Superman is the blueprint for the modern superhero. He’s arguably the single most important creation in the history of superhero comics. Superman is a hero that reflects the potential in all of us for greatness; a beacon of light in times that are grim and a glimmer of hope for the hopeless.
In 2011, Spider-Man placed third on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time, behind DC Comics characters Superman and Batman. and sixth in their 2012 list of "The Top 50 Avengers". In 2014, IGN identified Spider-Man the greatest Marvel Comics character of all time.
Wolverine is ever the busy fellow, but there's a reason for that. This seemingly immortal mutant has seen enough loss and suffering to fill several lifetimes. Endless superhero adventures merely keep him focused on the present and not the past. Wolverine is ultimately a failed samurai at heart.
Outside of comics, Hal Jordan has appeared in various animated projects, video games, and a live-action movie. Jordan's original design in the comics was based on actor Paul Newman, and the character is ranked 7th on IGN's in the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes in 2011. In 2013, Hal Jordan placed 4th on IGN's Top 25 Heroes of DC Comics.
Additionally, archival footage of Hemsworth as Thor were used in the episodes "Pilot" and "The Well" of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Thor placed 14th on IGN's list of "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time" in 2011, and first in their list of "The Top 50 Avengers" in 2012.
Barbara quickly rose to prominence as a key member of the Bat-family. Unfortunately, this role was not to last. In a controversial plot point of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke, Barbara was shot and subsequently paralyzed from the waist down by the Joker.
From the Nazis to alien races, superheroes have protected the Earth and countless other universes from ultimate destruction time and time again. But who are the best and brightest of these heroes? Much as we did with last year’s Top 100 Comic Book Villains, IGN has pulled together a comprehensive list of the greatest heroes to ever grace the pages of the funny books.
When it comes to Batman's greatest allies, Commissioner James Gordon easily ranks as one of the Dark Knight's oldest, most important, and most well known—sharing the Caped Crusader's commitment to ridding Gotham City of corruption and crime.
However, something stood out; Catwoman was far more playful. Her crimes were relatively tame in comparison to that of The Joker or Mr. Freeze, and soon Catwoman’s exploits became a game of, well, cat and.. bat. Then, in the last couple of decades, Catwoman began to evolve. She straddled the line between hero and villain more than ever before.
First Appearance: The Spirit #1 (June 1940) The Spirit might have started out as a Sunday strip in a newspaper that was looking to capitalize on the budding comic book industry, but now the character represents one of the medium’s biggest influences for sequential, serialized storytelling aimed at adults.
Much like other American comic book superheroes such as Batman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Daredevil, and Spawn, Hellboy is constantly tormented by the knowledge of his past. One example being in Wake the Devil where he describes his mindset since the aftermath of Seed of Destruction by saying, "I like not knowing.
Superheroes don't kill. The Punisher is no superhero. Frank Castle has spent years exacting vengeance for the deaths of his family by punishing criminals everywhere. His skull insignia inspires fear throughout the underworld. But Punisher's appeal rests on more than his ability to do what the rest of Marvel's heroes won't.
John Constantine (/ ˈ k ɒ n s t ən t aɪ n /) is a fictional antihero, appearing in comic books published by DC Comics and its alternative imprint Vertigo. The character first appeared in The Saga of Swamp Thing #25 (June 1984), and was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, John Totleben, Jamie Delano and John Ridgway.
Robin is the name of several fictional superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was originally created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson, to serve as a junior counterpart to the superhero Batman. The character's first incarnation, Dick Grayson, debuted in Detective Comics #38 (April 1940).
Americans may know Dredd mainly from the lackluster Sylvester Stallone film of the '90s, but overseas, the hero is one of the most popular in comics. Dredd's escapades as judge, jury, and executioner in a bleak future have unfolded for years in the pages of 2000 AD.
Cyclops was the first of Xavier's X-Men, and their field leader from the beginning. Cyclops hasn't always been able to boast a fanbase to rival the likes of Wolverine -- mostly because of his grim, humorless personality. But as Cyclops has taken charge of the X-Men, the character has undergone a radical transformation.
Mr. Fantastic, also known as Reed Richards, is the leader of the Fantastic Four and the resident autistic super-genius as well as the boyfriend (and later husband) of Susan Storm - despite his vast intelligence Reed suffers from a bit of autism and often gets himself and others in trouble with his experiments.
Martian Manhunter is a force to be reckoned with. Yet for all of his power and wisdom, this near-immortal is still troubled by that which destroyed his world—fire. Though it continues to haunt him, he has learned to channel his fear and transform it into resilience, one of mankind’s greatest traits.
Hawkeye (Clinton Francis "Clint" Barton) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Don Heck, the character first appeared as a villain in Tales of Suspense #57 (Sept. 1964) and later joined the Avengers in The Avengers #16 (May 1965).
Panther is a king of men, a brilliant scientist, and a warrior of peerless skill. And yes, his time as an Avenger has made him a superhero too. As readers are consistently reminded, T'Challa is a hero and a force to be reckoned with regardless of his technology and resources.
Comic readers know better, though. They've come to love Aquaman as a noble (and very powerful) figure who is forever torn between the worlds of land and sea. Recent television appearances have helped repair Aquaman's reputation, and now the hero is soaring to new heights in the comics after his resurrection in Blackest Night.