The 10 Greatest Superheroes To Ever Grace The Pages Of A Comic Book.
With the world more aware of superheroes than ever, it’s imperative that we look at the most influential, important, and genre-changing ones. While some superheroes achieve a temporary elevation in status, they don’t have the staying power as the few on this list.
Simply because the superheroes on this list have been around the block and etched their names in history. Some have fought wars, some serve entire galaxies, and some are born from outside this world. No matter who they are, what they serve, or where they come from, one thing remains the same. Each has a name that is so synonymous with the word superhero that even non comic book readers know who they are.
With that, I present to you The 10 Greatest Superheroes To Ever Grace The Pages Of A Comic Book.
1. Captain America
Personal biases aside, Captain America is one of the best superheroes of all time. His role in comic books hasn’t deviated too much since his inception. He is the epitome of good. He possesses an unwavering commitment to doing what’s right. And more than these stands up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.
Captain America has received a surge in popularity over the last near-decade due to his role in the MCU. As a consequence, more people are tuning in and seeing just how important he is in the war against evil.
From his early days of fighting Nazi’s to his later years of stopping alien invasions, Captain America’s inclusion is without a second thought. He is one of the greatest superheroes to ever grace the pages of a comic book.
Very few superheroes are as identifiable as Batman. He, more than any hero ever created, has become a cultural icon. Batman has been trademarked, copyright protected, and duplicated because, well, he’s Batman.
What makes him worthy of being called one of the greatest superheroes of all time isn’t his look. It isn’t the way that he attacks crime. It isn’t his gadgets. Nor is it the way in which his character has darkened over the years. What’s makes him one of the best superheroes of all time is his Rogue’s Gallery.
Batman has the most recognizable and malicious enemies in the history of comic books.
- The Joker
- The Penguin
- Poison Ivy
- R’as al Ghul
And the list goes on.
Batman is here because there isn’t a single character who deals with more scum than he does
Superman. The Man of Steel. The Man of Tomorrow. Supes. The Last Son of Krypton.
For all the reasons Captain America deserves to be here, Superman deserves them more. Not only is Superman a Beacon of Hope for the entire DC Universe, he was the first superhero in existence.
Superman ushered in a new age of comic books. Through his never-ending promise to do what’s right, children began to believe in a different kind of hero. Sure, kids still looked up to their mother’s and father’s but not in the same way they looked up to Superman.
He is a man capable of flight, super speed, x-ray vision, projecting heat from his eyes, and more. What makes Superman one of the best superheroes of all time is that he is everything that the human race should be. He’s infallible, ethical, trustworthy, and lives by a code of conduct that is unrivalled.
Superman is one of the greatest superheroes … ever.
4. Green Lantern
While there have been many men, women, and aliens to take the mantle of Green Lantern, this list refers to only one. Hal Jordan.
Hal Jordan is looked upon by his peers as a leader of the Green Lantern Corps. He was picked by the Green Power Ring after the death of Abin Sur. It picked him due to his unbendable will to do what’s right. Over time this, of course, proved to be incorrect but that isn’t the point.
Hal Jordan has been at the forefront of some of the best Green Lantern storylines.
- Blackest Night
- Sinestro Corps War
- Emerald Twilight
- Emerald Dawn
- Brightest Day
And through it all has remained as important to comic books readers as the day he was created.
Through the Green Power Ring, he can create anything his mind can dream up. As such, his stories are often filled with some of the best in comic books.
5. Wonder Woman
The only woman of the “big three” DC superheroes, Wonder Woman the most important female character in the history of comic books.
Wonder Woman gave rise to the notion that women could be courageous, powerful beyond measure, stand toe-to-toe with Superman, all-the-while giving hope to a segment of the comic book market that had never seen hope.
Wonder Woman is the quintessential superhero because she has every quality that is necessary to be one. I don’t refer to her super strength, her toughness, or her spot on the Justice League of America. Instead, I refer to the fact that she has become the perfect role model for anyone who aspires to do some good in the world.
Therefore Wonder Woman is one of the greatest superheroes of all time.
There are very few places in the world where the people haven’t heard of Spider-Man. In fact, as a part of our sister company, Comics For Cause, we have only seen a couple of them. Spider-Man is as universal as the sun setting.
The reason that Spider-Man appears in so many of these lists and lists like it is because more than his power set, he is relatable. That’s right. People all over the world love and respect Spider-Man because he isn’t too different from you or I. He’s an average teenager with average teenager problem that, due to unforeseen circumstances, gains special powers.
As such, since his creation he’s become as recognizable as the Coca Cola logo. Spider-Man, like every other superhero on this list, is unafraid to challenge those who would do harm to others. Day after day he puts his own life in harms way for the protection of those whom he doesn’t know.
Spider-Man is one of the greatest superheroes of all time … period.
7. The Flash
Like the Green Lantern, there have been many iterations of The Flash. However, of them all, none are as important as Barry Allen. In fact, if DC were to change their “big three” heroes list to a “big four” heroes list, Barry Allen would be the only superhero to make the new list.
Barry Allen is the first Flash named when asking someone to name a Flash. He is the one who DC built the entire Flash persona around. Yes, others have come and gone over the years, Wally West, Kid Flash, Jay Garrick, and Bart Allen. However, none are as important as Barry Allen.
Barry Allen is the Flash who has been at the forefront of DC Universe changing events like Flashpoint and the birth of the New 52 and Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Simply because Barry Allen is the most important Flash ever. He may not be the fastest or the one who has the most control over the Speed Force, but he is the most important.
First appearing in the 1960’s, Daredevil has become a household name in the world of superheroes.
Daredevil doesn’t have a well-known Rogue’s Gallery, nor does he have a following as large as Spider-Man but that’s ok. What he does have is a gift that makes him completely unique in the world of superhero comics. As the result of an accident that would cripple a lesser man, Daredevil lost his sight. However, as a by-product of this, his other senses were dramatically heightened. He used his heightened senses to his advantage and trained to become a superhero who would make a difference despite his disadvantage. This means that, as the expression goes, he made lemonade out of lemons.
He trained and became one of the best fighters in Marvel Comics and now uses his abilities to rid the evil from Hell’s Kitchen. And uses them with style.
Daredevil is one of the greatest superheroes of all time and will firmly remain there for the foreseeable future.
The God of Thunder is one of the greatest superheroes of all time and here’s why.
The man is a God who does everything in his power to keep peace across the Nine Realms. He is the son to arguably the most powerful character in Marvel comics, Odin and wields one of the Universe’s greatest weapons in Mjolnir.
Thor is a fighter not to be taken lightly, a hero who possesses strength equal to the Hulk, he can fly through the cosmos, and has the ability to control lightning. Thor is so important that he will swing the side of any war to whichever side he sits on.
If this doesn’t convince you, know this. Thor is an original Avenger and because of this, takes particular care in protecting the planet Earth. He doesn’t do this for the accolades or attention that it brings. No, he does this because it’s what superheroes do.
Thor is unquestionably one of the greatest superheroes of all time.
10. Jean Grey
Jean Grey was the first female introduced to the X-Men. She, like Wonder Woman, pioneered what it was to be a superheroine. Jean Grey is a powerful telepath whose mutation was so strong Charles Xavier feared what she could and would become.
Her power-set is either on par or it completely outmatches those with a similar power-set. Up until her time as the Dark Phoenix, Jean Grey set the tone for what a lead X-Man was. This was so much to the point that when the Xavier Institute For Higher Learning fell, the Jean Grey Institute replaced it.
Jean Grey’s importance as a superhero cannot be understated. She has inspired millions around the world, including
And that’s it.
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