13. Static (Milestone Comics/DC Entertainment)
First Appearance: Static #1 (1993)
Creators: Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, John Paul Leon
Created by the late Dwayne McDuffie, Static first appeared courtesy of Milestone Comics, a small, independently-owned imprint of DC. Milestone focused on minority characters in a time when most publishers were focused on their pre-existing properties, most of them white. When he debuted, Static was a 15-year-old kid with the ability to fire electric bolts.
McDuffie crafted storylines for Static where he dealt with problems like gang violence and drugs. The character reached the pinnacle of his fame when he got his own cartoon on Kids WB. He was later absorbed into the larger DC Universe.
Although the Static Shock comic reboot of 2011 wasn’t a critical or commercial success, the company still keeps the character around for various Teen Titans stories and larger company crossovers.