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…
6. Magneto – 1739 points (18 first place votes)
Appearing in the first issue of the X-Men, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Magneto was the opposite of Professor X.
While Professor X wanted to integrate mutants with humans, Magneto was just totally crazy, and wanted to, like, nuke the Earth or some crazy crap like that.
Eventually, when Chris Claremont took over the writing chores on X-Men, he made Magneto a LOT more sympathetic, and that’s basically the portrayal we see today (and in the X-Men films), where Magneto’s positions are shown as just a little more aggressive than Professor X’s, but not, like, totally insane.
In fact, at one point, Professor X even left Magneto in charge of his school! That did not turn out so well, but it is the thought that counts!
Magneto has gone back and forth over the last decade or so as a straight out villain versus an uneasy ally of the X-Men (for a time there, he was a key member of the X-Men, along with Cyclops, Emma Frost and Namor).
Soon, he will be leading his own team of X-Men, along with Sabretooth, Mystique, Psylocke and Archangel.
5. Dr. Doom – 1839 points (19 first place votes)
Doctor Doom, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, is that rare villain who is basically as much a part of the comic as any of the superheroes in the book. Doom is basically the fifth member of the Fantastic Four, only he’s super evil.
Victor Von Doom met Reed Richards in college, where the two were academic rivals, but Doom’s drive to be the best literally blew up in his face when his face was scarred by a faulty experiment he was working on.
Doom ended up wearing a metal mask to hide his scars (I like Byrne’s take on it, that the experiment only slightly scarred him, but it was wearing the mask before it cooled that REALLY scarred him), and soon took over Latveria, the Eastern European country where he was born.
Doom was a tyrant, but brought technology to the people and made Latveria one of the strongest countries in the world.
(I almost considered posting “Give me my money, honey” scene from Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, just for my pal, Iron Maiden, who I know loves that scene more than anyone, but I figured I’d lay off…)
However, Doom could not keep from trying to both A. Conquer the world and B. Show up Reed Richards, who he hates, like, a LOT.
It is funny – Doom is always trying to prove he is so smart. The dude invented a TIME MACHINE!!! How awesome is THAT?
Most recently, Doom took over the power of the Beyonders and has remade reality in Secret Wars. We know he survives the sitution, since he is now in Invincible Iron Man, seemingly healed of his disfigurement, but we won’t know HOW it happened for some time.
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