Jefimus' top 30 favorite DC Superheroes Picture

DC Comics has brought us some of the greatest superheroes ever created, and now it's my duty to honor 30 of my personal favorites

30. Beast Boy: Real Name Garfield Logan First appearance The Doom Patrol #99(Nov. 1965), A Former member of the underrated Superhero team know as the Doom Patrol Beast Boy gained his ability to transform into any animal from real to illustrated when he contracted a rare illness that nearly killed him. It was only an untested serum administered by his parents that saved his life. While in animal form, Garfield retains his unusual skin coloration, however, he also gains the abilities of each animal, whether it’s the strength of a gorilla or the speed of a cheetah. Upbeat, flirtatious and a bit of a joker, Beast Boy retains an air of affability at almost all times. Quite a feat, considering the loss of his parents, his rough childhood under a foster father and the physical changes brought to his skin and hair color due to the serum. Although he often uses his humor to hide the emotional pain he suffered from these hardships, the bonds he’s formed with his fellow super heroes has lessened his pain, and he trusts and loves his friends completely. I like his personality in Teen Titans where he looks the part of a class clown as well as in Young Justice where he acts like a little kid among a band of teen superheroes.

29. Green Arrow: Real Name: Oliver Queen, First Appearance, More Fun Comics #73 (Nov. 1941) For being an amalgam of Robin Hood and Bruce Wayne, Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) has made quite the name for himself in the DCU. the bloodiest bleeding heart liberal to ever grace the page and a self made millionaire whose mad archery skills would put Robin Hood to shame. But unlike the Supes or Bats He’s penchant womanizer and absentee father, and a man who isn’t boldly perfect, but struggles to be the greatest. Green Arrow's popularity has exploded in the last year thanks to the TV series Arrow. That series may come to have as large an impact on DC's Hollywood presence as Man of Steel and the Dark Knight movies.

28. Black Lighting: Real Name: Jefferson Pierce , First Appearance: Black Lightning #1 (Apr. 1977) lack Lightning was one of DC's first black superheroes. Why he felt the need to advertise that fact in his superhero name, we'll never know. Regardless, Jefferson Pierce is a true hero and a born badass that has more than earned his spot on the Justice League. As if it weren't enough that he can manipulate electricity like a master, he's an Olympic-level athlete that can deliver the pain to supervillains with no powers needed.

27. Green Lantern Real Name John Stewart, First Appearance: Green Lantern #87 (Dec. 1971) One of the first dominant African-American heroes in the pages of DC Comics, John is notable not only for the green power ring that he wears on his finger, but also his career as a United States marine. Though he started as a backup for Hal Jordan, by the 1980s the Guardians had selected John for full-time duty. Unfortunately after the death of his wife, Katma Tui, John’s life went into a downward spiral of near-suicide (not the character’s high point) until he picked himself up by his bootstraps and continued on with his life. He continues to be a tremendous asset to the Corps, playing key roles in everything from Green Lantern: Rebirth to Brightest Day. Even after Hal’s return from beyond the grave, John continued to be the Justice League’s Green Lantern member for quite some time. Notably, John Stewart has gone from semi-obscurity in the mainstream to absolute recognition. His starring role in the acclaimed Justice League cartoons as Earth’s primary Green Lantern has only added to the public’s awareness of diversity in the Green Lantern Corps and as a stern badass who took crap from nobody.

26. Jonah Hex Real Name: None First Appearance, All-Star Western #10 (Mar. 1972), Hex isn't the only cowboy hero at DC by any stretch, but he's remained the most popular since his introduction in 1972. Maybe it's his distinctive, scarred visage or his gruff, anti-hero personality. Maybe it's the fact that he's a very versatile hero, starring in colorful supernatural adventures as readily as straightforward, gritty Wild West tales. Hex's adventures aren't limited he's butted heads with modern heroes in New 52 This versatility will ensure that Hex endures in comics, even if his movie career isn't looking so hot.

25. Swamp Thing: Real Name: Alec Holland First Appearance: Swamp Thing #1 (Nov. 1972) A talking vegetable doesn’t exactly engage the imagination but look closer: his backstory is a little more complicated than him just being a muck monster. In the simplest of terms, Swamp Thing is an elemental entity that thinks it’s a person. Essentially, the swamp absorbed the memories and personality of Alec Holland (as well as many other individuals throughout history) and parades around as if it is truly those people. After his experiments on his "bio-restorative formula" were sabotaged, Alec Holland emerged from the swamp as a lumbering, mossy creature known as Swamp Thing. But though the character pretty quickly transitioned to TV and film, much of the Swamp Thing's depth and enduring appeal came courtesy of Alan Moore's legendary comic book run. Since then, Swamp Thing has struggled with his conenction to the lifeforce known as The Green and the thorny issue of whether he's a man turne dinto a monster, or merely a monster who thinks it used to be a man.

24. Wildcat: Real Name Ted Grant First Appearance: Sensation Comics #1 (Jan. 1942)ed Grant has his roots deeply planted in the DCU. Not only is he a founding member of the Justice Society of America, but Grant is also responsible for training the new generations of heroes that seem to crop up like weeds. Oh, Grant also taught Batman everything he knows about boxing. So there’s that. Furthermore, Wildcat jumps into fights with some of the universe’s greatest threats without a moment’s hesitation. Sure, he’s protected by some magical “nine lives” spell, but that doesn’t change the fact that Grant is an old man who has yet to keel over from a heart attack. The man doesn’t even have one liver spot! Wildcat is almost more mystifying than The Spectre.

23. Booster Gold: Real Name Michael Jon Carter, First Appearance: Booster Gold #1 (Feb. 1986) Never meeting a camera he didn’t like, Booster Gold’s lust for media attention is a welcome diversion from the moody heroes who prefer to keep it obscure. Micheal Jon Carter was a jerk. who stole 25th Century tech and tried to make a name for himself in the past as a superhero. But here's the thing Folks in the present day DC Universe don't tend to see Booster Gold as the great hero he imagines himself to be. He's more of a running joke. Booster quickly learned heroism was about more than gadgets and corporate sponsors, especially in "Infinite Crisis. The combination of goofball humor and time travel antics always make Booster's misadventures fun to read.

22. Rorschach Real Name: Walter Korvic First Appearance: Watchmen 1 (Sept. 1986) Even though he only appeared in all 12 issues of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ “Watchmen”, Rorschach was one of the best Characters in the comic book series and one of the most compelling and frightening characters in comic book history. His gravelly voice, lighting fast combat moves make him someone you don’t want Frick with, that and his uncompromising black-and-white nature are only the tip of the iceberg. In the Watchmen universe, Rorschach alone carried on his crusade when all other heroes had retired or signed up with the government. One has to admire his determination, if not necessarily his methods. In the end, Rorschach was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that the truth was heard and that humanity wouldn't be saved through compromise.

21. Dick Grayson: Names, Robin, Nightwing, First Appearance: Detective Comics #38 (Apr. 1940) , Dick Grayson went from swinging on rooftops as Batman’s stooge to a born leader forming the Teen Titans. He graduated from being Robin, the original teen sidekick, to becoming Nightwing, a full-fledged hero in his own right. Dick doesn't have the infinite resources and unbreakable will of Batman, but he keeps fighting anyway. And therein rests the core of his appeal as a hero. You might even say He's like the Peter Parker of the DCU.

20. Raven: Real Name: Rachel Roth First Appearance DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980) Emotions can drive people to act in strange and unusual ways. Love can cause you to do crazy things. Sadness can throw you into lethargy. Anger can lead you to violence. But for the hero known as Raven, any extreme emotion can do far worse: It can unleash her demonic side and cause her to destroy the world. But Raven want to prevent it. Half human, half demon, Raven struggles to keep her demonic side under control. She vows to stop her demon father Trigon' s desire to conquest. The Titans resident brooding mystic became a very popular character thanks to the Teen Titans cartoon.

19. Hawkgirl: Real Name Shiera Hall First Appearance Flash Comics #1 (January 1940) Far more than just being a female sidekick to Hawkman, Hawkgirl has established herself as a heroine equal to and even superior to her namesake. Maybe that's why she was the one to be cast as a major player on the Justice League animated series, where she was a short tempered fighting machine who always plays bad cop. Like Hawkman, Hawkgirl soars on a set of artificial wings and boasts all manner of powers bestowed by her Nth metal technology. But while Hawkman is often a slave to the cycle of death, rebirth, and renewed romance that ensnares the two, Hawkgirl would rather seek her own destiny.


18. Donna Troy: Real Name None First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold #60 (July 1965) We’re going to be honest here; familiarizing yourself with the backstory of Donna Troy is like trying to read an encyclopedia that’s constantly being revised. She might have the most unnecessarily complex history in all of comics. First she was an orphan; then she was a cloned play-thing for Wonder Woman during her childhood; then she was both of those (plus more) in an amalgam that was self-aware of the existence of the Multiverse. Donna Troy has gone by Wonder Girl, Darkstar, Troia and Wonder Woman for a short stint coming out of Infinite Crisis. Geez, talk about a true identity crisis. But even if Donna Troy’s origin flip-flops every other week, the character has served a major purpose in the DCU since her inception. It seems the powers that be at DC are still searching for that perfect niche to place Donna Troy into. But something can be said for the major roles Donna Troy has played in multiple DCU company events. Her crazy origins do not change the fact that she’s a hero no matter which version you study up on.

17. Power Girl Real Name: Karen Starr First Appearance: All-Star Comics # 58 (February 1976) One of the strongest women in the DCU Power girl stands out in a crowd consisting of Supermen Batmen and Wonder Women. With Kryptonian level powers equal to Supergirl’s Power Girl has the potential to be as great of a hero The Man of Steel is. Since she is the reincarnation of the Earth-2 Supergirl.

16. Zatanna: Real Name Zatanna Zatara First Appearance:HAWKMAN #4 (1964) With a name like Zatanna Zatara, becoming a professional stage magician almost seems like an unquestionable career choice. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the illusions she creates and the spells she weaves to dazzle the audience just so happen to be real.

15. Barbera Gordan Other Aliases Batgirl Oracle First Appearance: Detective Comics #359 (Jan. 1967) The original Batgirl was introduced in the 1950's as part of a mother/daughter duo aimed at convincing the world Batman wasn't gay. We're more interested in the second Batgirl, Barbera Gordon. Babs was introduced to the comics just ahead of her appearance on the 1960's TV series, and she's been integral to the franchise ever since. Her heroic mettle was put to the ultimate test when she was shot and paralyzed by Joker. Proving that heart and will make a hero, not muscle, she carried on as the computer expert Oracle. Babs has been given a second chance with the New 52, and she continues to soldier on the face of all adversity.

14. Katana real name: Tatsu Yamashiro First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders #1. (1983) Now for a Super hero from the far east. Katana is a sword-wielding Japanese super-hero with magical weaponry. Her blade is the Soultaker Sword, a relic that steals the essence of those it slays and stores them inside. It was taken in a duel with the man who killed her family, Takeo Yamashiro. Batman eventually recruited her to become a member of his black-ops team the Outsiders during a mission in Markovia. She is also been a member of the Birds of Prey.

13. Supergirl Real Name: Kara Zor-El, First Appearance: Superman #123 (Aug. 1958) Born of the Silver Age that saw everything from a Super Baby to a Super Monkey, This superhero is the female counterpart and cousin to the man of steel. Kara was originally from Argo City, which survived the destruction of Kryton, she came to Earth when her home finally became unable to support life. A mess of continuity changes aside -- she’s gone through the obligatory death, clone, wiped from existence, and resurrection process -- Kara has risen to prominence on her own in the last decade or so. She’s stepped out of the shadow of her cousin and is slowly building a life that is her own. But in every case, Supergirl has been one of DC's most powerful heroes, and a standard to hold other female heroes against.

12. Black Canary: Don't let the fishnets fool you Black Canary is one of the oldest female heroes in the DC Universe, with the original being a martial arts expert and core member of the WWII-era Justice Society. But it's the modern incarnation most fans remember. Dinah Lance pairs her combat skills with a wicked sonic scream that leaves enemies reeling. She's been both the leader of the Justice League and the Birds of Prey, as well as the frequent on again/off again lover of Green Arrow. And thanks to shows like Smallville, Justice League Unlimited, and now Arrow, her Hollywood presence is increasing all the time.

11. Starfire: Real Name: Koriand'r, First Appearance: First Appearance: DC Comic Presents, #26 1980. The teen titan known as Starfire has come a long way from her initial conception as "Red Sonja in space." This hotheaded alien princess traveled to Earth and became one of the core members of the 1980's-era Teen Titans, a group that frequently rivaled the X-Men in popularity. She's been a mainstay of the Titans in various incarnations ever since. Much of Starfire's appeal comes from her joyful personality and unfamiliarity with Earth culture and customs, elements that were heavily emphasized in the popular Teen Titans animated series. After all she the team's resident fish out of water who's like that foreign exchange student. Sadly little was carried in the new 52 and alot of it was abused in Teen Titans Go!

10. Martian Manhunter Real Name: Jonn J’onzz First Appearance: Detective Comics #225 (November 1955) As tragic as Superman's origin is, at least he was just a baby when he was sent rocketing away from his doomed world. J'onn J'onzz had to watch his family, his people, and his entire Martian culture burn down before his eyes. But rather than wallowing in misery to the end of his days, the Martian Manhunter made a second home on Earth. He's found plenty in human culture worth fighting for, including his favorite delicacy - Choco cookies. And with his Superman-level abilities, he's a force to be reckoned with. J'onn has been a recurring member of the Justice League in the comics and animated series, and we imagine it's only a matter of time before he appears on the big screen as well.

9. Hawkman: Real Name Carter Hall First Appearance: Flash Comics #1 (Jan. 1940) Warning: do not make fun of this man for looking like Prince Adam with a bird fetish or he will bash your face in without question Granted the power of flight by the mystical Thanagarian metal, the man call Carter Hall is much needed mix of Egyptian mysticism and melodrama. Despite a confusing continuity and stubborn nature he's also one of the few Justice League members that will spill a lot of blood in the name of what’s right, hero code be damned! And Nothing is gonna stop from using that snazzy mace to crack some jerk upside the head.

8. Shazam Real Name Billy Batson First Appearance Whiz Comics The hero once known as Captain Marvel (legal battles convinced DC to change the name), was once more popular than Batman or Superman. Young readers identified with the concept of an ordinary boy who could transform into the World's Mightiest Mortal simply by uttering the word "Shazam!" Superman was the cool, confident dad, but Captain Marvel was more like a brother. Shazam has never quite regained that popularity, but he's remained an important part of the DC Universe since they acquired the character from Fawcett Comics. He recently underwent a modern revamp in the pages of Justice League, and he's poised for even bigger things in the months and years ahead. Just say the Magic word and become The World Mightiest Mortal Shazam!!

7. The Flash (Barry Allen) Real Name Barry Allen First Appearance Showcase #4 (Oct. 1956) Barry Allen's debut in 1956 is credited with kicking off the Silver Age of comics. Barry assumed the mantle of the Flash from Golden Age hero Jay Garrick. He quickly proved to be one of the most popular of DC's new wave of heroes thanks to his almost limitless speed powers, his colorful adventures across time and space, and his neverending struggle to balance his superhero antics with his professional and personal lives. Despite his incredible speed, Barry always has a reputation for being late. Barry was killed off in the 1986 story Crisis on Infinite Earths, casting a long shadow on the rest of the DCU in the process. But he's since returned and taken up the mantle of the Flash all over again.

6. Aquaman: Real Name Arthur Curry First Appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (Nov. 1941) Aquaman may forever be the butt of pop culture jokes thanks to his portrayal on the Super Friends cartoons and its various spinoffs. How can a guy who talks to fish hold up against the likes of Batman or Superman? Pretty well, as anyone who has spent much time reading Aquaman comics will tell you. Aquaman is not only as strong and capable in battle as anyone who swims miles under the surface of the ocean would need to be, he's the leader of the vast underwater kingdom of Atlantis. Aquaman's core appeal lies in the fact that his loyalties are constantly tested. Does he side with the surface world, where he was raised, or with his people in Atlantis?

5. Cyborg: Real Name: Victor Stone, First Appearance: DC Comic Presents, #26 1980. When jock Victor Stone lost all his athletic abilities thanks to an experiment gone wrong conducted by his father, he made a big come back as a cold steel super hero. Forget his enhanced strength and advanced weaponry - Cyborg's ability to tap into computer networks makes him one of Earth's most formidable heroes. Cyborg's star was already on the rise thanks to the Teen Titans animated series. But thanks to the New 52 relaunch, he's now firmly established as one of the founding members of the Justice League.

4. Green Lantern: Real Name Hal Jordan First Appearance: Showcase #22 (Oct. 1959) They used to call Sinestro the greatest Green Lantern. Now Hal Jordan holds that title. As with Barry Allen, Hal Jordan helped usher in the Silver Age at DC by taking on the mantle of a familiar Golden Age hero. But with Hal came an entirely new mythology featuring the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps. Hal became the first human ever to wield a ring, and his adventures have taken him from one end of the universe to the other, and places beyond. He's starred in one mediocre Hollywood movie and one criminally under-appreciated animated series. Hal has suffered as much as any hero in comics, and yet the fierce willpower that fuels his ring is never dimmed. Truly, Jordan is a man without fear, making him the perfect Green Lantern. Unless you count the whole genocide thing

3. Wonder Woman Real Name: Princess Diana of Themyscira First Appearance All Star Comics #8 (December 1941) Among the very first female superheroes, Wonder Woman has been a DC icon ever since her 1940 debut. She was created by the same psychologist who invented the polygraph test, which explains the magical "Lasso of Truth" she wields alongside her unbreakable gauntlets and her Amazonian strength. Wonder Woman has been a founding member of the Justice League in just about every incarnation of the DCU. She's as strong as Superman and as fierce as Batman. And though she hasn't had much luck in Hollywood outside of the popular 1970's TV series and various animated projects, she's been a feminist icon for decades. Everyone, girl or boy, can admire Wonder Woman's strength and compassion for humanity.

2. Batman Real Name: Bruce Wayne Appearance: Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) You can trace the various inspirations for Batman clearly enough. He's equal parts Zorro, Sherlock Holmes, and the Shadow. But put all those elements together and you arrive at something truly special. Since 1939, Bat-fans have been fascinated by the saga of a man who dresses like a bat in order to inspire fear in the hearts of criminals. It's a saga that has played out in every form of media. Unlike most of DC's heroes, Batman has no superhuman abilities. He merely has the training, the resources, and most importantly, the will to wage a one-man war on crime. And it's a testament to that will that no one ever questions whether Batman has what it takes to stand alongside the rest of the Justice League. Any human who can defeat Superman through sheer cleverness deserves to be feared and admired.

1. Superman Real Name: Kal-El, Clark Kent First Appearance Action Comics #1 (June 1938) Whether you label Superman as the first superhero depends on what your definition of "superhero" is. But whether or not he was first, he's undoubtedly the best. Superman is the purest distillation of everything we love about heroes. He has the tragic, almost Biblical origin - a baby is sent hurtling from a doomed planet, is adopted by a human couple, and grows up to become the world's premiere defender of Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Thanks to his Kryptonian physiology, he's a hero of almost unlimited strength. But what makes Superman great is that it's not about "the American Way." He cares about everyone, regardless of creed, color, or nationality. He's a man who should be profoundly lonely and unhappy in the universe, but instead embraces his new home and shows us all a heroic ideal to aspire to. He's become an international icon arguably more famous than Mickey Mouse, and he endures every revamp, reboot, and re-imagining largely unchanged. What worked 70 years ago still works today.
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