Icon (Augustus Freeman) // DC Comics Milestone Universe

"Because of the superficial similarity of his powers and origin story, Icon was sometimes referred to as the "black Superman.” The letters page in Icon #2 includes three letters making this reference. 

The dismissive editorial response begins, “I think the resemblance doesn’t go much beyond Augustus being a ‘strange visitor from another planet.’” In conclusion, “If the Hero of Dakota was in any way inspired by the Superman mythos, it was because RAQUEL (Rocket) was inspired, not any of US!’”.” (X)