This is my top 100 list. I found all other lists to be biases, unfinished, organized wrong or just plain awful. While I was impressed with some, there were MANY on the lists I thought did not deserve a place on any list or were misplaced. And why was Superman number 1 on IGN? Several of the choices on these lists were not even SUPERHEROES. They were just characters that happened to do something heroic every now and then. So, I’m bringing you my own top 100 comic book superhero list with REAL comic book heroes from a REAL comic book fan.
So continuing on…
#51 Luke Cage-
Marvel’s Power Man was once a Hero for Hire with his best friend Iron Fist. Now he is a member of the New Avengers, and has even been featured in Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes animated series. He is super strong and has unbreakable skin. You cannot beat powers like that.
#52 Phantom Stranger-
He moves here and there. No one knows where he came from or where he is going, but he is immortal and invincible. He is one of DC’s oldest heroes. He has been in the Justice Society and now acts as a sometimes guide for heroes while also chasing rogue immortals.
#53 April O’Neil-
At first, she was just a sometimes journalist/scientists, but she became trained in Ninjitsu in later Mirage and Archie stories and has always been a main character in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While some of the stories are bizarre, she has always been a source of normalcy for the Turtles and probably their greatest ally.
Marvel’s Barbara “Bobbi” Morse was originally created to be a support character for Ka-Zar, but soon became SHIELD Agent 19, a brief stint as the Huntress, and soon became a member of the West Coast Avengers. She was married to Clint Barton, the Hawkeye, but they have since divorced. She is a hero in her own right and has recently gained the same powers as Captain America.
#55 Casey Jones-
The night time vigilante with a mean swing, this character, appearing in Mirage Studios, DreamWave, and IDW is a staple character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle universe. While not the brightest bulb in the package, he’s shrewd and a skilled fighter.
#56 The Question-
DC’s Vic Sage was the best Question ever, and the basis for The Watchmen character Rorschach. He was originally created by Charlton Comics, which DC acquired. He became a frequent ally of Batman and later took on a protégé in Renee Montoya before he died of cancer. However, the New 52 introduced a new Question who is cursed to forever question who he really is. Once again, DC has to ruin a perfectly good thing.
Sam Wilson is Marvel’s very first ongoing mainstream African-American comic book hero. He is one of their top characters too. He’s an Avenger and close friend to Captain America. He can fly, has “bird’s eye” vision, and communicate with his pet bird Redwing. He has a long, grand career in Marvel comics. I hope it continues, but you never know with Marvel being weird recently.
#58 Hot Rod aka Rodimus Prime-
DreamWave’s Transformers Energon is the best interpretation, but the character created for Transformers: The Movie (the original animated one) is often made a mockery of much to my dismay. However, Rodimus was cool in both the animated series and the comic book series. Also, IDW’s Transformers Spotlight did a decent new origin for the character Hot Rod.
DC’s Arthur “Orin” Curry is the King of the Seven Seas. He sometimes gets a bad rap. He has super strength, can talk to sea creatures, is very durable, and uses a mean trident. I think he’ll be the butt of many jokes, in fact, in the New 52 DC is playing that up. Sad panda. He is far superior to Marvel counterpart Namor the Sub-Mariner in style and substance.
Marvel’s Cajun X-Man Rémy Etienne LeBeau is a smooth talking character with some pretty awesome character. In the boring Ultimate universe, he’s been killed off. Why: because the Ultimate universe sucks. However, in the mainstream universe, he’s going to be getting his own ongoing series. If any of the X-Men deserve a series, it’s him!