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Comic Theme Time Month – Best Superhero Friendship

All December long, I will be doing daily installments of Comic Theme Time. Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today’s topic is “what do you think is the best friendship between two superheroes?”

Some examples include Beast and Wonder Man, Flash and Green Lantern, She-Hulk and Wasp, Beast Boy and Cyborg, Red Robin and Superboy and Batman and Superman.

What’s your pick?

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Spider-Man and The Human Torch. And that’s based on Dan Slott’s mini-series alone.

Nightwing and Batman :D You don’t have to be “equals” to have a wonderful friendship.

Cap and Falcon.

Beast and Wonder Man was pretty great, but I’m going to go with Babs and Dinah.

Booster Gold and Blue Beetle(Ted Kord)

(sniffle)

Also, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner.

Spider-Man and Human Torch, this is a pretty easy call for me.

My own personal favourite is Logan and Nightcrawler, not least because despite being so different from each other, they really seem good buddies….at least back in the Claremont/Byrne days!

Timber Wolf and Blok.

Warlock and Cypher.

Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon.

Hawkman and the Atom.

From the LSH animated series, Superman and Brainiac 5.

Oracle, Black Canary, Huntress.

Best bromance of all time starts with a Blue and ends with a Gold. And that’s all that has to be said. Michael and Ted will forever be my favorite Super-Friends ever to grace the pages of comics, and it’s crazy that even the AFTER one of their deaths, the friendship only seemed to grow. When Booster became a (slightly) more serious hero, his priorities may have shifted but his biggest loyalty did not. I believe in two things: Harvey Dent, and Blue and Gold.

Booster / Beetle, done. Maybe Fire / Ice.

Also Guy Gardener / Steel because prior relationship completely out of left field.

Spidey and Torch is one of my favorites, although I also like Spidey and Daredevil. Do they know each other’s secret identities again? Because they should.

Interesting–if I were going to vote for a Johnny Storm friendship, it would be with Ben Grimm. I mean, I enjoy him and Spidey together, but that feels like a secondary relationship.

Also, what the hell, man. Can we really have gotten this far without giving Luke and Danny some love? Those guys are awesome together.

Oh, and as the only person on the Internet who liked James Robinson’s run on JLA, I gotta give some love to Mikaal Tomas and Congo Bill Glenmorgan.

I second Spidey and Johnny together.

Booster and Beetle. Luke Cage and Danny Rand. Oracle and Black Canary. Superman and Batman.

Also, what the hell, man. Can we really have gotten this far without giving Luke and Danny some love?

+1!

I don’t think you can find a deeper friendship than the Luke Cage/ Danny Rand relationship.

Wolverine and Nightcrawler is my favorite. Their personality, beliefs, and looks complement each other nicely.

I can agree with Blue & Gold, but I thought Kooey Kooey Kooey was awful, unfunny shtick (although the art was great) and that’s always put a damper on my enthusiasm for the pair.

Reed and Ben.

Blue & Gold all the way. The most enduring of friendships until DC continuity intervened.

I would also note Luke & Danny as they actually shared their own series for years, a feat B&G never quite achieved.

Beast & Wonder Man sort of evolved nicely. So did Changeling & Cyborg.

How about Cap & Hawkeye? Clint has always been there for Steve through thick and thin. Steve has always played the older brother bit to anyone who needs it. Hard to believe that they started out competing for Avengers leadership during the Kooky Quartet era.

Ralph Dibny and Barry Allen.

How could I forget the JSA?

Alan & Jay

Rex & Kent

Michael & Pieter

Ted & Karen

Then there’s the classic JLA/JSA dynamics:

Alan/Hal & Jay/Barry

And within the JLA itself:

Barry & Hal

Clark & Bruce

Ray & Katar/Carter

Barry & Ralph

Arthur & Ronnie had potential but then Ronnie left.

Pretty much everything Butler said, especially Iron Fist and Power Man.

Jesse Custer and Proinsias Cassidy, at least until we found out who Cassidy really was…

oh, SUPERHERO friendship. never mind, then…I rescind that earlier entry and vote for Tony Stark and Jim Rhodes. Another case of opposites complimenting each other.

I’m going with Dick & Donna. That was a true friendship despite the gender difference. Other than that- Clark & Bruce, pre-crisis. Barry & Hal, pre-crisis.

Beast & Wonder Man, Angel & Iceman would be my Marvel choices, after Pete & Johnny.

Quantum and Woody is still my favourite.

Blue and Gold. Kurt and Logan for sure (one of the best stories with them is in the back of Classic X-Men 4; the street challenge).

I’ll toss in Wally and Kyle because even though it hasn’t been a big deal of late as far as I can tell, for a while the various writers in their books handled that well.

While we’re on it, Grayson and West as well. I’m like that the Young Justice cartoon has picked up on it and uses it to some extent.

I forgot to mention The Defenders’ kooky quartet: Dr. Strange, Nighthawk, Hulk, & Valkyrie. They were like a group of misfits that drifted into each others’ orbit and grew into being real friends.

Hawkeye and Cap competed for Avengers’ leadership only in Clint’s dreams! I never took it seriously.

Barry and Hal
Blue and Gold
Hal and Ollie
Bruce and Clark
Tony and Rhodey

Oracle/Black Canary/Huntress/Lady Blackhawk

Stephanie Brown/Kara Zor-El (for as long as that lasted)

Helena Wayne/Kara Zor-L

Dick Grayson & Donna Troy
Cyborg & Changeling
Superboy & Robin (Tim Drake)
Ravager & Kid Devil
Human Torch & Spider-Man
Hulk & Rick Jones
Hal Jordan & Oliver Queen
Booster Gold & Blue Beetle
Jean Grey & Storm
Kitty Pryde & Wolverine

Can I vote for all superhero friendships?

Actually I’m partial to Iron Man and Thor, in the 70s they trusted each other with their secret identities, but none of the other Avengers knew who they were.

Beast and Wonder Man is another favorite of mine.

Let’s not forget the original superhero friendship: Batman and Superman.

Nick Fury and Captain America was another great one. Fury’s sarcasm and cynicism were great counterpoints to Cap’s idealism and optimism.

Pre Crisis Superman/Batman they are the World’s Finest after all.

Let’s not forget the original superhero friendship: Batman and Superman.

Isn’t the Wizard and the Shield the original superhero friendship?

I agree with almost all of the choices above (especially Booster and Blue), but I’ve always had a soft spot for Wolverine’s tendency to find surrogate “little sisters”, specifically Wolvie and Jubilee. Also, to a lesser extent, Wolvie and Shadowcat.

I’m actually kind of amazed I’m the first one to mention the Wolverine and Jubilee thing, since it was a long-standing relationship. Also, I always felt that the Wolverine/Rogue friendship from the first “X-Men” movie was a direct reference to that.

That sounds like something somebody could feature here. It sounds a bit legendary, and one might reveal the truth….hee hee

Wally and Kyle – because we saw it from day one and they had to work for it.

Gar Logan and Vic Stone – JLA/Titans…says it all.

Fire and Ice

Noman and the original Dynamo.

Noman was repeatedly killed activating the captured Dynamo’s Thunderbelt. Of course, Noman being Noman, it never took…

“Isn’t the Wizard and the Shield the original superhero friendship?”

Perhaps I should have written archetypal instead of original.

How about Steve Rogers and Jack Monroe? Steve Rogers and Dennis Dunphy? Steve Rogers and Rick Jones? Steve Rogers and James Barnes?

Whatever happened to Dennis “D-Man” Dunphy, anyway?

If you go back to the Valiant comics, there’s Archer and Armstrong..

Blue and Gold
Quantum and Woody
Reed and Ben

Booster Gold and Blue Beetle was (and should still be despite that horrible IC one-shot) the greatest broship in comics!

End of story!

I AGREE with all the Blue Beetle and Booster Gold noms…

@JoeMac307 D-Man made an appearance in the New New New New Avengers 2nd story arc (Heroic Age). He was applying to be Luke Cage’s baby’s nanny… he didn’t get the job. Funny but VERY sad

Deadshot and Catman. :-)

It’s been ignored but Dani and Rahne come to mind.

Luke Cage, Power Man and Danny Rand, Iron Fist. The original bromance.

Jonathon Riddle

January 17, 2014 at 1:45 am

The Tick and Arthur – They’re more than a duo; they’re a duocracy!

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