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.
 

We have your top 50 superheroes, your top 100 superheroes of all time… we don’t quite have your top 200 comic book characters of all time simply because this list is just for the best superheroes ever. We didn’t include the super villains on this top comic book characters list. Who are the top comic book heroes? Who is the best superhero? Let’s put these question to rest of who is the best super heroes to rest. 

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    John Buscema, Stan Lee

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    added by Logan2011 Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    ranked low on reranks Paul Dini, Sean Catherine Derek, Bruce Timm

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    David Michelinie, Bob Layton

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    added by IvanBarba Bill Finger, Jerry Siegel, Marv Wolfman

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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    added by IvanBarba Carmine Infantino, Gardner Fox

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    ranked low on reranks Roy Thomas, Gene Colan

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    added by IvanBarba Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie marvel universe

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    Marv Wolfman, George Pérez

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    added by SnowLeopard44 Gardner Fox, Murphy Anderson

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    added by EricShosted Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Jamie Delano

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    added by cptron Roy Thomas, John Buscema

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    Rob Liefeld, Chris Claremont, Rick Leonardi

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    Marv Wolfman, Pat Broderick

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    ranked low on reranks & added by dreamcatcher088 Roy Thomas, Gil Kane

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore

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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    ranked low on reranks & added by IsabelBaker Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Corey Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe

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    added by SnowLeopard44 Wally Wood, Otto Binder, Al Plastino

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    Bill Finger, Bob Kane

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    Carmine Infantino, John Broome

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    Robert Kirkman, Phil Hester

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    added by cptron Bill Everett

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    added by Logan2011 Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    ranked low on reranks Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan

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    Don Perlin, Doug Moench

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    added by Logan2011 Frank Miller

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    Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploog

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    Neal Adams, Roy Thomas, Arnold Drake

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    ranked low on reranks Stan Lee, Don Heck, Don Rico

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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    Neal Adams, Dennis O'Neil

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    added by sdude13 Mark Millar, John Romita, Jr.

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    added by blackvulcan Gardner Fox, James Robinson, David S. Goyer

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    added by blackvulcan Marv Wolfman, John Buscema

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    added by AaronDoublestein Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost

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    Marv Wolfman, George Pérez

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    often listed & added by IvanBarba Bob Kane, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison

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    added by charlesminorversion1 Gene Colan, Stan Lee

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    John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Pat Mills

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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

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    added by IvanBarba Steve Gerber, Gardner Fox, James Robinson

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    ranked low on reranks & added by charlesminorversion1 Power Man ( Luke Cage )

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