Everyone loves a hero and the only thing better than a hero is a superhero. Often bestowed with extraordinary powers or gadgets this crusaders of justice have inspired imaginations since ancient times characters like Heracles (that is Hercules to most) or Gilgamesh (an epic poem also attributed as one of the first works of fiction). Here we will take a look at the best Superheroes and why.
Man of Steel
The best known Superhero and often told as the first superhero. Though not technically true he is the first of the standard superhero archetype that is still used to this day. He has many names Clark Kent, Superman, Kal-el, Man of Steel and the Blur. This fictional character is known all over the world and is the most iconic superhero. Many believe that he (that is the character) has greatly influenced the world since his conception in the 1930s, such as now when people would have used the term 'Achilles heel' they now may say kryptonite. Ironically for an alien, superman is often stated to embody the most human qualities of humanity. For example he refuses to ever kill not matter what the reason, even his arch nemesis Lex Luthor. A much debated aspect of Superman's personality is which sider is the alter ego. Is he Superman with Clark Kent being the disguise, or is he really superman and its Superman that is the disguise.
Friendly Neighbourhood Spiderman
Spider-man is arguably the second most iconic superhero behind Superman. His first appearance as In August of 1962 in the 15th edition of Amazing Fantasy. In contrast to Superman's perfect nature, spider-man is a more 'real' character. Created to be identifiable by the rise in teenage comic book audiences. Spider-man is the first non-sidekick teenage superhero. The advantage of spider-man is in his vulnerability. Though he does possess super strength, speed, senses and a 6th sense he is slightly tougher than an average person which gives his adventures a more heroic feel. Spider-man is actually in danger when fighting criminals because they can easily hurt him.
Again a very iconic superhero the one thing that sets him apart from all the other superheroes is his absence of superpowers. Unlike many superheroes Batman relies on high-tech gadgets to fight crime. He is one of the darker characters differing from Superman (in story as well as out) in the methods that they will use as well as the moral choices that they both make. For example batman uses fear to try to deter criminals from committing crimes. He placed second in IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time (behind superman). Another distinction with batman is that he was the first philanthropist superhero, using his vast wealth to create a superhero persona.
Green Lanterns Light
Another pivotal character in the evolution of superheroes the Green Lantern is significant because he introduced the theme of galactic superheroes as well as a larger galactic police force that created and managed superheroes. The character of the green lantern is technically a number of different people as many characters have been the Green Lantern. Possessing one the most powerful artefacts in the universe the character is closer to the superman archetype of hero than the more grounded spider-man and batman. He is the first hero on the list who is not names [something]man. Green Lantern John Stewart, is America's first African-American superhero.
Diana of Themyscira
Though not the first female superhero, she is the most recognised one. Debuting in December of 1941 in All Star Comics issue number 8. Empire magazine voted Wonder Woman as the 20th greatest comic book character. Viewed as a feminist icon by many she was originally conceived to embody the ideal of sexual equality. Though the origin of her powers have been rewritten a number of times the most common explanation is she was blessed by the gods. Though many attempts were made in recent years to create a live action film or television series all such attempts have ended in failure. Unlike many other Superheroes she has been shown to use deadly force when necessary.