Though technically a villainess, Catwoman has been more like an antihero throughout her DC Comics history. In 1967, Eartha Kitt played her as a bad gal in ABC's Batman
Though the 2004 film flopped, Catwoman
starred Halle Berry playing Batman's love-interest nemesis in sexy style.
Easily the most popular Black American superheroine ever, Storm of Marvel Comics' X-Men
series has also been portrayed by Halle Berry in a trilogy of films from 20th Century Fox.
Storm hails from Africa and wields complete control over the weather. An occasional leader of the X-Men, she's carried the team through countless battles.
Sister to the original Black Panther, Shuri assumed the mantle of the African superhero in 2005. (Shown here with President Barack Obama, naturally.)
The Black Panther, created by Marvel Comics, was the first major Black superhero in comic book history. His sister rose to the occasion filling his shoes (or, mask?).
Former BET president of entertainment Reginald Hudlin finally gave the reins to Black Panther's sister eight years back
Yes, there are sisters on Wonder Woman's Paradise Island. Nubia is one of them, and she kicks butt just as hard as DC Comics' most famous Amazon princess.
Bumblebee, a member of DC Comics' Teen Titans
series during the 1970s, was the company's earliest African-American superheroine.
Artist-writer-director Frank Miller (Sin City
) created Martha Washington in 1990 at independent Dark Horse Comics.
Martha Washington Goes to War
was a 1994 mini-series focusing on this warrior from Chicago's Cabrini-Green projects fights for justice on behalf of the PAX Peace Force during America's second
Civil War of the future.
Misty Knight first appeared in Marvel Comics' Marvel Premiere
#20 back in 1975. A key character in Power Man and Iron Fist
, Knight was a major player in the kung-fu and blaxploitation-influenced series.
Misty Knight loomed large in Marvel Comics' kung-fu and blaxploitation-influenced series Power Man and Iron Fist
. Director Quentin Tarantino loves those genres; will he one day bring Misty to life?
Captain Marvel is one of many Marvel Comics characters with the same name, but became the first African-American woman to assume the identity back in 1982.
Captain Marvel can convert her body into any form of energy in the electromagnetic spectrum. Pretty powerful sister.
Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Monica Rambeau from New Orleans, later changed her superhero moniker to Photon, then Pulsar.
DC Comics debuted Vixen in 1981, and she's become the company's most popular Black heroine.
Vixen is the only Black superheroine to join DC Comics' esteemed Justice League, fighting alongside the iconic Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
Vixen can mimic the ability of any animal to ever walk the face of the earth.