Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Real Top 10 Black Superheroes

I saw this crappy list and felt I needed to make a good one. First off, I'm gonna apologize early for getting a little more "ghetto" on this list. As a black comic reader, I feel its my right.

10. (Black) Nick Fury

Thats bad Ass Muthu Fucker Sam Jackson!


Despite the fact that the character was originally white, having been created by the main architects of the Marvel U, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, as well as having his most famous work done by Jim Steranko(one of the baddest ass men in comics ever SON!) Nick Fury will be probably best known by mainstream society as a black man. Taking their cues from the Ultimate Universe rendition of the character, who looked like Sam Jackson, they casted Sam Jackson in various Marvel movies. Its a cheat, but come on. Your children won't know Nick Fury's suppose to be white. They'll just know him as a black man who is one bad ass muthu fucker!

9. Vixen

Image by Joshua Middleton


There are few really good black female superheroes but Vixen is on the list because she's been a member of the Justice League and did a couple episodes in the cool Justice League cartoon. A sexy, confident black female superhero. I just want to say though, whoever redesigned her outfit needs an award. Those early Vixen images were not cool. But hey, African characters got to be really African right?

7. Black Lightning

Image by co-creator Trevor Von Eeden


DC was late to the black superhero biz but their first one became an important figure whose popped up working with Batman and the Justice League. If Batman approves of Black Lightning YOU approve of Black Lightning. He has two daughters who've become superheroes, improving on the lack of black female superheroes(though they have generic names but whatever...). I should point out that while Black Panther, Falcon and Luke Cage came before our boy here, Black Lightning actually had a creator who was black in Trevor Von Eeden. Thats called progress son! We coming up!

7. Falcon

Image by Joe Bennet


The first African-AMERICAN superhero. So he gots to be on this list! Our boy Falcon, was also the first black superhero not to have BLACK in his moniker. Nope. You can tell he's black so we don't need to announce it. Now... I never read much with guy so I can't say anything towards the stories but he's worked with Captain America and Captain America is all about beating up terrorists, super-villains and general jackass' so Falcons got to be all about whuppin' some punk ass.

6. Mr. Terrific II(Michael Holt)

Image by Alex Ross


My fav black superhero? Straight up! The second man to take the Mr. Terrific identity, Holt is one of the most intelligent men in the DCU(ranked #3 to be specific. Thats right, only two people smarter than him and that's Lex Luthor and some other guy who is not Batman). This nigga has got 14 Ph.D's. This man has lead the Justice Society of America for while which is the original superhero team, is the White King in the UN Chartered Metahuman Mointoring Force Checkmate, and a total bad ass. Lest not forget one of the few super heroes who doesn't make wearing a black leather jacket look stupid(I'm looking at you "new" Wonder Woman).

5. Static

Image from cartoon


He had a cartoon. An Emmy nominated cartoon. Doesn't matter what you think-this boy had people watching his show for more than a season. In fact, 4 seasons! Who'd have known a black kid could have a successful cartoon?

4. Green Lantern(John Stewart)

Image by Ariel Olivetti.


One of the many Green Lanterns and one of the best known due to the awesomeness of the Justice League cartoon. I only read a couple comics with him but c'mon! This nigga was on TV rubbing elbows with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Plus dating Hawkgirl and Vixen. Play on playa!

3. Black Panther

Image by co-creator Jack Kirby


The first Black Superhero period. That gets him in the top 3 on principle alone. Helps that he's a king, created by some famed creators, and has a cartoon on BET. Don't fuck with Black Panther because Black Panther will fuck you up.

2. Luke Cage

Image by co-creator John Romita, Sr.


No other superhero keeps it more real than Luke f'n Cage. NONE! Once, after being jipped the money he was owed, he broke into the Fantastic 4's home, convinced them to lend him their ride, flew to Dr. Dooms country and proceeded to help a revolution against the monarch. Then struck a deal with Doom and got his money. How much money would entice a man to face off againt muthu fuckin' Doc Doom? $200. I ain't got to say anything else. Sweet Christmas, Luke Cage is a black hero keeping it as close to gangsta as a superhero can.

1. Storm

Image by co-creator Dave Cockrum


Despite never having her own ongoing series(but a couple minis), Storm is one of the best known female superheroes out there. The fact that she's black in a world of pretty white superheroes(they are pretty, I ain't being sarcastic) makes that even more impressive. This queen, goddess, and just overly awesome ebony woman is one of the main attractions of the X-titles. Even besting my main man Cyclops for leadership of the X-Men once upon a time. Plus she went punk rock for a while and cut a bitch or two. Why Storm is number one over heroes who came before her or black heroes with their own books is simple, she was one of the main stars of one of the the best selling books when she was created. Meaning her adventures were being read by more people anyway. And while Cyborg was kicking it in Teen Titans while it was routinely facing of X-Men on the charts around the time of all new all different X-Men, Titans fell from the high popularity while X-Men continued to soar as a best selling comic spinning off three different cartoons, several movies and video games. Including that arcade one based on the "Lost Episode." That game alone puts Storm in the top 3. Everything else makes her number one. Check yo'self fool! Storm is on top!

Thank you Storm!

Honorable Mentions


Cyborg

Member of Teen Titans which was a best selling book for a period of time. Also was on the cool cartoon. But sorry bro, just not enough for my list.


Bishop

Bad ass? Yeah. But not bad ass enough.


Steel

Been around for a while and knows how to knock a fool down with a big ass hammer. But the fact he's a spin off of the Superman franchise coupled with a crappy Shaq film, knocks him down. But you still good in my book.

As for the aforementioned list. M is not black. She's African. From Bosnia with Algerian heritage. Angel Salvatore is a forgettable character who had the luck of being in Grant Morrisons awesome New X-Men run. Half the characters on that list are relatively new without any real impact on comics or outside media. Why would they be on your list? Yeah, sure Darwins coming up but I wouldn't put him above anybody on their Honorable Mention list which had a better round up anyway.

So there you have it. The real top 10 black superheroes list. Play on playa!

3 comments:

David Bird said...

That story about Kane has been posted in the Kingdom Kane blog.

I hadn't thought about him in a long time, but as soon as I opened Showcase Green Lantern the first thing I thought was, "Kane!"

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Anonymous said...

bishop or panther should be #1.he can absorb and reproject energy,AND he's from the future? too many blk characters have shitty costumes/stories and usually no powers.dammit.t'challa got tha cube too!