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Thursday, January 10, 2013


Twenty superheroine's of Color You've never Heard of

 I've been a comic Book nerd since 2nd grade. When my Father and My uncle, Dumped a dusty "treasure" Chest in an empty corner of my play room. Inside this chest, were piles upon piles of comic books from their childhood. I was so enthralled with the bright pages and the characters that looked like me! It was the first time I'd seen anything like it. That treasure chest, now has a twin, that holds my own collection of comic books and fuels the love that I have for the culture.

20.) Vixen
  Mari McCabe, has the ability to Mimic all the animals of the kingdom. She was also almost the First African american Female for D.C. To give her own Series, but was cancelled in the D.C. Implosion, She's been around since 1981.

Vixen JLoA4.jpg

19.) Nubia
  First Debuted in Wonder Woman, She is her "black" Sister, and they are to battle for the title of Wonder Woman. She has all of the powers of Wonder Woman, plus the ability to open Dimensional Portals. First Seen in 1973.

18.) Pantha
   Teamed with the Teen Titans, She is unsure of her origins, whether or not she was originally a woman or a panther, before being tampered with by the wildebeest society, She is here to stay with all of the powers of a cat. Vision, agility, Actual Tail and Cat feet. She First Appeared in 1991.


17.) Vaporlock
  Natasha Irons Is the Niece of the Superhero Steel, She is a D.C. Character. She first appeared in 1994. She has become a living being of mist, and is capable of Flight.


16.) Thunder
  The Daughter of Black Lightning, (D.C.) She struck a deal with her father, she wouldn't fight Crime until She graduated College. She Has Teamed up with Red Arrow,  and the outsiders. She first appeared in 2003. Her powers consist of Density Manipulation.
Anissa Pierce (New Earth)

15.) XS
  Jenni Ognats, is the Granddaughter of the Second Flash. She and her family were attacked by Professor Zoom who created a rift during war and left her family stranded on Earth 247. She possesses the same powers as Flash. She First appeared in 1994.
Jenni Ognats (Post-Zero Hour)

14.) Tempest
  Angel Salvadore, portrayed by Zoe Kravitz in X-men: First Class, originally had the Power of Flight, but During a battle, she became Depowered. She Returned to help with Technological Ice and Heat powers in her left and Right Hand Respectively, Under her New Name Tempest. She First appeared in 2001.


13.) Debrii
  Deborah Fields, is a superhero in the New Warriors Series. Little is known about her. She possesses the power of telekinesis, She First appeared in 1989, in Thor. She and her Team (Counter Force) Defeat the Ragnarok the Clone of Thor, and sometime in between Joins Captain America's Secret Avengers. 

12.) Misty Knight
   Is a marvel Character, she first appeared in 1975, and is usually seen with Colleen Wing. She possesses Superhuman Strength, technopathy in her Right Bionic arm and is a skilled Martial Artist. She has been known to Partner with Black Fist From time to time. 


11.) Pathway
 Laura Dean, Was originally a Mutant twin, but her parents were mutantphobic, and had her twin Fetus "Destroyed" Laura used her powers to send her Twin Sister to Another Dimension, known as Liveworld. Laura grew up autistic, and withdrawn, her parents sent her to New Life Clinic, ran by  taught by the Evil Villain Scramble. She first Appears in 1987.

Laura Dean (Earth-616)

10.) Voodoo
  Priscilla Kitaen, She is a human/kherubim hybrid with Dameon Ancestry. Originally, an exotic Dancer, She gets picked up by WildC.A.T.S., because she has the gift of Sight. She originally appears in 1992, and is Drawn by Jim Lee. She has the powers of: Voodoo Magic, Shape Shifting, Time Manipulation and telepathy. 


09.) Wildstreak 
  Tamika Bowden would have been a Gymnast, but because of Connections her father had to Hydra, an incident robs her of the use of her legs. She Adopts an exoskeleton and decides to use her flexibility as a gift, and to help by only doing good. She first appeared in Fantastic Four Annual., 1993. Her powers are advanced agility, speed and strength. 

08.) Friction
  Charlotte Beck was a College Student Majoring in Dance, when the White Event gave her powers. She First appeared in D.P.7 in 1986. She can mentally increase or decrease the friction of a surface, making it slippery or Sticky at will. 

Charlotte Beck (Earth-148611)

07.) LadyHawk 
  A Shared Codename by Sisters Regina and Rosetta. They are daughters of a crime lord, but decide to use their powers for good. They are Friends and partners of Spider-Girl. Rosetta good with technology and Regina a skilled Fighter, they seek training from Phil Urich, the Good Green Goblin, and they first appear in 1999.

06.) Blacklight
  Daughter of Photon, Kandra Freeman, is a solo hero. She has the power to control Light Constructs and use them as destructive energy and Super Flight. She is offered a position with the A-next team but refuses and goes about her way. After the team is kidnapped by the Red Queen, She Helps and eventually joins (Personally I think she was just tired of being far away and having to save their lame butts) She first appears in 1999.


05.) Empress
  A member of Young Justice, Anita Fite, is impressed and inspired by Arrowette and decides to start Crime Fighting, she is invited to join the team but tensions arise between her and Arrowette as She believes their trying to replace her. After a fight with her grandmother, her parents are reincarnated and she leaves the team to take care of them. She first appears in 2000. She possesses the power of Mind Control. 
Anita Fite (New Earth)

04.) Jet
  Chosen as a new Guardian by the Green Lantern Corps, She has the power to absorb and use Electromagnetic Waves. She first appears in 1998. She was a powerful Fighter, but Contracts HIV fighting the "hemo-Goblin" It eventually becomes aids and she dies stopping an Alien Invasion. 
Jet (comics).jpg

03.) Bumblebee
 She first appears in 1976. She is D.C.'s First African American Superhero. A Former member of the Teen Titans, she now is a member of the Doom Patrol. Shrunk to insect size, She flies, with bee-like wings, fire sonic force blasts and electrical "stinger" attacks. 

02.) Catspaw
  April Dumaka, is a member of the Legion of Super-heroes. She existed in the Gothiverse, which is no longer an existing dimension. She possesses such powers as: cat-like speed and agility, and retractable claws. She is a Cat-Human Hybrid. She First appeared in 1992.
April Dumaka (Pre-Zero Hour)

01.) Computo
 Danielle Focarte, the younger sister of Invisible Kid two. Had a neurological Disease, rashly her brother and Brainiac 5 decided to use a piece of circuitry from a computer he created, that had rebelled and killed one of Triplicate Girl. It took over Danielle and Tried to destroy the Legion of Super-heroes headquarters, Eventually Brainiac 5 successfully Cured Danielle and Exorcised the Evil Computer and She returned home Safe and Sound. She first appeared in 1982. 

You learn something new everyday doncha? 
Thanks for Reading,
Peace out,


  1. Good list. Just one correction: Misty Knight occasionally teams up with Iron Fist, not Black Fist. They dated for a long time, but remain good friends.

  2. Gah! You are right! Oh well, guess that's what I get for editing an article at 3:40 A.M. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. AWESOME! Gabriella, do you mind if I reference and link this post on The Black Girls Club?

  4. Please Do! Share with Whoever you'd like. I love it when people talk about me!

  5. Love this post! Thanks for giving me some graphic novel ideas!

  6. Why did you list these characters as 'never heard of'? The bulk of them were/are players in major team books and a good portion are still active (quite an achievement with the overall contraction of the industry).

    - Oh, Misty Knight partners with *Iron* Fist, aka Danny Rand, not Black Fist whoever he may be.

  7. They most definitly are major players in story lines and groups if you are looking for them. You go grab any number of comic book "Nerds" or Readers and I bet you if they are not of color, they are NOT going to be able to name any of them. My friend Emily and I run a comic book blog, she's been reading them for as long as I have, and she can name 5 black superheroes, all together. We may know them, but its time for the rest of the world to know them too.

  8. Atomic Kommie ComicsFebruary 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    How about one even YOU never heard of...the FIRST Black superheroine...BUTTERFLY?

  9. I'm happy to say i've heard of quite a few! I hope to karate chop the industry with more of em. There's also Captain Marvel ;] she's pretty cool too.

  10. RLMAO. I know two things from this. I read a hell of a lot of comics, and I'm just getting old. With one exception I not only know these characters - I own the bloody books they are featured in. (Been collecting since 1968 - literally.

  11. Never forget Monica Rambeau, she started as Captain Marvel, was a member of the Avengers, teamed up with Captain Marvel's son, called herself "Photon" for a minute, lead the group called NEXTWAVE (and if you've never read that one, get the trade - it ROCKS) and teamed up with Black Panther, Brother Voodoo and Luke Cage.

  12. Another one on the way:!zahara/c1tsg -

  13. Don't forget Kid Quantum, Dawnstar, Harmonia Li, Dr. Light, Renee Montoya, Cass Cain, Kendra Saunders, Yolanda Montez, Manitou Dawn....

  14. You FORGOT the most important character of the AVENGERS Marvel Universe that you need to add!!! Monica Rambeau, aka Captain Marvel who became a leader of the Avengers. She later used the codenames Photon and Pulsar. PLEASE ADD HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. What about Storm? Or does she not count? Curious.

  16. Wow Jet went out like that! Hemo-Goblin really???

  17. isnt she known though? these are superheroes no ones heard of lol

  18. Learn how capitalization works. VERY distracting.

  19. Aww man! Too bad I didn't know about Nubia growing up. I always had to fight with the only other girl in the neighborhood for the Wonder Woman title. From now on, call me Nubia!

  20. The Legion also had Kid Quantum, a black woman who became Legion leader.

  21. Don't forget another Legionnaire (and Legion leader), Kid Quantum.

  22. And where's Rocket?

  23. This is awesome! During black history month, we often focus on telling the same ten or twelve stories over and over again... and yet, we (we = people of color, women of color) have an impact that is so much wider than that. Thanks for creating and sharing this incredible list! :)

  24. Atomic Kommie ComicsFebruary 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    She's not technically a superheroine, but she's a Black woman who wears a ninja-like black outfit, is expert with a gun, kicks serious ass, and was the star of both a graphic novel series AND two-season live-action TV France!

    She's Lea Parker and you can learn about her at

  25. Atomic Kommie ComicsMarch 2, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    You can now read the complete unpublished 1st issue of DC Comics' Vixen from 1978...and learn why it was never published!

  26. oohh yes! i use to draw Voodoo a ton <3

  27. This is just a great list. It would be great to put all their stories into a trade paperback from each company. The bad side of this is that none of the wonderful characters are being used today.

  28. Yes yes yes I have read comics since I was able to read thank you I remember many of these but some are new to me.

  29. "New Guardians" tried so hard to be relevant to the social issues of the 1980s, but failed laughably. It's worth reading solely for how absurdly bad it is.

  30. I've heard of all of them, so not sure what the point here is. If they include Misty Knight, a very popular character from Iron Fist days, they sure should have included Capt Marvel (Photon).

  31. Great piece. Check out what's happening other side of the pond too- google 'burkha avenger', pakistani female superhero in a burkha! popular too, apparently.

  32. Atomic Kommie ComicsDecember 23, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    How about the Black superheroine who appeared several years BEFORE Storm, drawn by Wonder Woman and Spider-Man artist Ross Andru...The ButterFly?

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