The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time Fictional Characters
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The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

List Criteria: Only superhero protagonist characters from comics No villains or superhero teams.

List of the most badass, tough, and iconic comic book superheroes ever created. This list includes central characters from both the DC and Marvel Universe, as well as more non-traditional or underground comic books. The definition of what makes a "superhero" can be quite slippery, and often encompasses characters with questionable morals and behavior (giving rise to the notion of the "anti-hero.")

Traditionally, a "superhero" simply means a larger-than-life character, or one gifted with special abilities, either organically or via their own genius or inventiveness, who uses his or her powers to protect and defend the public from threats. Though the word "superhero" began to be used as early as the 1910s, the concept really took hold in the public's mind following the introduction of Superman in 1938.

Though Superman and other characters of his day were gifted with special talents and abilities, making them particularly suited to crusading for justice, many characters that followed were more "human" than the noble alien from Krypton, using their intelligence (such as Iron Man or Batman) to create a superheroic persona. A common trope has also become scientific accidents or twists of fate that turn a regular citizen into a superhero (as is the case with Spider-Man being bitten by a radioactive spider or Bruce Banner becoming The Hulk after being pelted with gamma rays.) Some superheroes also have disabilities that counteract their skills, weapons or unique talents. Of course, a number of superheroes are also not only not human, but god-like beings, such as Marvel's Thor.

Because of the massive popularity of superheroes – particularly at the start of the 21st Century, when superhero films reigned at the box office – a number of deconstructions and analyses of the genre have also been done, culminating in the creation of "meta-superheroes" who comment on the concept of superheroism itself. The Watchmen, a group modeled on classic superhero comics but representing the ways that vigilantism and consolidated power can go wrong, is a good example of this trend.

So take a look at this list, decide who your favorite comic book superheroes are, and vote them up.
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    Eddie Brock

    Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie More
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    Chris Claremont, John Byrne More
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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    Carmine Infantino, Robert Kanigher More
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    John Buscema, Stan Lee More
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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    War Machine

    David Michelinie, Bob Layton More
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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    Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore More
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    Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel, Marv Wolfman More
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    Roy Thomas, John Buscema More
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    Gardner Fox, Murphy Anderson More
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    Rob Liefeld, Chris Claremont, Rick Leonardi More
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    Carmine Infantino, Gardner Fox More
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    Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Jamie Delano More
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    Marv Wolfman, Pat Broderick More
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    Robert Kirkman, Phil Hester More
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    Wally Wood, Otto Binder, Al Plastino More
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    Marv Wolfman, George Pérez More
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    Namor

    Bill Everett More
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    Mister Fantastic

    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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    Marv Wolfman, George Pérez More
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    Paul Dini, Sean Catherine Derek, Bruce Timm More
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    Roy Thomas, Gil Kane More
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    Victoria Holmes, Erin Hunter More
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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    Don Perlin, Doug Moench More
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    Neal Adams, Roy Thomas, Arnold Drake More
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    Frank Miller More
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    Bill Finger, Bob Kane More
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    The Comedian

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    Bob Kane, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison More
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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    Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost More
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    Neal Adams, Dennis O'Neil More
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    Steve Gerber, Gardner Fox, James Robinson More
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    Carmine Infantino, John Broome More
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    Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploog More
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    Roy Thomas, Gene Colan More
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    Neal Adams, Dennis O'Neil More
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    Johnston McCulley More
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    Ted Kord

    Steve Ditko More
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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    Gardner Fox, James Robinson, David S. Goyer More
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    Archie Goodwin, Marie Severin, Sal Buscema More
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber More
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    Marv Wolfman, John Buscema More
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