12 Characters You Didn't Realize Had Their Own Comic Book Series

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Vote up the comic book characters you had no idea were the stars of their own series.

Not every character gets to be Superman or Spider-Man. It is hard to become popular enough to star in literally thousands of comic book issues. For every Batman or Captain America, you have a character who always seems to be struggling to break out and become a fan favorite. Sometimes, though, a character comes out of left field to get their very own comic book.

Maybe Marvel or DC is trying to push a new character and juice sales. Maybe a sidekick or other major supporting character has just become well-known enough to deserve a chance. Maybe a villain is such a mainstay, they get to be the hero of their own story. Whatever the case, here are a few comic book characters who got their own series you might not have known about. And if you did, you should check out your own local trivia nights because you're a pop-culture nerd!


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    27 VOTES

    Spellbinder

    In September 1987, Marvel Comics released Spellbound #1. This exciting new book introduced readers to the telekinetic Erica Fortune (great name), who went by the superhero moniker of "Spellbinder" (also a great name). In fact, Spellbinder is such a great name that Danielle Moonstar used it for a while, and Marvel tried to launch another series in 2005 called Spellbinders. Anyway, Marvel clearly had big plans for Erica, at least at the start. Her six-issue miniseries apparently didn't sell all that well as she hasn't been a major player in the years since.

    That being said, she did resurface a few years later in five early-1990s issues of Marvel Comics Presents. November 1993 was Erica's last appearance in the pages of Marvel Comics, at least as a story participant. She got a fun nod in 2007's Civil War: Battle Damage Report, where Tony Stark kind of gives a lay of the Marvel land post-Civil War. Spellbinder's status is listed as "undetermined," and though she was trapped in a crystal by her brother in Marvel Comics Presents #142, here's holding out hope she can make a weird return for dedicated fans.

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    23 VOTES

    Doop has to be one of the weirdest superheroes to become a somewhat big deal in Marvel Comics since the turn of the millennium. The little green guy became a cult favorite in the early-2000s cult hit X-Statix by cult comic creators Peter Milligan and Mike Allred. Doop defies easy explanation. Where is he from? It's hard to say. What are his powers? Kind of whatever the comic book narrative needs them to be? Look, all you need to know about Doop is that he's very weird, very popular, and very powerful. And he wore a Wolverine costume that one time.

    The best thing about Doop is that he got his own limited series in 2014, All-New Doop. Unlike 2003's Wolverine/Doop (which had art from the late, great Darwin Cooke), All-New Doop doesn't have Mr. Green and Goopy sharing the spotlight with anyone. All-New Doop isn't like your typical, bombastic Marvel comic book. It sees Doop propose to Kitty Pryde, galavant around Doop Space (don't ask), as well as enjoy an evening out at Chateau du Armpit Hair and the Cinema of Emptiness. Again, pretty much everything about Doop defies explanation, and that is what makes him so great!

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    Atari Force

    Atari Force
    Photo: DC Comics

    Before Sony and Microsoft started duking it out for gaming glory, there was Nintendo and Sega fighting for the prize. And before Nintendo and Sega utilized the popularity of Mario and Sonic to capture the hearts and minds of children everywhere, Atari was the biggest gaming name in town. Come on, Pong? Remember Pong, you guys? With that in mind, what could be more "'80s" than giving Atari its own tie-in comic book from DC Comics? Absolutely nothing. 

    Atari Force follows a group of heroes as they struggle to cope with the horrifying realities of a post-apocalyptic 2005, because nothing says "fun licensed comic book" like worldwide warfare. The Atari of the comic book isn't a video game company, but an acronym that stands for "Advanced Technology And Research Institute." And if you thought it wasn't going to be led by a military man named "Martin Champion," you'd be wrong. Is Atari Force very good? Not particularly, but it is some solid, campy fun. Also, the Atari Force recently got a mention in 2020's Shazam! #14, so we're out here hoping DC gives us more of the super-team... if only to confuse the kids of today that have no clue what an Atari 2600 is. 

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    15 VOTES
    Bat-Mite
    Photo: DC Comics

    People complain about superhero comics being too weird and complicated today, but the current state of the industry doesn't really hold a candle to the wildest stories of the Silver Age. Case in point: Bat-Mite. Much like Batman is the flipped side to Superman's coin, Bat-Mite will seem awfully familiar to anyone with even a passing knowledge of Mister Mxyzptlk. Both Bat-Mite and Mxyzptlk are imps from the Fifth Dimension, seemingly exist to make trouble for their superhero counterpart, and were created back before superhero comics got all self-serious on everybody.

    More than five decades after his debut, Bat-Mite finally got his own limited series in 2015. The batsuit-wearing imp begins the series by getting exiled on Earth by the other imps. You'd think this would be all kinds of trouble for Batman (Bat-Mite is pretty obsessed with the guy), but Bat-Mite actually spends the series running afoul of other DC characters instead. Everyone from Booster Gold to Hawkman has to deal with his antics. And if you thought there'd be absolutely no way Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump would show up, you'd be very wrong. 

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    10 VOTES

    Comet Man

    "Comet Man" sounds like a made-up superhero name from a cut-rate cable television show, doesn't it? You can almost hear the cheesy announcer's voiceover booming atop the stereotypical theme song: "He hurtles throughout the cosmos with the intense might of a thousand meteors!" Although, weirdly enough, Comet Man's name doesn't really make a lot of sense. Stephen Beckley, Comet Man himself, was an astronaut who lost control of his spacecraft and veered directly into a comet. Thanks to the actions of an extraterrestrial being, Beckley survived this near-death experience and gained incredible powers in the process.

    So... Beckley's powers have nothing to do with a comet? If he's choosing a name because of this experience, shouldn't it be something like "Alien Man"? If you decide to become a vigilante after you're almost murdered with a gun, do you call yourself "Gun Man"? Probably not. His big power is teleportation, which, if you've been keeping up with your astronomy, has nothing to do with comets at all. Comet Man hasn't been seen in Marvel Comics in over 20 years, but he showed up in a surprising amount of issues for a character who has seemingly been forgotten to time. He's been a guest star in Fantastic Four and Captain Marvel and even had his own little arc throughout four issues of Marvel Comics Presents.

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    Maverick

    Hey, 1990s X-Men fans... remember Maverick? Christoph Nord, AKA Maverick, absorbs kinetic energy, and his character design is about as peak "extreme '90s" as it gets: He's very muscley, has a dumb faceplate thing, and was created with a tragic backstory involving the guy having to murder his pregnant, double-agent wife. After earning his stripes in X-Men and Wolverine, Maverick actually got his own comic book. In 1997, Maverick was going to be the hot new mutant on the scene!

    And then, by 1998, it was all over for the man. The next few decades would see him intertwine with Wolverine and other Weapon X characters, but he increasingly became a bit of an afterthought. Alas, recent issues of Doctor Doom and Wolverine have seen the character make a comeback. Who knows? Maybe Maverick will make a full comeback and get another volume of his own book. Probably not, but you never know!