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Best Comic Book Superheros  

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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.

list ordered by
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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man
2
Batman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Batman Beyond, Young Justice, Batman
3
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
X-Men: First Class, Superhero Movie, Hulk Vs
4
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Avengers, Captain America
5
Superman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Smallville, Superboy, Adventures of Superman
6
Thor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Thor: The Dark World, The Incredible Hulk Returns, Thor
7
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Avengers 2, Hulk Vs
8
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Justice League Unlimited, Wonder Woman, Batman vs. Superman
9
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Dr. Strange, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Marvel Universe
10
Star-Lord is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Guardians of the Galaxy
11
Nightwing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Batman: Under the Red Hood
12
Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Marvel Universe
13
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore
14
Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Universe
15
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Iron Man: Armored Adventures, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Super Hero Squad Show
16
Jean Grey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men, X2
17
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk Vs
18
Storm is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men, X2
19
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe
20
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Ultimate Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers
21
Shazam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam
22
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Black Panther, Ultimate Avengers 2
23
Black Canary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Justice League, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, DC Universe
24
Aquaman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros
Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Aquaman
25
Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Best Comic Book Superheros