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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…
9. Cyclops – 1736 points (37 first place votes)
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Scott Summers was an original member of the X-Men. His ability to blast concussive beams from his eyes (controlled only by his ruby quartz glasses) made him a powerful force to be reckoned with.
Scott was the leader of the X-Men, and when the team was replaced by an All-New, All-Different group of X-Men, Scott stayed behind to be the leader and elder statesman, as it were, to the new group.
Scott had been dating his teammate, Jean Grey, and the two stayed together even as she left the team. She soon returned, but (unknowing to Scott) soon was replaced by a cosmic being that looked like Jean. The cosmic being eventually went nuts, and killed itself rather than continuing to kill others. Scott was distraught, and left the X-Men.
The retired Cyclops met a woman who looked just like Jean, and the two married and had a child. However, when the REAL Jean returned, Scott quickly went to rejoin her. His wife was then revealed to be an evil clone of Jean.
Scott formed a new team called X-Factor, made up of the original X-Men. Eventually, X-Factor merged back into the X-Men, where Scott was once again leader of the X-Men. Scott and Jean married.
Over time, their marriage became more of a close friendship than anything, so when Emma Frost joined the X-Men, Scott was drawn to her, and the two began having a psychic affair. Jean found out about it and Scott broke it off, but when Jean was killed, he reunited with Emma, in a more conventional relationship.
Eventually, after the Xavier Institute was destroyed one too many times by bad guys, Scott and Emma decided to move the X-Men to San Francisco. And when THAT didn’t work, either, Scott established a mutant island nation, of sorts, called Utopia. It became the home of not just the X-Men but pretty much any mutant who wants sanctuary. This has been the home base of the X-Men’s operations ever since.
Recently, though, there have been those, most notably Wolverine, who have had issues with Cyclops’ leadership style and this appears ready to turn the united X-Men into, well, a fractured group of mutants.
8. Doctor Doom – 1808 points (23 first place votes)
Doctor Doom, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, is that rare villain who is basically as much a part of the comic as any of the superheroes in the book. Doom is basically the fifth member of the Fantastic Four, only he’s super evil.
Victor Von Doom met Reed Richards in college, where the two were academic rivals, but Doom’s drive to be the best literally blew up in his face when his face was scarred by a faulty experiment he was working on.
Doom ended up wearing a metal mask to hide his scars (I like Byrne’s take on it, that the experiment only slightly scarred him, but it was wearing the mask before it cooled that REALLY scarred him), and soon took over Latveria, the Eastern European country where he was born.
Doom was a tyrant, but brought technology to the people and made Latveria one of the strongest countries in the world.
However, Doom could not keep from trying to both A. Conquer the world and B. Show up Reed Richards, who he hates, like, a LOT.
It is funny – Doom is always trying to prove he is so smart. The dude invented a TIME MACHINE!!! How awesome is THAT? Did Reed ever invent a time machine? Nope.
Anyhow, for awhile, Doom even tried using magic against the Fantastic Four (even wearing the skin of his true love for awhile – creeeeeepy), but he eventually returned to his “normal” armored self.
Most recently, Doom has formed an uneasy alliance with his hated foe, Reed Richards (through the machinations of Reed’s genius young daughter, Valeria and his father, Nathaniel Richards) and has become a member of the Future Foundation.
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