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How Many Superhero Alter-Egos Do YOU Know?


Most costumed vigilantes and villains need to hide behind a mask so they can keep their private lives private. If you need proof as to why that’s important, just look at what happened to Peter Parker’s Aunt May in the aftermath of Marvel’s 2007 “Civil War” storyline when she’s accidentally shot in “Amazing Spider-Man” #538 (written by J. Michael Straczynski, illustrated by Ron Garney, Bill Reinhold and Matt Milla). Of course, not all costumed crusaders use masks to keep loved ones safe. Sometimes they wear it because that’s just who they are, like the Hulk, who becomes a completely different creature.

Most of the time though, behind the masks of super powered folk (or a curlicue in Superman’s case), you’ll usually find the face of a once-average guy or gal. Superman for example, puts his glasses on and is suddenly the average Clark Kent, writer for the Daily Planet, who totally bares no resemblance to the Kryptonian man of steel in any way, shape or form. There are thousands of characters who similarly have a unique character behind their heroic or villainous alter egos. How closely have you been keeping up with them? Who’s the new Captain Marvel? Who was the first one? Both casual readers and experts can test themselves right here.

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