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5 Red Superheroes from DC Comics


The Flash (debut 1940)

Real superheroes are red and the most popular red costumed hero is undoubtedly The Flash who is still running at break neck super speed despite the fact that he is over 70 years of age. He has been played by at least four characters from DC comics since his initial entry as Barry Allen in the 1940s. Not to be confused, there was also his nephew Kid Flash and a weird villain called Reverse Flash.

Scarlet Runner

The Flash was also known as the Scarlet Speedster but the Flash moniker is the best by far. He has a close friendship with Green Lantern. There was a female Flash too when Jesse Chambers stood in for the Flash for a brief period.

Red Tornado DC Comics Superhero

Red Tornado DC Comics Superhero

Red Tornado DC Comics

Made his debut in Justice League of America 1968

The only one with 'red' in their name this superhero is called John Smith but the initial Red Tonado was a woman called Ma Hunkel who fought crime in the 1940s. The modern RT has the ability to fly at supersonic speed and can create cyclones. He is one of the goodies and works for the Justice League of America. He joined forces with the trio of Impulse.

Young Justice and Teen Titans

Robin and Superboy to form Young Justice, a group of crime fighters similar to Teen Titans. Despite being killed more than 7 times and most recently by Solomon Grundy John's body still functions in the 31st century where superhero Wildfire controls it. I guess that superheroes never die or become old gracefully.

Arsenal DC Comics Super Hero

Arsenal DC Comics Super Hero

Arsenal DC Comics

Bow and arrow are his forte (originally called Speedy circa 1941)

Roy Harper Junior is known as Arsenal in the DC Comics Universe. Roy also goes by the name of Red Arrow when he is a member of the Justice League of America. He is a long time admired of Green Arrow (his guardian). When he was a teenager, and Teen Titan founder member, he was known by the name Speedy. During this time he teamed up with Green Arrow fighting crime.

Roy became a drug addict and had Black Canary to thank for helping him to make a full recovery. A bit of a womaniser he has dated other superheroes, namely, Dona Troy, Cheshire, Hawkgirl, Grace Choi and The Huntress, who was also an expert with a bow and arrow.

Captain Marvel of DC Comics

Captain Marvel of DC Comics

Captain Marvel DC Comics

The Marvel family (Shazam origins 1939)

The Marvel family consists of three superheros who actually shared their superhero abilities if all three were battling baddies at the same time. Billy Batson was poor and living on the streets when he discovered a mystery cave that was home to a wizard called Shazam. When Billy uttered the name 'Shazam' he transformed into a superhero with the wizards powers.

Mary Marvel, sister of Captain Marvel shared his powers when she uttered the wizards name. Their friend Freddy Freeman was known as Shazam and wore a blue superhero costume. Mary wore a white version and Captain Marvel is resplendent in red but he was once called the 'big red cheese'. The family first appeared in 1940 and Mary's entrance was 2 years later.

Batwoman of DC Comics fame

Batwoman of DC Comics fame

Batwoman DC Comics

Lady in Red

Finally, we have a lady among our comic book superheroes. Kate Kane is Batwoman, a do gooder like her more famous male counterpart, Batman.

Kate Kane is Batwoman

She is a billionaire and a well known socialite in Gotham City. Her love interest is 'The Question' despite the fact that her modern persona since 2006 indicates that she is a lesbian.

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Bat-a-Rang Kate Kane

Her friend Nightwing provided her with a deadly weapon called the Batarang. It is not that she needs such a weapon because she is a martial arts ace. She also gets access to all of Batman's gadgets. Kate is a member of the Justice League of America. She made her debut in Detective Comics in 1956 and looks quite well for someone in their mid fifties.

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Are red superhero costumes the best? - Do you prefer Green Arrow, Blue Beetle or Black Manta

green-blogger on June 12, 2014:

Will Guy Gardner as a Red Lantern make it on your list?

anonymous on June 29, 2013:

I do love super heroes and I also love red. But I never made the connection between the two. Sorry. But my faves will always be Superman and Wonder Woman.

LeopoldBlatt (author) on February 02, 2013:

@OneHappyFeet: I love Spidey myself, especially in his new guise in the latest movie. I like the Marvel comic book heroes like Spider-man just as much, if not more so, as the Superheroes of the DC Universe. But I love the baddies best of all (there are so many of them too). Thank you One Happy Feet for stopping by and visiting my comic book article.

Lora Riley on January 30, 2013:

I am a spiderman fan.

LeopoldBlatt (author) on November 01, 2012:

@orange3 lm: Thank you orange3 for visiting and commenting. Your name could well be used for a new superhero type. Perhaps a mix of some of those red ones here.

orange3 lm on November 01, 2012:

I love the superheros in red! You showed me some new ones here today. Thanks

Gabriel from U.S. on October 03, 2012:

@LeopoldBlatt: Lol, yes excellent name just need the powers and story behind it. Yeah I probably should. It might be a while till I post it any way don't have to much of the story written down yet its all in my head.

LeopoldBlatt (author) on October 03, 2012:

@ShadowSphereOT: Hello SSoT, I am not ofey with the rating business but you perhaps should err on the side of caution. I just realized that I had created a new superhero when I typed the last sentence. Its SHUDDER lol.

Gabriel from U.S. on October 02, 2012:

@LeopoldBlatt: Your right on what I plan to do with the heroes. Didn't consider them being villains instead interesting concept though. Perhaps as an alternate universe. I will let you know when I do. It will have some violence in it don't know if I should put it as a rated R though.

LeopoldBlatt (author) on October 02, 2012:

@ShadowSphereOT: Great that you will put up a teaser. I hope it helps you in your endeavours. I believe that you are correct about the Emerald hero being too close to GL. I like the societies (justice Leagues etc.) so perhaps you can link your 3 into a secret society supervillains group. Or superheroes group...but the villains are more popular, it seems. Let me know when you post your new lens.

Gabriel from U.S. on September 30, 2012:

@LeopoldBlatt: Thanks, in the story its not with the name shadow but Emerald Shield. But, then It reminds me of green Lantern too much. there are actually 3 heroes in my story not that they all start out that way. One I was thinking of naming ShadowKnight. Any ways maybe I will put up a section of what I got so far soon. And, of course I'll return to comment, keeps a conversation going.

LeopoldBlatt (author) on September 30, 2012:

@ShadowSphereOT: You are bang on with the name, I like it. Perhaps you could publish your story as a squidoo superhero lens, or at least a segment of it, for advertising your work. Good luck with it either way, and thanks for returning to comment.

Gabriel from U.S. on September 29, 2012:

@LeopoldBlatt: Yeah they do, I know what you mean. No problem, any thing superheroes usually calls my attention. Yeah you're right about the name thanks, I'm actually coming up with my own super hero story.

LeopoldBlatt (author) on September 29, 2012:

@ShadowSphereOT: Things in the DC and Marvel Universes move along so quickly that I cannot keep up with the changes. New outfits appear all the time. Subtle changes occur which means buying the new one to keep up to date. Plastic man looks great too. Thank you Shadow Sphere of Thought for visiting. Your name would do justice to a new Superhero.

Gabriel from U.S. on September 21, 2012:

Red superheroes are cool, what about Plastic man, and the new costume of Wonder Woman?

LeopoldBlatt (author) on September 11, 2012:

@Tennyhawk: Thank you Tennyhawk for your nostalgia comment. Its great when we remember long forgotten things from childhood. I loved The Flash as a kid and my fondness for Red Super Heroes never waned. Some say, I never grew up.

LeopoldBlatt (author) on September 11, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you debtfreeguy for liking these super heroes in red costumes. I have been visiting your excellent lenses too. Superb work.

anonymous on September 07, 2012:

You actually showed me a few I never saw before. Thanks

LeopoldBlatt (author) on September 05, 2012:

@anonymous: All the glamour ones wear red, especially my favorite The Flash. Thank you, rauspitz, for commenting.

anonymous on September 03, 2012:

Haven't been into comic books much lately but the red ones are generally the most interesting.

LeopoldBlatt (author) on August 31, 2012:

@anonymous: He is also at the top of my dc superheroes list. I am a huge fan of these comic super heroes. Living life in the fast lane as the flash does. Thank you TeamSTM for commenting.

LeopoldBlatt (author) on August 31, 2012:

@CraftaholicVete: Our Halloween party will have a superhero theme and we are all dressing up in our favourite Superhero outfits. I think it will be The Flask for me. Superb. Thank you for visiting my superheroes and heroines CraftaholicVeteran1.

CraftaholicVete on August 29, 2012:

I like them all but Red is my favorite color,lol. My son would love this lens. Glad I found it.

anonymous on August 27, 2012:

Flash is one of my Favorites, I can only imagine what Running at those Speeds Must Feel like!!

LeopoldBlatt (author) on August 27, 2012:

@Echo Phoenix: Great memories of your early comic days. But the print quality was nothing compared to today's perfection. Still, our imagination still ran riot with our Superheroes (red, of course).

Halcyon days. I appreciate the comment Echo Tarpeian, thank you.

Echo Phoenix on August 25, 2012:

Red is Hot! I am not up on comics much these days but growing up in the '60s of course I had Superman, Spiderman & Daredevil! I was a comic book junkie in those days. Fab lens!

LeopoldBlatt (author) on July 05, 2012:

@squidoogiftsfor: Thank you for visiting my superhero article and for commenting too.

squidoogiftsfor on July 05, 2012:

Gregagwowat lens, well done!

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