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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.

1977:
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.

1988:
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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