15. The First Black Superhero
Marvel godfather Stan Lee and legendary artist Jack Kirby created Black Panther in 1966, and he made his debut in Fantastic Four #66. (For the record, that was a few months before the founding of the Black Panther Party.) The character was T’Challa, the king of Wakanda, who invited the Fantastic Four to his futuristic home nation in order to test himself against them and see if he had the strength to take on Ulysses Klaw, who sought to steal the nation’s supply of Vibranium.
Black Panther wasn’t the first Black superhero ever (a little-known publication called All-Negro Comics published in 1947 featured characters such as “Ace Harlem” and “Lion Man”), but he was the first Black superhero to debut in the pages of a mainstream comic book. Over the next decade, Marvel and DC added several Black characters to their roster, including Blade, Luke Cage, Storm, Black Lightning and John Stewart as the Green Lantern.
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