Celebrate Black History Month with Comics

By Kat La Mantia | January 12 2023 | GeneralComicsGraphic Novels

February marks Black History Month: a time to commemorate the lives and work of Black trailblazers in all fields, from artists and writers to freedom fighters and politicians. Take a graphic non-fiction approach to history with books covering the Black Panther party, historical figures like Rosa Parks and Frederick Douglass, and John Lewis’s experience in the civil rights movement. In comics, celebrate Black characters like Black Panther and Ironheart, writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates and N. K. Jemisin, and creators like Dwayne McDuffie and Liz Montague.

Check out some of our favorite selections below, and see more on our Black History Month title lists!

 

Black History Month – Non-fiction

Black Voices: Creators and Characters

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)
978-1-60309-395-8
The award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy is complete! Celebrate with this commemorative set containing all three volumes of March in a stunning new slipcase designed by Nate Powell and Chris Ross and colored by José Villarrubia.
$49.99 US
Sep 06, 2016
Boxed Set
576 Pages
Top Shelf Productions

The DC Universe by Dwayne McDuffie
978-1-77952-163-7
Unforgettable stories starring DC's greatest super heroes written by Dwayne McDuffie, the the co-creator of the Emmy Award winning television series STATIC SHOCK and of Milestone Media, the most successful black-owned comic book company in history!
$39.99 US
Feb 07, 2023
Hardcover
280 Pages
DC Comics

The Black Panther Party
A Graphic Novel History
978-1-9848-5770-5
A bold and fascinating graphic novel history of the revolutionary Black Panther Party.
$19.99 US
Jan 19, 2021
Paperback
192 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Other History of the DC Universe
978-1-77951-735-7
Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Let It Fall) examines the mythology of the DC Universe in this compelling new graphic novel! Reframing iconic moments of DC history and charting a previously unexplored sociopolitical thread as seen through the prism of DC Super Heroes who come from historically disenfranchised groups, John Ridley goes where no other has gone before!
$19.99 US
Nov 22, 2022
Paperback
256 Pages
DC Comics

Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books
978-1-68405-586-9
Hear the riveting stories of Black artists who drew--mostly covertly behind the scenes--superhero, horror, and romance comics in the early years of the industry.
$34.99 US
Dec 15, 2020
Hardcover
240 Pages
Yoe Books

BLACK PANTHER BY TA-NEHISI COATES OMNIBUS [DM ONLY]
9781302945701
Ta-Nehisi Coates' complete, acclaimed story of a king who sought to be a hero…a hero who was reduced to a slave…a slave who became a legend! The award-winning author confronts the Black Panther with dramatic upheaval in his homeland - first with a violent uprising, then the return of ancient gods! Meanwhile, T'Challa's sister, Shuri, makes a transformative journey through Wakanda's past, and Storm returns to the Panther's life! But in the far reaches of space, a new cosmic power emerges: the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! How did this happen? What does its ruthless Emperor N'Jadaka have planned? And what difference can one nameless-yet-familiar warrior, with no memory of his past, make to the rebellion? The Black Panther - and Wakanda - will never be the same! Collecting BLACK PANTHER (2016) #1-18 and #166-172 and BLACK PANTHER (2018) #1-22 and #23-25 (A STORIES).
$125.00 US
Oct 11, 2022
Hardcover
1224 Pages
Marvel Universe

Original Sisters
Portraits of Tenacity and Courage
978-0-593-31614-6
A stunning collection of more than 150 color portraits of groundbreaking women throughout history—many unsung or forgotten—by one of the best illustrators working today  
$30.00 US
Nov 09, 2021
Hardcover
320 Pages
Pantheon

Maybe An Artist, A Graphic Memoir
978-0-593-30781-6
A heartfelt and funny graphic novel memoir from one of the first Black female cartoonists to be published in the New Yorker, when she was just 22 years old.
$24.99 US
Oct 18, 2022
Hardcover
176 Pages
Random House Studio
Age 12 and up

Who Sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott?: Rosa Parks
A Who HQ Graphic Novel
978-0-593-22446-5
Discover the story behind Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott in this compelling graphic novel -- written by Oh My Gods! author Insha Fitzpatrick and illustrated by #DrawingWhileBlack organizer Abelle Hayford.
$7.99 US
Jan 11, 2022
Paperback
64 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 8-12 years

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons
978-1-77951-696-1
All hail Queen Nubia, champion of the three tribes!
$24.99 US
Dec 20, 2022
Hardcover
152 Pages
DC Comics

I am John Lewis
978-0-593-40594-9
The late Civil Rights activist and Congressman John Lewis is the 29th hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series for ages 5 to 9. (Cover may vary)
$16.99 US
Jan 17, 2023
Hardcover
40 Pages
Rocky Pond Books
Age 5-9 years

Milestone Compendium Two
978-1-77951-495-0
Milestone Compendium is a can't-miss collection for any Milestone Comics or 90's comics fan! 
$59.99 US
Jan 31, 2023
Paperback
1320 Pages
DC Comics

Who Was the Greatest?: Muhammad Ali
A Who HQ Graphic Novel
978-0-593-22463-2
"The Who HQ Graphic Novels series does an excellent job of quickly engaging readers by capturing the drama and immediacy of pivotal historic events." — Booklist Discover the story behind Muhammad Ali and the boxing match that captivated the world, the Thrilla In Manila, in this powerful graphic novel -- written by Murder Ballads' Gabe Soria and illustrated by award-winning artists Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi.
$12.99 US
May 31, 2022
Hardcover
64 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 8-12 years

Little Monarchs
978-0-8234-4260-7
A ten-year-old girl may be the only person who can save humanity from extinction in this exciting graphic novel adventure.
$22.99 US
Apr 05, 2022
Hardcover
256 Pages
Margaret Ferguson Books
Age 9-12 years

Who Is the Man in the Air?: Michael Jordan
A Who HQ Graphic Novel
978-0-593-38592-0
"Pulse-pounding, both as a sports highlight and a tribute to the character and determination of one of the game’s unexcelled greats." — KirkusDiscover the story behind Michael Jordan's incredible triumph in the 1997 Flu Game in this powerful graphic novel written by Murder Ballads' Gabe Soria and illustrated by award-winning artist Brittney Williams.
$12.99 US
Nov 01, 2022
Hardcover
64 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 8-12 years

Far Sector
978-1-77951-205-5
Winner of the 2022 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic!The first murder in 500 years. Twenty billion suspects. One hope.
$29.99 US
Oct 19, 2021
Paperback
312 Pages
DC Comics

I am Oprah Winfrey
978-0-593-40582-6
Deeply influential cultural icon Oprah Winfrey is the twenty-fifth hero in this New York Times bestselling picture book biography series.
$15.99 US
Oct 19, 2021
Hardcover
Rocky Pond Books
Age 5-9 years

The Next Batman: Second Son
978-1-77951-360-1
Discover the origin of the new Dark Knight, Tim "Jace" Fox! The estranged son of billionaire Lucius Fox has returned to Gotham City and taken on the mantle of Batman after being away for years. Where has the eldest son of one Gotham's premiere families been for these 'missing' years and how did he become Gotham’s New Protector? 
$24.99 US
Sep 07, 2021
Hardcover
128 Pages
DC Comics