I tried out the Create Your Own Superhero page on Marvel's Web site today. It's a pretty fun time-waster! Here's the guy I created. His name is Thunderclap, named after the cheer that takes place at Marshall University football games. I thought about doing a VT-themed character, but let's face it — it's a little difficult to make Hokie Bird seem intimidating at all (though some of the Corps of Cadets graphics do an OK job of it). So, I based my character on a part man, part bison being. He is a sort of viking, I suppose, who can call thunder to his command, sort of like Thor — only Thor doesn't have a cool sword (way better than a hammer). Thor also doesn't have a tail, nor is he a member of the Thundering Herd. Yeah, this guy's sidekick would probably be Marco, MU's mascot. I based the green suit jacket on the ones worn by all true MU alumni, especially myself and my buddy Crazy Hawk. Think you can create a better superhero? Design one and post a comment about him or her with a link or something. Excelsior, true believers!
OK, so maybe Thunderclap isn't the greatest superhero of all time, but who would be your top five and why? Here are mine, and feel free to disagree in the comments:
The Top Five Greatest Superheroes of All Time
1. Wolverine — I know, I know. This is the most generic, expected number one probably. But I can't think of any reason he shouldn't be number one. I'm as tired as the next guy of seeing Wolvie exploited in every comic title, cartoon and movie possibility out there. It's almost as if he's becoming a cliché, but his agility, healing factor, super senses, fighting ability and overall edge is just unparalleled.
2. Batman — Normally, I'd never allow the mention of a DC character. However, Batman is truly one who has stood the test of time. He's gone from a goofy, boy-wonder watching, POW! WHAM! BANG! of a hero to a dark, complex character, much to the credit of Frank Miller. Sure, he doesn't have superpowers, but that's what makes him so amazing — his super wealth combined with his super intellect and excellent martial arts knowledge make him a worthy foe for any mutant or villain.
3. Spider-Man — This little guy has been beaten around so many times, yet he is always resilient and wins out in the end. His combination of speed, brain power, witty quips and perseverance make Spidey the one hero you can count on to never be defeated. He's tangled with the baddest of the bad, from The Punisher to Wolverine to villains such as Doc Ock, the Goblins and the ever-awesome symbiotes. Factor in his unique suits, all of which looked cool, throughout the years and the Mary Jane factor (Peter Parker's wife, not Shaggy's favorite pastime), and you've got a cool dude. Of course, I might be biased toward a journalist superhero.
4. The Punisher — Again, another guy who doesn't really have any powers. Frank Castle is just a man with a mission of punishment, and he is highly trained and capable of carrying out that mission. The Punisher has proven time and time again that he can go toe to toe with any superpowered dude or dudette out there, using his special military training and quick thinking under the most stressful conditions. And, his backstory is wonderfully tragic.
5. Jean Grey/The Phoenix/Marvel Girl/Dark Phoenix/White Phoenix — I had to put a lot of thought into who would just barely make it in the top five. By putting Jean in this spot, I'm leaving out a lot of good characters. You'll have that when you narrow to five. But the sheer raw power of the Phoenix Force mixed with the number of times Jean Grey has been resurrected and/or saved the X-Men, I think it'd be foolhardy not to put her in the top five greatest superheroes of all time.
Runners Up: Captain America, Iron Man
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