Gwyndalynn Kent, Avalyn Walton, and Ashley Wolf
Superheroes have become a very large part of the media over the course of the last few decades. Whether in the form of colorful comic books, engaging Marvel and DC movies, or any other medium, superheroes have had a way of depicting powerful and interesting characters.
And the day to truly celebrate them just occurred. Saturday, April 28, is national superhero day. And to commemorate these beloved superheroes, we have compiled a list of profiles on some of the most widely known figures in the superhero sub-genre, including both DC and Marvel characters.
“Iron Man” is a fictional superhero character created to be a part of the Marvel comic series. The famous writer and editor Stan Lee is given most credit for the creation of this character, although he was also developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby.
Iron Man made his first appearance in March of 1963, in Tales Of Suspense #39, though the character had his own comics created later on. Iron Man is also a founding member of the iconic Marvel superhero group, The Avengers. In the live-action Marvel films, the character is portrayed by Robert Downey Jr, who has become very well known for starring in the role.
As far as a personality description of the character goes, Iron Man is a very wealthy business magnate, playboy, and talented scientist. Iron Man’s real-life name is Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark, but he is really only referred to as Tony Stark. Iron Man got his start as a superhero after being held hostage by kidnappers who demanded he makes them a powerful weapon of mass destruction. Iron Man refused, and instead built the powerful suit we so often see him in to escape. Unlike many superheroes, Iron Man has no supernatural ability. Only his incredible suit and quick wit.
The fictional superhero known as Superman is first known for appearing in comic books published by DC Comics his first appearance was in Action Comics #1 written by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Superman doesn’t just have the name Superman and is from earth, in actuality he was born on the planet Krypton with the name Kal-El, when an infant he was sent to Earth in a rocket where he was raised by a family under the name of Clark Kent. Superman is just a cover-up so that nobody figures out that ¨Clark Kent” has superpowers and that he could possibly be from a completely different planet.
Superman has a large number of powers that he naturally gets from being born on Krypton, these include superhuman strength, speed, durability, and longevity. Other kinds of superpowers that Superman has obtained from being a child born on Krypton are Flight, Heat vision, Freezing breath, and Extrasensory powers, including X-ray vision.
When the comics blew up so did all of the TV shows and movies that were to come, and now that they have there are plenty of people who have become super well known all because of playing the famous role of Superman. Some of those people were Bud Collyer, Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, Tim Daly, Tom Welling, Brandon Routh, Henry Cavill, and Tyler Hoechlin.
The first appearance of The Flash was in the 1950’s comic book showcase #4. In this version, The Flash’s real name was Bartholomew Henry Allen and was created by writer Robert Kanigher and penciler Carmine Infantino. However, this version of The Flash which we have learned to know and love was only a reinvention of a previous character from the 1940’s comics named Jay “The Flash” Garrick. The inspiration for the modern Flash’s name came from a combination of two talk show hosts named Barry Gray and Steve Allen.
The Flash has appeared in numerous places, all in the DC universe. This includes comic books, TV series, and movies. And unlike Iron Man, who was primarily played by Robert Downey Jr, The Flash has been played by many different actors across many different mediums. In the recent movies, The Flash has been played by Ezra Miller. In the 1990’s show he was played by John Wesley Shipp, and in the 2014 series, he was played by Grant Gustin. The character was also voiced by over ten voice actors.
Barry Allen’s abilities as The Flash mostly consist of his superhuman speed, although he can also control the speed of molecular vibrations, allowing him to move quickly enough to pass through objects. The Flash also wears a wind and friction resistant red and yellow suit, designed to allow him to move as quickly as possible.
Wonder Woman (aka Princess Diana of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta) is another favorite superhero. She is an inspiration to girls everywhere.Wonder Woman was created by the American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston (pen name: Charles Moulton)and artist Harry G. Peter. Marston’s wife, Elizabeth, and their lover, Olive Byrne, are credited as being his inspiration for the character’s appearance. Marston drew a great deal of inspiration from early feminists.
She recently got her own live-action film in summer 2017. She has a ton of awesome superpowers. She has superhuman strength, speed, durability, reflexes, and longevity, Accelerated healing factor, and the ability to fly. She uses the Lasso of Truth, indestructible bracelets, projectile tiara, sword, and shield, and can communicate with animals.
The Hulk appeared in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in the debut issue of The Incredible Hulk (May 1962). In his comic book appearances, the character is both the Hulk, a green-skinned, hulking and muscular humanoid possessing a vast degree of physical strength, and his alter ego Bruce Banner, a physically weak, socially withdrawn, and emotionally reserved physicist, the two existing as independent personalities and resenting of the other.
Following his accidental exposure to gamma rays during the detonation of an experimental bomb, Banner is physically transformed into the Hulk when subjected to emotional stress, at or against his will, often leading to destructive rampages and conflicts that complicate Banner’s civilian life. The Hulk’s level of strength is normally conveyed as proportionate to his level of anger. Commonly portrayed as a raging savage, the Hulk has been represented with other personalities based on Banner’s fractured psyche, from a mindless, destructive force, to a brilliant warrior, or genius scientist in his own right. HULK SMASH
Spiderman was created to be a part of the fictional Marvel universe and was first seen in the American comic Amazing fantasy #15. This was published in the year of 1962, in the silver age of comic books. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee, with the help of writer-artist Steve Ditko.
The character of Spiderman has appeared on numerous platforms, including comics, television, and film. Actors who have played Spiderman include Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland, just to name a few. Spiderman is one of the most commercially successful superhero characters of all time and is widely known across the world.
Spiderman’s alter ego or the name he goes by in the “real world,” is Peter Parker. Besides his obvious supernatural abilities, Peter Parker is a regular teenage boy, which makes him very appealing to an audience. Before Spiderman, teenage characters in comic books were mostly written as sidekicks, but Peter Parker takes center stage in his comics and movies.
Peter Parker grew up an orphan in his universe and was raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in the city of New York. Peter Parker adopted his Spider abilities after being bitten by a radioactive Spider, thus leading him to take on the Spiderman persona. His abilities as Spiderman include the ability to effortlessly climb walls, sling webs from things he calls “web-shooters,” and sense any impending danger using his spider senses.
Batman is a fictional superhero, from the American DC comic series. This dark and brooding character was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane and made his first appearance in Detective Comics #27. Although this character is most well known as “Bat-man,” he is also referred to as The Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, and the World’s Greatest Detective.
Batman has appeared across multiple forms of media, including comics, animated television, and live action film. Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck, are just some of the many people who have acted in this role.
Batman’s alter ego, or secret identity is Bruce Wayne. Bruce Wayne is a wealthy American “playboy,” philanthropist, and business owner of Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the tragic murder of his two parents at a young age, Bruce Wayne makes it his duty to instill justice in his community and seek vengeance on against all criminals. Wayne then trains himself both physically and mentally to fight crime and takes on a Bat like persona in doing so.
Unlike the average superhero, Batman has no special abilities. He only has his stellar intellect and great physical strength to his advantage. He becomes the amazing hero and figures that he is solely because of his detective skills, martial arts abilities, large amounts of wealth, and intimidating demeanor.