After nearly 1,400 ballots were cast, YOU the reader ranked your favorite comic book characters from 1-10. I assigned point totals to each ranking and then tabulated it all into a Top 100 list. We’re now revealing that list throughout Christmas Eve. Here is the master list of all the characters revealed so far. The countdown continues anew…
100. The Kingpin (Wilson Fisk) – 125 points
Originally a Spider-Man villain, Wilson Fisk, the so-called “Kingpin of Crime,” eventually came into even greater conflict with Matt Murdock, the hero known as Daredevil. Fisk and Murdock would become completely linked to each other after Frank Miller’s work with the Kingpin firmly established Kingpin as Daredevil’s main nemesis, and Daredevil as the bane of Fisk’s existence.
99. War Machine (James Rhodes) – 127 points (1 first place vote)
Originally Tony Stark’s personal pilot (and closest friend), James Rhodes was forced to take over as Iron Man for awhile when Tony Stark was in a drunken spiral. Eventually, Tony reclaimed the armor. Rhodes was forced to take the armor again after Stark seemingly died. It turned out to all be a ruse. However, the new armor that Tony had made before he died was always meant for Rhodes. Rhodes took a new name from the armor (which was called the “War Machine” armor) and became a solo hero, even becoming a member of the Avengers’ West Coast branch. He retired for awhile but has been brought back on countless occasions. Recently, Stark improved Rhodes’ armor immeasurably, making him, in effect Iron Man 2.0.
98. Hellcat (Patsy Walker) – 130 points (1 first place vote)
Originally a comedic character like Archie Andrews, Patsy Walker was one of Marvel’s most successful characters for two decades before her titles were all replaced with superhero titles. In a clever move, Steve Englehart introduced a now adult Patsy Walker into the pages of his Beast feature in Amazing Adventures. Patsy married her high school sweetheart, but life was not how she imagined it. After splitting with her husband, she ended up blackmailing the Beast into helping her become a superhero. Taking the now un-used outfit of The Cat (who had been mutated into Tigra, so she no longer needed her superpowered costume), Patsy became Hellcat! She hung out with the Avengers for a time before becoming a longtime member of the Defenders, where she met and married Damion Hellstrom, the Son of Satan. Things did not work out and she ended up dying. She was brought back to life and she has been living the superhero life again ever since.
97. Quasar (Wendell Vaughn) – 132 points (5 first place votes)
Wendell Vaughn was a SHIELD agent working security at the research complex, Project: Pegasus, who was forced to use a pair of Quantum Bands being studied there when bad guys attacked. The bands allowed him to create energy constructs (basically like a Green Lantern ring). He was then recruited as the Protector of the Universe, and he became one of the most prominent cosmic characters in the Marvel Universe (while also a member of the Avengers). Eventually, he died in battle against Annihilus, but was able to survive as a being of energy until he eventually regained his human form. Currently, he battles alongside some of the most powerful beings in the universe in the galactic defense squad the Annihilators.
Come back tomorrow for DC’s #100-97!