In honor of Black History Month, I thought I'd present some of comics' groundbreaking black characters in a two day event.
First up, I present the black heroes of Marvel because, let's face it, the House of Ideas has always cleaned DC's clock when it comes to integrating its comic universe.
In 1966, Marvel presented the first black superhero. He was the first black Avenger. Wesley Snipes tried for years to get a Black Panther movie made, but eventually had to settle for Blade. Hopefully, the popularity of The Avengers will get T'Challa the movie he deserves.
|INIT||35||WEALTH||23||HP||150||Responsibility of Power|
|SKILLS (all linked) Acrobatics: 10, Charisma: 10, Gadgetry: 11, Martial Artist: 10, Military Science: 11, Scientist: 11, Spy: 11, Thief: 10, Vehicles: 10, Weaponry: 10|
Area Knowledge (Wakanda,
High- Avengers, Fantastic Four, Storm, United Nations; Low-
|DRAWBACKS Arch Enemies (Klaw, Man-Ape), Authority Figure (King of Wakanda), Secret Identity|
|EQUIPMENT PANTHERSUIT [BODY: 6, Skin Armor: 1, Claws: 1, Cling: 1, Jumping: 3 (Only reduces falling damage), Ultra Vision: 5]|
In 1969, Marvel presented the first black superhero who was actually American. You can catch him this summer in the new Captain America movie, though he'll be the Ultimate version.
|INIT||27 (30)||WEALTH||5||HP||125||Upholding the Good|
|POWERS Eye of the Cat: 12 (Only works with Redwing), Speak with Animals: 12 (Only works with Redwing)|
|SKILLS (* linked) Acrobatics: 8, Animal Handling: 6, Gadgetry: 9, Martial Artist: 8, Scientist: 9, Thief: 8, Vehicles: 8, Weaponry: 8|
|ADVANTAGES Free Access (Legal), Genius, Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Pet (Redwing), Scholar (Birds), Security Clearance (Low), Sharp Eye|
High- SHIELD, Captain
|DRAWBACKS Dark Secret (Criminal Past), Secret Identity|
|EQUIPMENT VISOR [BODY: 3, Telescopic Vision: 8, Full Vision: 4, Thermal Vision: 8, R#2] GLIDER WINGS [DEX: 11 (Usable only when in Flight), BODY: 8, Skin Armor: 1, Flight: 8 (Wings), R#3] The Talon [BODY: 4 (the gun’s BODY, not the line’s), Snare: 4 (No AV), Ammo: 1, R#3] Swingline is 3 APs long.|
|POWERS Flight: 6 (Wings), Telescopic Vision: 9, Claws: 1|
|ADVANTAGES Lightning Reflexes, Keen Senses, Sharp Eye|
In 1972, Marvel published the first black character to have his own title. 42 years later and he's still completely badass.
|POWERS Skin Armor: 8, Regeneration: 2, Iron Will: 5|
|SKILLS (*linked) Charisma: 6, Detective: 5, Martial Artist: 9, Thief: 8, Weaponry: 8|
Area Knowledge (
|CONNECTIONS High- Avengers, Iron Fist, Shang Chi, Heroes For Hire, Street; Low- Fantastic Four, Underworld, NYPD, Daredevil, Spider-Man|
|DRAWBACKS Altered Biology (Near Human), Public Identity, Minor Rage|
|EQUIPMENT Chain [BODY: 6, Strike: 1 (Lethal), Snare: 2 (No AV)] Length of 0 APs|
|A Power Man movie needs to be made and Terry Crews needs to be Luke Cage. Get on it, Disney!|
Okay, so Blade first appeared in 1973 and he wasn't the first black anything in comics, but he was the first black superhero to star in his own movie franchise and his movies broke the Marvel curse!
|POWERS Claws: 1, Magic Sense: 8, Ultra Vision: 8, Vampirism: 8|
|SKILLS (all linked) Acrobatics: 9, Detective: 6, Martial Artist: 9, Military Science: 6, Occultist: 6, Thief: 9, Vehicles: 9, Weaponry: 9|
|ADVANTAGES Buddy (Whistler), Intensive Training, Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Scholar (Vampires), Sharp Eye, Streetwise, Weapon Specialization (Katana), Misc: Blade is immune to the vampire’s curse|
High- Vampire Community;
|DRAWBACKS Arch Enemy (Dracula), Altered Biology (Mystical), Minor Irrational Attraction to blood, Serious Irrational Hatred of vampires, Media Bias, Mistrust, Minor Rage, Secret Identity, Misc.: Must imbibe a vampirism cure once per day or his Rage and Attraction to blood increase to Catastrophic|
BODY ARMOR [BODY: 10, Skin Armor: 2]
Radio [BODY: 2, Radio Communications: 12, R#2]Katana [BODY: 9, Claws: 3]
Wooden Stakes [BODY: 9, Claws: 1] On a devastating attack, the stake can impale a vampire’s heart and kill it instantly
Ultraviolet Grenades[BODY: 2, Flash: 7 (No AV, Full Force, Attacks BODY), R#2] Affects targets as if sunlight
Anticoagulant Grenades[BODY: 2, Poison Touch: 7 (No AV, Lethal, Full Force), R#2] Only affects vampires
ABC Omni-Weapon: 7 (x2) Blade is frequently armed with specialized weapons for use against creatures of the night.
Heavy Pistol* [BODY: 4, Projectile Weapons: 6 (No AV, Lethal, Reduced Range (-2 AP)), Ammo: 8 R#2]
Submachinegun* [BODY: 5, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Lethal), Ammo: 5, R#3]
Shotgun* [BODY: 4, Projectile Weapons: 5 (No AV, Diminishing, Lethal, Reduced Range (-2 APs)), Ammo: 4, R#3]*Blade typically loads his guns with silver and ultraviolet bullets for use against vampires. A vampire may be killed by these weapons as if he were an ordinary mortal under attack. MOTORCYCLE [STR: 4, BODY: 7, Running: 6, R#2]
1968 DODGE CHARGER [STR: 7, BODY: 9, Running: 7, R#2]
|Two amazing movies and then they flushed it down the toilet...|
In 1975, Marvel produced the first black woman to be a major superhero and she remains probably the most important black superhero ever created 39 years later.
As far as I can tell, she was not only the first black female superhero, period, she was the first black character to be the leader of a superhero team.
|INIT||30||WEALTH||5||HP||150||Responsibility of Power|
|POWERS Weather Control: 20 (Continuous, Extra Time), Iron Will: 4|
|SKILLS (all Linked) Acrobatics: 8, Charisma: 10, Martial Artist: 8, Military Science: 8, Thief: 8, Weaponry: 8|
Attractive, Connoisseur, Intensive Training, Iron Nerves,
Leadership, Lightning Reflexes, Popularity (in
|CONNECTIONS High- X-Men, Mutants; Low- United Nations, Underworld, Street, Dr. Doom, Dracula, Black Panther|
|DRAWBACKS Altered Biology (Near Human), Catastrophic Irrational Fear of enclosed spaces, Media Bias, Secret Identity, Misc: When Storm is suffering emotionally, her powers will work to affect weather- the greater the trauma, the worse the storm|
Knife [BODY: 9, Claws: 1]Lock Picks [BODY: 1, Misc. Advantage: -1 CS to OV/RV of lockpicking attempts]
|Angela Bassett-- the actress who SHOULD have played Storm!|