First appearance: Superboy #126 (1976)
We don’t think this is what anybody had in mind when they thought about racial tolerance in comics.
In 1976, DC unveiled Tyroc, one of the company’s first black superheroes. Instead of showing any sort of cultural sensitivity, the creators portrayed the character as a black separatist leader in a futuristic Earth where all African Americans lived on an isolated island. It was really bad stuff. Eventually, Tyroc joined up with the Legion of Superheroes and became a hero in the DC Universe, but no one really cared.
Despite his eventual turn, putting Tyroc’s incredibly controversial story on film seems like a futile mission. DC's writers and editors may have had their hearts in the right place, but trying to show their racial acceptance while making one of their only black characters into a crazed separatist wasn’t a great idea.