Marvel’s first Black female superhero appeared in 1975 as the electrifying goddess Storm. DC quickly followed with the tiny scientist Bumblee in 1976. But before either of these tail-kicking ladies hit the scene, in 1971 Atomic Kommie Komics introduced to the world the dazzling cabaret singer and crime fighter, Miss Marian Michaels… a.k.a. The Butterfly!
DC Women Kicking Ass dug up this gem back in 2011, revealing a bold first attempt to bring a lady of color to the costumed crime-fighting scene. The Butterfly’s first appearance was as a feature in the comics magazine Hell Rider and was written by Gary Friedrich, with pencils by Ross Andru, and inks by Jack Abel and Mike Esposito.
There’s very little about this classy superheroine’s origin story as it’s unknown how many issues she appeared in, but we do know that she used was appeared to be a self-styled jet pack and stage lights built into her wings to blind and attack her opponents.