Last week I gave you my top five female superheroes, so now for all you boys out there who like to read about the “man” saving the day, here are my top five favorite male superheroes.
5. Captain Planet: Captain Planet and the Planeteers created by Ted Turner
He is strong, smart, and is the ultimate “green” superhero of all time. Captain Planet first arrived on the scene in the early 1990s on the television show Captain Planet and the Planeteers, way before the creation of hybrid cars or celebrity environment initiatives. It was up to Captain Planet to save Earth from those villains and companies trying to destroy the rainforests, contaminate the water, pollute the air, and harm the planet with hazardous contaminates and dangerous poisons.
4. Captain Underpants: Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
This superhero makes the #4 spot not only because his alias is the school principle, but also because he is the only hero on this list with the most basic but yet the best outfit. In addition, Captain Underpants has defeated some of the world’s most disgusting and vile villains: Dr. Diaper, The Turbo Toilet 2000, Professor Pippy Pee-Pee Poopypants, Wedgie Woman, and the Bionic Booger Boy, just to name a few.
3. Cypher: Marvel Comics
Imagine having the ability to go anywhere in the world and still to be able to communicate. Or envision having the capability to decipher any computer program out there. This is why Cypher makes it onto the list in the #3 spot. This mutant character from Marvel comics also goes by the name of Doug Ramsey, his human alias. As a member of the X-Men team, Cypher can translate, understand, decipher, and speak all languages ranging from human to alien to digital. Cool, huh?
2. Multiple Man: Marvel Comics
Ever feel like you need to be in two or even three places at once? Well, if you were James Arthur Madrox of Marvel’s X-Men, then you’d be in luck. Not only can he create up to 40 duplicates of himself, but since all the dupes are telepathically and emphatically linked to the “real” Madrox, any information or actions that they absorb, he will as well. You know what that means? You could finish your math, science, history, and writing homework all in just a couple of hours!
1. Superman: DC Comics
This American icon has been around since the late 1930s. Superman — also referred to as “the Man of Steel,” “the Man of Tomorrow,” and “the Last Son of Krypton” in the comic book world — has set the standard for all superheroes we see today. From his patriotic outfit and symbolic emblem to his unbeatable powers (he’s “faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound”), Superman — though known as Clark Kent to regular everyday people — has been pronounced as a cultural icon in America as well as throughout the world.
These are just five of the hundreds of superheroes created by comic books, television shows, movies, books, and other media sources. So who would you have added to the list and why?
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer