MY 10 FAVORITE SUPERHEROES

Yeah, that’s right. I’m a grown man who reads comic-books.

So?

1)THE ORIGINAL CAPTAIN MARVEL
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I think I saw this character in the cartoons first &
then later in live-action TV series, before ever
reading a comic-book. But it automatically appealed
to me. I’d already been interested in Greek mythology,
so that was an interesting connection. And I loved
the concept of the young boy who could say a
magic word that transformed him into a superhero.
I admit, there were a few times as a kid, when no
one was around, that I tried shouting “SHAZAM!”
just to see if anything would happen.

Oh, who the heck am I kidding? I still say it, every
once & awhile. ^_^

2/3)SPIDER-MAN & BATMAN
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I put them together, because it’s basically a tie.
I can’t really tell which one I like better. Some days
Spidey’s #2, some days Batman is #2. I like Spidey
because of his motivation. It’s more pure. He’s not
obsessed to fight crime like Batman, he feels more
responsible, like he HAS to fight crime. Even if he
doesn’t really want to, he doesn’t have a choice,
because he’s got those powers, & with great power
comes great responsibility.

But Batman gets an edge because he doesn’t have
any actual superpowers. So, theoretically, any of
us could actually be Batman. If you work out, train,
study, & inherit a billion dollars from your parents.

4)SUPERMAN
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He Who Came First. Gotta love Superman, since there’d
be no superheroes without Him. My most cherished
individual comic-book remains my copy of “Superman
vs. Muhammad Ali,” the team-up of two of my
favorite heroes. That’s what I’m grabbing first, if there’s
ever a fire at my house. And Grant Morrison’s
“All Star Superman” is the best series currently being published.

5)BLACK PANTHER
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As the King of Wakanda, the most technologically
advanced nation on Earth, he’s like Batman, Iron Man,
& Conan all rolled into one. I didn’t get into him until
after the previous series, by Christopher Priest, was
over, & I started buying the back issues. The current
series started off strong, but has been hit or miss for
me. I dropped it last year but started buying it again a
few months ago, & it’s improved a bit. I still don’t
really like the marriage to Storm, though, since I never
liked that character, even when Halle Berry was
playing her.

6)WONDER WOMAN
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Like Captain Marvel, I enjoy the connection to
Greek mythology in this character. First discovered
her in the TV show, of course. Then later started
reading the comics when George Perez was in charge.
I also like the various runs by John Byrne & then Phil
Jimenez. Hated Greg Rucka, & didn’t bother with
Al Heinberg. Been meaning to check out what Gail
Simone is doing on the series now, but I’m waiting
for the trades.

7)JOHN STEWART: GREEN LANTERN
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The Power Ring is the most awesome comic-book weapon
ever (& a great fashion accessory). It’s a shame that DC
won’t give him the proper respect. Thanks to the Justice
League cartoons, he is THE Green Lantern to most of the
general public, but instead of putting him front & center
in the DCU, they bring back corny old Hal Jordan. Bleh.

8)CAPTAIN AMERICA
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When Captain America throws his mighty shield, all
who oppose his shield must yield. If you don’t like
Cap, you’re un-American. Although that cheap movie
that made back in the early 80’s was one
of the worst pieces of dreck ever filmed. But my
favorite runs in the comics were the two times Mark Waid
wrote it. Also loved Mark Millar’s portrayal of “Ultimate”
Captain America. I’m not currently reading the comics
until Steve Rogers, the real & ONLY Captain America,
comes back.

9)THOR
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The Norse God of Thunder. With a great big hammer.
The best run was by Dan Jurgens, when he Thor slowly
take over the world. Also loved Mark Millar’s “Ultimate”
Thor (too bad Jeph Loeb messed that up). I hope the
upcoming movie is good.

10)BLADE
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I wasn’t aware of this character until after I saw the
first movie. Afterwards I tracked down a bunch of the
earlier comics. Unfortunately, his portrayal in print has
never quite matched his coolness in the films (the last
series was wack). Hopefully, someone will write a good
series someday, because I believe he has a lot of
potential.

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