their Captain America. During his later years he met many famous people including Malcolm X, Richard Pryor, Gen. Colin Powell and many others. His legacy continues through son Josiah X and grandson Patriot.




26.Blue Marvel/ Adam Brashier

Blue Marvel-Adam Brashear
Blue Marvel-Adam Brashear

Publisher: 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.




27.  M/Monet St. Croix

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I’m black….seriously!?

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.





DC Comic’s First Lady

Publisher: DC Comics

Created by: Bob Rozakis and Irv Novick

1st appearance: Teen Titans #45, December 1976

Karen Beecher was a scientist with a normal life until she met Mal Duncan a member of the Teen Titans. With her scientific skills she created a power suit which granted her flight, super strength, energy blasts and the ability to shrink in size. She later joined the Teen Titans and is most popular for appearing on the cartoon network “Teen Titans animated series. Karen Beecher is also DC Comics first female black superhero





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Battalion-Jackson king

Publisher: Wildstorm Comics

Created by: Jim Lee and Brandon Choi

1st appearance: Stormwatch #1, March 1993

Jackson king is the first son of supervillain Despot and older brother to Strafe. Throughout his life Battalion has been a founding member of Stormwatch before leading the team. Battalion is classified as a high level psionic seedling   granting him the ability to read minds, cast illusions and generate Psychokinetic force bolts. All these abilities are enhanced by his Cyber Trans suite easily making him comparable in power to the X-men’s Professor Xavier.




30.  Spectre                                                            

Spectre 1 (2)
The Wrath of God

Publisher: Dc Comics

Created by: Greg Rucka and Shawn Martinbrough

1st appearance: Detective Comics #742, 2000

Crispus Allen was an upstanding police officer who moved from Metropolis to Gotham city where he was killed by a corrupt cop.  Reborn as the host for the living embodiment of God’s wrath he was instrumental in the Final Crisis conflict and in freeing Hal Jordan from Parallax during Blackest Night. He reappeared during Brightest day but has not appeared in the new 52 yet.  



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