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.  Some superheroes also have disabilities that counteract their skills, weapons or unique talents. 

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. 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
33,809 20,121
Batman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Bruce Timm
2
33,133 15,448
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
3
24,559 16,776
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Len Wein, Roy Thomas, John Romita
4
21,739 13,712
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Don Heck
5
20,851 13,348
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
6
23,683 19,350
Superman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel
7
20,607 14,419
Flash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
8
18,499 12,976
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
9
18,743 11,205
Thor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber
10
15,931 11,797
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
William Moulton Marston, H. G. Peter
11
20,976 11,039
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
JesusPerez added Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza
12
11,817 11,776
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Stan Lee, Bill Everett
13
11,067 5,581
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Arthur Williams added Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
14
12,393 11,947
Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Bill Finger, Martin Nodell
15
9,728 9,195
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
16
11,066 6,290
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
17
11,778 8,919
Nightwing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
18
10,818 12,838
Rogue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Chris Claremont, Michael Golden
19
10,161 6,724
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
RatedMMA added John Romita, Sr., Ross Andru
20
8,147 8,330
Storm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Christy Marx, Len Wein, Dave Cockrum
21
8,518 8,220
Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Len Wein, Dave Cockrum
22
9,071 8,704
Gambit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Mike Collins
23
9,718 8,725
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Mort Weisinger, George Papp
24
7,613 6,537
Jean Grey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
25
8,141 6,479
Silver Surfer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee