After over 1,200 ballots were cast, YOU the reader ranked your favorite comic book characters from 1-10. I assigned point totals to each ranking and then my friend Chris tabulated it all into a Top 50 list. We're now revealing that list throughout the next few weeks. The countdown continues...
10. Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) - 1423 points (17 first place votes)
Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, millionaire Oliver Queen was basically like Batman-lite throughout the Golden Age. It was only during the Silver Age, when writer Denny O'Neil decided to change Arrow around that Queen became a standout creation.
O'Neil decided to strip Queen of his fortune, and make him a liberal "man of the people," who would clash with his friend, Hal Jordan, who was cast as the more conservative of the pair.
The two would travel America, trying to explore it and see its people from a way impossible when you are hanging out on the moon.
Around this time, Queen began a relationship with his fellow Justice Leaguer, Black Canary. The two remained together for many years, with some time apart.
In the late 80s, writer Mike Grell recast Queen as a more serious, older hero. Grell used Green Arrow to explore various political themes in a pretty mature manner for comics.
After Grell left the title in the mid-90s, Green Arrow was killed off and replaced by his illegitimate son, Connor Hawke, for a number of years. Later on, Queen returned, and took up the hero game again. He and Black Canary even got MARRIED!
In the New 52, however, Oliver was rebooted. He's now a lot younger and doesn't have connections to either Canary or Hal Jordan. He is also being featured on the TV series Arrow.
9. Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) - 1535 points (19 first place votes)
Created by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino, Barbara Gordon was the daughter of Police Commissioner James Gordon, but was also secretly the crimefighter, Batgirl. Barbara was brilliant, and eventually realized she could do more good in the world with her mind than by patrolling Gotham City at night, so she retired as Batgirl.
Tragically, soon after her retirement, Barbara was paralyzed when the villain Joker shot her, in an attempt to rattle Batman. Thanks to the efforts of writer Kim Yale and her husband, John Ostrander, Gordon was re-modeled as Oracle, the wheelchair bound computer genius of the DC Universe.
Chuck Dixon made Oracle a major player in the Batman books, as support for Batman and his fellow crimefighters. Eventually, Dixon created a title called Birds of Prey built around Oracle, who would employ superhero operatives to do missions for her. Her most prominent operative was Black Canary, and the two women became great friends. The Huntress was Oracle's second major operative (not chronologically, as a number of heroines had preceded Black Canary).
Oracle was so important in the DC Universe that she even joined the Justice League!!
In the New 52, she was still shot by the Joker and paralyzed, however she eventually got over it and over time, returned to fight crime as Batgirl.
More recently, she has been given a bit of a makeover by writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher and artist Babs Tarr (working with Stewart)...
Batgirl is a happening book right now!
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