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2011 Top Marvel Characters #4

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…

4. Wolverine – 2728 points (54 first place votes)

Created by Len Wein, John Romita and Herb Trimpe, Wolverine was originally a foe for the Hulk. But when Wein was tasked with created a new group of international X-Men, he quickly thought about Wolverine, who was Canadian.

He joined the X-Men, but it was not until fellow Canadian, John Byrne, took over as X-Men artist that Wolverine began to shine.

Eventually, his personality would begin to be flushed out. Wolverine was a man prone to berserker rages, but he also had a noble warrior side to him. His mutant healing powers served him well in battle, along with the nigh unbreakable metal skeleton he had (complete with claws!).

Wolverine served with the X-Men for many years, and eventually became a member of the Avengers, as well!!

Recently, Wolverine has grown disillusioned with the way that Cyclops has been handling the younger members of the X-Men (Wolverine has always had a soft spot for younger mutants, as he had a few different young sidekicks, of sorts, over the years). So soon he will be splitting off to form his OWN group of X-Men.

Meanwhile, Wolverine is going through some torment in his ongoing series by the great Jason Aaron. A mysterious group seeking revenge on Wolverine for murdering people close to them set a trap for Wolverine and caused him to kill a number of their footsoldiers to get to them. Once he arrived, they had all killed themselves (okay, almost all) but had left him a message. The foot soldiers he had killed? They were all children of his that he didn’t know about. Holy Eric Cartman! Right, people? Awesomely messed up. So Wolverine is dealing with some stuff over in that book (he also has a new “normal” girlfriend that is interesting to see him interact with).


Wow, I was not expecting this. I thought Wolverine would be #2 with a bullet. Hm. It looks to me like the top five may end up being ranked in order of how good their movies were. Very interesting (though this trend doesn’t extend to the rest of the top 7).

some stupid japanese name

September 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

I agree. All personality has been flushed out of Wolverine.

Wow… was honestly expecting him to be in the top two…

Impressive!!! I thought he would be number one too! Only Spiderman could come close to touching his fanbase.

Alright! Barring some freakish upset, my top 3 are THE top 3 (though maybe not in the order I had them).

The Crazed Spruce

September 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

FOURTH?!? Wow. I mean, sure, I didn’t vote for him (he was cool when I was a teenager, but he’s been overhyped and overexposed for years), but I figured he’d coast to second place at least.

Man, just when you think you’ve got this list figured….

Keep in mind he was only in eighth place last year.

Well, I’m rooting for Thor to take #2 now. #s 13 through 4 were all characters I liked more than Thor, but I like Thor more than Steve. (This isn’t an attempt to be snarky; I really like both characters but they’re in illustrious company).

I thought Wolverine would be higher. I figure Spider-Man is #1. I guess Tony Stark and Thor will be 2 or 3.

I didn’t realize Tony Stark was already on the list. I guess Spider-Man, Thor, and Steve Rogers are the top 3.

Only Spiderman could come close to touching his fanbase

I think it’s more the other way around

Amazing that a guy who in near memory has had trouble sustaining a single title is now the third most beloved Marvel comics character (or maybe even the second). Perhaps I’m wrong, but I suspect that Thor will show up with as many first place votes as Steve Rogers, even if Steve wins the point total, which I presume he will. Seems like everybody at least kind of likes Captain America, whereas readers either love Thor or they don’t care for him (anecdotally, of course).

I knew Brian would use that Wolverine cover. ;-)

I still maintain Chris Claremont should get a creator credit with Wolverine. Every significant characteristic people associate with the character came from him.

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