Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa, the Black Panther.

This post was originally published on Defender Network

By Aswad Walker

As a kid I was a comic book fiend. The 70s was the decade where I spent most of my little money on comic books, back when they only cost a quarter. The Avengers, Daredevil, Iron Man, Power Man, The Defenders, Batman’s Detective Comics; I ate up all of them and more.

My favorite three were/are Spider-Man, Batman and the Black Panther. Depending on the week, the hero who topped my list changed. But those three were always at the head of the class.

When I look over the years at the best Black comic book characters, I can’t just stay on the hero side of the ledger because there are some incredible villains of color (and folk who walk the thin line in-between crook and community crusader that deserve some shine).

With that said, here’s my argument-inducing list of those who I considered the top 10.

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