O Say Can You See: The Greatest Patriotic Super Heroes of All-Time
After nearly 1,400 ballots were cast, YOU the reader ranked your favorite comic book characters of all-time from 1-10. I assigned point totals to each ranking and then tabulated it all into a Top 50 list. We’re now revealing that list throughout September. Here is the master list of all the characters revealed so far. The countdown continues…
14. Doctor Strange – 1258 points (9 first place votes)
Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Stephen Strange was a gifted surgeon whose partying lifestyle came to a crashing halt when he was in an accident, leaving his hands too nerve-shattered to perform surgery anymore.
Searching for a cure, Strange event traveled to a mystic, the Anicent One, Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme.
Cutting to the chase, Strange mends his bad ways and becomings the Ancient One’s apprentice, and eventually, becomes the Sorcerer Supreme HIMself!
Although Strange had been a member of the Defenders for many years, it was only in recent times that he became a member of the Avengers. During this period in his life, though, Strange lost his title of the Sorcerer Supreme, with Brother Voodoo taking on the mantle. Now Strange is once again “just” a master of the mystic arts, abilities that he uses as a still powerful ally for the side of good.
13. Nightcrawler – 1284 points (34 first place votes)
Kurt Wagner, created by Dave Cockrum and Len Wein (mostly Cockrum), was a member of the All-New, All-Different X-Men.
Kurt was interesting because while he LOOKED like a demon( his teleporting powers even SMELLD like brimstone when he teleported), he was really a jocular guy who was quite religious.
He was basically Errol Flynn, if Flynn looked like a monster. He even gets the ladies like Flynn, but he left the other Flynn predilection for younger women to his teammate, Colossus.
After serving with the X-Men for many years, Kurt was injured in battle, along with Kitty Pryde. While the two recuperated, the X-Men were feared dead.
The two helped form a new team in England to carry on, calling themselves Excalibur. Here, Kurt came into his own, becoming the leader of the team. When the group disbanded, he went back to the X-Men, where he served well as a stalwart member of the team until he sacrificed himself to save Hope, a young mutant who was destined to save the mutant race.
His death has greatly affected all his friends in the X-Men.
12. Magneto – 1432 points (15 first place votes)
Appearing in the first issue of the X-Men, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Magneto was the opposite of Professor X.
While Professor X wanted to integrate mutants with humans, Magneto was just totally crazy, and wanted to, like, nuke the Earth or some crazy crap like that.
Eventually, when Chris Claremont took over the writing chores on X-Men, he made Magneto a LOT more sympathetic, and that’s basically the portrayal we see today (and in the X-Men films), where Magneto’s positions are shown as just a little more aggressive than Professor X’s, but not, like, totally insane.
In fact, at one point, Professor X even left Magneto in charge of his school! That did not turn out so well, but it is the thought that counts!
Recently, Magneto decided that he was wrong to fight against the X-Men and came to Cyclops to offer himself up as a member of the X-Men. Despite a great deal of misgivings about it, Cyclops agreed to let Magneto join the team. Magneto has served the team well so far.
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