The 50 greatest comic-book characters

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Batman ? Spider-Man ? Judge Dredd ? Groot ? The greatest comic-book characters in the canon have been debated and argued over for decades. The creations of Bon Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Stan Lee and co. undoubtedly form a might canon – in every sense. empire has delved into it and picked 50 super-powered specimens we believe stand are the greatest in the pantheon . We do receive commission for purchases made through our links .

Contents
  1. 50. SPAWN (Spawn)
  2. 49. CAPTAIN HADDOCK (Tintin)
  3. 48. HARVEY PEKAR (American Splendor)
  4. 47. APOLLO AND THE MIDNIGHTER (Stormwatch)
  5. 46. J. JONAH JAMESON (Spider-Man)
  6. 45. DEADPOOL (Deadpool)
  7. 44. JENNY SPARKS (Stormwatch)
  8. 43. ASTRO BOY (Ambassador Atom)
  9. 42. THE SAINT OF KILLERS (Preacher)
  10. 41. GREEN LANTERN (All-American Comics / Justice League / Green Lantern)
  11. 40. SCOTT PILGRIM (Scott Pilgrim)
  12. 39. THE MEKON (Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future)
  13. 38. CEREBUS (Cerebus)
  14. 37. DAREDEVIL (Daredevil)
  15. 36. AGENT GRAVES (100 Bullets)
  16. 35. HELLBOY (Hellboy)
  17. 34. DOCTOR STRANGE (Doctor Strange / Strange Tales)
  18. 33. VENOM (Spider-Man)
  19. 32. LEX LUTHOR (Superman)
  20. 31. USAGI YOJIMBO (Albedo Anthropomorphics)
  21. 30. EMMA FROST (X-Men)
  22. 29. SWAMP THING (Swamp Thing)
  23. 28. THE TICK (The Tick)
  24. 27. JOHNNY ALPHA (2000 AD)
  25. 26. MARV (Sin City)
  26. 25. DR. DOOM (Fantastic Four)
  27. 24. DEENA PILGRIM (Powers)
  28. 23. OBELIX (Asterix)
  29. 22. HUNTER ROSE (Grendel)
  30. 21. CAPTAIN AMERICA (Captain America / Avengers)
  31. 20. WONDER WOMAN (Wonder Woman / Justice League)
  32. 19. THE PUNISHER (Spider-Man / The Punisher)
  33. 18. HALO JONES (2000 AD)
  34. 17. IRON MAN (Iron Man / Avengers)
  35. 16. RORSCHACH (Watchmen)
  36. 15. DEATH (Sandman)
  37. 14. THE HULK (The Incredible Hulk / Avengers)
  38. 13. VLADEK SPIEGELMAN (Maus: A Survivor's Tale)
  39. 12. SPIDER JERUSALEM (Transmetropolitan)
  40. 11. JESSE CUSTER (Preacher)
  41. 10. THE THING (Fantastic Four)
  42. 9. MAGNETO (X-Men)
  43. 8. THE JOKER (Batman)
  44. 7. JUDGE DREDD (2000 AD)
  45. 6. DREAM OF THE ENDLESS (The Sandman)
  46. 5. SPIDER-MAN (Spider-Man / Avengers)
  47. 4. WOLVERINE (X-Men)
  48. 3. JOHN CONSTANTINE (Hellblazer / Constantine)
  49. 2. BATMAN (Batman / Justice League)
  50. 1. SUPERMAN (Superman / Justice League)

50. SPAWN (Spawn)

AKA: AL SIMMONSSpawn In 1992 a group of Marvel ‘s top artists, frustrated with having their work exploited, walked out to form Image Comics, a place where creators would retain the rights to the characters they created. Among their numerous plunge titles, Spawn would prove to be by far the most democratic. Created by Spider-Man caption Todd MacFarlane, Spawn was a murdered CIA running who makes a batch with the monster Malebolgia, returning to Earth as an deity, Hellspawn. While he began as a traditional – if irregular – vigilante hero, Spawn grew increasingly dark over time, slipping further into an anti-hero character as the theology-heavy storylines became increasingly twisted. His popularity has since waned, but Spawn remains an iconic reformer, both for the characters in his stories and creator-owned comic books . Trademarks : A Billowing, semi-sentient cape, trailing chains, glowing green eyes and hell-derived charming powers . On Screen : An award-winning HBO animated series run in the late ’90s, adenine well as a markedly less successful live action movie starring Michael Jai White . Did You Know? : The oscilloscope of Spawn ‘s hell magic trick is limited lone by his imagination. The energy fuelling it, however, is not and if Spawn ever exhausts his reserves it ‘s a one-way ticket back to hell .

49. CAPTAIN HADDOCK (Tintin)

Captain Haddock from the Tintin series Tintin ‘s most enduring buddy turned up in the one-ninth of the unseasoned reporter ‘s adventures, and became more and more big thereafter – finally becoming practically the main character. The full-bearded alcoholic, rageaholic, commitment-phobic british sea captain lucked into a luck ( Red Rackham ‘s treasure ) and wound up drinking himself indiscernible in Marlinspike Hall, occasionally giving vent to amazingly picturesque salty speech ( much through a megaphone ) when assailed by bashi-bazouks, troglodytes, prize purple portuguese man-of-war, Incan mummies and Signorina Bianca Castafiore, ‘the milanese nightingale ‘. pursuit of whiskey is his defining motif – he tied got drunk on a tripper to the Moon ! One of the most human and perversely admirable characters in fabrication . Trademarks : master ‘s hat, bushy beard, tumbler of whiskey and a roll-neck pullover. catchphrase : “ billions of atrabilious blue blister barnacles ! ” ( “ Mille millions de mille milliards de mille sabords. ” ) On Screen : Georges Wilson and Jean Blouise played him in 1960s french films ( Tintin And The Golden Fleece, Tintin And The Blue Oranges ), Paul Frees dubbed the voice in internationally-seen cartoons ( providing definitive live readings of the “ blister barnacles ” business ), and some chap called Steven Spielberg directed the bequiffed belgian in stop-motion animation The Adventures Of Tintin : The Secret Of The Unicorn . Did You Know? : The Captain ‘s name was suggested by Hergé ‘s wife, who explained that a haddock was “ a sad english pisces ” .

48. HARVEY PEKAR (American Splendor)

AKA: LUCAS TRENTHarvey Pekar from the American Splendor series Harvey Pekar, a fairly deplorable and obsessive chap who works as a file clerk in a Veterans ‘ Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, is the creation of Harvey Pekar, a writer who sets out to chronicle his everyday life in amusing class, recruiting artist Robert Crumb and others to illustrate anecdotes about the cranky hero ‘s everyday, frustrating life. finally, the irregularly-published comic book – and its several sequels ( Our cancer year, Our movie year, The Quitter ) – made Pekar a fringe celeb, better-known for his fractious, controversial appearances on The David Letterman Show until the film adaptation brought attention to his ongoing comics. Besides covering his courtships, marriage, illnesses, career reversals and brushes with fame, Pekar has opened up the amusing to chronicle the lives of his friends . Trademarks : Poor fashion common sense, middle-aged frustration, dour lookout and general whine . On Screen : cinematic sad sack Paul Giamatti plays Pekar in the film adaptation of american Splendor . Did You Know? : Jonathan Demme tried to adapt american Splendor in the ’80s, but the project never came to realization as Demme was n’t however an established director .

47. APOLLO AND THE MIDNIGHTER (Stormwatch)

Apollo and the Midnighter technically this is intelligibly two characters, but how could we separate comics ‘ most significant out-and-proud couple ? In the often simplistically butch global of superheroes, these two were introduced as an off-kilter Superman and Batman into Warren Ellis ‘ excellent Stormwatch series, but after a series of gradual hints were revealed as a couple in the Authority series which followed, hopefully shaking at least a few fanboy prejudices out of universe. nowadays marry, with an adoptive ( ace ) daughter, the pair have starred in a issue of controversial storylines ( including an imply rape ) as befits the colored tone of the more adult Authority, but have recently been reunited after a mind-wipe took Midnighter away and broke up their dwelling ( these things are why the superhero divorce rate is so high ). now reunited, expect them to keep flying the rainbow flag and beating up anyone who gets in their way . Trademarks : Apollo can absorb solar energy and convert it to superstrength, flight and estrus beams from his eyes ; The Midnighter has enhanced physical abilities, a spare part affection, and the capacity to anticipate his adversary ‘s moves . On Screen : Think a blond Superman-type for Apollo – possibly Matthew McConaughey ? – and a grizzle, colored figure for The Midnighter – say, Josh Brolin . Did You Know? Marvel ‘s gay pride poster-boy is Alpha Flight ‘s North Star. entirely implicitly gay when the series was launched in 1983, Northstar has since come out and flush developed a crushed leather on Iceman during a least sandpiper with the X-Men in 2002 .

46. J. JONAH JAMESON (Spider-Man)

J. Jonah Jameson from the Spider-Man series Throughout his career, Spider-Man ‘s major nemesis has not been Dr Octopus, the Green Goblin, the Kingpin or any other conventional super-foe, but J. Jonah Jameson, editor-publisher of the New York Daily Bugle – a newspaper which has run a campaign against Spider-Man ( and other mask vigilantes ) that has frequently turned the populace against superheroes. initially annoyed that Spider-Man got more acclaim than his astronaut son, whom he wanted to boost as ‘ a real hero ‘, Jameson ‘s hate of Peter Parker ‘s alter ego has grown into an overpowering obsession which has threatened his health and business. ironically, he is besides Parker ‘s most frequent employer, buying the freelance photographer ‘s bleary, out of focus shots of Spider-Man in action for the front page – and paying a little as possible for them . Trademarks : Hitler mustache, brush-cut and an ever-present cigar . On Screen : J.K. Simmons perfectly captures JJJ in Sam Raimi ‘s Spider-Man films. David White played the region in the 1970s television pilot burner but was replaced by Robert F. Simon in the subsequent natural process series, and respective Spider-Man cartoons have cast Keith Carradine, William Woodson, Ed Asner, Paul Kligman and Darran Norris . Did You Know? : JJJ financed several super-villains, including the automaton Spider-Slayers and the Scorpion .

45. DEADPOOL (Deadpool)

AKA : WADE WILSONDeadpool When he first appeared on the scene in 1991, Deadpool was a minor quality, hailed as the mutant answer to Spider-Man. Or, quite, the mutant heist of Spider-Man, right toss off to the bolshevik costume with color rings around the eyes, the extraordinary agility and a proclivity for delivering one-liners in the center of a battle. But the Rob Liefeld/Fabian Nicieza creation quickly became a fan favorite and established a brainsick identity of his own. The constant regeneration of his brain cells has turned the erstwhile Weapon X subject certifiably insane – so much so that he realises he ‘s in a amusing bible, and frequently refers to the fact. Although he began life as a villain, the Merc With A Mouth was given his own championship in 1997 and is now formally a hero. Well, an anti-hero. And one of the most entertaining ones around . Trademarks : mutant with a curative gene ( which constantly regenerates his cancer-ridden body ), enhanced intensity and agility, a assortment of swords and daggers and the ability to wisecrack like no-one else . On Screen : After that X-Men Origins : Wolverine appearance, Ryan Reynolds last got his bona fide Deadpool alone movie made. And, boy, did it connect with fans, electrifying first Comic-Con and then the box agency to sequel-guaranteeing impression . Did You Know? : He once had his principal cut off – and survived. His healing agent kicking in once the errant attic was reattached .

44. JENNY SPARKS (Stormwatch)

Jenny Sparks by Brian Hurtt Born on January 1, 1900, Sparks died precisely a hundred years late – though she stopped ageing in her early twenties because she was largely made of electricity, the motivative force of the twentieth century. Though she was introduced as a newfangled recruit to fairly conventional superhero team Stormwatch, she became a key player in the more ambitious, ambiguous and by and large cooler line-up by and large known as The Authority. respective flashbacks have filled in her former history as a World War II spy, a 1950s space-woman and a 1960s british superheroine, involved in a longstanding battle with an interchange reality ( Sliding Albion ) where England rules the world thanks to collaboration with aristocratic aliens . Trademarks : Union jack jersey, bad anneal, dipsomania, tough-but-posh british stress and control over electricity . On Screen : We ‘re thinking Keira Knightley or Rosamund Pike . Did You Know? : When she died, she was replaced by another neonate hundred baby, Jenny Quantum .

43. ASTRO BOY (Ambassador Atom)

AKA: TETSUWAN ATOMOAstro Boy A buoyant, atomic-powered automaton created by Dr Tenma ( translated as Professor Boyton or Professor Balfus ) to replace his dead person son, Tetsuwan Atomo ( Astro Boy ) proved unsatisfactory and was sold to a circus – but emerged as a long-running hero working for the Ministry of Science. Besides having superheroic powers, the naive unseasoned automaton grappled with human emotions and personal interaction. He besides got into at least one destructive battle with another automaton or super-powered villain each topic . Trademarks : Spiky shiny ‘hair ‘, red boots and his subject birdcall : “ There you go, Astro Boy ! On your flight into space !, ” etc . On Screen : There was a live-action television receiver series in Japan in 1959-60, and respective episodes were cut together into a feature film, but Tetsuwan Atomo became internationally known ( well, celebrated in America ) thanks to the animate television receiver prove which began in 1963. Imagi Animation Studios produced a CG adaptation in 2009, for which Freddie Highmore and Nicolas Cage topped the English-language voice-cast . Did You Know? : The English name Astro Boy was selected after the closer transformation ‘the Mighty Atom ‘ was rejected as “ besides generic ” ( and, possibly as violation of the DC Comics shrinking hero .

42. THE SAINT OF KILLERS (Preacher)

The Saint of Killers from the Preacher series Garth Ennis ‘ masterpiece, Preacher, is so dear that two characters from it make our list ( the early is – well, you ‘ll see … ). Choosing from the likes of Cassidy, Arseface, Herr Starr and Jesse Custer was tough, but if we had n’t plumped for the Saint Of Killers, he might have found us and killed us. A grim, taciturn, implacable killing machine charged by God himself to be his grease-gun for hire, the Saint is an engine of arrant hatred, driven by his crave for vengeance ( his family were killed, which precipitated his fall from grace ). He ‘s like the Terminator with a mullet. durable and adamant – like death himself – he ‘s sol badass that he manages to kill both the Devil and – spoiler warning ! – God. Which makes him just about the most herculean character in the history of amusing books, deoxyadenosine monophosphate far as we ‘re concerned . Trademarks : The Angel of Death reinvented as a cowboy : stone-cold snarl, battered hat and a k trenchcoat concealing Colts that can slay a small army in seconds . On Screen : Ennis always saw the character as a jazz band of Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood ( although his artist, Steve Dillon, and Preacher cover artist Glenn Fabry made him look ten times more physically imposing ). In AMC ‘s series he ‘s the appropriately grizzled Graham McTavish . Did You Know? : He made a very brief cameo appearance in Ennis ‘ excellent DC series, Hitman, about a wise-cracking assassin plying his barter in Gotham City .

41. GREEN LANTERN (All-American Comics / Justice League / Green Lantern)

AKA: HAL JORDANGreen Lantern In the 1950s, DC revived discontinued titles from a ten earlier – reinventing The Flash, Hawkman and the Atom as ‘all-new ‘ characters, much using now-modish science fiction ideas rather than magic to explain their powers. The ‘old ‘ green Lantern ( Allan Scott ) had a magic trick ring, but audacious test original Hal Jordon was given his ‘power ring ‘ by a dying estrange who recruited him to take his position in a corps of space cops run by the Guardians of the Universe. ampere long as he kept the hoop charged while reciting his curse, GL could project all manner of giant green objects ( boxing gloves, etc ) and travel through space. Connoisseurs reckon he was at his best partnered with leftist big superhero Green Arrow in a socially-conscious 1960s run by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams collected as ‘Hard Travelling Heroes ‘ . Trademarks : might ring, domino mask, figure-hugging suit and his catch-oath : “ In brightest day, in blackest nox, no evil shall escape my sight, let those who worship evil ‘s might, beware my power, Green Lantern ‘s easy ! ” On Screen : Gerald Mohr, Michael Rye, Adam Baldwin and Dermot Mulroney voiced Jordan/GL on assorted DC cartoon team-up shows, and a different Lantern – Phil LaMarr as John Stewart – featured in the Justice League animated serial. And that was it. There was decidedly no green Lantern movie star, say, Ryan Reynolds in, say, 2011. Nope. Never happened. nothing to see here . Did You Know? : Gil Kane primitively modelled the front of Hal Jordan on Paul Newman .

40. SCOTT PILGRIM (Scott Pilgrim)

Scott Pilgrim Bryan Lee O’Malley ‘s creation is one of the most authentic twentysomethings ever committed to comic booky paper. At once self-assured yet anxious about his social interactions and encounters with Ramona Flowers, the girl who appears in Scott ‘s dream before he meets her, Scott is an enormously likable character : droll and funny story, spicing his conversation with pop culture references ( and, like Deadpool, he seems to be aware that he ‘s in a amusing book from time to time ), finding inner depths, emotions and resources he never knew he had, as his slack ways are impolitely challenged by the small matter of defeating those evil ex-boyfriends. The six volume comic ( separate four was released this year ), in casing you ‘ve never picked it up, reflects Scott : it ‘s a mish-mash of styles and tones, mixing experimental drollery with, say, videogame-inspired fight scenes, with the note zigzagging about wildly and gleefully. Go discover it. now . Trademarks : A 23-year-old Toronto young person who ‘s merely like you – except for the Manga eyes, the brave room-mate, the ring called Sex Bob-omb, and the female child of his dreams ( literally ), whose seven evil ex-boyfriends he must battle before they can become an detail . On Screen : Scott is played by Michael Cera – whose aflutter energy offered a perfect fit – in Edgar Wright ‘s Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, an adaptation that ‘s by turns frenzied and improbable . Did You Know? : Scott is named after a song by the canadian all-girl band, Plumtree .

39. THE MEKON (Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future)

The Mekon from the Dan Dare series Take that, Dan Dare. You may be the one who gets to save world all the time, but it ‘s your arch-enemy, the mega-meloned Mekon who makes our list ! As created by Frank Hampson in the pages of august british comic The Eagle, The Mighty Mekon of Mekonta is an emotion-free flair, constantly coming up with bang-up weapons ( a weaponised bootleg hole is one of his latest whizz ) with which he spectacularly fails to kill pilot-of-the-future Dan Dare and his chubby pal, Digby . Trademarks : A giant conceited green head to accommodate his mighty, over-sized genetically engineered Venusian brain ; a levitating professorship to hump his atrophy limbs around on. Oh, and lots of evil plot . On Screen : The Mekon has yet to be brought to the big screen, though there was talk of a Dan Dare movie, with Garth Ennis rumoured to be working on the script. If it always happens we ‘re certain it ‘ll be CG, but we ‘d love to see person in heavy-duty prosthetics, to be honest. And that man is … David Thewlis . Did You Know? Elton John ‘s birdcall, Dan Dare ( Pilot Of The Future ), contains the Bernie Taupin-penned line, “ Dan Dare does n’t know it, but I like The Mekon ! ” In retaliation, Dare produced a single containing the production line, “ Elton John does n’t know it … but I like his collaborator, David Furnish. ” Buy Dan Dare Omnibus now on Amazon

38. CEREBUS (Cerebus)

AKA: CEREBUS THE AARDVARKCerebus the Aardvark canadian artist Dave Sim, an blunt advocate for the creative rights of comic script creators, a frequent cannabis ( and casual LSD ) drug user and the world creditworthy for creating the longest-running, single-creative-team-driven series in comic-book history, is the person to thank for giving us one of popular culture ‘s foreign and most complex characters : a cynical, anthropomorphic three-foot tall gray aardvark with a check history that has seen him playing the roles of pope, prime minister, mercenary and unwanted house guest. The saga of Cerebus is made even more compelling by the fact that he ‘s a borderline alcoholic hermaphroditic with ( according to his godhead ) a voice like George C. Scott and a general disfavor for everything and everyone he comes into touch with. A character bear of bizarre magnificence . Trademarks : possess of a regretful temper, all right skills at hand-to-hand combat and a preference for speaking in the third person. Oh, and he ‘s an aardvark . On Screen : Despite numerous cross-fertilization appearances in the likes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Flaming Carrot comics, Cerebus has never ( and is preferably improbable ) to ever make the leap to the large screen – precisely look what happened to Howard The Duck. If it did ever happen, however, we ‘re thinking Warwick Davis in the aardvark suit and Danny Huston providing the spokesperson . Did You Know? : Cerebus ‘ name was originally an accidental misspell of Cerberus, the fabulous three-headed frump who guarded the gate of Hades in ancient greek myth .

37. DAREDEVIL (Daredevil)

AKA: MATT MURDOCKDaredevil One of the superheroes created by Stan n ‘ Jack during their break of alone creativity in the mid-1960s, Daredevil was one of the first down-and-dirty superheroes, choosing to base himself in New York ‘s less than salubrious Hell ‘s Kitchen. A mess of contradictions – he ‘s a devout Catholic who dresses up as a devil, he ‘s a lawyer by day, while getting up to some pretty intense, and illegal, vigilantism by night – Daredevil has never enjoyed the postdate of a Hulk or a Spidey, but he ‘s a compelling, layered and visually strike quality who ‘s attracted some of the best talent in the occupation. It was on Daredevil that Frank Miller came to prominence, while the likes of Brian Michael Bendis, Jeph Loeb /Tim Sale and Kevin Smith have besides taken a snapshot at the lord but torture hero . Trademarks : Snazzy red equip, complete with collapsible cane/billy club, enhanced hear, smell, and a singular radar. He besides has incredible agility and libra . On Screen : Although he was by no means the first choice, Ben Affleck actually had a decent shot at playing DD in Mark Steven Johnson ‘s 2003 jerk. More recently, Charlie Cox took the partially and run with it in a Netflix adaptation that afforded plenty of screentime for both Daredevil and his lawyer change self . Did You Know? : Danny Rand – aka Iron Fist – once donned Daredevil ‘s horns while Matt Murdock was in FBI custody .

36. AGENT GRAVES (100 Bullets)

AKA: PHILLIP GRAVESAgent Graves from 100 Bullets apart from being the coolest computerized tomography on respective continents, Agent Graves besides serves as the announce of moral dilemma. Appearing as the supporter of Brian Azzarello ‘s 100 Bullets, Graves offers those who have been wronged the chance for revenge without consequences, if lone they ‘re prepared to take it. A briefcase, a gun, 100 ‘untraceable ‘ bullets and demonstrable proof against the single person behind their woes, these are what Graves has to offer. Interestingly, neither Graves nor the writers pass judgment on whether taking up the extend is correct or wrong. Graves ‘ motives are never made clear but he used to be a penis of a group called The Minutemen and harbours a great distribute of resentment for the shady organization known as The Trust, who betrayed him in the past . Trademarks : An older man in a characterless, politics official-style lawsuit, Graves is meticulous, calculating and rarely displays his emotions . On Screen : person imperturbable, ice cold and possessed of extreme gravitas – we ‘re thinking Chris Cooper or Alan Dale . Did You Know? : The character ‘s wax appoint, Phillip Graves, is a homophone of ‘fill up graves ‘ .

35. HELLBOY (Hellboy)

AKA: ANUNG UN RAMAHellboy There are few characters more original or strike ( literally – Hellboy punches first, ask questions – well, about never ) than Hellboy, the genius universe of Mike Mignola, who uses the character as the mercantile establishment for his compulsion with pulp comics, Lovecraftian repugnance and tales of ancient folklore and the supernatural. Enhanced greatly by Mignola ‘s artwork – black shadows and popping reds – Hellboy is a log but lovable elephantine of few words ( although, “ aw, bullshit ” is normally high on the list ) who interacts with talking corpses and giant star tentacled horrors while trying to deny the destiny he was created for. For the movies, Guillermo del Toro gave Hellboy more inner convulsion and emotions, but the comics version is a savage as he investigates the paranormal in much the lapp way Gene Hunt investigates crime – fists first . Trademarks : red clamber, horn stub, chicken eyes, prehensile dock, massive right hand made out of unbreakable stone and a preference for cigars . On Screen : Two words : Ron Perlman ( with apologies to David Harbour ‘s 2019 effort ). There ‘s rarely been quite as faultless a marriage of actor to character, with Perlman perfectly capturing Hellboy ‘s reverse air of bored cynicism, and boundless, childlike optimism, while giving him a sincerely human edge. No wonder del Toro refused to make it with anyone else . Did You Know? : His inaugural appearance in his own comedian, The Right Hand Of Doom, was actually written by industry caption, John Byrne, with Mignola restricting himself to report and artwork duties until he felt capable of writing his own negotiation .

34. DOCTOR STRANGE (Doctor Strange / Strange Tales)

AKA : STEPHEN STRANGEDr. Strange This universe ‘s ‘sorcerer sovereign ‘ was in the first place an arrogant, money-grubbing surgeon who lost the use of his hands in a bibulous car wreck and sought a miracle remedy in the Tibetan lamasery of ‘the Ancient One ‘. He then learned to master the mystic arts and moved into a mansion in Greenwich Village, New York, to take up the job of freelance psychic research worker and defender of the universe from menaces like ‘the awful Dormammu ‘ and even Count Dracula. Never a big-seller, Strange has systematically featured in great comics, particularly when drawn by Ditko and Gene Colan. As the Marvel Universe ‘s lead sorcerer, he remains a anchor of the company ‘s crossover voter stories – and organizer of the periodic group of cranky superheroes the Defenders ( with the Hulk, Silver Surfer and Sub-Mariner ) . Trademarks : cloak of levitation, Eye of Agamotto amulet, charming abilities, orange conjuring gloves, white-tinged facial hair. Catch-phrase : ‘by the hoary hosts of Hoggoth ! ‘ On Screen : Peter Hooten played a bouffant-haired intern with charming powers in a 1978 television receiver movie Dr. Strange, Bryce Johnson voices the lead in a 2007 direct-to-DVD enliven sport, and John Vernon intoned spells on the Spider-Man cartoon. Benedict Cumberbatch presently wears the cape for the MCU . Did You Know? : Marvel had an malefic Doctor Strange, who appeared two months before the magician ‘s debut, as an Iron man villain. besides, one of Batman ‘s earliest enemies, from the 1930s, was Dr. Hugo Strange ( no relation back ) .

33. VENOM (Spider-Man)

AKA: EDDIE BROCK, ANGELO FORTUNATO, MAC GARGANVenom from the Spider-Man series An alien symbiote with a hunger for violence and flesh, Venom started out as a populate costume for Spider-Man, who thought the black-and-white threads were fair that : threads. When Spidey rejected Venom ‘s attempts for control, he latched onto the Daily Bugle ‘s Eddie Brock, spawning a decades-long bay for vengeance. arguably Spider-Man ‘s biggest bane, Venom is the comic-book equivalent of a movie bogeyman like Freddy Krueger – he ‘s meant to be terrifying and nefarious, but readers thought he was then cool that finally the symbiote became less obviously evil ( he always tries never to hurt bystanders ), appearing in his own championship. In fact, he was so alter that not only did he occasionally team up with Spider-Man, but Marvel created an even more evil symbiote, the mass murderer, Carnage, in orderliness to mitigate Venom ‘s crimes. presently, the symbiote is not bonded with Brock, but that remains his most celebrated character . Trademarks : Black, organic fabric with shapeshifting capacity and all of Spider-Man ‘s abilities . On Screen : Spider-Man 3 has many flaws, and the hurl of Topher Grace as Venom was one. Tom Hardy took on the character for Sony ‘s 2018 standalone Venom, which was critically mauled but did astonishing clientele worldwide. A sequel is expected in 2020 . Did You Know? : Spider-Man happened upon the alien costume during Marvel ‘s classic 1984 cross-over, Secret Wars ; after his red-and-blue costume was destroyed, an extraterrestrial being doodad rustled up the black version. And, even though it flowed over his skin like oil, Spidey never questioned where it came from. Fool .

32. LEX LUTHOR (Superman)

AKA : ALEXANDER JOSEPH LUTHOR, MOCKINGBIRDLex Luthor from the Superman series When you ‘re as hard, fast, invulnerable and flat-out knock-down as Superman, it ‘s intemperate to find a bane of sufficient menace to actually provide you with a exercise. Enter Lex Luthor, the badly guy ‘s bad guy. He does n’t ( normally ) have superpowers, but then he does n’t need them, evening against the man of Steel. No prison can hold him, it seems, no reverse is excessively great to overcome, and there ‘s pretty much no system besides bizarre for his considerable brain might to cook up. Since Superman remains reluctant to just break Luthor ‘s neck, there ‘s always tomorrow for this ageless rebounder. lecture about judge, hear and try again – Robert the Bruce ‘s Spider had nothing on Luthor . Trademarks : normally bald, smartest human on Earth, Machiavellian planning ability and a patronize prison escapee . Did You Know? : Lex Luthor, son of Lionel Luthor and Leticia Luthor, has on juncture dated both Lois Lane and Lana Lang. Sheesh .

31. USAGI YOJIMBO (Albedo Anthropomorphics)

AKA : MIYAMOTO USAGIUsagi Yojimbo Like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Usagi is a cunning animal with a black belt out in ass-kickery. But unlike those green-backed heroes in a half-shell, the ronin lapin has kept to his adult-orientated roots with a saga that comprises all manner of murder, havoc and the odd aphrodisiac fit in an anthropomorphic adaptation of feudal Japan. This iconic bunny with a blade was originally conceived as a homo and based upon historical japanese fencer Miyamoto Musashi. however, inspired by a doodle of lapin ears atop his hero ‘s head, Sakai was inspired to create a more alone and ultimately enduring comedian book icon. The lord leporine ‘s longevity can be put down to an intrigue mix of diachronic and cinematic influence, cute downy bunniness and an ability to slice and die with arresting efficiency . Trademarks : Highly skilled swords-rabbit with a deep-rooted sense of justice and a bit of a mischievous streak . On Screen : Usagi popped up on several occasions in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon serial in which he was voiced by Townsend Coleman, AKA the guy who gave voice to the title character in The Tick . Did You Know? : Usagi is japanese for rabbit .

30. EMMA FROST (X-Men)

AKA : THE WHITE QUEENEmma Frost from the X-Men series Bad girls in comics are always sol useful that they tend to reform and become at least semi-goodies ( californium : Catwoman, Elektra ). Emma Frost was introduced as an exceptionally nasty – and explicitly depraved – villainess, running a school for malefic mutants in contest with Professor Xavier and high in the councils of the nefarious Hellfire Club ( in court to the celebrated ‘Touch of Brimstone ‘ sequence of The Avengers ). Marvel made her a qualify goodie in the X-Men by-product Generation X, and writer Grant Morrison reinvented the quality when he took over New X-Men and was n’t allowed to use his master choice, Storm. now an actual X-Man, Emma remained the manipulative character fans loved to hate – and caused a minor disturbance when she began a ‘telepathic ‘ affair with Cyclops, long-run collaborator of Jean Grey. Despite strong contest, Emma has systematically worn the most fall lingerie ( and little else ) in comics – the covers for her brief solo series Emma Frost are basically pornography star poses . Trademarks : highly revealing egg white fetish gear, icy personality, enormous genial abilities, psychic ability, is a qualified sex therapist ( always utilitarian ) and can now turn to diamond and be her own best acquaintance . On Screen : Finola Hughes plays Emma in Generation X, a 1996 television receiver movie which – three years before Bryan Singer ‘s X-Men – was the foremost live-action X-project. January Jones took on the, um, frigid blanket in X-Men : beginning class . Did You Know? : When Singer was thinking about making X-Men : The final Stand, he wanted Sigourney Weaver for the function .

29. SWAMP THING (Swamp Thing)

AKA : ALEC HOLLANDSwamp Thing scientist Holland gets splashed with a ‘bio-restorative rule ‘ when baddies attack his Louisiana swamp lab, and is transmuted into a big monster – who has a sealed similarity with earlier comics creatures the Heap and Man-Thing. The foremost run of the amusing featured wonderfully antic Wrightson art, but it was n’t until writer Alan Moore took up the bible – which was relaunched to tie in with the Wes Craven film – that ST truly became a major musician, tied if he had to play square man to Moore ‘s John Constantine. It turns out that ST is n’t a transform human, but animated swamp with the awareness of the late Holland. He has had a long-run relationship with a human womanhood, which some have criticised as distorted or gooey . Trademarks : A big shuffle, approximately man-shaped hunk of muck and vegetation with a distinctive nose, ST is the alone superhero able of producing halluconogenic fruit from his consistency . On Screen : Ray Wise is Holland and Dick Durock Swampy in the film ; Durock reappeared in The Return Of Swamp Thing and a ephemeral 1990 television receiver show. Andy Bean plays Holland and Derek Mears the creature in the 2019 Warner Bros. Television boot from James Wan ‘s production ship’s company . Did You Know? : Matthew the Raven, a key character in Sandman, first appeared ( and died ) as a homo being in the Swamp Thing comedian .

28. THE TICK (The Tick)

The Tick Ben Edlund was just 18 – the bogus – when he came up with The Tick, a character that may be, quite merely, the funniest superhero parody of all clock time. Blessed with a fantastic supporting cast of outlandishly-named nemeses – Chairface Chippendale, take a submit – and self-absorbed allies, from Die Fledermaus in the comics to Batmanuel in the tragically ephemeral live-action television receiver testify, The Tick is a lovable lunk, given to excessively dramatic declarations on behalf of justice. He does n’t know his own persuasiveness, which is colossal and, indeed, fails to grasp even the most vestigial basics of social interaction. Edlund ‘s The Tick – his participation runs through the comics, the animated series and the television receiver show – is characterised by sharply observed gags and a endow for hilarious hyperbole . Trademarks : A blue costume with giant movable antenna, The Tick is, to quote the television express, “ the sterling argent ladle of justice, pouring his creamy foam over the freshly-picked strawberries of crime ”. His persuasiveness is mighty, his IQ is double figures. Low double figures. catchphrase : “ spoon ! ” On Screen : In the animate series, he ‘s voiced by Townsend Coleman. In Fox ‘s absolutely brilliant live-action show ( nine episodes ! Nine episodes ! ), he was played to perfection by the deep-voiced and pretty vacant Patrick Warburton. Peter Serafinowicz played him for two seasons on Amazon Prime between 2016 and 2019 . Did You Know? : The actor who plays Batmanuel, Nestor Carbonell, shows up in The Dark Knight as the Mayor of Gotham. That ‘s Batmanuel – in a Batman movie. Got tantalum love that .

27. JOHNNY ALPHA (2000 AD)

Johnny Alpha The second most iconic 2000 AD character after Judge Dredd himself, Johnny Alpha was the bill poster child for Strontium Dog, an extremely popular series about a group of mutant bounty hunters. Although originating in Starlord, Strontium Dog switched to 2000 AD after the former ‘s closure and soon became a raw material series thanks chiefly to the presence of Alpha and his cohorts Durham Red, Middenface McNulty and Wulf Sternhammer. Alpha himself was, of path, a mercantile but despite working largely for greenbacks he was possessed of a strong sense of duty and honor. evenly, though, Alpha demonstrated a stubbornly unforgiving streak, brooking no rebuff or double-cross and punish transgressions gratingly – as the vampiric Durham Red discovered to her great regret. In 1990 Alpha was killed off in a narrative that martyred him in order to saves all mutants from extermination. Ezquerra was so mortified by the decision that he refused outright to draw the narrative and replacements were brought in to carry out the deed. Wagner late admitted that Ezquerra was veracious and that killing Alpha had been a huge error. The character was subsequently revived by both of his creators for a brief revival in 1999 . Trademarks : Glowing eyes, granite jaw, distinctive metallic headpiece, trademark variable magazine blaster pistol and electroknux . On Screen : An abort Strontium Dog TV treatment by Wagner never came to fruition and the closest alpha has come to the screen is a series of audio drama ( radio receiver plays released on four hundred ) where he is voiced by 2000 AD sports fan Simon Pegg . Did You Know? : One of Alpha ‘s landmark achievements was tracking and capturing Adolf Hitler binding in the past and subsequently returning him to the future to stand trial for his crimes .

26. MARV (Sin City)

Marv from Sin City When Frank Miller began Sin City – his series of ultra-noir specify in the eponymous hotbed of crime – he needed archetypes that were about olympian in their magnificence. Marv is his grade-A chump, the fall guy, the hapless hero at the centre of a conspiracy that he ca n’t evening begin to understand – but with a traditional Miller pluck. This speechless animal can more than take worry of himself, and in full embraces the self-destructive path he starts down when he vows to avenge the brutal mangle of Goldie, a prostitute who showed him kindness, despite his face. Marv is a force out of nature, cutting a way through the corrupt power-brokers of the city, until his lebanese pound of pulp ( and more ) has been exacted. His death scene – he ‘s juiced repeatedly in the electric professorship, stubbornly refusing to die right away – sums him up : refractory, intractable, captive on doing things his way. Miller killed him, but brought him spinal column for several Sin City prequels. not even he could stand to see the large lugsail truly die.

Trademarks : A face only criss-crossed with despicable scars, a pancaked nose and a chin that could open cans of tuna – Marv is the archetypal hard man with a heart of gold, a bull who ‘s a sucker for a dame . Did You Know? : Miller, when creating the character, wanted Marv to be like “ Conan in a trench coat ” .

25. DR. DOOM (Fantastic Four)

AKA: VICTOR VON DOOMDr. Doom from the Fantastic Four series What a villain. There ‘s a lot of Dr. Doom in Darth Vader, and pretty much every Bond villain of the last 40 years. Of all Marvel ‘s villains, Doom has appeared most, across countless titles. Where most villains stick to their designated hero, Doom, nominally the arch-enemy of the Fantastic Four, will go toe-to-toe ( or, more probable, he ‘ll send a Doombot to go toe-to-toe ; he does n’t like to get his hands dirty with mere serf ) with anyone. A rightfully bright scientist, Doom likes to combine his quenchless thirst for ultimate power ( he once stole the energy of the near-omnipotent Beyonder ) with a bizarre double life, as the altruistic leader of the european country of Latveria. Which makes arresting him on American territory doubly unmanageable, due to that annoying diplomatic unsusceptibility. He has a baronial side, like many of the best badly guys, but he ‘s equally disfigured psychologically as he is physically. And then there ‘s that surname, which is pretty hard to get about. How life might have been different if he ‘d been born Victor Von Awesome . Trademarks : arguably the most celebrated of all Marvel ‘s villains, Doctor Doom is surely the most visually hit – a pug-nosed alloy disguise housing a badly deface grimace and a black center, topped off with a imperial green cloak which covers weaponised body armor to make Iron Man ‘s heart cry with envy . On Screen : The spectacularly badly-cast julian McMahon mangled scenery and did n’t even attempt a Latverian emphasis in either of the Tim Story Fantastic Four movies. Toby Kebbell played him in Josh Trank ‘s 2015 boot, but the less said about that one the better . Did You Know? : The Wolves of Calla, from the Stephen King Dark Tower book of the like name, are – SPOILER warn ! – powerfully implied to be futuristic robots based on Dr. Doom .

24. DEENA PILGRIM (Powers)

Deena Pilgrim from the Powers series Powers is a police drama – broadly modelled on Homicide : life On The Street – set in a world with superheroes and villains, and Deena is the cub spouse of former immortal hero turned homicide hook Christian Walker. once partnered with crook Captain Adlard, Deena is now tagging along with the upright Walker but gets in deeply with Internal Affairs for her frequent recourse to violence to get data from suspects and is keeping identical repose about the way her abusive former boyfriend got cryptically electrocuted during an argument. Powers is presently the coolest comic that only comic koran readers have heard of . Trademarks : Midriff-baring shirt, cute pixie-ish haircut, rebuff bias against super-powered beings and close about recently-acquired electric abilities . On Screen : We ‘d probably go with Natalie Portman – if she was willing to have the V For Vendetta haircut, she ‘d be felicitous to have the Deena curtsy . Did You Know? : Writer Bendis and artist Oeming base Deena on a combination of their wives … aaahhh .

23. OBELIX (Asterix)

Obelix from the Asterix comics More playfulness than lead fictional character Asterix, about deoxyadenosine monophosphate cute as his pet Dogmatix, and the amusing locomotive for the stallion series, Obelix is arguably the best reason to love the french – yes, right up there with the wine, the cheeses, and Gérard Depardieu ( who, not coincidentally, has besides played him onscreen ). The menhir-delivery man takes a childlike gloat in beating up hordes of Romans – something he considers a mighty rather than a duty – and is blasé about the super-strength gained when he fell into a caldron of magic trick potion when he was a little male child. His inability to look beyond the moment – he leaves such ponderings to Asterix or his ache, tree-obsessed cad Dogmatix – and leaning to fall in love with unachievable women make him one of the cutest characters on the list. even if he could beat up your solid class without breaking a perspiration . Trademarks : pleasantly plump ( do n’t call him fat ), bolshevik mustache and beard, often carries a menhir, invincible and super-strong with a perchant for beating up Romans . On Screen : In a identical successful series of european productions, Depardieu has donned a fat suit to play him. In cartoon kind, he ‘s been voiced by Brad Garrett among others . Did You Know? : There ‘s a Parc Asterix fair outside Paris, where you can go on Asterix and Obelix-themed rides. We recommend the Menhir Express .

22. HUNTER ROSE (Grendel)

AKA : GRENDELMatt Wagner's Hunter Rose The original and best in Matt Wagner ‘s long-running series of disguise anti-heroes, Hunter Rose was a young genius gifted with extraordinary physical and mental art and good a fiddling besides a lot clock to spare. Finding that excellence breeds boredom if not channelled correctly, Rose set about becoming a crime kingpin, hired killer whale and all-around devilish gadabout before dying at the senesce of 21 by the hands of his lycanthropic nemesis, Argent. More Grendels have followed in Hunter Rose ‘s footsteps but few have done the job with such an congenital smell of vogue . Trademarks : decadent novelist by day, criminal originator and first assassin by night . On Screen : Wagner ‘s nefarious creation has n’t worried the big screen as of yet. If an actor were to make Hunter Rose come alive, we ‘d put our money on Jamie Bell providing the right amount of romanticist menace . Did You Know? : Grendel has faced off against Batman twice – in the comic-book crossovers Devil ‘s Riddle & Devil ‘s Masque and Devil ‘s Bones & Devil ‘s Dance .

21. CAPTAIN AMERICA (Captain America / Avengers)

AKA: STEVE ROGERSCaptain America Thanks to the super-soldier serum, Captain America is the best that a human being can be – super-strong, super-fast, super-agile, does n’t drink, does n’t smoke, and has a Nintendo DS Brain Training age of 20. not bad for a guy who ‘s technically in his eighties now. And, well, dead. Yes, Captain America – at least, Steve Rogers, the Captain America that people have been growing up with ever since Double-yuh Double-yuh Two – is no more. He was shot by a sniper at the goal of 2007 ‘s massive Civil War cross-over and unusually for a amusing book icon, is calm dead. But let ‘s take this opportunity to briefly remember the bomber that he was : created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon as a ra-ra creature in World War II, Cap very came into his own in the 1960s, when Kirby and Lee thawed him out and put him in charge of The Avengers. In a post-9/11 worldly concern, the juxtaposition of a man with a rigid moral grok in a earth going to hell in a basket led to some of the best captain America comics in years. For that reason, it ca n’t be excessively long before the honest-to-god super-soldier serum flows through Steve Rogers ‘ veins once more . Trademarks : He is America. Or, preferably, he is the american ease up. Clad in crimson, white and aristocratic chainmail, with a red, white and blue invincible shield demarcated by a giant ace and initialed, wing-tipped head piece . On Screen : Matt Salinger – son of J.D. ! – played him in the low-budget version. In the much-bigger-budget, Marvel translation, Chris Evans has made the function of Steve Rogers his own across the Cap and Avengers movies . Did You Know? : Stephen Colbert is a huge Cap fan. When Rogers was killed in the comics, Colbert eulogised him on his show – and he has one of two replica alloy Cap shields, commissioned by Marvel to mark the event, hanging in his studio .

20. WONDER WOMAN (Wonder Woman / Justice League)

AKA: PRINCESS DIANA OF THEMYSCIRA, DIANA PRINCEWonder Woman This feminist icon is the most authoritative womanhood in comics. naturally, that means she ‘s often been given light shrift, frequently demoted to menial condition ( she was a collapse member of the Justice Society, but alone as secretary ) and depowered and repowered more much than all the X-Men combine. But on class, she ‘s about vitamin a potent as Superman, looks better in hotpants and has the extra world power of reducing fanboys to putty. Over the years, Gloria Steinem has extolled her function as a potent female character model – she was the first gear covering daughter on Ms. cartridge holder – and novelist Jodi Picoult recently essayed a critically applaud series of stories for her . Trademarks : Beautiful as Aphrodite, fresh as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules. Can fly and wields the lasso of truth and magic bracelets . On Screen : Lynda Carter wowed a generation in the ’70s TV express, while a 2009 enliven movie saw her voice by Keri Russell. Gal Gadot stepped up for the DCU : introduced in Batman V Superman and continuing through her own standalone movie directed by Patty Jenkins ; Justice League and beyond . Did You Know? : controversy over comic books in the ’50s saw Wonder Woman accused of being a lesbian. See besides the strange business of her fetishistic origins .

19. THE PUNISHER (Spider-Man / The Punisher)

AKA: FRANK CASTLEThe Punisher yet another Marvel fictional character who started off as a villain – notably a Spider-Man villain ( although he was more of a hood when he first cameoed in Amazing Spider-Man ) – before graduating to his own style and anti-hero status. The Punisher is now one of the most iconic characters in the entire Marvel stable. A ‘Nam vet driven by his family ‘s murder to punish all criminals by death, it ‘s possibly not unsurprising that the dark, disillusioned ’70s was the decade that saw a barbarous, uncompromising sociopath ( for that ‘s what Castle is, no argue ) become a fan front-runner. Although, truth be told, operating within the confines of the toothless main Marvel titles never sat well with The Punisher – in recent years, with the move to the MAX pronounce, and Garth Ennis ‘ soon-to-finish initiation as Punisher guru, the blue heart and psychology of Frank Castle has been in full explored, giving a new insight into this dour and most compelling of characters . Trademarks : A elephantine flannel skull on his black-shirted breast. An ageless hope for revenge. And guns. Lots of guns . On Screen : Three Punisher movies, three different Punishers. For all the apparent simplicity of the character, Frank Castle has proved a hard en to crack. Ray Stevenson, Dolph Lundgren and Thomas Jane all took a shooting at the character on the bad screen, but it took Jon Bernthal to nail that gruff demeanor, fierce tendencies and injure humanness, first in Netflix ‘s Daredevil and subsequently in his own limited series . Did You Know? : Unlike other Marvel characters, who seem to age at a pace of one year for every five years of comics ( at least ), The Punisher ages – at least in the MAX line – in real fourth dimension. Which presently makes him a 58-year-old kick american samoa, as he was born on February 16, 1950 .

18. HALO JONES (2000 AD)

Halo Jones from the 2000 AD series Writers Moore and Gibson thought that 2000 AD could do with a female-led strip to counterpoint the comedian ‘s generally testosterone-heavy violence fests, and co-created fiftieth hundred everygirl Halo Jones, who just tries to get by in a dangerous future where going to the shops is a major trial. The original purpose was to chronicle the heroine ‘s whole life but entirely three serials were completed before the strip was curtailed by the usual who’s-got-the-rights argument. The three stories find Halo as a adolescent on that denounce trip, working as a stewardess on a starship and ( grimly ) fighting a starship Troopers- character war in an all-female army. Halo is exponentially cooler than knock-offs like Tank Girl, largely because she remains a fed-up very person amid the wilderness outer space opera of her universe . Trademarks : sulk, white ’80s-look hair ( yes, we know it was a black and blank clean and she got blonded in the atrocious US colourised reprints – but her hair was flannel on the original 2000 AD color covers ), loyalty to doomed friends, automaton pawl buddy, catchphrase : “ I ca n’t take a denounce expedition. ” On Screen : Billie Piper circa 2005 would ‘ve been perfect . Did You Know? : There was an Edinburgh fringe stage output in 1987, with Claire Fairley as Halo .

17. IRON MAN (Iron Man / Avengers)

AKA: TONY STARKIron Man Created as a Cold War-based, commie-bashing wallow of American technology over scheme, inefficient Russians, Iron Man has proved equally durable as his rust-proof armor over the years. This is partially because he ‘s a identical adaptable character – not just in terms of power levels – and partially because, let ‘s side it, he looks damned aplomb. But it ‘s the man inside the become who has arguably been more bewitching. Tony Stark, billionaire playboy, has been by turns a heedless maverick, a hopeless intoxicated, dead ( not one of Marvel ‘s brightest ideas ), teenaged ( again ? ), his own bodyguard, a responsible leader and, more recently, the semi-villainous, politically hard-edged instigator of the Civil War which left the Marvel Universe in tatters, and Captain America dead. Iron Man is relatively simple – point and shoot – but Stark is equally complex as they come. ampere farseeing as that remains the sheath, Iron Man will remain one to watch . Trademarks : glistening red-and-gold armor ( by and large – he ‘s been known to go all-grey, all-gold and red-and-silver ), super-strength, supersonic flight jets, an align of incredible weapons and the recently developed ability to interface with pretty much any OS on the planet. Oh, and he ‘s a genius, besides . On Screen : Played, triumphantly, by Robert Downey Jr. in three Iron Man movies, four Avengers movies, Captain America : Civil War and Spider-Man : homecoming, with the actor ‘s aureate, indelible, charismatic turn a headman factor in their huge achiever . Did You Know? : According to Forbes, Stark is the one-tenth richest fabricated character in the worldly concern, with a internet worth of $ 100 billion. alone 100 ?

16. RORSCHACH (Watchmen)

AKA: WALTER KOVACSRorschach from the Watchmen series Choosing barely one of the Minutemen – the stars of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons ‘ classic comic, Watchmen – was hard. But from a strictly iconic distributor point of view, it had to be Rorschach. Who was in the first word picture released from Zack Snyder ‘s Watchmen movie ? Rorschach. Who dominated on-line casting debates ? Rorschach. Like The Punisher, Rorschach can be easily dismissed as a fascist whose impression in moral absolutes – there are no shades of grey ; only black, white, well and evil – drives him to take the law into his own hands. But in the hands of Moore, the freckled, ginger Walter Kovacs is a taut, tortured, complex creation who, a well as being at the center of some of Watchmen ‘s most memorable sequences ( the prison belly laugh, for one ), ends up being possibly the most pure out of the graphic fresh ‘s characters, the only one who – SPOILER WARNING – is n’t interested in compromising himself for the greater good . Trademarks : Clad in a trenchcoat and a spotted dissemble which appears to constantly change shape, much like a Rorschach test, this dogged vigilante dishes out punishment to evildoers any way he sees paroxysm. ( normally death. ) On Screen : He ‘s played – with all the necessity black charisma – by Jackie Earle Haley in Snyder ‘s polarising Watchmen. We do n’t so far know if the character will appear in HBO ‘s 2019 television receiver series . Did You Know? : Like most Watchmen characters, Rorschach was based on a couple of old superheroes from the Charlton Comics era – in this font, two heroes, The question and Mr. A .

15. DEATH (Sandman)

AKA: TELEUTE death does n’t appear much in Sandman, and her own amusing is merely beneficial, not brilliant. She ‘s not about deoxyadenosine monophosphate nuanced a character as Morpheus himself, or their younger sister Delirium ( once Delight ). But from the consequence she appeared, she ‘s been wildly popular with fans, won over by this bright, cheery visualize in place of the traditional skeletal Reaper. possibly it ‘s because Death duties make such cheerfulness double-edged, and because she has an air of mystery about her that gives her incalculable depth. What ‘s more, she ‘s the wise elder sister that everyone wishes they had, far more pull together and at peace than any of the other Endless ( except, possibly, Destiny ), and she gets to tie the hale series together come its concluding act. A arrant demonstration that the best characters need n’t be overworked, and that the ghastly grim reaper does n’t have to be ghastly . Trademarks : Cute Goth girl, tends to wear all black except for a silver Ankh necklace and a blueprint like the Eye of Horus around the corner of her eye . On Screen : No screen version so far, but Christina Ricci in Penelope mode would do it, or Jennifer Garner if you like to think outside the box. Gaiman ‘s own inhalation for the character was his buddy Tori Amos . Did You Know? : Death has an across-the-board collection of diskette hats, and two goldfish, called Slim and Wandsworth .

14. THE HULK (The Incredible Hulk / Avengers)

AKA: BRUCE BANNERThe Hulk instantaneously recognisable the world over – it ‘s hard to stay incognito when you ‘re ten feet tall and bright park – The Hulk has sometimes been a simplistic quality, just punching things again and again ( the recent floor arch, World War Hulk, was particularly guilty of this ). But when writers like Peter David – the definitive Hulk scribe, american samoa far as we ‘re concerned – draw control of him, Hulk and Banner become a psychologically building complex, nuanced being with an fabulously complicated history involving Banner ‘s conflict for command, which has led to Hulks green and gray. It ‘s been fun watching the Hulk become a major, major player in the Marvel Universe of late, with Planet Hulk, the aforesaid World War Hulk and the Red Hulk storyline. Long may Hulk continue to ( be a ) smash . Trademarks : Big. Green ( normally ). angry. sometimes bright, sometimes savage, sometimes somewhere inbetween. Oh, and fabulously, fabulously hard – in fact, the harebrained he gets, the stronger he gets . On Screen : Lou Ferrigno was excellently the first to play The Hulk, donning fleeceable bodypaint to do so. Ang Lee ‘s Hulk was Eric Bana, before Edward Norton took on the character in Louis Leterrier ‘s 2008 floating-point operation. Norton, surprisingly at the time, handed over the fad baton to Mark Ruffalo, who has since become a sports fan favorite in the MCU . Did You Know? : The Hulk has a bring around factor that ‘s even faster than Wolverine ‘s. He ‘s believed to be able to survive a near-direct hit from a nuclear missile .

13. VLADEK SPIEGELMAN (Maus: A Survivor’s Tale)

Vladek Spiegelman from the Maus series A real-life champion who survived insuperable odds and devastating adversity to create a new life with his kin in a fresh world, Vladek Spiegelman ‘s life bursts out of the pages of his son ‘s seminal series to heartbreaking effect. Depicted as a mouse, his concentration camp captivity under the yoke of Nazi felines and subsequent safety valve to a new worldly concern populated by dogs, frogs and fish is overflowing with a humanity that has so far to be equalled in comic script lore. That Art Spiegelman was able to recount such a harrowing chapter in history in comedian koran shape and in such a stylize manner is impressive enough, but through a rodentised image of his father he embodied the fear, despair and hope of the Holocaust in one person. even the subsequent change in character, as Vladek morph from exalted young adult to embittered previous codger, can not lessen the shock he makes upon the proofreader . Trademarks : doggedness in the confront of adversity as a young man, a crabbed previous sodomite in his late years . On Screen : If George Orwell ‘s Animal Farm can be made into a properly animize movie, Spiegelman ‘s narrative would be phenomenal – no news on a big-screen adaptation yet, though . Did You Know? : Maus won a Pulitzer Prize Special Award in 1992 – it missed out on the main gong because the voting board members found the cartoonist ‘s depiction of Nazi Germany hard to classify .

12. SPIDER JERUSALEM (Transmetropolitan)

Spider Jerusalem - Transmetropolitan Like Preacher, Transmetropolitan had a short life – but for 60 brilliant, dazzlingly imaginative issues, writer Warren Ellis and artist Darick Robertson brought their A-game. And the creation of Spider Jerusalem, bizarre journalist, drinker of enough drugs to floor a struggling musician, and seeker of truth, was at the kernel of it all. A foul-mouthed protection to, most obviously, Hunter S. Thompson, Jerusalem is known as the God-King of journalists, who devotes his life to delivering the truth to his readers ( one article plainly repeated the son “ sleep together ” 8000 times – we have to try that erstwhile ), no topic how unpalatable it may be for the constitution ( which, by the way, he ‘s trying to bring down ). not antipathetic to taking the odd life in his pursuit ( largely in self-defense ), Spider is a on-key one-off, a character indeed unafraid and vibrant and coolly cool that Patrick Stewart is his biggest fan. And if that ‘s not a recommendation, we do n’t know what is . Trademarks : virtually hairless ( after an run into with a faulty shower ), foul-mouthed and dogged about rooting out the truth. He ‘s festooned with tattoos, including – yes ! – a spider and wears red-and-green spectacles . On Screen : much to his publicly expressed humiliate, Patrick Stewart is besides old to play Spider in anything other than an animize flip. Our vote ? Colin Farrell ‘s got the correct border of mania and earnestness. We can just see his huffy eyes twinkling behind a match of glasses, one lens green and orthogonal, the other crimson and round … Did You Know? : spider ‘s middle names are Django Heraclitus. Nice .

11. JESSE CUSTER (Preacher)

Jesse Custer from the Preacher series You know that honest-to-god say, men want to be him and women want to bed him ? Usually it ‘s applied to James Bond, but it truly should refer entirely to Jesse Custer, the anchor of Garth Ennis ‘ masterpiece, Preacher. In a comic filled with extraordinary supporting characters, Ennis and the artist Steve Dillon had to work some to make sure that the championship character stood out. Jesse is at once a atavist to the good ol ‘ days of the Wild West, a rootin ‘, tootin ‘, ready-with-his-fists guy, fix to do what ‘s right and stand up for what he believes in. He communes with the ghost of John Wayne and looks like Jim Morrison took to the church. But he ‘s besides – and this is the clever part – one of the most baronial, amatory characters in modern comics, with about everything he does motivated by love, friendship and selflessness : beloved for his girlfriend, Tulip, and the friendship of his irish vampire chum, Cassidy. Almost everything else, like his desire to find God and punish him, is driven by discouragement at the express of the modern world. controversial, but apprehensible. Oh, and he even looks great with an eyepatch . Trademarks : For a world of God, Jesse Custer has something of the devil in him – he ‘s a drinkin ‘, smokin ‘, cussin ‘ ex-preacher with a taste for pleasures of the pulp. He besides happens to be possessed by Genesis, the enormously knock-down offspring of an angel and a devil that gives him the ability to make anyone do what he says . On Screen : There was lecture of a Preacher movie for more than a ten – Sam Mendes was one of the filmmakers attached – but it ultimately burst to life on Amazon Prime with Dominic Cooper donning the fabric for four seasons as the authoritative comedian script antihero . Did You Know? : Jesse turns against the hypocrisy of the church after a casual meet with comedian Bill Hicks .

10. THE THING (Fantastic Four)

AKA: BEN GRIMMThe Thing from the Fantastic Four series One of the most beloved characters in comics, The Thing is the affection of the Fantastic Four – a wisecrack trier, with a heart the size of the Brooklyn Bridge. Case in point : the many classical battles over the years between The Thing and the much stronger Hulk. Despite the disparity in their force levels, The Thing has never shied away from the fight. Yet, despite the sense of humor, there ‘s a tragic chemical element to The Thing, angstrom well. Trapped – for the most share – in a body he loathes ( he was mutated in the cosmic beam storm that created the FF ), Ben Grimm can be prone to bouts of depressive disorder in a nod to classical stories like Frankenstein and Beauty And The Beast ( his subterfuge girlfriend, Alicia Masters, providing the beauty ). But hey, the ultimate message is the sort you normally find in a DreamWorks Animation movie : barely be yourself, and things will work out for the best. Aww … Trademarks : A big creature with incredible levels of endurance and potency, this gruff, choleric but lovable New Yorker – catchphrase : “ It ‘s clobberin ‘ time ! ” – has orange-colored skin made out of rock, complete with a monobrow like a cliff-face . On Screen : Michael Chiklis beat off the likes of Bobby Cannavale to wear the orange prosthetic suit for the first two fantastic Four films. For Josh Trank ‘s earthier boot, it was Jamie Bell who rocked out in an ultimately doomed adaptation . Did You Know? : Aspects of Ben ‘s personality were based on Jack Kirby, who besides grew up in a jewish family on the Lower East Side of New York .

9. MAGNETO (X-Men)

AKA: ERIK MAGNUS LEHNSHERRMagneto from the X-Men series magneto is … complicated. A jewish survivor of the Holocaust who is determined to save his mate homo superior from the destine of his companion Jew, he sometimes seems fated to repeat some of the Nazis ‘ mistakes, pursuing the oppression of homosexual sapiens in favor of homo superior. He is – as producer Tom DeSanto told Bryan Singer when he was trying to persuade him to make the first X-Men movie – Malcolm X to Professor X ‘s Martin Luther King. His ‘by any means necessity ‘ approach path has seen him commit hideous atrocities in the past, including the sinking of a submarine full of sailors, and even he ‘s not evil – not in the traditional sense of the son, anyhow. even though he ‘s traditionally their number one nemesis, he has been known to actively align with the X-Men, even taking over as the team ‘s leader/teacher in the absence of Charles Xavier, while he ‘s previously had a relationship with Rogue. presently in the films, he ‘s depowered, and living life as a homo – which, for him, is purgatory. But we ‘re certain his powerless state wo n’t last for long . Trademarks : White hair concealed below an flowery helmet, separate of an imposing red/purple costume that comes complete with a sweep cape. He controls magnetic fields, manipulates all forms of metal, and is said to be so brawny that he could rip the Earth in two if he indeed desired. obviously, he never has, because that would be stupid . On Screen : It was Ian McKellen who filled Magneto ‘s helmet for the X-Men trilogy, before Michael Fassbender scored the function of younger, more conflict Magneto in X-Men : first class and its sequels . Did You Know? : magneto is the church father of fellow mutants, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch – herself one of the most brawny characters in the Marvel Universe .

8. THE JOKER (Batman)

AKA: JACK NAPIERThe Joker - Brian Bolland illustration in Alan Moore's The Killing Joke The greatest comic book villain always, and as versatile a character as his bane, the Batman. The Joker has been a gay prankster of crime ( poisoning all the fish in Gotham Bay so they sport his literally trademarked grin, then suing fishmongers for copyright violation ) and a gleefully sadistic bastard ( responsible for permanently crippling Batgirl and temporarily killing at least one Robin ), and constantly done his best to get under the ultra-grim Batman ‘s skin by taunting him with vomit jokes. There ‘s a smell that Joker is the entirely one of the rogues ‘ gallery Bruce Wayne actually hates – many comics ( eg : Frank Miller Jr ‘s The Dark Knight Returns, Alan Moore and Brian Bolland ‘s The Killing Joke, Grant Morrison and Dave McKean ‘s Arkham Asylum, Michael Green and Denys Cowan ‘s Lovers & Madmen ) revolve around Batman and the Joker as opposites or mirror images. The original look of the character was based on Conrad Veidt ‘s cook grin in the silent picture The Man Who Laughs . Trademarks : greens hair’s-breadth, white face, fixed grin, empurpled zoot suit and evil, insane laugh . On Screen : Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto and now Joaquin Phoenix have been the live-action Joker ; Mark Hamill has done inordinately fine work as the voice of the Joker in respective inspire television shows and features, and the Arkham videogames . Did You Know? : Before falling into that vat of chemicals, the Joker was a regular thief known as ‘the Red Hood ‘ .

7. JUDGE DREDD (2000 AD)

AKA: JOE DREDDJudge Dredd Created at least partially to ram home the point that amusing record superheroes and gun-wielding cops are inherently fascist, Judge Dredd – like Dirty Harry, the Punisher and Charles Bronson in Death Wish – wound up as an enormous success, demonstrating that even liberal audiences find certain types of fascism inherently appealing. In the chaotic future of Mega-City One, Dredd is part of a corps of judges who act simultaneously as arresting officer, legal system and executioner when dealing with criminal scum. Like another long-standing british comics institution, Desperate Dan, the Judge Dredd deprive is partially a british vantage point sarcasm on the excesses of America and Americanism – and Dredd, like the cow pie-eating cowboy, is a crimson, deranged but inherently adequate lease on the concept of the right-thinking american hero. A problem for writers on the strips has been coming up with villains therefore excessive that Dredd looks good – but they managed the magic trick with Judge Death . Trademarks : big bestubbled chin ( with Clinty sneer ), glazed helmet and leathers, enough chains to earn him a back-up spot in The Village People, inflexible attitude to criminal behavior. catchphrase : “ I am the law. ” On Screen : Sylvester Stallone played Dredd in a film which started off okay, but collapsed arsenic soon as Sly took off the helmet to break a longstanding Dredd custom by showing his face. Karl Urban ‘s iteration did n’t make the same mistake in 2012 ‘s upstanding but underseen Dredd . Did You Know? : Celebrity Dredd fans have included Jonathan Ross, Simon Le Bon, Lemmy and Terry Pratchett .

6. DREAM OF THE ENDLESS (The Sandman)

AKA: MORPHEUS, THE SANDMAN, ONEIROS, THE DREAM KING, THE LORD SHAPER, KAI’CKUL, ETC…Sandman Neil Gaiman ‘s Sandman bore little resemblance to DC ‘s former iteration : being a tall, pasty-faced Goth-type with indocile colored hair’s-breadth rather than a gas-masked, trench-coated detective ( although the two did meet, for one night only, in crossing over event comic Sandman Midnight Theatre ). Near almighty, he is continually embroiled in schemes by his pantheonic siblings The Endless ( Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Destruction and Delirium ) and the subjects of his dream kingdom, deoxyadenosine monophosphate well as having duties to protect ( or demolish ) the humans with whom he comes into touch. Over the course of his series, which takes him from prison to the ends of the population, Dream truly learns and grows – which is rare enough on its own among comics to wholly justify his book ‘s reputation – but besides takes us through mythology, history and pure, balmy, Gaiman invention. As tragic heroes go, he is, quite literally, divine . Trademarks : Older than the Gods ; controls all dreams, storytelling and imagination. Power limited by nothing but family rules and his respect for his duty . On Screen : No screen interpretation to date, but were it to be done, you might want to cast a crowd of people, as in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was was interest in a Sandman project for a while, but it fell apart. Fox ‘s Lucifer series is actually based on Sandman by-product comics, but you would n’t know it . Did You Know? : Over the test, Dream ‘s appearance has been based on David Bowie, Bauhaus ‘ Peter Murphy, The Cure ‘s Robert Smith and writer Neil Gaiman .

5. SPIDER-MAN (Spider-Man / Avengers)

AKA: PETER PARKERSpider-Man Spider-Man, Spider-Man … you know the rest. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko ( not Jack Kirby, as so many assume ), the face of Marvel Comics started biography as a true original : a adolescent male child with money problems, girl problems and family problems, who ‘s imbued with extraordinary powers that make things more rather than less difficult for him. Peter Parker was very different from the Supermen, Batmen and Fantastic Fours running about the comics world at that point. Since then, of course, Spidey has matured, learning that with great wotsit comes big something-or-other, and becoming a conserve to Mary-Jane. He ‘s died and come back with enhance powers, he ‘s been cloned ( that was a democratic arc ), he ‘s been attacked by stranger symbiotes and irate newspaper editors, he ‘s even revealed his secret identity in the recent Civil War crossover voter series, and even Spidey retains his sense of humor at all times, firing off often authentically witty wisecracks in the hotness of battle ( a trait the movies have ultimately learnt to capture ), while striking iconic poses that must be many a top artist ‘s dream ( Todd McFarlane and Erik Larsen, to name but two, became ace artists thanks to their bring on Spidey ). The quality and comics have often ventured to dark places, but soul-searching and pensiveness introspection does n’t very suit your friendly neighborhood webslinger. This is one spider that thrives in the bright light . Trademarks : Red-and-blue costume ( normally ), daubed with webbing and large white eyepatches. Spider-Man has the proportionate military capability and agility of a spider, a in full functional spider-sense which warns him of danger. He besides manufactures his own webbing. Smart kid . On Screen : Nicholas Hammond played him in a former ’70s television usher. He ‘s been voiced in cartoons by the likes of The Brady Bunch ‘s Christopher Daniel Barnes, while Tobey Maguire played him in Sam Raimi ‘s lopsided, though occasionally brilliant, big-budget trilogy. His successor Andrew Garfield, although an initial success in the function, was let down by a weak second episode, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, that repeated some of the earlier franchise ‘s errors. Tom Holland, , on the other pass, has been a massive crowd-pleaser since his MCU introduction . Did You Know? : Spidey ‘s public expose was one of the big shocks of Marvel ‘s Civil War. It did n’t last, though : Spidey subsequently made a conduct with the demon Mephisto to alter the timeline and restore his unavowed identity .

4. WOLVERINE (X-Men)

AKA: LOGAN, JAMES HOWLETT, PATCH, WEAPON XWolverine from the X-Men series primitively conceived as a nefarious means of giving Hulk a bit of a exercise, but swiftly retooled as a conflict hero, Wolverine ‘s always been a character comfortable with shades of grey, and it ‘s his contradictions and complications that enable him to be all things to all geeks. therefore he has an odd capacity for ferocity ( even berserkery ) and finely honed animal instinct, but is capable of tempering his highly emotional reactions with cold-blooded calculation where required. And he ‘s no mere hood : his studies in Japan and long history of locomotion, espionage and trouble-finding have given him a cognition of differing cultures, he speaks a number of languages, and has a deep taste of ice-cold beer ( see, for example, Joss Whedon ‘s Astonishing X-Men, where beer brings Wolverine back from a fascinated state ). besides, he has the classify of facial hair’s-breadth that generations of young men have grown up aspiring to . Trademarks : ability to heal about any injury, adamantium-covered bones and retractable claw. The best there is at what he does – but what he does is n’t very nice . On Screen : well played by Hugh Jackman in six X-Men films ( including cameo appearances ), and three Wolverine spin-offs. Jackman is a foot grandiloquent than the comic personification, but he ‘s got the temper and one-liners down pat. His final examination out, Logan was a sad farewell . Did You Know? : primitively, Wolverine was conceived as a mutate glutton rather than a mutant human. presumably, that was excessively cockamamie even for the comics .

3. JOHN CONSTANTINE (Hellblazer / Constantine)

John Constantine The appoint ‘s Constantine, but the comic ‘s called Hellblazer. Created by Alan Moore as a supporting character during his run on Swamp Thing, the intent was to create a blue-collar warlock. If Doctor Strange grew up in Toxteth – that ‘s John Constantine, and his attitude ‘s every bite american samoa acerb as you might expect. A building complex character, Constantine is a loner who somehow accrues a large network of friends and love ones, most of whom end up dead. He ‘s a good man at kernel, but prone to the easy, faineant decision that ensures that adept may not constantly prosper. And he ‘s the kind of guy who will not just look Death in the face and laugh, but tell him to shove it up his buttocks excessively. Curiously, though Moore imbued Constantine with many of his defining characteristics, he rocketed to prominence under the concern of writers like Jamie Delano and Garth Ennis, whose deadly Habits arch, where Constantine contracts concluding lung cancer, is rightly one of the most celebrated in comedian koran history . Trademarks : Blond hair, trenchcoat, snarky position, ever-present cigarette dangling from his lip, liverpudlian accent, blasted person and charming proficiency . On Screen : Got a dye job and a plane ticket to relocate from Liverpool to Los Angeles when Keanu Reeves played him in Francis Lawrence ‘s amazingly solid Constantine. On the little sieve, Matt Ryan played him in NBC ‘s ephemeral Constantine television series, and subsequently in Arrow and Legends Of Tomorrow . Did You Know? : constantine once played in a punk rocker ring called Mucous Membrane. We checked the internet and there ‘s a kindling band called Mucus Membrane, but we ‘re not certain that they ‘re Hellblazer fans .

2. BATMAN (Batman / Justice League)

AKA: BRUCE WAYNE, THE DARK KNIGHT, THE CAPED CRUSADERBatman It ‘s a clean stake that when Bob Kane came up with the theme for a billionaire playboy who, by night, dressed up like a cream and crusade crime, he had no mind where it would lead. Almost seventy years later, and we ‘re jumping up and down – with good reason – about another Batman film, while The Caped Crusader ( or Dark Knight, whichever you prefer ) remains one of the most celebrated and iconic amusing book characters of them all. What is the solicitation of the Batman ? well, he ‘s undeniably cool, for one thing. visually strike, for another. There ‘s a wish fulfillment matter going on there, excessively unlike most heroes, Batman has no powers and relies lone on his wits, clever, and hard knead to hone his body and fitness. He ‘s got a bang-up rogues ‘ gallery. And he ‘s been exposed more on television and in film than any other hero, which helps keep him in the public eye. And, of course, the character has been through therefore many iterations over the years, from camp reformer to Frank Miller ‘s very, very iniquity knight, that there ‘s a Batman for everyone . Trademarks : long, flowing cape ; grey and black costume dominated by a Bat insignia smack-bang in the chest of drawers ; art in hand-to-hand battle and a lament analytic beware . Did You Know? Bob Kane in the first place designed Batman ‘s costume with crimson splashes. Way to blend with the shadows there, Bruce .

1. SUPERMAN (Superman / Justice League)

AKA: KAL-EL, CLARK KENT

Superman Being first counts for a lot, but it ‘s going the distance that elevates Superman from the run of flying caped superguys who followed him. How many other characters from disposable 1938 fictions have appeared systematically for 80 years and are still ampere celebrated as ever ? Superman ‘s peers are n’t truly Spider-Man or Wolverine, but Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan and James Bond – start culture mainstays who stay current through coherent reinvention but are classically themselves all the lapp. Superman has taken a exhaust from meter to fourth dimension : his fight for ‘truth, justice and the american Way ‘ is baronial but less easy to relate to than Batman ‘s vengeance-driven war on crime ( particularly when we get antsy about what ‘the american Way ‘ actually means ) ; his powers are so huge that it ‘s difficult to come up with threats worth his time ( so it ‘s incredible that for decades, his biggest trouble was a dumpy bald guy with a lab ) ; and his clean-cut, super-square looks and position are constantly being challenged by person who momentarily seems more contemporaneous, edgy or matter-of-fact. That ‘s possibly why the comics have often experimented with his essential ingredients, recasting him as a Commie ( Red Son ) or a Brit ( True Brit ) or creating twisted, colored reflections of the ageless humanitarian, like Bizarro, in endless permutations that attest to his popularity and instantaneous recognisability. If it were n’t for Superman, there would n’t be an entire music genre of superhero stories – every single tights-and-powers quality who has come along after him is defined by how similar or how different they are from Kal-El . Trademarks : red dissemble, blue tights, ‘S ‘ chest-symbol, variable star range of superpowers ( flight, invulnerability, X-ray/heat vision, super-speed, etc ), double identity as bespectacled mild-mannered reporter, spit-curl, allergy to kryptonite. Catchphrases : “ Up, up and aside ” ; “ faster than a accelerate bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a individual tie down ”, etc . Did You Know? : Nicolas Cage once owned a pristine imitate of Action Comics # 1 : the comic in which Superman beginning appeared. At one target he lost it in a burglary, but it was recovered, and he sold it for $ 2,161,000.00 at auction in 2011 .

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