- Introduction & Movie Clip
- Products & Merchandise
- Comics & Characters
- A-Z of Superheroes
- A-Z of Supervillains
- Polls - Vote for your choice of Super Power & Superhero
- Superhero Quiz...100 Questions to test your knowledge
- Fun Facts - 10 Marvel & 10 DC
- Links to other Superhero articles
- Comments - Feel free to add any omitted Superhero & Villains
Marvel & DC
Over the years both Marvel and DC comics have provided us with an ever growing population of Superheroes and an ever increasing army of evil villains to test them.
This multi-million dollar industry has grown from the comics of the late 1930s to a global commercial enterprise through the ventures into film and merchandising, also aided by continually developing new characters and story lines.
Many of the charaters have been depicted on film with big Blockbuster movies over the last few years such as Batman, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Avengers:Assemble, SpiderMan 2, Captain America:The Winter Soldier and the soon to be released Avengers: Age of Ultron (The Official Trailer is shown below).
There have also been animated cartoons and live action TV series such as SHIELD which is mentioned further in this publication after the Age of Ultron trailer.
Avengers: Age of Ultron.......trailer
Products & Merchandise....
Along with the books and movies, comics and annuals comes the merchandise such as toys, clothes, backpacks, lunch boxes, hats, costumes etc. all widely available online with Ebay & Amazon, as per the examples shown to the right and at the bottom of the page. This a never ending source of income throughout the industry, other major organisations and an entertainment to all, as displayed by actor Jim Parsons aka Dr Sheldon Lee Cooper on the popular television show The Big Bang Theory as his T-shirts each episode have a superhero logo emblazoned on the front, usually Green Lantern or The Flash
There are Superhero & Villain costumes such as the ones that are shown here and large company brand names that have acquired the rights to produce their own products incorporating the characters of Marvel or DC, such as Lego with the Batman bricks. and even the board game Monopoly has a special Marvel edition.
Disney also has a vast array of Superhero products such as mugs, towels, childrens pyjamas, bedding, underwear, pencil cases, phone cases, etc
Comics & Characters....
Action Comics first revealed Superman to the world in 1938, however he was originally given to Consolidated Book Publishing who refused to publish the 48 page comic book that Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster had been trying to get published for the previous six years.
In 1983 Shuster said that Jerry created all the names and that Supermans alter ego Clark Kent was derived from the names of two actors, Clark Gable and Kent Taylor.
The Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939 and since then has primarily appeared in DC Comics.
There are also joint ventures with superheroes such as Avengers from Marvel Comics whose team were made up of Ironman, Antman, Wasp, Thor, Black Panther, Hawkeye and Hulk (Captain America wasn't included until issue #4 when the team discovered him encased in ice. Also a government organisation called S.H.I.E.L.D ( Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division) who deal with espionage and law enforcement involving the paranormal and superhuman threats. Although this acronym for shield is used in the cinema, animated and live action TV series it has however been changed twice over the years and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in Strange Tales #135 (Aug 1965).
There was also Justice League from DC Comics (Also known as Justice League of America / JLA) whose team consisted of Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter and Flash. However throughout the years has also included the Green Arrow, Captain Marvel, Black Canary, Atom, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Red Tornado, Firestorm, Zatanna and other Green Lanterns .
I have compiled a list of both Superheroes and the Villains that they fight, the listings are shown from A-Z and in alphabetical order.The list is not a complete encyclopedia of superheroes and villains and is by no means exhaustive, as Marvel alone has over 750 superheroes and over 1000 villians, including collectives,groups and organisations such as Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Thuderbolts.
Also included within these figures are the various comic characters that have taken on the personas of the heroes & villains over the years such as Iron Fist (Bei Ban-Wen, Danny Rand, Kwai Jun-Fan, Li Park, Orson Randall, Quan Yaozu and Wu Ao-Shi) , Nova (Frankie Raye, Richard Rider), Spiderman (Miguel O'Hara -Earth 6375, Peter Parker) and Carrion (Malcolm McBride, Miles Warren clone, William Allen).
If you are able to identify some others then please feel free to mention them in the comments and I will try to include them.
To this end please include the comic or film that the character was in and a brief description of their super power or abilities.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy, good luck with any additions.
A - Z.... Superheroes
A - Abe Sapien (Hellboy & Hellboy2) A telepathic amphibian
Avengers (Avengers 2012- Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye etc). Also A-Bomb, Agent Zero, Angel, Ant Man, Aqualad, Archangel, Armor, Atlas, Aztar, Ant Man 2, Aquaman, Ares, Arsenal, Atom (1,2,3 & 4) Aurora, Abin Sur, Agent 13, Animal Man, Aquababy, Arachne, Ariel, Astro Boy, Atom Girl, Azrael
B - Batman (Batman movies from 1966 onwards) Gadgets, vehicles and martial arts.
Black Widow (Avengers & Ironman 2) Martia larts, Also Black Widow 2, Banshee, Batgirl (1,2,3,4,5 & 6), Battlestar, Beak, Beast, Beast Boy, Ben 10, Beta Ray Bill, Beyonder, Big Barda, Big Daddy, Binary, Birdbrain, Birdman, Bishop, Black Bolt, Black Canary (1 & 2), Black Cat, Black Goliath, Black Knight 3, Black Lightening, Black Panther, Blade, Blaquesmith, Bling, Blink, Bloodhawk, Blue Beetle (1,2,& 3) Bolt, Boom Boom, Boomer, Booster Gold, Box (1,3 & 4) Brainiac 5, Brother Voodoo, Bumblebee, Bumble boy, Bushido.
C - Captain America (Captain america & Avengers) Martial arts and super abilities
Cyclops (X-men 1,2,3,4,) Optic laser blasts. Also Cable, Cannonbal, Captain Atom, Captain Britain, Captain Epic, Captain Mar-vell, Captain Marvel (1&2), Captain Planet, Captain Universe, Cat (1&2), Catwoman, Century, Cerebra, Chamber, Clea, Cloak, Colossus, Corsair, Crimson Crusader, Crimson Dynamo, Crystal, Cyborg, Cypher.
D - Daredevil (Daredevil) Heightened senses including radar.
Also Dagger, Darkhawk, Darkman, Darkstar, Deathlok, Dazzler, Deadman, Deathlok, Doctor fate, Doctor Strange, Domino.
E - Emma Frost (X-men 3&4) Telepathic &telekinetic abilities
Also: Elektra, Elastic Girl, Elongated Man, Energy, ERG-1.
F - Flash (TV series) Extremely fast
Fantastic Four (fantastic Four 1 & 2) various abilities including human torch, invisibility, stretchy limbs and stone body. Also Falcon, Feral, Fighting Spirit, Fin Fang Foom, Firebird, Firelord, Firestar, Firestorm, Flash Gordon, Forge, Frigga.
G - Green Hornet (The Green Hornet)
Green Lantern (The Green Lantern 2011) Unlimited powers through Ring. Ghost Rider (Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance) Supernatural powers. Also Gambit, Garbage Man, Genesis, Ghost Rider, Giant man, Goku, Goliath, Gravity, Green Arrow, Guardian.
H - Hawkeye (Avengers, Thor) Acrobat, Archer
Hulk (Hulk, Incredible Hulk, Avengers) Unlimited strength. Hellboy (Hellboy 1 & 2) Super strength, increased healing ability. Human Torch (Fantastic Four 1 & 2) Fly and engulf himself in flames. Also Hancok, Havok, Hawk, Hawhgirl, Hawkman, Hawkwoman, Hellcat, Hellstorm, Hercules, Hit Girl, Hollow, Howard the Duck, Huntress, Husk, Hyperion.
I - Iron Man (Iron Man 1 & 2, Incredible Hulk, Avengers) Armoured suit with weaponry and flight capability
Invisible Woman (Fantastic Four 1 & 2) Invisibility. Also Iceman, Impulse, Iron Fist, Isis
J - Justice League () Various characters from DC Comics. Also Jack of Hearts, Jack-Jack, Jolt, Jubilee, Justice.
K - Kestrel (X-men:Origins) Teleportation.
Kato (The Green Hornet) Martial Arts. Also Kick Ass, Kid Flash, Kilowog, Krypto.
L - Leech (X-men:Last stand) Ability to remove powers. Also Light Lass, Lightning Lad, Longshot, Luna, Lyja.
M - Mr Fantastic (Fantastic Four 1 & 2) Ability to stretch body. Also Machine Man, Man-Thing, Man-Wolf, Martian Manhunter, Marvel Girl, Master Brood, Master Chief, Maverick, Medusa, Meltdown, Mera, Metamorpho, Meteorite, Metron, Micro Lad, Mimic, Misfit, Miss Martian, Mog, Monarch, Moon Knight, Moonstone, Morph, Mr Incredible, Ms Marvel, Multiple Man.
N - Night Crawler (X2) Teleportation
Nick Fury (Iron man 1 & 2, Captain America, Avengers),. Also Namor, Namora, Namorita, Noghtwing, Nite Owl, Northstar, Nova,
O - Oracle () was Batgirl but has photographic memory and computer hacker. Also Offspring, Omniscient, Osiris.
P - Punisher (Punisher 1 & 2) expert crime fighter. Also Penance, Phantom, Phantom Girl, Phoenix, Plastic Lad, Plastic Man, Power girl, Power Man, Professor X, Psylocke.
Q - Quake (Daisy Johnson - Agent of SHIELD) also Quicksilver (Animated TV series) Super fast. Also Quantum, Question, Quill.
R - Riptide (X-men) can spin fast. Also Red Arrow, Red Hulk, Red Robin, Red Tornado, Ripcord, Robin, Rocket Raccoon, Rogue, Ronin, Rorschach.
S - Spider Man (Spiderman 1,2,3) Spider ability
Superman ( 8 x superman movies dating from 1951-2012) invulnerability, flight and strength. Also Sage, Sasquatch, Savage Dragon, Scarlet Spider, Sentry, Shadow King, Shatterstar, She-Hulk, She-Thing, Shriek, Shrinking Violet, Sif, Silk Spectre, Silver Surfer, Silverclaw, Skaar, Snowbird, Sobek, Songbird, Spacebird, Spawn, Spectre, Speedball, Speedy, Spidergirl, Spiderman, Spiderwoman, Spyke, Stacy X, Stardust, Starfire, Stargirl, Steel, Storm, Sub-Mariner, Sunspot, Super Moos, Superboy, Supergirl, Synch.
T - Thor (Thor, Avengers) son of Odin, time travel, strength, speed
The Thing (Fantastic Four 1 & 2) Super strength. Also Tempest, The Cape, Thorgirl, Thunderbird, Thunderstrike, Thundra, Tigra, Titan, Toxin, Triplicate Girl.
U - Ultra Boy (legion of super heroes) Super strength, speed & flight, Also Ultra Girl, Uatu the Watcher, Union Jack, U-Go Girl,
V - Vixen (Animated series) Ability to take on the abilities of animals. Also Vagabond, Valkyrie, Vertigo, Vindicator, Violet, Vision, Vulcan.
W - War Machine (Iron man 1 & 2) Super strong, flight and weapons
Wolverine (X-men 1,2,3,4) Super fighter, claws and healing ability. Also Warbird, Warlock, Warpath, Wasp, Watcher, White Queen, Wildfire, Winter Soldier, Wiz Kid, Wolfsbane, Wonder Girl, Wonder Man, Wonder Woman, Wondra.
X - Xavier (X-men 1,2,3,4,5) Telepathy and mind control. Also X-23, X-51 (aka Machine Man), X-Man, Xavin, Xorn, X-Cutioner,
Y - Young Avengers (comic only) various characters. Also Yellowjacket and Ymir.
Z - Zauriel (Comic only) Guardian angel, flight. Also Zatanna, Zaran, Zatra, Zarda, Zeigeist, Zuras,
A - Abomination (The Incredible Hulk) Super strength
Azazel (Xmen:first class) Teleportation. Also Absorbing Man, Abyss, Ahab, Ajax, Amazo, Annihilus, Abraxus, Ammo, Apocalypse, Arclight.
B - Bullseye (Daredevil) Hits any target with any weapon
Bane (Batman & Robin, dark knight rises) Super strength. Also Baron Blood, Baron Zemo, Berzerker, Bison, Beetle, Birdman, Black Abbott, Black Mamba, Blackout, Blackwing, Blizzard, Blob, Bloodaxe, Bloodwraith, Bomb Queen, Brainiac.
C - Catwoman (Batman returns, Catwoman, Dark knight rises) Catlike reflexes. Also Carjack, Catseye, Charmeleon, Captain Omen, Chondu the Mystic, Callistro, Changeling, Carnage, Cheetah, Chronos, Cogliostro, Curse, Cy-gor, Cyborg Superman.
D - Dr Doom (Fantastic Four 1 & 2) Controls electricity
Dr Octopus (Spiderman 2) Mechanical arms. Also Daken, Darter, Deacon, Death Shield, Demonstaff, Devastator, Deathwatch, Darkseid, Darkside, Deadshot, Demogoblin, Destroyer, Doomsday, Doppelgänger, Dormammu.
E - Elektra (Daredevil, Elektra) Martial arts skills, started out as an assassing for hire then had a crisis of conscience. Also Eel, Ego, Empath, El Gato, Enforcers, Excavator, Electro, Evil Hawk, Exodus & Ezekiel.
F - Fallen One (Tryco Slatterus - Extraterrestrial, first apperaed Marvel Two-in-One annual #7 1982). Also Fasaud, Faze, Fever Pitch, Firepower, Fixer, Faora, Frenzy, Fracture, Fury & Fusion.
G - Galactus (Fantastic Four:rise of silver surfer) Devourer of worlds
Green Goblin (Spiderman 1,2,3) Super strength and weaponry. Also Ghoul, Gog, Gideon, Genesis, Gator, Grey Gargoyle, General Zog, giganta, Goblin Queen, Goliath & Gronk.
H - Hand (Elektra) Martial arts organisation. Also Hammerhead, Hag, Harrier, Hod, Humbug, Hydra, Harley Quinn, Hobgoblin, Hydro-Man & Hypno-hustler.
I - Ivan Vanko - Whiplash (Iron man 2) suit with whip like weapons. Also Immortus, Icemaster, Inheritor, Ion, Ironclad, Ivan, Ironmonger & Isbisa.
J - Joker (Batman, The Dark Knight) super intelligent
Juggernaut (Xmen laststand) super strength, also Jigsaw & Junkpile.
K - Kingpin (Daredevil) super inteligent. Also Kang, Killer Croc, Klaw, Kraven & Kraven the Hunter.
L - Lex Luther (Superman 1,2,3,4) extremely intelligent
Loki (Thor, Avengers) Scorcerer, also Lady Bullseye, Lady Deathstrike, Leader, Lightning Lord, Living Brain, Lizard, Lobo.
M - Magneto (Xmen 1,2,3,4) Ability to manipulate metal
Mystique (Xmen 1,2,3,4) Shape shifter. Also Mach 4, Magus, Mandarin, Match, Maxima, Mephisto, Metallo, Mr Freeze, Mr Mxyzptlk, Mr Sinister, Moloch, Molten Man, Morlun, Mysterio.
N - Namor (Marvel TV series) super strength amphibian.
O - Obidiah (Iron man) super strength when wearing arc suit. Also Omega Red, Onslaught, Overtkill.
P - Penguin (Batman Returns) Has a penguin army.
Poison Ivy (Batman & Robin) manipulates plants. Also Plastique, Prot-Goblin, Pyro.
Q - Queen of Fables (comic only) brings storybook characters to life
R - Ra's Al Ghul (Batman Begins) Martial arts and long life
Red Skull (Captain America) great fighting abilities & Riddler (Batman Forever) clever villain. Also Razor Fist, Red Mist, Redeemer, Rhino.
S - Scarecrow (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) Uses Halluciagenic drugs on victims
Sabretooth (Marvel) , Scarab, Sandman, Scorpio, Scarlet Witch, Scorpion, Shocker, Sinestro, Siren, Siryn, Superboy-Prime, Swamp Thing, Sylar.
T - Two Face (Batman, Batman Forever, dark Knight) no powers just flips a coin
Others include Thannos, T-Ray, Toad, Tiger Shark, Tinkerer, & Troll.
U - U foes ( TV series) Various. Also Unus the Untouchable, Ultron, Ultimo, Ulik, Umar, Utgard-Loki & Ultimator
V - Venom (Spider man 3) Same as Spiderman. Also Vargas, Veil, Vixen, Vanisher, Venom, Violater, Vulture & Void.
W - William Stryker (Xmen origins, X2) No powers. Also War, Whilplash, Warrior Woman, Walrus, Warp, Weapon, Weapon X & Wizard
X - Xandu (comic only) Scorcery. Also X-Ray, Xorn, X-Cell & Xao (HYDRA)
Y - Yuriko (X2) same as Wolverine. Also Yellow Claw, Ymir & Yandroth.
Z - Zoom (comic only) controls time. Also Zemo, Zaladane, Zodiac, Zarek, Zorr, Zzzax & Zaxton
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10 Marvel Fun Facts - Did you know....
- Marvel Comics was first known as Timely Comics set up in 1939 by Martin Goodman. Stan Lee became editor in chief in 1941 when he was aged 18, and stayed in the role until 1972
- Marvel once owned the rights to the word "Zombie"
- The first black superhero to have his own comic was Marvels Luke Cage in 1972
- The worlds biggest selling comic book is X-Men #1 (1991) it sold almost 8 Million copies.
- Northstar, a French/Canadian mutant, is Marvels first openly gay superhero. He came out in Alpha Flight #106 (1992)
- The use of the word "Werewolves" in comics was forbidden by the comics code authority.
- Marvel almost went Bankrupt in1996
- Nicholas Hammond was the first actor to play Spider Man on TV. He was in a live action television series on CBS between 1977 & 1979
- Readers were awarded a 'No-Prize' if they spotted any mistakes in the comics. It was an empty envelope and written on it were the words "Congratulations! This envelope contains a genuine Marvel comics No-Prize, which you have just won!."
- Famous writers that have written for Marvel over the years include:
- Kevin Smith (Director)
- Allan Heinberg ('OC' & 'Sex in the city' scriptwriter)
- Jeph Loeb ('Heroes' producer and 'Teenwolf' creator)
- Brian K. Vaughan & Damon Lindelof ('Lost' writers and producers)
- j. Michael Stracyynsk ('Babylon Five' creator)
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10 DC Fun Facts...Did you know...
- In 1963 the Kennedy administration asked DC Comics to involve Superman in their health & fitness program.
- Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) this comic is worth approx. $351,000
- Supermans middle name is Joseph. That would be Clark Joseph Kent and not Kal Joseph El.
- Aquamans Atlantean name is Orin and his Earth name is Arthur.
- Adam Glass, writer for DC Comics, received death threats after a picture of a newly designed, barely clothed version of Harley Quinn debuted in his series.
- The Justice League was formerly known as The Justice League of America.
- The Flash gave his super powers to himself. During the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover comic, he ran so fast that he turned into pure energy, traveled back in time and hit himself as the very bolt of lightening that gave him his super powers in the first place.
- Batman has appeared in more than 6250 comic books, that is more than any other comic character.
- Aquamans arch enemy, Black Manta, only became a super villain because Aquaman failed to rescue him when he was captured by pirates.
- There have been several characters over the years including the speedster Bart Allen , Grandson of Barry Allen, that have adopted the persona of The Flash, however here are the main three.
- First Flash was Joe Garrick
- Second Flash was Barry Allen
- Third Flash was Wallace Rudolph "Wally" West
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krishnam raju on September 05, 2016:
where is thanos
Alan Writes (author) from Manchester, United Kingdom on October 16, 2015:
I know, I don't see it myself but even the stats in the poll on this article show Batman 5% ahead of Superman as the peoples choice of the Superhero that they would most want to be!..... I'M BATMAN
Alan Writes (author) from Manchester, United Kingdom on April 17, 2014:
Especially Spiderman hes THE AMAZING.........
phoebe on April 14, 2014:
mavel super heroes are AMAZING
Ali on May 04, 2013:
What about iron fist and white tiger and power man and nova
Ali on May 04, 2013:
What about iron fist and white tiger and power man and nova
ben on February 25, 2013:
You forgot brainiac from batman, the name sorta says his power. I dont know when he first appeared but he looks like an alien, he has a ufo