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Top 100 Most Popular Superheroes and Villains in Comic Books

Updated June 14, 2019 137.1k views100 items

These are the superhero (and villain) characters who have been in the most individual issues of comic books, including both Marvel and DC. By some standards, this makes them the most popular superheroes in comic book history. You will notice that some characters, like Beast and the Thing, benefit from being part of famous superhero teams

From Batman to Atom, the 100 most published superheroes are ranked by number of comic book appearances. You probably assume characters like Spider-Man and Captain America have the most comic book appearances, but seeing Judge Dredd higher than Aquaman might surprise even the most hardcore comic book fans. Several popular supervillains, like the Joker and Lex Luthor, have also appeared thousands of times in comic book history.

Which comic book characters appear most frequently in comic books? Check out which characters are hogging the spotlight below!

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    Number of appearances: 14358 issues

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      Number of appearances: 13164 issues

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        Number of appearances: 12912 issues

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          Number of appearances: 12164 issues

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