Marvel Comics’ Black Panther was America’s first African comic book superhero, debuting in 1966 — 32 years after Mandrake the Magician, who is believed to be America’s first ever superhero. It would be 50 years before Black Panther would be introduced in live-action, appearing in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Black Panther is the T’Challa (politician) turned Prince turned King of the fictional African nation Wakanda.
In 1969, Marvel’s Falcon was introduced as the first African-American superhero. He would later become Captain America’s partner and is the first black superhero to not have the word “black” in his title. He wasn’t introduced on the silver screen until Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014.
Luke Cage, or Power Man, followed in 1972, also with Marvel Comics. Originally, Cage sported an afro; however, his modern appearance has a shaved head. In 1973, Blade was introduced. Initially hailing from London, England, his on-screen portrayals depict him as being from Detroit, Chicago.
The first black female superhero appeared in 1975, again with Marvel Comics. The daughter of a Kenyan Princess who married an American photographer, Ororo Munroe is the X-Men’s first black member.
The first DC Comics black superhero was Green Lantern in 1971, replacing the original Lantern who was injured. In 1977, Black Lightning appeared as DC’s second black superhero. He has yet to appear in a live-action movie.
In 1980, Cyborg was born, and is arguably the best known and most popular of DC’s African-American superheroes.