First Black Female Superhero
Who was the first black female superhero? Surprisingly, the answer to this question isn’t well-documented. Marvel’s Storm and DC’s Vixen are early black female superheroes, appearing in 1975 and 1981 respectively, but neither is the first. So who was?
In 1971, Skywald Publications published two issues of Hell-Rider, a comic focusing on a male crime-fighting motorcyclist. However, each issue also carried a story about Marian Michaels, aka The Butterfly, a Las Vegas lounge singer who fought organized crime. Her butterfly costume had suction cups, bright lights, and a jet pack that allowed her to fly. Appearing in the early 1970s, she apparently is the first black female superhero. The article below discusses her history and contains page scans from Hell-Rider.
Also see “Female Superheroes Before Wonder Woman.”