Total Nerd The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time  

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List Rules Only superhero protagonist characters from comics. No villains or superhero teams (of course there is often a fine line between hero and villain).

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.") If you love these superheroes, you'll also be interested to know that a few of them have really lame origin stories.

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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979 1,028
Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 101 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Jason Todd Doug Mahnke, Judd Winick, Gerry Conway

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778 1,029
Bishop is listed (or ranked) 102 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Bishop Jim Lee, John Byrne, Whilce Portacio

103
180 201
Domino is listed (or ranked) 103 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Domino Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

104
1,017 1,277
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 104 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Black Adam Otto Binder, C. C. Beck

105
953 1,400
Judge Dredd is listed (or ranked) 105 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Judge Dredd John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Pat Mills

106
1,041 1,814
Namor is listed (or ranked) 106 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Arthur Williams added Sub Mariner Bill Everett

107
946 1,314
Huntress is listed (or ranked) 107 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Huntress

108
836 932
Kid Flash is listed (or ranked) 108 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Kid Flash Alex Ross, Mark Waid

109
511 787
Firestar is listed (or ranked) 109 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Firestar Hasbro, Tomy, John Romita

110
772 1,006
Atom is listed (or ranked) 110 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Atom Gardner Fox, Gil Kane

111
740 602
Ultimate Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 111 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Ultimate Spider-Man MILES MORALES

112
956 1,206
Superboy (Kon-El) is listed (or ranked) 112 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Superboy (Kon-El) Karl Kesel, Tom Grummett

113
667 939
Angel is listed (or ranked) 113 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Angel Paul Gustavson

114
877 1,027
Black Cat is listed (or ranked) 114 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Black Cat Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard

115
891 1,210
Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) is listed (or ranked) 115 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) Archie Goodwin, Marie Severin, Sal Buscema

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788 1,119
Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 116 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
BrandonAdams added Swamp Thing Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson

117
197 147
Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 117 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain Marvel C. C. Beck, Bill Parker

118
888 1,409
Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 118 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Batwoman Bob Kane, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison

119
469 483
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 119 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
pyriel2 added Jessica Jones Michael Gaydos, Brian Michael Bendis

120
390 600
Banshee is listed (or ranked) 120 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
MikeHalpin4 added Banshee Roy Thomas, Stan Lee, Werner Roth

121
710 1,012
Snake Eyes is listed (or ranked) 121 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

122
605 779
Blue Beetle is listed (or ranked) 122 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
jim4stek added Blue Beetle

123
477 540
Scott Lang is listed (or ranked) 123 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Scott Lang John Byrne, David Michelinie

124
617 914
Sif is listed (or ranked) 124 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Sif Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

125
582 805
Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 125 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
MadanMohanDasaMarcoSing added Conan the Barbarian Robert E. Howard

126
652 1,037
Spectre is listed (or ranked) 126 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
AlanDeanNaldrett added Spectre Jerry Siegel

127
535 740
Tick is listed (or ranked) 127 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Tick Ben Edlund

128
290 571
Magik is listed (or ranked) 128 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
GlassOnion added Magik Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

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498 536
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 129 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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97 109
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 130 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
brian-james added Yondu Gene Colan, Arnold Drake

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301 356
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 131 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Doomsday Dan Jurgens

132
323 605
Polaris is listed (or ranked) 132 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Polaris Arnold Drake, Jim Steranko, Don Heck

133
620 764
Roy Harper is listed (or ranked) 133 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Red Arrow Mort Weisinger, George Papp, Paul Norris

134
564 990
Red Tornado is listed (or ranked) 134 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Red Tornado Gardner Fox, Dick Dillin

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233 498
Dazzler is listed (or ranked) 135 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Dazzler Roger Stern, Marvel Comics, Tom DeFalco

136
638 1,080
Hit-Girl is listed (or ranked) 136 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
sdude13 added Hit-Girl Mark Millar, John Romita, Jr.

137
384 657
Adam Warlock is listed (or ranked) 137 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Adam Warlock Roy Thomas, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

138
657 1,455
The Comedian is listed (or ranked) 138 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added The Comedian

139
629 1,096
Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 139 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
jonny33333 added Kick-Ass

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286 597
Longshot is listed (or ranked) 140 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
the_thrill added Longshot Art Adams, Ann Nocenti

141
206 485
Cannonball is listed (or ranked) 141 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
brian-james added Cannonball Bob McLeod, Chris Claremont

142
500 904
Booster Gold is listed (or ranked) 142 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Sakura928 added Booster Gold Dan Jurgens - DC Universe

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361 354
Mr. Incredible is listed (or ranked) 143 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Mr. Incredible Brad Bird

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560 1,090
Captain Atom is listed (or ranked) 144 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Captain Atom Steve Ditko, Pat Broderick, Cary Bates

145
492 1,008
Captain Britain is listed (or ranked) 145 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain Britain Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe

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302 491
Cloak is listed (or ranked) 146 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
brian-james added Cloak Bill Mantlo, Ed Hannigan

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602 1,317
Howard the Duck is listed (or ranked) 147 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Howard the Duck Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik

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579 852
Red Hulk is listed (or ranked) 148 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Red Hulk Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness

149
435 901
Deadman is listed (or ranked) 149 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Deadman Carmine Infantino, Arnold Drake

150
521 667
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 150 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hercules Jack Kirby, Stan Lee