Top Ten Marvel Superheroes

Marvel heroes at their best have feet of clay, human vulnerabilities, but also great power and you know what that comes with though the new Amazing Spider-Man movie seems to have forgotten it. The problem today is that the comic book heroes have diverged so greatly from their movie counterparts that it would confuse any fan who just knows the characters from the films. Hopefully, the comic books will return to the heart of the characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and many other great talents.


captain america2 Captain America – one of the earliest and most popular Marvel heroes was not created by Stan Lee rather it was the team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby that produced Captain America Comics #1 (1941.) Steve Rogers fought throughout World War II and afterwards led the All-Winners Squad. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby crafted the return of Captain America in Avengers #4 (March 1964.) Cap was first onscreen in the serial Captain America (1944) played by Dick Purcell. Arthur Pierce voiced Steve Rogers in the animated Captain America (1966) along with the theme song, “When Captain America throws his mighty shield…” Two television films starred Reb Brown, Captain America (1979) and Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979.) George DiCenzo played Cap in two 1981 episodes of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and in episodes of the Spider-Man cartoon in 1982. Unfortunately, there was a Captain America (1990) movie, which starred Matt Salinger as the first avenger. This was during Marvel’s desperate period of movie making and can be validated when the Red Skull turned out to be an Italian dictator.

Cap made some appearances in the “Old Soldiers” (1997) episode of the X-Men cartoon and several episodes of the Spider-Man and X-Men: Evolution cartoon played by David Hayter. John Ney Rieber and John Cassaday brought relevance to the character making him resolute after the tragedy of 9/11. It was in 2005 that Ed Brubaker made a mark with his Out of Time storyline in Captain America #1 (2005.) He also re-introduced former partner Bucky as the deadly assassin Winter Soldier. Brubaker’s most shocking story was the death of Captain America in Captain America #24 (2007) and if you believed he really died then I have a rainbow bridge to sell you. He was actually transported through time, hmm, reminds me of another presumed dead superhero, and was back slinging the shield after Bucky temporarily replaced him. Chris Evans properly filled Captain America’s boots in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011.) His portrayal of the skinny Steve Rogers was so brilliant that his heroic physique was a letdown. Evans also shined when he returned to the time lost Cap in The Avengers. Here’s hoping the sequel, Captain America: Winter Soldier lives up to the Brubaker comic books. Finally, Brian Bloom played Cap in the animated The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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