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 begins now...
50. Galactus - 311 points (2 first place votes)
Galactus showed up in the Fantastic Four (he was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee) with basically one goal - he wanted to eat the Earth.
Check out how scary Lee and Kirby (and Joe Sinnott) make this seem...
I love the opening of the next issue, where we see the FF's reaction to Galactus. When you have Reed Richards looking like that, you know that stuff is bad!
And the Earth was basically the first planet to ever rebuff his advances.
Since then, we have learned more about him, like how Reed Richards believes Galactus is actually a necessary part of the cosmic universe.
So Galactus is still out there, hopping around, eating planets.
49. Wasp (Janet Van Dyne) - 315 points (5 first place votes)
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Wasp was one of those great early 60s Marvel heroes who went through terrible tragedy and basically said, "Screw you, I'm just going to be a superhero and make up for my tragedy!"
Along with Ant-Man, she was a founding member of the Avengers. Over the years, she became much more of a stalwart with the Avengers than her partner (and husband). When they divorced, she remained an Avenger and even became the leader of the team for many years, as she really grew into her self...
During Secret Invasion, she seemingly sacrificed herself after the Skrulls boobytrapped her own body! She eventually returned and she became a key member of the Uncanny Avengers. Now that a version of the Wasp is set to co-star in a sequel to the Ant-Man film, she'll likely get the spotlight soon again!
48. Spider-Man (Miles Morales) - 319 points (6 first place votes)
Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, Mile Morales took over as Spider-Man from Peter Parker in the Ultimate Universe after Peter was tragically killed in battle against the Green Goblin.
Miles' journey to being a superhero hit a snag when he realized that his own uncle was a supervillain (his uncle had actually stolen the genetically mutated spider that bit Miles and gave him his powers in the first place). Miles, though, is such a sweet kid that that comes out big time in his work as a hero. He has such a big heart. Maybe even more so than Peter Parker!
Pichelli's design of Miles stands out, as she gave him such stunning fluidity.
Miles soon met the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker, in a crossover called Spider-Men...
Recently, the Ultimate Universe was destroyed and Miles will soon be living in the regular Marvel Universe, with Pichelli returning to the character to launch this new series! Oh boy, should be great!