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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  1. 101
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    ranked low on reranks & added by charlesminorversion1 Power Man ( Luke Cage )

  2. 102
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    often listed & added by IvanBarba Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

  3. 103
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    added by IvanBarba Otto Binder, C. C. Beck

  4. 104
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    ranked low on reranks Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard

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    often listed & added by IvanBarba Johnston McCulley

  6. 106
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    Archie Goodwin, Marie Severin, Sal Buscema

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    added by blackvulcan Roger Slifer, Keith Giffen

  8. 108
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    ranked low on reranks & added by KatieKate Bucky Barnes

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    often listed & added by Logan2011 Art Adams, Ann Nocenti, Marc Silvestri

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    added by IvanBarba John Broome, Gil Kane

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    Hasbro, Tomy, John Romita, Sr.

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steve Ditko

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    Paul Gustavson

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    added by IvanBarba Gardner Fox, Gil Kane

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    Arnold Drake, Bob Brown

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    added by blackvulcan Jim Lee, John Byrne, Whilce Portacio

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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    added by blackvulcan Karl Kesel, Tom Grummett

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    added by Sakura928 Dan Jurgens DC Universe

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    added by dreamcatcher088 Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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    added by AlanDeanNaldrett Jerry Siegel

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    added by blackvulcan Dwayne McDuffie, John Paul Leon

  24. 124
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    added by IvanBarba Doug Mahnke, Judd Winick, Gerry Conway

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  27. 127
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    Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe

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    added by BrandonAdams Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson

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    Joss Whedon

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    added by blackvulcan Gardner Fox, Dick Dillin

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    added by IvanBarba Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom

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    Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness

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    added by IvanBarba blue lantern

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    new! Mort Weisinger, George Papp, Paul Norris

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik

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    new! Chris Claremont, John Byrne, John Romita, Jr.

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    added by IvanBarba Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis

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    new! Arnold Drake, Jim Steranko, Don Heck

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    new! Joe Simon, Ed Brubaker, Jack Kirby

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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

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    added by IvanBarba Steve Ditko, Pat Broderick, Cary Bates

  43. 144
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    added by blackvulcan Carmine Infantino, Arnold Drake

  44. 146
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    Frank Miller

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    added by IvanBarba Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

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    added by dreamcatcher088 Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

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