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
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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