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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    John Buscema, Stan Lee

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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    added by Logan2011 Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    David Michelinie, Bob Layton

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    added by IvanBarba Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie marvel universe

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

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    added by IvanBarba Carmine Infantino, Gardner Fox

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    Rob Liefeld, Chris Claremont, Rick Leonardi

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    Marv Wolfman, George Pérez

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    added by cptron Roy Thomas, John Buscema

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

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    Marv Wolfman, Pat Broderick

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    added by SnowLeopard44 Gardner Fox, Murphy Anderson

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

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    added by dreamcatcher088 Roy Thomas, Gil Kane

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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    Roy Thomas, Gene Colan

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    Bill Finger, Bob Kane

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    added by Corey Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe

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    added by SnowLeopard44 Wally Wood, Otto Binder, Al Plastino

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    added by IsabelBaker Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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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 Carmine Infantino, John Broome

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    ranked low on reranks Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan

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    Don Perlin, Doug Moench

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    Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploog

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    added by Logan2011 Frank Miller

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    Neal Adams, Roy Thomas, Arnold Drake

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    added by sdude13 Mark Millar, John Romita, Jr.

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    added by AaronDoublestein Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost

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

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    Neal Adams, Dennis O'Neil

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

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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    added by blackvulcan Marv Wolfman, John Buscema

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    John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Pat Mills

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    added by charlesminorversion1 Gene Colan, Stan Lee

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    Marv Wolfman, George Pérez

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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

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    added by IvanBarba Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    added by IvanBarba Steve Gerber, Gardner Fox, James Robinson

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    often listed & added by IvanBarba Johnston McCulley

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