At the dawn of the Marvel Age, the company introduced new characters who had to deal with real world problems in a universe that was a fictional parallel of our own. In the mid 1960’s, as the Civil Rights movement was gaining steam, Marvel began introducing characters who would redefine an industry dominated by the idea that heroes had a tendency to come in only one color.

The Black Panther, the ruler of a technologically advanced African nation, and the Falcon, introduced as a partner rather than a side-kick to Captain America, appeared at a time when African Americans were fighting back against being marginalized in their own country. In a milieu often dismissed as lowbrow entertainment, comics were introducing an idealized depiction of heroics that were not defined by the color of the protagonist’s skin. This set the tone for the changes to come, and in spite of a few missteps along the way, heroes of all colors have been woven into the fabric of comic mythology. In honor of Black History Month, here are a few titles that feature some of these heroes…

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