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Old 07 Aug 2008, 05:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Empire's Top 50 Comic book characters

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An interesting and rather informative list, I'm not much of a comic book reader but with its growing pressence in contemporary mainstream society it's hard to shy away from the expanding medium. With all the comic book movies and shows being released today I found the list rather helpful in understanding the art and culture of comic books.

You know... I didn't know Judge Dredd was a comic book character, I just thought he was another random cop from the future Stallone played. One of the few things I learnt from the list...
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Old 07 Aug 2008, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll look through this list a bit more later on, but Constatine at 3 is a freaking joke. Batman should be number 1.
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I'm rather happy with Superman being Number 1. Even though it does seem a little obvious it just makes the most sense.

Superman is the Ultimate Superhero, He has a ridiculous amount of Superpowers and new ones are constantly written to add to his arsenal. Superman’s a freaking American icon. Superman is also the ultimate Superhero emphasis on Hero because he always fights for what is good and right and just. AN indelible loyalty to fight for what is right.

He doesn't fight out of Vengeance like Batman, He doesn't fight for any personal gain or notoriety. He just does what is Right; He protects and serves the weak against Tyranny. Superman is the Ultimate Hero and is and always will be the measuring stick for true Superheroes. After all Comic Book characters are created to inspire and Superman is just about the most inspiration fictional character created. He transends the World of comics to the point where he's a Role Model to all.

I suppose that enough of a Reason to name him the GREATEST comic book character.. Considering he is just that
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I'm gonna move this to ENT. Seems a better fit.
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Old 07 Aug 2008, 03:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm rather happy with Superman being Number 1. Even though it does seem a little obvious it just makes the most sense.
Wizard named Wolverine number 1 just a couple months ago.

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Superman is the Ultimate Superhero, He has a ridiculous amount of Superpowers and new ones are constantly written to add to his arsenal.
Huh, I'm not sure what you're talking about here. Superman never gets new powers. They actually spend more time giving him new weaknesses. Every single arc he's in he faces somebody or something that harms him.

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Supermanís a freaking American icon.
So, he's a big boy scout. Frank Miller already trashed that notion about 20 years ago.

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Superman is also the ultimate Superhero emphasis on Hero because he always fights for what is good and right and just.
That's also what makes him the most boring, predictable and uninteresting.

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AN indelible loyalty to fight for what is right.
What does that even mean???

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He doesn't fight out of Vengeance like Batman, He doesn't fight for any personal gain or notoriety.
So Batman, a self made champion, only fights out of Vengeance? Jesus man, you really shouldn't be talking about these things. Are you really trying to say that batman is somehow fighting for "personal gain or notoriety"? I mean, I'm pretty sure Bruce has plenty of that, which is why he uses his fancy pants secret identity to protect his city.

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He just does what is Right; He protects and serves the weak against Tyranny.
If you knew one thing about comics, you'd know that he is the greatest threat of tyranny in the DCU. Which is a huge motivating factor in Lex's plans to nutralize him. His role as the self proclaimed ruler of the earth has been explored in many different scenarios. Just recently a story arc was done about how much damage he is causing by protecting humans from themselves. It was really pretty good.

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Superman is the Ultimate Hero and is and always will be the measuring stick for true Superheroes.
There is no Ultimate Superman.

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After all Comic Book characters are created to inspire and Superman is just about the most inspiration fictional character created.
How can you even pretend to have a clue why a character is created. Are you high?

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He transends the World of comics to the point where he's a Role Model to all.
He's a self righteous dickhead.

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I suppose that enough of a Reason to name him the GREATEST comic book character.. Considering he is just that
And this is enough of a reason to slap you silly for even trying, for a second, to talk about a category as huge as the comics industry to me.

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I'm not much of a comic book reader...
You have zero authority on the topic and are plainly talking out of your ass.
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I second everything Exo said up there...^^^

Superman as #1 and Batman as #2 is a crime. Batman owns Superman in every way, shape and form. Other than those two and maybe Spiderman, all other comics are irrelevant, IMO. I don't even know how they got a list up to 50.

Frank Miller having Batman go over Superman in DKR was the Swan Song for the entire comics industry. The geeks should've stopped the presses at that point and gotten real jobs.

The fact that there's a Top 50 list is laughable. Tell me Shazam is on there somewhere...or LuLu...or Sgt. Rock...

Top 50 comic characters...

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If Superman didn't have super powers, he would just be a powerless tool...
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As opposed to being a power tool?
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You can be all high and mighty if you want but without Superman the Comic Book Industry would practically be non-existant so you may as well honour the pioneer...

He's more than a Comic Book Character he's a Cultural Icon and that just personifies Greatness. I'm talking mainly random shit in my previous post but you can't deny the fact that he practically made the damn industry. He may not be as glamourous, relatable or as interesting as all the other comic book chaacter but if there was no Superman there is a good chance the Comic Book would just be a forgotten art concept from the 30s, If you try and down play his contribution to the overall Industry you're a fucking ass.. Even I can plainly see his overall importance to the industry.

Ohhh just to add, I said befre I wasn't much of a comic reader but that hasn't stopped mybest friend a super comic nerd telling me everything on comic book related. He believes in Superman even when everyone else has stopped caring about the over powered demi-god.

Superman deserves to be the #1 comic book character because he's the damn Foundation of it all, If there was no Superman there probably wouldn't be a Batman.

So Yeah, Fuck You Superman Rocks
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Pretty sure that applies to most Superheroes or Supervillains with powers...
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Why don't we do a greatest comic book character tourney?
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Because everyone would probably vote for the Joker
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the list is gay.
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Because everyone would probably vote for the Joker
That or Batman. Still be interesting to see the match ups.
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