Luke Cage History: From Hero for Hire to Hollywood
TV, Comic Books
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…
96. Robotman (Cliff Steele) – 132 points (3 first place votes)
Clff Steele was a famous race car driver who nearly died in a terrible car crash. Luckily (or should I say “luckily”) for him, Doctor Niles Caulder was able to save his brain and place in a robot body. Now known as Robotman, Cliff was a member of Caulder’s so-called “Doom Patrol,” consisting of various heroes who also had freakish problems like Cliff. Eventually Cliff was seemingly killed along with the rest of the Doom Patrol, but he managed to survive (it is hard to kill just a brain). He served with a pair of new Doom Patrols before the weirdest Doom Patrols of all-time started up, in the Doom Patrol written by Grant Morrison. Cliff was the straight man in a bunch of bizarre characters. And when your straight man is a dude who is just a brain in a robot body, well, you know your series is really weird.
Currently, Cliff is starring in his own feature in My Greatest Adventure. It remains to be seen how much of his continuity is the same. The series is quite good, by the way. Matt Kindt is doing a bang up job.
95. Captain Atom (Nathaniel Adam) – 133 points (2 first place votes)
Nathaniel Adam was an Air Force pilot who was experimented on, turned into a powerful being known as Captain Atom.
In the pre-Flashpoint continuity, the accident was in the past and it leaped Adam forward into the future (our present) where he became a longstanding member of Justice League International.
Currently, Adam just recently became Captain Atom and his powers are even stronger than they were in the old continuity. He is more like Dr. Manhattan than anything else.
94. Elongated Man (Ralph Dibny) – 135 points (2 first place votes)
Ralph Dibny grew up fascinated by contortionists (hey, everybody needs a hobby, right?). He eventually discovered a drink called “Gingold” that would allow one’s body to, well, elongate. Ralph drank it and became the costumed adventurer known as the Elongated Man. However, while Ralph wore a costume, he really did not care about his secret identity. He let the whole world know who he was – he liked the fame. He was a world-class detective and his nose would twitch when he “smelled a mystery.” Ralph dated a socialite who he married name Sue. Sue and Ralph were basically the Nick and Nora Charles of the DC Universe. They were an awesome, fun and entertaining couple who clearly loved each other.
Ralph served with the Justice League for a number of years and Sue became a valuable addition to the League, as well, serving in a behind-the-scenes capacity.
They last appeared in a comic book in 2003. Hopefully they will pop up in the New 52!
93. Amanda Waller – 136 points (1 first place vote)
Few DC characters have an origin like Amanda Waller. A married woman living in a housing project in Chicago with her husband and her kids, Waller’s life was turned upside down when her husband and two of her children were murdered. Waller determined that she would get out of the projects and make a better life for her surviving children. So she managed to pay her way through school where she became a Congressional aide. Once there, she began collecting secrets until she discovered the secret history of the Suicide Squad. Eventually she manipulated her way into getting the secret agency up and running again, with her as its head!
She served as the head of the Suicide Squad for many years, also managing to take on other roles in the government, both the United States and the United Nations.
Oddly enough, Barry Allen had this weird problem with non-thin black women, so when he changed the DC Universe during Flashpoint, he made Amanda into a tall, thin woman. She still leads the Suicide Squad, though.
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