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the greatest most popular superheros

Updated on April 19, 2010


At the top of the list of the greatest superheros ever created would have to be SUPER-MAN.Super-Man holds the title for the greatest because he was the very first Super-Hero ever created,the first one to wear the cape and the tights,all other super-heros was inspired by Super-Man.You can go anywhere and ask any one to name a superhero,and nine times out of ten the average person is going to say Super-Man.Super-Man is a Iconic symbol that is recognized all over the world.Super-man was inspired by Sampson,and Hercules.Originally Super-man could not fly and did not have X-ray vision,and super breath and all that,that came later on as the character became more and more popular asmore creative minds got their chance to write super-man more powers came.Originally Super-Man could leap tall buildings in a single bound,and he was stronger than a locomotive and faster than a speeding bullet,by the time the fifties kicked in super-man was flying using X-ray vision and everything else.As the times changed so did super man.Originally created as a villain the original Super-Man was A bald headed telepath,a lot like professor X(hmmmm) but after that one-shot story ran its course,Super-Man was reinvented a couple of years later as a super-hero and the rest is history.


Bat-Man created by Bob Kane.The Dark knight another Iconic character was a totally different character when He arrived on the scene.the original bat-man was not above killing his enemies and even used guns,but as time went on the character was watered down and became sort of a scientific ninja with a utility belt that carries everything for ever occassion at all times.The Bat-man has been the most successful franchise from DC starting back in the 60's with the very campy and very funny Bat-Man series(the bat-man series introduced bruce lee to the world by the way).Followed by multiple movies through out the 80's and 90's and through out the new millennium.Not only movies,but several cartoons also.Yell out Boom! POW! or "HOLY INTERNET CONNECTIONS!"to some one and nine times their going to smile and think of Bat-Man and Robin.Bat-Man is number two.


Wonder-Woman was created by WILLIAM MOULTON MARSTON,the man who invented the polygraph.Wonder-Woman was created to represent the new independent woman that emerged during the 40's,Wonder-Woman was originally a feminist symbol.Wonder-woman has a variety of super-powers.super-human strength,super-speed,flight,super-human durability,she can talk to any animal,and has the lightning of Zeus at her command.Wonder-woman is with out a shadow of a doubt a Iconic character that has been around for nearly seventy years.Wonder-Woman is one of the very few comic book characters to every have a regular on going series on prime time T.V. 1975 to 1979.Wonder-Woman is recognized anywhere in the world,and if you ask the average guy to name a super hero her name just might pop up.Wonder-Woman is number three.


Spider-man.created by Stan lee and Steve ditko,spider-man is my personal favorite,and the most original of all the heros.spider-man represents the every day guy who just happens to have super powers.Bitten by a radioactive spider Peter-Parker gains super-human powers.The ability to walk on walls,super-strength,a spider sense(ability to sense danger)super human agility and a slight healing factor.Spider-Man burst on the scene in the 60's and quickly put marvel on the map.spider-man has had a on prime time,dozens of cartoons,and when spider-man the movie came out (starring Toby McGuire) it revolutionized comic-book movies,totally changed the game for comic book movies and upped the ante for superhero movies to be treated with respect instead made into something corny,or campy.Spider-Man paved the way for serious comic-book movies such as the watchmen,allowing comic book movies to really be made and kept true to their roots,instead of being twisted out of shape and made into something that doesn't reflect the real character.Spider-man is also a Iconic character that is recognized around the world,and has been excepted into pop culture and has become a part of our culture,everyone knows spider man.Spider-Man is number four.

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk created By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.When I think of the Hulk I can't help but think of Bill Bixby and Lou Ferigno,as a kid the hulk was one of my must watch shows on T.V. I was big on the hulk,and so was a lot of other people.The hulk is another Iconic character that can be recognized any where in the world.I did not like the last two movies that the hulk was in only because they constantly portray the hulk as a big dumb monster that roars all the time,completely bogus.the real hulk is a very smart and cunning sinister monster who speaks in whole sentences and thinks for himself.aside for that the hulk is number five.

the x-men

Last but not least The X-Men.Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.The X-Men are the new kids on the Block arriving on the pop culture scene pretty recently.Originally the X-men was headed for cancellation,so they was handed over to Len wein Dave cockrum,Chris claremont,Dave cockrum,and John byrne,and a Icon was born,the X-Men began taking off in the late 70's and exploded in the 80's shining like a super-nova in the comic-book the time the nineties rolled in the X-men had received a couple of cartoons,and was headed for the big screen.From the X-men movies came the birth of the newest Icon to crossover to pop culture:WOLVERINE.with and incredible amount of acceptance for the character world wide wolverine is rising through the ranks and has setteled here at number six my list,and there you have it my top six of all time,Wolverine,and the X-Men.I'm audi 5000.


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      bill yon 5 years ago from sourcewall

      Ten years from now I think Iron man and wolverine will be two of the most popular heros. There fanbase is growing like wildfire.

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      Domenick Dicce 5 years ago

      I see you wrote this hub a while ago. These are the better known heroes but it will be interesting to see what happens 10 years from now. I wonder if Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man will finally be universally recognized now that their movies are becoming as popular as these heroes who did better in the past.

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      bill yon 7 years ago from sourcewall


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      mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Excellent hub, bill yon. I haven't watched all of the videos yet but I love the text content. Nice superhero details here. Voted up!

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      bill yon 8 years ago from sourcewall

      well you know what they say it's not really work if you're having fun,the one thing I don't like about supes is when I was growing up he was pretty much all powerful pushing around planets,turning back time,and that can make for a very boring character,I like my heros with a little mortality to them heros that have character flaws like Iron-Man in the 80's when the women and booze became too much for him to handle,he had to step down let james rhodes take over as Iron-man and pull his life back togethor and rebuild his company from rock bottom.Supes is too perfect for anything close to real life to phase him.but he is the first super-hero so that makes him the greatest.

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      Mike Lickteig 8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      As alluded to by wsp2469, Superman's heroism stemmed from his values. He was a moral hero that did things the correct way. He was not just a super being that fought criminals, he stood for (as the '50s TV show stated) truth, justice and the American way.

      His story also resonates in popular culture, with no less than four television series and 5 contemporary movies made about him. He is something to aspire to, and people respond positively.

      Thanks for posting, Bill, this hub was clearly a lot of work.

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      bill yon 8 years ago from sourcewall

      if you write it I'll read it.thanx for dropping in.

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      wsp2469 8 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

      What makes Superman special is that he was raised by human, American adopted parents. Superman has values that we ALL should have in a perfect world while someone like Batman has more "realistic" attitudes.

      Superman is what you hope for and batman is who you have in case people don't live up to being like Superman. (By the way, he wasn't so 'super' when he first was published and more recently he has several weaknesses such as Kryptonite, light from a red sun and magic.

      I met Bob Kane, among other creators, and it was a very enjoyable experience that I will have to write a hub about someday.

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      bill yon 8 years ago from sourcewall

      yeah I'm not to crazy about supes either,but he was the first so gotta give respect where respect is do.thanks for dropping in!

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      sibajar 8 years ago

      Never thought of superman as much of a hero, if you are invincible and can do pretty much anything, there's really not much danger involved what's so heroic about him??

      Wonder woman (especially Lynda Carter) way HOT !! Good hub, I give it a rate up.