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1960s

The sixties saw several Black supporting characters appearing, but few in starring roles. Lobo, a short-lived Black cowboy title was the first Black character to earn his own comic book. 1966 saw the debut of Marvel’s Black Panther, but it wasn’t until the seventies that Black superheroes began to appear with some regularity, typically as a member of an integrated superhero team. Storm, Vixen and Misty Knight were the first Black heroines in comic books.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once wisely said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The journey may have been long and arduous, but atonement for the infractions of the early characters and stories have come, as the hearts and minds of the superhero media machine evolved.

1967 Robbie Robertson, Spider-Man’s Friend

1963 Gabe Jones of Sgt. Fury’s Howling Commandos