Who is your Favorite Black Superhero?

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In the past 30 years, almost all the comic-book superheroes had been white, even when they were robots or aliens. But the odds have changed today.

“Seeing black super heroes made me say, ‘I knew it! There has to be Black, Asian, Latino and other heroes from all races,” says Darryl McDaniels, best known as D.M.C. of legendary hip hop group Run-D.M.C (Marvel.com).

Hai Afrika takes a look at some of the most popular black heros of all time. So which is your favorite?

Black Panther

Black Panther

Black Panther
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Len Wein and Dave Cockrum
1st appearance: Fantastic Four #52, 1966

T’Challa is the Black Panther, warrior king of Wakanda, one of the most technologically advanced nations on Earth. He is among the top intellects of the world, a veteran Avenger, and a member of the Illuminati. Using his superhuman senses of sight, smell, and hearing combined with his enhanced panther-like reflexes, he divided his time as a king and crime fighter to the service of all mankind.

Blade

Blade

Blade
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan
1st appearance: The Tomb of Dracula #10, 1973

A human-vampire hybrid with 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. He has to deal with family dysfunction; the curbing of his own power while suffering from prejudice from others.

Falcon

Falcon

Falcon
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan
1st appearance: Captain America #117, 1969

Empowered by evil, inspired by good, Sam Wilson‘s desolate outlook on life was dissolved the day he met Captain America. He uses his winged costume, combat prowess, and avian telepathy as the Falcon, defender of Harlem.

Green lantern

Green lantern

Green Lantern
Publisher: DC Comics
Created by: Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams
1st appearance: Green Lantern vol. 2 #87, 1971

John Stewart is an architect, social activist, and U.S. Marine sniper. He was one of DC Comics earliest black superheroes. As such, a good deal of attention was paid to his race. One of his notable characteristics was the anger towards society over racism. His distinguished service in the Corps has resulted in a place among the Oan Honor Guard and the position of chief trainer for new Lantern recruits.

Luke Cage

Luke Cage

Luke Cage
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Archie Goodwin and John Romita Sr
1st appearance: Luke Cage, Hero for hire #1, 1972

Luke Cage, wrongfully convicted and imprisoned, was altered in a failed prison experiment that granted him bulletproof skin and super-human strength. Luke Cage was one of the first African American superheroes in mainstream comics among the likes of the Falcon and the African hero, the Black Panther.

Misty Knight

Misty Knight

Misty Knight
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Tony Isabella and Arvell Jones
First appearance: Marvel Teamup, 1972

A former New York cop with a bionic arm, martial arts skills, and an attitude. After being involved with the Heroes for Hire operation for years, she is now a part of Valkyrie’s team of Lady Liberators where Misty continues to kick butt with style and sass.

Static Shock

Static Shock

Static
Publisher: DC Comics
Created by: Grant Morrison based on the original created by Robert Kanigher and Don Heck
1st appearance: Final Crisis #7, 2009

Virgil “Static” Hawkins was exposed to a mutagenic gas that swept his city of Dakota, which gave him superhuman powers and abilities. With the ability to control electromagnetism, Static joined the Teen Titans and continues to protect his city while serving on the team.

Storm

Storm

Storm
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Created by: Len Wein and Dave Cockrum
1st appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1, 1975

Ororo Monroe/Storm is a mutant descended from a line of Kenyan magic users and sorcerer supreme. She has the ability to perceive and manipulate the forces and elements that control weather. She is one of the main characters 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 (A fictional nation in the Marvel Universe).

 

War Machine

War Machine

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. He 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.

Nu’bia

Nu’bia

Wonder Woman/Nu’bia
Publisher: DC Comics
Created by: Grant Morrison based on the original created by Robert Kanigher and Don Heck
1st appearance: Final Crisis #7, 2009

Nu’bia was created from black clay by the queen of the Amazons Hipolyta as a sister for Dianna who was created from white clay. She was the princess of the Amazons and rose to the rank of Queen. Sometime during her time in the underworld, Nu’bia met the Zoroastrian god of light, Ahura Mazda, and became his lover. Nu’bia was on the side of Wonder Woman.