Greatest Superhero of All Time
It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s – Superheroes. Since its conception in the 30s, comic books have thrilled readers both young and old. Flipping through the pages of their favorite comics, fans would cheer on their heroic protagonist as they fought off aliens hell-bent on destroying the earth, scientists hoping to control the minds of millions, and psychotic madmen who want nothing more than to watch the world burn.
With each superhero accumulating millions of loyal fans over the years, it can be difficult when trying to decide who is the greatest superhero ever to grace the cover of comics. Throwing the Marvel and DC rivalry to the wayside, the list below features superheroes who not only saved the world but changed it for the better.
#5 – WONDER WOMAN
Making her debut in 1941, Wonder Woman was written by William Marston, who envisioned her as being a symbol of not just feminism, but peace, love, and gender equality. Fast-forward 75 years and Wonder Woman has become a pivotal part of the Justice league and a crucial member of the DC Universe.
More than just beautiful, Wonder Woman had her powers gifted to her by the Hellenic Olympian gods who made her stronger than Hercules and wiser than Athena. One of the best female characters in comics, Wonder Woman, has inspired millions of girls around the world and is finally getting her chance on the silver screen.
#4 – PROFESSOR X
Being a hero takes more than just strength and an array of gadgets. Sometimes being a superhero is about putting others before yourself. If there is one character who strived for something greater than themselves, it was Charles Xavier.
Considered to be one of the most powerful mutants in the universe, Professor X had the ability to control anyone he wanted by simply wishing it. While this power could have easily been used to cripple the human race, Charles Xavier saw a world in which both humans and mutants lived together. Through his pacifist nature, Professor X was able to introduce a new generation of mutant/human acceptance.
#3 – SPIDER-MAN
There is no other superhero more relatable than Spider-Man. A somewhat normal kid trying to find his way in the big city, Peter Parker struggled with paying the rent, holding a job, keeping a girlfriend, and protecting New York from diabolical villains like Doctor Octopus, Venom, and Carnage.
Equipped with nothing more than a web shooter, the ability to climb walls, and the upbringing of good ole Uncle Ben, Spider-Man shows that being a superhero doesn’t come with a handbook. Peter Parker isn’t the son of Oden or a playboy millionaire; he’s just a kid who was given a great power. And with great power, comes great responsibility. Although awkward at times, Spider-Man may not always make the right decisions, but it’s that human nature that makes Peter Parker swing off the pages and into our hearts.
#2 – SUPERMAN
Stronger than a train, and faster than a speeding bullet, Superman is more than a superhero, he’s an American Icon. Created in 1933 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman can do more than fly and take a punch. He is known to have every super power imaginable.
While skirting the edge of being a god, Superman’s only weaknesses are Kryptonite and Lois Lane. Born on Krypton, Superman was supposedly the only survivor from his home planet after it was destroyed. Growing up knowing that he was the last of his kind, Superman vowed to protect the world from forces that humans weren’t capable of fighting. Considered to be a god amongst men, The Man of Steel doesn’t want to be worshiped and therefore dawns the disguise of reporter Clark Kent.
#1 – BATMAN
In a city where danger is around every corner and evil seeps through the gutters, there is only one person that dares stand up and take on the mantle of protector – The Dark Knight. Grabbing the number one slot, Batman isn’t able to fly, or control others with his mind, yet he is widely held as the greatest superhero of all time.
At his core, Bruce Wayne is just a man who unfortunately watched his parents be murdered in front of him as a child. With nothing more than skill, determination, and the family fortune, Bruce Wayne envisioned a world where Gotham was much more than a cesspool of thugs, corruption, and murder. Although created in 1939, it wasn’t until Frank Miller’s take on Batman in 1986 that readers witnessed a much darker version of The Caped Crusader.