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. Flash (Barry Allen) – 1604 points (27 first place votes)
Barry Allen was a police scientist when a bolt of lightning hit a bunch of chemicals which splashed upon Barry, making him gain the power of super-speed!
Inspired by his boyhood hero, the Flash (Jay Garrick, who was actually living on a separate Earth!), who Barry read about in comics, Barry became the NEW Flash, with a snazzier outfit than Jay’s. Barry was created by Gardner Fox, Bob Kanigher and Carmine Infantino.
For years, the Flash was a steady force for good, as a solo hero and as a founding member of the Justice League of America.
Sadly, tragedy struck the Flash after he married his longtime love, Iris West, when his rival, Professor Zoom, murdered Iris. Some time later, when Barry was prepared to move on an re-marry, Zoom showed up again to kill Barry’s NEW wife! Barry stopped him, but in the process, killed Zoom.
This haunted Barry for quite awhile.
Good news came to him, though, when he discovered that his wife, Iris, was not actually dead, but living in the future! Barry joined her there, and the two WOULD have lived happily ever after, if not for the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, where Barry had to come out of retirement to stop the evil Anti-Monitor.
Barry was successful in his attempt to stop the Anti-Monitor from destroying Earth, but in the process, Barry died. His legacy lived on, though, with his nephew and former sidekick, Wally West, who went from being Kid Flash to becoming the new Flash.
Recently, though, Barry returned to life and once again began his career as the Flash. The villainous Professor Zoom returned, too, though and he tortured Barry by killing Barry’s mother in the past and framing Barry’s father for the crime. When Barry attempted to stop Zoom, Barry messed with time TOO much, resulting in an altered DC Universe. Barry fixed his mistake, but the end result was a new DC Universe, one where Barry is still the Flash, but he is no longer married to Iris.
8. Tim Drake (Robin/Red Robin) – 1708 points (30 first place votes)
Created by Marv Wolfman, with a costume designed by the great Neal Adams, Tim Drake burst on to the DC Universe scene with a storm in the early 90s as the third Robin! After the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin, Batman was getting a bit too serious, and young Tim Drake realized this. Drake had also used detective skills to figure out that Batman was Bruce Wayne, so Drake approached Dick Grayson to go back to Batman to be Robin again. Grayson turned it down, but recommended instead that DRAKE become the next Robin.
And after a long time training, finally Batman agreed to let Drake be the new Robin.
Since then, Tim has served with distinction, while also leading the superhero groups Young Justice and Teen Titans.
After Tim’s father was murdered (his mother was murdered early in his Robin training), Bruce adopted Tim. After Bruce was seemingly killed, Tim tried to take over as Batman for a time, before giving way to Nightwing. When Nightwing decided to take on Bruce’s son Damian as his new Robin, Tim took on the new identity of Red Robin.
As Red Robin he continued to serve the legacy of Batman extremely well – he is one of the most thoughtful, heartfelt superheroes there is, a young man who would prefer to think a problem out than to punch his way to a solution.
After the DC Universe reboot, Tim is still Red Robin and still a member of the Teen Titans, but his personality has undergone some changes.