BEST BETS: "Jessica Jones," "Big Trouble/Escape from New York" & More October 2016 Highlights
After nearly 1,400 ballots were cast, YOU the reader ranked your favorite comic book characters from 1-10. I assigned point totals to each ranking and then tabulated it all into a Top 100 list. We’re now revealing that list throughout Christmas Eve. Here is the master list of all the characters revealed so far. The countdown continues anew…
100. Beast Boy/Changeling (Garfield Logan) – 127 points (1 first place vote)
Introduced as a junior member of the Doom Patrol, Beast Boy changed his name to Changeling following the seeming death of the Doom Patrol when he joined up with a group of teen heroes to form the NEW Teen Titans. This launched Changeling to stardom, as he was the comic relief of the Teen Titans (and the youngest member). He was one of the most popular characters of the 1980s. He fell on some lean years during the 1990s when the Titans got a little too grim and gritty for Gar to have a real place on the team (he even turned evil for a time – lordy that was not a good look for Gar). When Geoff Johns re-introduced the Teen Titans with older Titans as the mentors to the teens, Gar (now called Beast Boy) was along for the ride. He also was part of the popular Teen Titans Go cartoon series. I don’t believe he has shown up yet in DC’s New 52.
99. Phantom Stranger – 129 points (2 first place votes)
Introduced in his own short-lived 1950s title, it was during the 1960s that the Stranger became a major part of the DC Universe, as the DC Universe did not really come into focus until the mid-1960s (until then, titles rarely interacted with each other). The Stranger’s forte was showing up at times of crisis when heroes needed assistance in fighting against paranormal villains. He even became a member of the Justice League! He has played this role ever since – popping in here and there to help out against a mystic villain.
98. Vril Dox – 130 points (4 first place votes)
Son of the villain, Brainiac, Vril Dox inherited his father’s brains, but luckily not his passion for evil. The younger Dox tended to work for the greater good. That is, of course, if he was the one who was in charge and if he was being compensated. Power-mad, Dox came up with a scheme to create an intergalactic police force known as LEGION. Planets would pay him for their protection. His own son turned against him, leading Dox and a group of former LEGION members to go on the runs as REBELS. Eventually, Dox took back control of his organization. He had to go on the run again after an attack by the evil Starro, but he eventually once again took control. That’s what Dox is good at. He has yet to show up in the new 52.
97. The Shade (Richard Swift) – 131 points (1 first place vote)
Introduced as just your typical Golden Age villain, the Shade was re-envisioned by James Robinson during Robinson’s Starman series. As it turned out, the Shade was only playing at being a super-villain. In reality, he was a much more morally ambiguous character. He had become immortal in the early 19th Century and had spent his life taking on all sorts of roles (aided by his power to manipulate shadows). He eventually decided to
reside in Opal City where he became, more or less, a defender of the city and a mentor to Jack Knight, who became the new Starman (Shade had fought Jack’s father during the Golden Age, as well).
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