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Top 100 Most Popular Superheroes and Villains in Comic Books

Updated June 14, 2019 133.1k 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!

  • Batman
    Photo: flickr / CC0

    Number of appearances: 14358 issues

    • Appears In: Batman Beyond, Young Justice, Batman, Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited
    • Created By: Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Bruce Timm, Paul Dini
    • Powers & Abilities: Flight, Martial arts, Eidetic memory
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  • Superman
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    Number of appearances: 13164 issues

    • Appears In: Smallville, Superboy, Adventures of Superman, Justice League Unlimited, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
    • Created By: Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel
    • Powers & Abilities: Flight, Healing factor, Eidetic memory, Superhuman speed, Superhuman strength

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  • Wolverine
    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
    • Created By: Len Wein, Roy Thomas, John Romita, Sr., Herb Trimpe
    • Powers & Abilities: Healing factor, Regeneration

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  • Spider-Man
    Photo: Marvel Comics

    Number of appearances: 12164 issues

    • Appears In: Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man 2
    • Created By: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
    • Powers & Abilities: Precognition, Healing factor, Superhuman speed, Hand-to-hand combat, Superhuman strength

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