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Black firsts in Comics

1934: Lothar was one of the first African crime fighting heroes ever to appear in comics, Lothar made his first appearance alongside Mandrake in 1934

1947:  All-Negro Comics, published in 1947 was the first known comic magazine written and drawn solely by African-American writers and artists.

1963: Marvel Comics' first African-American supporting character, World War II soldier Gabe Jones, of an integrated squad in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1

1965-1966:  Lobo #1 (Dec. 1965), was the first comic book with an African-American star. Cover art by Tony Tallarico.

1966: The Black Panther (T'Challa) was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics.

1967: The first major African-American supporting character in Marvel Comics was the Daily Bugle’s  city editor Joe Robertson, who debuted in “The Tentacles and the Trap,” The Amazing Spider-Man 52. 

1969: the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics, the Falcon, introduced in Captain America #117.

1971: DC's first African-American superhero was Sgt. Willie Walker, a.k.a. Black Racer of the New Gods, introduced in writer-artist Jack Kirby's New Gods #3.

1975: Marvel's first major African female character was the superhero Storm.

1976: Bumblebee (real name Karen Beecher-Duncan) DC’s first African American female superhero.

DC Comics' first African-American superhero to star in his own series was Black Lightning.

1978: Vixen was the first African female DC superhero to star in her own series, but the first issue of her series was canceled in the DC Implosion in 1978.

Jet (Celia Winward), the only known female Jamaican-born female superhero.

Wright, Bradford W. 2003. Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America. Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press.


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