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Top 100 Most Popular Superheroes and Villains in Comic Books 

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Updated June 14, 2019 125.4k views 100 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!

Batman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Top 100 Most Popular Superheroes and Villains in Comic Books
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Number of appearances: 14358 issues

Appears In: Batman Beyond, Young Justice, Batman, Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, + more

Created By: Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Bruce Timm, Paul Dini

Powers & Abilities: Flight, Martial arts, Eidetic memory

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Top 100 Most Popular Superheroes and Villains in Comic Books
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Number of appearances: 13164 issues

Appears In: Smallville, Superboy, Adventures of Superman, Justice League Unlimited, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, + more

Created By: Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel

Powers & Abilities: Flight, Healing factor, Eidetic memory, Superhuman speed, Superhuman strength, + more

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Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Top 100 Most Popular Superheroes and Villains in Comic Books
Photo: Marvel Comics

Number of appearances: 12912 issues

Appears In: X-Men: First Class, Superhero Movie, Hulk Vs, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, + more

Created By: Len Wein, Roy Thomas, John Romita, Sr., Herb Trimpe

Powers & Abilities: Healing factor, Regeneration

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Top 100 Most Popular Superheroes and Villains in Comic Books
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Number of appearances: 12164 issues

Appears In: Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man 2, + more

Created By: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

Powers & Abilities: Precognition, Healing factor, Superhuman speed, Hand-to-hand combat, Superhuman strength, + more

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