Fame, fortune, and tons and tons of merchandise are only some of the perks of being a famous superhero. Comicbooks have spawned hundreds of crime-fighting champions, and superpowers have ranged from being able to shape the cosmos with a single thought down to being able to detach your arm for no apparent reason (we kid you not-Google “Arm-Fall-Off Boy” if you want to learn more about him). But amidst all the characters both new and old, there are a few heroes who have always been fan-favorites, no matter what the era or where in the world they may be.
It’s a bird; it’s a plane! It’s the superhero every superhero was basically based on! Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938, Superman was obviously not the first superhero. Not everyone may know exactly all about his story-parents sent him to Earth as a baby when his home planet Krypton blew up-but there’s no doubt that his huge popularity all over the world is matched only by his massive powers and his even bigger heart. Every child at one point in life has donned a cape and sped around the house trying to fly like Superman-who wouldn’t want to leap tall buildings in a single bound and be faster than a locomotive? But his strength, heat vision, and freeze breath aside, what really makes Clark Kent super is his devotion to truth, justice, and the American way. Often called a boy scout by his fellow Justice Leaguers, Superman never misses an opportunity to do what is right-and that makes him a fan favorite through and through.
Batman and Robin/Nightwing
The Batman is awesome. ‘Nuff said. He should get his own feature, hands down. Still, we may want to focus instead on the lesser known and often overshadowed sidekick. Robin the Boy Wonder started off as an acrobat, but when this young Dick Grayson’s parents were murdered, Batman took him under his wing and trained him to fight crime in Gotham City by his side. Eventually, Robin grew into his own, and like any parent, the Dark Knight let him make his own path. Now called Nightwing, Dick Grayson patrols the neighboring city of Bludhaven to further the ideals of his mentor. What makes Nightwing a favorite among comic geeks? Not only are his debonair looks and cocky attitude a hit, he was also supposed to be killed off by the editors in 2006. But the violent reactions of the fans prompted them to keep him alive and healthy, proving that people just can’t let this character go.
Geeky Peter Parker was just an ordinary kid, until the bite of a radioactive spider gave him enhanced abilities that made him wear the mantle of Spider-Man. Created in 1962 by Steve Ditko and the epic Stan Lee, Spider-Man has hordes of fans that flock to the stands and grab his comicbook lines off the shelves every time a new arc is released. Now with four blockbuster hits to his name and an upcoming 5th, Spider-Man has certainly evolved from being your friendly neighborhood superhero to one of the biggest names in Marvel history.
Rugged, heals in a snap, and has indestructible claws? One of the most popular mutants in the X-Men, Wolverine is one tough cookie who waves his Adamantium claws around like it’s nobody’s business. His healing factor basically lets him recover from any wound, allowing him to live an incredibly long time. His mortality has always been interesting, and Marvel is currently teasing the death of Wolverine in the upcoming storyline “3 Months To Die” this June. Editor Mike Marts even quoted that “We’re not messing around with the title.” Could this really mean the end of the rebellious anti-hero? Knowing the comicbook world’s history of resurrecting famous characters time and time again, we certainly hope we haven’t seen the last of Wolverine yet.
Surprise, surprise… PowerPuff Girls
And the fifth on the list are…The PowerPuff Girls! Technically, this was based on a series created by Cartoon Network, but it now has a steady ongoing comicbook series because fans just can’t get enough of the adorable girls who seriously kick villainous butts. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup may look cute and cuddly-as proven by the long line of toys and apparel they’ve inspired-but they’re always ready to fly in and save the city of Townsville from evildoers at a moment’s notice. With superpowers concocted by their creator-slash-foster father, the PowerPuff Girls fight crime and prove that girls can save the day, too.