EDITORIAL: Batmaniac's Top 15 Superheroes Of All Time

I share my Top 15 all time greatest heroes with you, as well as my reasons why the particular heroes I selected made the list

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By Batmaniac - 6/18/2014

Superheroes, the reason this site exists, and I think it's safe to say, if you're here, they've had an effect on your life. Well, I decided to share my Top 15 all time greats with you all, as well giving brief reasonings as to why they're on the list.

#15 - Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer ranks among my favourite Marvel characters. I've been a fan of his since I first watched his animated series as a kid. As one of the most powerful characters on my list, I think it goes without saying that Silver Surfer is more than capable of handling his own, but besides he awesomely slick look, it's his noble and caring personality that makes the character one of the all time greats in the Marvel Universe.

Oh, and he was also the only good thing about that awful Fantastic Four movie, but the less said about that the better.

Favourite Arc: Silver Surfer: Requiem, written by J. Michael Straczynski and illustrated by Esad Ribic.

#14 - Black Bolt

Black Bolt can't speak. Why you may ask? Well, if he does, he might just level a city. How cool is that? Black Bolt is such a unique and awesome character, he became an instant favourite of mine when I first picked up an Inhumans comic. Oh, and c'mon, who doesn't love the costume? Hopefully we'll get to see Black Bolt on the silver screen sooner than later.

Favourite Arc: The Inhumans, written by Paul Jenkins and illustrated by Jae Lee.

#13 - Flash (Barry Allen)

Barry Allen's my favourite Flash because of his humble, level headed personality. It can be argued that Barry Allen has the highest moral values of any DC hero. However, personality aside, Barry Allen is the fastest man in comics.

We'll be seeing Barry Allen in The CW's Flash this fall, and more than likely Zack Snyder's Justice League, so I'd say it's a good time to be a Flash fan.

Favourite Arc: Flashpoint, written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by Andy Kubert.

#12 - Ant-Man (Hank Pym)

Hank Pym's a complicated character. He's had some rough patches, be suffers from bipolar disorder, he doesn't actually like being a superhero, he's stubborn, and he has a bad temper, but none of that stops him from being extremely heroic, and one of the brightest minds in the Marvel Universe. The the many layers to the character is what makes him so interesting, in my opinion.

Hank Pym's had multiple superhero identities, but my favourite of them all is Ant-Man. There are those that think his powers are lame, but it's the unique abilities is what makes the character stand out, and I think they're pretty cool.

Hank Pym is one of my favourite characters in the Marvel Universe, and comics in general, and I hope that Marvel Studios can still do the character some sort of justice in the upcoming Ant-Man movie.

Favourite Arc: The Man in the Ant Hill, written by Stan Lee & Larry Leiber, and illustrated by Jack Kirby.

#11 - Doctor Strange

Dubbed the mightiest of magicians by Eternity, I think it goes without saying that Doctor Strange is badass! He's got one of the slickest looks in comics, with the Cloak of Levitation, the moustache, and the grey hair at the temples. Strange also, in my opinion, has one of the best origins in comics.

It was recently announced that Doctor Strange will be getting the live action treatment, and as one of my favourite comic book characters, I can't wait to see his debut on the big screen.

Favourite Arc: The Origin of Doctor Strange (Strange Tales #110-111), written by Stan Lee, and illustrated by Steve Ditko.

#10 - Aquaman

Ridiculed by the media, Aquaman is often considered one of the lamest superheroes ever, and on the surface, that might seem like the case, but if you take the time to get know the character, you'll find that couldn't be further from the case.

Aquaman is badass! The King of a technological advanced civilisation living at the bottom of the ocean, and a member of the Justice League, Aquaman is one of the most iconic characters in the DC Universe. His powers are cool, in my opinion. Sure, be can't fly and shoot laser beams out of his eyes, or create solid green constructs, but you'd be a fool to challenge this man near an ocean. However, he's no slouch on land.

As an Aquaman fan, I'm really looking forward to seeing Jason Momoa's take on the character in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice & Justice League movie.

Favourite Arc: Time and Tide, written by Peter David, and illustrated by Kirk Jarvinen and Brad Vancata.

#9 - Doctor Manhattan

While he may only appear in a handful of comics, Doctor Manhattan is one of my favourite characters. I became an instant fan after reading Watchmen, and he was the standout character for me. I just love the way he's so out of touch with humanity, and extremely overpowered.

Doctor Manhattan made his live action debut in Zack Snyder's Watchmen, and was done absolute justice by Snyder. As a Doctor Manhattan fan, I couldn't of asked for a better live action portrayal.

Favourite Arc: Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons.

#8 - Animal Man

Animal Man is such a cool and unique character. Just like so many people in real life, he's a family man. This happy-go-lucky hero is also a animal rights activist, as well as a vegetarian. He has a unique costume, and a extremely cool set of powers, and for all those qualities and more, Animal Man is one of my favourite characters.

Unfortunately for all the Animal Man fans out there, there's no word on a live action adaption, but it would be great to get a Animal Man movie, or even see him featured in The CW's DC Universe.

Favourite Arc: The Hunt, written by Jeff Lemire, and illustrated by Travel Foreman.

#7 - Space Ghost

I bet you're thinking, what the hell? Yeah, that's right, Space Ghost is on the list, and rightfully so. I'm sure some of you will remember the classic cartoon, and his fictional late- night talk show, and while I love those, what really made me such a big fan was the six issue mini-series written by Joe Kelly.

He took all the crazy stuff from the original show, and crafted a more serious reimagining on the character. If you haven't read it, I recommend you do (if you're a Space Ghost fan, of course).

Unfortunately, there hasn't been any Ghost Space comics, or shows since. I'd actually like to see him integrated into the main DC Universe, but either way, for the sake of all the Space Ghost fans out there, I hope DC does something with the character soon.

Favourite Arc: Space Ghost (2005), written by Joe Kelly, and illustrated by Ariel Olivetti.

#6 - Spider-Man

It's not hard to imagine why somebody loves Spider-Man. I mean just look at him? It's Spider-Man!

I thought I'd just briefly touch on what put this character on another level for me. The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man. Seriously, the power and raw humanity in that story blew my mind. It's because of that story why I rank Peter Parker above most.

Favourite Arc: The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man, written by Roger Stern, and illustrated by Ron Frenz.

#5 - Daredevil

The Man Without Fear! I find it extremely hard not to like a blind man that kicks major ass, is a renowned lawyer and dates the hottest chicks in the MU. Then there's the dark red costume, which is easily one of the best comic book costumes ever designed, in my opinion. Daredevil's up there for me, not just because he's a complete and utter badass, but because he's an all around interesting character in general.

Fortunately for us Daredevil fans, Marvel Studios is producing a Daredevil show, which is set to premiere in 2015 on Netflix. I don't know about anybody else, but I can't wait!

Favourite Arc: Born Again, written by Frank Miller, and illustrated by David Mazzucchelli.

#4 - Wonder Woman

The iconic costume, her regal essence, her compassionate nature, and adept skills as a warrior are just a few of the many reasons why Wonder Woman is not only my favourite female fictional characters, but one of my favourite comic book characters in general.

As a Wonder Woman fan, I'm eagerly anticipating Wonder Woman's big screen debut in Zack Snyder's upcoming Dawn Of Justice.

Favourite Arc: Spirit of Truth, written by Paul Dini and illustrated by Alex Ross.

#3 - Superman

"It is a remarkable dichotomy. In many ways, Clark is the most human of us all. Then...he shoots fire from the skies, and it is difficult not to think of him as a god. And how fortunate we all are that it does not occur to him." - Batman

... and that's why I love Superman!

Favourite Arc: All-Star Superman, written by Grant Morrison, and illustrated by Frank Quitely.

#2 - Wolverine

The healing factor, the claws, the 'I don't give a shit' attitude, seriously, what's not to love? Wolverine is the epitome of badass! He's the best there is at what he does, and what he does ain't very nice.

As a Wolverine fan, I feel very lucky to have Huge Jackman portray the character in 7 movies, and regardless of his height, I couldn't of asked for a better live action Wolverine.

Favourite Arc: Weapon X, written & illustrated by Barry Windsor-Smith, and The Japan Saga, written by Chris Claremont, and illustrated by Frank Miller.

#1 - Batman

It's Batman. 'Nuff said.

Favourite Arc: The Dark Knight Returns, written by Frank Miller, and illustrated by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson.

Well, there we have it. There's a lack of female characters, I know, but that's because most of my favourite comic book female characters are either villains, or rank lower than these guys. There are characters, such as Catwoman and Mystique, that I would rank higher than most on a Top Comic Book Characters list, but this list is exclusive to superheroes.

Anyway, be sure to share your thoughts and post your own Top 15 lists, and I'd appreciate it if you hit the red glove. Thanks for reading.
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MexicanSuperman - 6/18/2014, 3:43 PM
Batman being number one? You don't say?
Klone - 6/18/2014, 3:44 PM
Pretty pictures.
TheAbaryMan369 - 6/18/2014, 3:45 PM
Nice article. At least someone likes Hank, I for one think he is a very interesting character. My top five would probably have to be Spider-Man, Wolverine, Iron Man, Daredevil, and Deadpool.
TheOverlord - 6/18/2014, 4:04 PM
Great list!
Nick56 - 6/18/2014, 4:13 PM
Solid list!

my top 4
1. Spider-Man (I love most of the classic stuff and majority of the pre-Slott stuff)
2. Batman (The Dark Knight Returns & Gotham By Gaslight & New 52 Snyder stuff)
3. Wolverine (Japan story)
4. Wonder Woman (New 52 stuff is great)
Pasto - 6/18/2014, 4:20 PM
I could've told you who BATMANiac's favorite superhero is beFORE he made this article.
WinterSoldier33 - 6/18/2014, 4:36 PM
Mine is
14.black panther
13.wonder women (new 52)
12.kid flash(Bart and wally)
9.iron man
8.green lantern (hal
4.superman (MOS and new 52 only
2.winter solder
H3LLBLAZER - 6/18/2014, 4:47 PM
This mix of superheroes reminds me of this awesome trailer.
batman1216 - 6/18/2014, 4:48 PM
This is an awesome list.
Mine would be:
15. The Flash
14. Deadpool
13. Daredevil
12. Nightcrawler
11. Thor
10. The Hulk
9. Nightwing
8. Gambit
7. The Punisher
6. Captain America
3. Superman and 4. Wolverine (tie)
2. Spider-man
1. Batman (Greatest comic character ever)
Top 4 are unmovable, but the rest of the list can be moved around at times. I am also forgetting plenty of other characters I love.
staypuffed - 6/18/2014, 4:48 PM
Nice list, Batmaniac!
My favourites, in no particular order: Batman, Spider-Man, Rorschach, Wolverine, Flash (Barry), Green Lantern (Hal), Iron Man, Superman and Dick Grayson (either Robin or Nightwing).
staypuffed - 6/18/2014, 4:50 PM
I know this is a superhero list, but there are a few other comic heroes I'd like to add: Fone Bone, Scott Pilgrim and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Azbat - 6/18/2014, 4:53 PM
15. John Stewart
14. Captain Atom
13. Deadpool (note: at times I love the character, but I also hate him a lot too.)
12. Captain America
11. Dr. Fate
10. Green Lantern Hal Jordan
9. The Hulk
8. Booster Gold
7. Azrael (Jean Paul Valley)
6. Superman
5. Spider-Man
4. Wolverine
3. Nightwing
2. Wally West
1. Batman
Mike89 - 6/18/2014, 4:54 PM
Nice List.

mine include

1. Batman
2. Spiderman
3. Superman
4. Wonder Woman
5. Wolverine
Prime - 6/18/2014, 5:03 PM
2. Spider-Man
3. Invincible
4. Flash
5. Wonder Woman.
DrAtom - 6/18/2014, 5:03 PM
Nice article.
MrSotoMan - 6/18/2014, 5:03 PM
Top 3.

Superman, Spider-Man & Batman.

MrBlackjack - 6/18/2014, 5:06 PM
Excellent list!

I'd try to rattle off my favorite heros, and maybe I will later, but I'd take a long time to put a list together.
DrAtom - 6/18/2014, 5:16 PM
My top 5

2.Dr. Manhattan
3.The flash
5.Wonder Woman
H3LLBLAZER - 6/18/2014, 5:20 PM
In no particular order.

1. John Constantine
2. Superman
3. Batman
4. Green Lantern
5. Aquaman
6. Green Arrow
7. Deathstroke
8. Wonder Woman
9. Martian Manhunter
10. Nightwing
11. Shazam
12. Hawkman
13. Jonah Hex
14. Lobo
15. Orion
16. The Spectre
17. Icon
18. Rorschach
19. Cyborg
20. Static
21. Booster Gold
22. Grifter
23. Azrael (Jean Paul Valley)
24. Question
DeusExSponge - 6/18/2014, 5:36 PM
Yeah Silver Surfer represent!
capcyclopsftw - 6/18/2014, 6:17 PM
1. Captain America
2. Cyclops
3. Spider-Man
4. Daredevil
5. Thor
6. Green Lantern
7. Batman
8. Gambit
9. Superman
10. Hulk
marvel72 - 6/18/2014, 6:21 PM
few of my favorites in no particular order because it changes with my mood.

the hulk
silver surfer
nova(rich rider)
emma frost
ms.marvel aka captain marvel
black panther
jean grey
swamp thing
green lantern
animal man
adam strange

that will do or my list will go on forever........
grif - 6/18/2014, 6:23 PM
you cant touch batman as number 1. you just cant. superman is very close second.
aRandomSinisterClone - 6/18/2014, 6:24 PM
why is this on the main?
Mothchild - 6/18/2014, 6:28 PM
Nice... Top 15...an intriguing exercise....
Titanace - 6/18/2014, 6:33 PM
My list.....this is fun...no order
Captain America
Green Lantern
Titanace - 6/18/2014, 6:37 PM
Geesh......forgot Ironman...
Ace101 - 6/18/2014, 6:38 PM
my top 5

1: Nova (Richard Rider). As a failure at school and as a superhero (he lost almost every fight)for most of his career as nova he was practically winging it.
He had a complicated relationship with his parents. It was during the Annihilation event that he finally found his purpose, why he was nova.
2. Thor
3. Rom the Space Knight
4. Black Panther
5. Dr Strange
TheSuperguy - 6/18/2014, 6:41 PM
Fantastic List! My top 15 superheroes would be:
1: Superman
2: Batman
3: Spider-Man
4: Hulk
5: Wolverine
6: Daredevil
7: Flash (Barry Allen)
8: Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
9: Aquaman
10: Punisher
11: Captain America
12: Jonah Hex
13: Spawn
14: Hellboy
15: Ghost Rider
Mothchild - 6/18/2014, 6:41 PM
I had to stop at 20 something because there is so much quality to choose from.

Beast Boy
Kaneda (Akira)
Ronin (Frank Miller)
Captain America
Immortal Ironfist
Jason Blood/Etrigan
Shazam (The real Captain Marvel)
Wonder Woman
Green Arrow
Tim Drake
Green Lantern
Animal Man
NeoBaggins - 6/18/2014, 6:47 PM
Nice article. Thumbed up.

In loose official order. 20 off the top.

MrMartinMarvel - 6/18/2014, 6:54 PM
Great list. I'd need a while to come up with fifteen, but here's my top five.

1. Spider-Man
2. Captain America
3. Daredevil
4. Wolverine
5. Nightcrawler
Batmateo - 6/18/2014, 6:54 PM
Nice list!
Mine is:
1. Batman
2. Superman
3. Silver Surfer
4. Wonder Woman
5. Spider-man
6. Wolverine
7. Nightwing
8. Flash
9. Captain America
10. Thor
TowerOfOrthanc - 6/18/2014, 7:12 PM
great article, the comic arcs are a nice touch for procrastination's sake :P you thought silver surfer was done well in that movie though?? i am looking forward to him being done right in a movie. i hit the red glove though

#15 - Iron Fist

#14 - The Punisher

#13 - Daredevil

#12 - Aquaman

#11 - Doctor Strange

#10 - Wolverine

#9 - Gambit

#8 - Silver Surfer

#7 - Batman

#6 - Spider-Man

#5 - Flash

#4 - Cyclops

#3 - Captain America

#2 - Superman

#1 - Green Lantern

past that top 15 is beast, green arrow, thor, and hulk
GenreFan - 6/18/2014, 7:17 PM
Ugh.. Batman. I'm very much in the minority whenever I say I seriously dislike Batman and consider him overrated. He can be cool but he's just irritating. When I watch the television show ARROW. I believe that that is what Batman should be. I LOVE Arrow. But something about Batman almost makes me want to chuckle. And Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns is the one story I probably dislike the most. It put the character on a pedastal that he did not deserve. Man amongst gods always with the upper hand, just ... ugh no. I can't take it! I mean its more a comical disliking of the character than a passionate, vitriolic, loathing but yeah, definitely a character I wish was taken down a few notches.

He's just too much for me. On the flip side I do appreciate what the character has done for the genre of not only comic books but CBMs as well. The public at large does react well to him and the character resonates with the masses so there is clearly and deservedly something amazing about him. But again for me, I just don't like him.

Highflyer - 6/18/2014, 7:19 PM
Nice list.
113 - 6/18/2014, 7:23 PM
Tier 1:

1. Superman

Tier 2:
2. Spiderman
3. Green Lantern (John Stewart)
4. Iron Man
5. Flash (Wally)

Tier 3:

6. Wonder Woman
7. Black Panther

Tier 4:

8. Martian Manhunter
9. Human Torch
10. War Machine

AquamanIsTheBest - 6/18/2014, 7:27 PM
Any list with Aquaman is ok in my book, although I think Superman is my number one, not favorite...just the best
BlackBolt72 - 6/18/2014, 7:30 PM
Good loyalty to the Dc world of heroes. Glad to see Blackbolt on the list. If this list is based on popularity not powers there might be a few in the list that might not fit.
batman1216 - 6/18/2014, 7:31 PM
@GenreFan You are entitled to your opinion, but you do realize Arrow from the show is very much a Batman copy. I love Arrow myself, but I often laugh at how much the creators seem to wish they were doing a Batman show. The grittiness, the brooding billionaire, the gritty realism, the arrow cave,the use of many of Batman's rogues, etc. Green Arrow in the comic is a bit more jovial and different. Batman is in a league of his own as far as popularity and influence.
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