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The 6 Top African American Superheroes

By Edited Oct 10, 2016 6 18

 

Ok so let's face it... In the world of comic books and superheroes, the number of characters of color is surprisingly small. With that being said, there are 6 African American Superheroes who set the bar high... extremely high. Over the years they have become some of the most popular and respected heroes of all time and pasted below are the reasons why.

Storm(44114)

 

Storm- This tall silver-haired mutant is just as powerful as she is beautiful. A part of the second generation of X-Men, she was quickly anointed Co-leader by Charles Xavier. Throughout the years, this weather controlling powerhouse has lead the subterranean group the Morlocks, been worshipped as a goddess in Africa and even married the Black Panther, the king of Wakanda. She has easily solidified her seat as one of the popular and recognizable characters in the Marvel Universe.

Black Panther

 

Black Panther- Upon the death of his father T’Chaka, young T’Challa assumed the mantle of the Black Panther and the throne of Wakanda, an isolated African nation. Through training and discipline, he quickly became one of the world’s most brilliant combatants, earning him a place within the Avengers. Though he faces many threats to his flourishing nation, he was still able to find love and a wife in Storm, co-leader of the X-Men.

Green Lantern John Stewart

 

Green Lantern John Stewart- Selected by the Guardians of OA to serve as a back-up to Hal Jordan after Guy Gardner, John Stewart was one of DC Comics' first Black superheroes. Empowered by the ring bestowed to him, Stewart has the ability to create almost anything his mind can conceive and uses it to police the universe as both a member of the Green Lantern Corps and the Justice League.

Cyborg

 

  • Cyborg- Once upon a time, Victor Stone was a happy and healthy teenaged boy, until becoming horribly disfigured. To save his life, his father fused him with cybernetic implants, effectively transforming him into a half man/half machine blend. Now dubbed “Cyborg”, he uses his enhanced strength, durability and sonic blasters to battle villains and the forces of evil alongside the Teen Titans. BOO-YAH!

Spawn

 

  • Spawn- Forget Superman, Batman or even Wolverine, here is a hero who has literally been to hell and back. Al Simmons, now known as Spawn, has been murdered, his wife married his best friend and he is now trapped in a hellish, disfigured version of himself. That sucks! Well at least he can now use his new demonic powers and living symbiotic cape to become one of the biggest bad-asses that comic books have ever seen!

Luke Cage

 

  • Luke Cage- Originally a Hero-For-Hire, Luke Cage has moved far beyond being called simply “Power Man”. He is an Avenger, a member of the Fantastic Four but most importantly, a family man. Now married to the superheroine Jewel, he uses his superhuman strength and bulletproof skin to whip the former villains of the Thunderbolts into model citizens.

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Comments

Mar 26, 2011 1:45am
eileen
Very interesting but loved your pics they were great.
Apr 18, 2011 8:42pm
DevinPeacock
Thank you so much. :-)
Apr 18, 2011 12:58pm
FliPSignore
You forgot about Nick Fury. I was watching Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes and I like Black Panther's background story. I feel like the producers should add more for him.
Apr 18, 2011 8:41pm
DevinPeacock
LOL I remember way back in the beginning of the Ultimates and they revealed that their version of Nick was based on Samuel L. Jackson! I thought to myself "Genius!" An article like this could go on forever but these characters definitely rise above...
Apr 18, 2011 2:14pm
Introspective
Great feature, DevinPeacock! Fantastic pictures and interesting article, congratulations!
Apr 18, 2011 8:44pm
DevinPeacock
Thanks so much... this means a lot to me because I'm super new to article writing and this was just a great way to start my day!
Apr 19, 2011 5:40am
CortCaldwell
I was totally going to add Cage, but you had him, nice work. Spawn and "Cage" (that was the title of the series I had) were two of my fav comics as a kid (I still have the first issues in a box I haven't opened for almost 20 years. Wonder if they're worth anything, lol. Nice article!
Apr 20, 2011 10:50pm
amberrisme
Excellent angle and love the pics. The article nabbed me as soon as I logged on, and I had to read it!
Apr 22, 2011 12:12am
dreamaker
Great job!!
Apr 24, 2011 5:32pm
chinnick967
Nice article, Cyborg is my favorite =)
May 3, 2011 10:26pm
Uniasus
I've always been a Storm fan ^_^

Interesting choice in selecting Cyborg and not including another from his time. What's wrong with Static Shock?
May 4, 2011 11:30am
evanwilder
The first four. But what Static Shock and Aqualad. (He's not a black Garth
May 4, 2011 11:30am
evanwilder
The first four. But what Static Shock and Aqualad. (He's not a black Garth
May 5, 2011 6:32pm
Venetia
Great article.....I enjoyed it....Thank you! Your media is awesome too.
May 13, 2011 12:34pm
DevinPeacock
Thanks for all of the kind words guys. If you liked this article, check my article that focused on superhero Latinos!
Apr 6, 2012 4:51pm
devhur
great article. I've been looking for both background information and commentary on the Black Bomber and the Brown Bomber, and also maggot. I like to think of them as the trial and error phase of the black super hero.
Aug 30, 2013 11:24am
ferpuerto17
the Patriot in the Young Avengers is also good. Blade and Steel too
Sep 7, 2014 3:55am
Joey_Batz
Sweet Christmas! Luke Cage is on here!
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