Saturday, November 22, 2014

Secret and not so secret Identities of Superheroes - Chapter 1

Obviously, comic book superheroes are fictional characters, so this list is really character names Chapter 3.

A superhero, theoretically, needs a secret identity to protect the folks he or she cares about from bad guys seeking revenge. If you were say, the wife of Batman and the Joker, who everyone generally concedes is bat-shit crazy, knew it, your life wouldn't be worth much. Now that is not to say that every superhero had a secret identity. In the Marvel Universe, Iron Man and Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) both have come out of the closet, so to speak.

For this post I have concentrated on mostly the well known characters. The next graphic novel post will visit lesser know entities. And for the sake of brevity, I have limited myself to ten from DC and ten from Marvel, but be sure to look at the end.

1. Batman - Millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne
2, Superman - Reporter for the Daily Planet, Clark Kent
3. Green Lantern (the original, silver age) - Hal Jorden, Test Pilot
4. Flash (again, the original, silver age) - Barry Allen, Forensic Police
5. Martian Manhunter - John Jones, Police
6. Wonder Woman - Diana Prince
7. Green Arrow - Oliver Queen
8. Plastic Man - Circus performer, Patrick O'Brian
9. Aquaman - King of Atlantis, Authur Curry
10. Captain Marvel (Shazam) - Child, Billy Batson


1. Spiderman - Student and Reporter, Peter Parker
2. Iron Man - Industrialist, Tony Stark
3. The Hulk - Scientist, Bruce Banner
4. The Thing - Pilot, Ben Grimm
5. Wolverine - Adventurer, James 'Logan' Howlette
6. Black Widow - Spy, Claire Voyant
7. Captain America - Soldier, Steve Rogers.
8. Hawkeye - Agent of Shield, Clint Barton
9. The Cyclops (X-man) - Student, Scott Summers
10. The Beast (X-man) - Hank McCoy

Next up - Names, powers, and identities of supervillians

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