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. Cyclops - 1530 points (46 first place votes)
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Scott Summers was an original member of the X-Men. His ability to blast concussive beams from his eyes (controlled only by his ruby quartz glasses) made him a powerful force to be reckoned with.
Scott was the leader of the X-Men, and when the team was replaced by an All-New, All-Different group of X-Men, Scott stayed behind to be the leader and elder statesman, as it were, to the new group. He was great at this role. One of his best performances was when the X-Men had just been severely rattled during a fight with the powerful Proteus. Even Wolverine was practically shaking in his boots after the messed up things Proteus just did to him. So Cyclops has to step in...
Scott had been dating his teammate, Jean Grey, and the two stayed together even as she left the team. She soon returned, but (unknowing to Scott) soon was replaced by a cosmic being that looked like Jean. The cosmic being eventually went nuts, and killed itself rather than continuing to kill others. Scott was distraught, and left the X-Men.
The retired Cyclops met a woman who looked just like Jean, and the two married and had a child. However, when the REAL Jean returned, Scott quickly went to rejoin her. His wife was then revealed to be an evil clone of Jean.
Scott formed a new team called X-Factor, made up of the original X-Men. Eventually, X-Factor merged back into the X-Men, where Scott was once again leader of the X-Men. Scott and Jean married.
Over time, their marriage became more of a close friendship than anything, so when Emma Frost joined the X-Men, Scott was drawn to her, and the two began having a psychic affair. Jean found out about it and Scott broke it off, but when Jean was killed, he reunited with Emma. He and Emma became the co-headmasters of the Xavier Institute.
Recently, during the X-Men vs. Avengers storyline, Cyclops was possessed by the Phoenix force. While possessed, he killed Professor Xavier. Upon the Phoenix force going away, Cyclops was wanted for the crimes he committed while he was Phoenix. He went on the run and decided to form his own rogue team of X-Men, teaching new students how to be X-Men.
It is unclear what happened to him after Secret Wars.
9. Iron Man (Tony Stark) - 1547 points (15 first place votes)
Created by Stan Lee, Larry Leiber, Jack Kirby and Don Heck, billionaire Tony Stark was forced to help create a suit of armor when his heart was damaged on a visit to Asia. With the artificial pacemaker the only thing keeping him alive, Stark figured he might as well do some good with it, so made a more advanced suit of armor, which he used to fight crime.
Passing himself (Iron Man) as his own bodyguard, Stark kept on keeping on, even helping co-found the Avengers, where he served for many years.
One of the more memorable Iron Man storylines was when he decided to support a Superhero Registration Act, leading to the events that became known as "Civil War."
Recently, Tony discovered that he was adopted. In his current ongoing series, he is seeking out his real parents.
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