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 tabulated it all into a Top 50 list. We're now revealing that list throughout the next few weeks. The countdown continues...
30. Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) 502 points (8 first place votes)
Created by Otto Binder and Al Platino, Supergirl had one of those amazingly condensed origin stories that were so popular in the 1950s and 1960s...
Plastino's Kara is practically a cuteness overload!
Anyhow, that was the status quo for a number of years - Kara operated as Superman's "secret agent." She should have been mad at Superman, because when he finally revealed her to the world, they loved her. "This is what you were so afraid of, cousin?!"
That version of Kara went through many different relaunches until she died during Crisis on Infinite Earths, sacrificing herself to save her cousin. After an alien version of Supergirl came around during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s (and then a weird future version at the turn of the 21st century), a new version of Kara was introduced about twenty years after the Pre-Crisis Kara died.
This version, too, needed to go through a few different relaunches (all within a single book, oddly enough) until it finally settled on a nice status quo...just in time for the New 52 to come around and reboot the character!
Once again, this version of Supergirl went through a couple of different approaches (she was even a Red Lantern for a time!) before roughly settling on an approach similar to the original Supergirl (it always happens like that - they try new takes on the character before they ultimately say, "Hey, the nice teenage female version of Superman is a pretty good character approach - why not just do that?" She doesn't currently have an ongoing series, but with the Supergirl TV series debuting Monday, I suspect a new one will be forthcoming.
29. Red Hood (Jason Todd) - 523 points (5 first place votes)
Jason Todd was introduced by Gerry Conway and Don Newton as essentially a Dick Grayson clone. Honestly, in retrospect, it just seems kind of odd. Dick Grayson was slowly growing out of his role as Robin (mostly because of the great success of New Teen Titans, where Robin played a starring role in a series much different than Batman) so they replaced him with...a young circus acrobat whose parents were murdered and then Bruce Wayne takes in the orphaned circus acrobat. Kind of odd. Eventually Jason becomes Batman's new partner, but without a name (he dyed his hair black to match Dick's - as then-new Batman writer Doug Moench promptly removed the one unique thing Conway had done with Jason)...
Finally, Dick decides to give up the Robin identity and give it to Jason...
Jason then basically plays the Dick Grayson role until after Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Then DC decided to revamp Jason and give him a new-non-Dick Grayson origin. Now he is an orphaned streetwise kid who meets Batman when he steals the tires to the Batmobile! Under Jim Starlin's pen, though, Jason gets more and more reckless. This eventually leads to his death at the hands (and the crowbar) of the Joker (plus a bomb)...
When he was resurrected years later, he was a villain for a time. Over time, though, Jason has mellowed and Batman even found a place for him in Batman Incorporated!
Currently he is a flat-out hero in the New 52 in the pages of Red Hood and Arsenal (formerly Red Hood and the Outlaws).
28. Deathstroke (Slade Wilson) - 525 points (3 first place votes)
Marv Wolfman and George Perez created Deathstroke as an interesting menace for the New Teen Titans to face. Deathstroke's son, The Ravager, took a job to kill the Titans. However, he died before he could complete the task, forcing Deathstroke to be honor-bound to complete the task.
Deathstroke was experimented on in the army, and is now a peak human. He is smarter, faster, stronger, etc. than a normal human. He is very tough.
Over the years, while Deathstroke has done plenty of evil things, he seemed to be working under a weird code of honor. Which showed after he worked with a traitor within the Titans, Terra, to capture them for HIVE. Changeling wants revenge, but finds that Slade is not the man he thought he was...
For a time, he was practically a superhero, even being personally recruited by Superman to lead the heroes of Earth against an alien invasion from Warworld.
Towards the end of the Post-Crisis DCU, he had become more and more a traditional sadistic supervillain.
In the New 52, he was more of a mercenary. Recently, in his current ongoing series, he has been de-aged. Deathstroke was also a major character on the Arrow TV series.
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