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PHOTO: THOMAS ALLEN © DC COMICS (BATWOMAN), © MARVEL CHARACTERS, INC (ALL OTHERS) 7 6 8 11 12 9 10 1. Prodigy David Alleyne, a superhero with powers of mimicry, said he was bisexual in a 2013 issue of the Young Avengers. 2. Storm The X-Men’s “weather witch,” Ororo Munroe, arrived in 1975— the first black woman in main- stream comics. 3. Luke Cage This black social justice hero got his super- strength in 1972, after a wrongful conviction and incarceration. 4. Black Panther T’Challa, king of the nation Wakanda, is a physical, mental, and mystical marvel. He de- buted in 1966. 5. Daredevil Blinded as a child but armed with superhu- man senses, Matt Murdock was created by Stan Lee in 1964. 6. Sunspot In 1982 Roberto da Costa—a Brazilian able to harness solar power—joined the nascent New Mutants. 7. Dust A mutant from Afghanistan who can literally turn into dust, this niqab-wearing character de- buted in 2002. 8. Kyle & Northstar Married to Kyle Jinadu, the superswift Jean- Paul Beaubier became, in 1992, the first openly gay superhero. 9. Dani Moonstar A fierce Native American hero since 1982, she’s part of an all- female team called the Fear- less Defenders. 10. Karma First appearing in 1980, this Vietnamese psychic is now one of the few openly lesbian superheroes. 11. Skin The mutant An- gelo Espinosa is a former Latino gang member who can alter his skin. He de- buted in 1994. 12. Batwoman Inspired by Bat- man, the tough Kate Kane was booted from the U.S. Army 10 years ago for being a lesbian.