List of superhero debuts

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The following is a list of the first known appearances of various superhero fictional characters and teams.

A superhero (also known as a super hero or super-hero) is a fictional character "of unprecedented physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do in the public interest."[1] Since the debut of Superman in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, stories of superheroes — ranging from brief episodic adventures to continuing years-long sagas — have dominated American comic books and crossed over into other media. A female superhero is sometimes called a superheroine or super heroine.

By most definitions, characters need not have actual superhuman powers to be deemed superheroes, although sometimes terms such as costumed crimefighters[2] are used to refer to those without such powers who have many other common traits of superheroes.

For a list of comic book supervillain debuts, see List of comic book supervillain debuts.

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1850–1900[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Spring Heeled Jack 1867 George A. Sala or Alfred Burrage as "Charlton Lea" Spring-Heeled Jack, the Terror of London

The folkloric Spring-heeled Jack came to be featured in a series of Penny Dreadfuls as a villain. However, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was reinvented as a crime-fighter with a disguise, secret lair, and gadgets, hallmarks of superheroes.[3]

1900–1909[edit]

Play[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
The Scarlet Pimpernel 1903 Baroness Emmuska Orczy The Scarlet Pimpernel

Often cited as perhaps the earliest superhero akin to those to become popularized through American comic books.[4][5][6][7]

1910s[edit]

Magazine[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
John Carter of Mars 1911 Edgar Rice Burroughs A Princess of Mars
Tarzan the Apeman 1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes
The Night Wind 1913 Varick Vanardy[8] (Frederick Van Rensselaer Dey) Alias the Night Wind
The Gray Seal 1914 Frank L. Packard "The Adventures of Jimmie Dale" 1917 book version of 1914 and 1915 stories in People's Magazine
The Scarecrow 1915 Russell Thorndike Doctor Syn: A Tale of the Romney Marsh
Zorro 1919 Johnston McCulley "The Curse of Capistrano" All Weekly Story

1920s[edit]

Notable non-superhero characters that influenced the superhero genre[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Creator/s Media First appearance
The Red Shadow 1926 Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, and Frank Mandel Play The Desert Song
Buck Rogers January 7, 1929 Philip Francis Nowlan Newspaper Comic Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D adapted from the story "Armageddon 2419 A.D." (Amazing Stories, August, 1928).

1930s[edit]

Radio[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
The Shadow (as announcer voice) 1930 (July 31) Maxwell Grant (Walter B. Gibson) Detective Stories
The Lone Ranger 1933 (January 30) George W. Trendle The Lone Ranger
Tonto 1933 (February 25) Fran Striker The Lone Ranger
The Green Hornet and Kato 1936 (January 31) George W. Trendle and Fran Striker The Green Hornet

Pulp fiction[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
The Shadow (as character) 1931 (April) Maxwell Grant (Walter B. Gibson) "The Living Shadow" The Shadow Magazine #1
Conan the Barbarian 1932 (December) Robert E. Howard "The Phoenix on the Sword" Weird Tales
Doc Savage 1933 (March) Kenneth Robeson (Lester Dent) The Man of Bronze
The Avenger 1939 (September) Kenneth Robeson (Paul Ernst) "Justice, Inc."The Avenger Magazine #1

Newspaper comics[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s Series
Mandrake the Magician 1934 (June 11) Lee Falk Mandrake the Magician
The Phantom Magician[9] 1935 (April 15) Mel Graff The Adventures of Patsy[10]
The Phantom 1936 (February 17) Lee Falk The Phantom

Other media[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Creator/s Media
Ôgon Batto (the Golden Bat) 1930 Takeo Nagamatsu Kamishibai
(Japanese scroll show)

Notable non-superhero characters that influenced the superhero genre[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Creator/s Media
Dan Dunn 1933 Norman Marsh Original Comic Book Character
Dick Tracy 1931 (October 4) Chester Gould Newspaper Comic
Flash Gordon 1934 (January 7) Alex Raymond Newspaper Comic

Comic book[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Company Creator/s First Appearance
Doctor Occult (Doctor Mystic) 1935 (October) DC Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster New Fun Comics #6
The Clock 1936 (November) Comics Magazine Co George Brenner Funny Pages #6 or Funny Picture Stories #1
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle 1937 Fiction House Will Eisner and S.M. "Jerry" Iger Wags #1
Superman (Clark Kent) 1938 (June) DC Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster Action Comics #1
Zatara 1938 (June) DC Fred Guardineer Action Comics #1
Arrow 1938 (September) Centaur Publications Paul Gustavson Funny Pages vol. 2 #10 (or #21)
Crimson Avenger (Lee Travis) 1938 (October) DC Jim Chambers Detective Comics #20
Batman (Bruce Wayne) 1939 (March) DC Bob Kane, Bill Finger Detective Comics #27
Namor the Sub-Mariner 1939 (April) Marvel/Timely Bill Everett Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1
Wonder Man (Fox) 1939 (May) Fox Publications Will Eisner Wonder Comics #1
The Flame (Gary Preston) 1939 (June) Fox Publications Will Eisner Wonderworld Comics #3
The Sandman (Wesley Dodds) 1939 (July) DC Gardner Fox, Bert Christman World's Fair Comics #1
Blue Beetle (Dan Garret) 1939 (August) Fox Publications Charles Nicholas Mystery Men Comics #1
Bozo the Iron Man 1939 (August) Quality Comics George Brenner Smash Comics #1
Amazing Man (Centaur Publications) 1939 (September) Centaur Publications Bill Everett Amazing-Man Comics #5
The Angel (Thomas Halloway) 1939 (October) Marvel/Timely Paul Gustavson Marvel Comics #1
The Human Torch (Jim Hammond, original) 1939 (October) Marvel/Timely Carl Burgos Marvel Comics #1
Shock Gibson 1939 (October) Brookwood Publications Maurice Scott Speed Comics #1
Doll Man 1939 (December) Quality Comics Will Eisner Feature Comics #27

1940s[edit]

Newspaper comics[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s Series
The Spirit 1940 (June 2) Will Eisner The Spirit
Invisible Scarlet O'Neil 1940 (June 3) Russell Stamm Invisible Scarlet O'Neil

1940s[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Company Creator/s First Appearance
Flash (comics) (Jay Garrick, original) 1940 (January) DC Gardner Fox, Harry Lampert Flash Comics #1
Hawkman (Carter Hall, original) 1940 (January) DC Gardner Fox Flash Comics #1
Johnny Thunder 1940 (January) DC John W. Wentworth, Stan Asch Flash Comics #1
The Shield (Archie) 1940 (January) MLJ/Archie Harry Shorten, Irv Novick Pep Comics #1
Captain Marvel (DC Comics) 1940 (February) Fawcett Comics/DC C. C. Beck, Bill Parker (comics) Whiz Comics #2
Electro (comics) 1940 (February) Marvel/Timely Steve Dahlman Marvel Mystery #4
Spectre (comics) (Jim Corrigan) 1940 (February) DC Jerry Siegel" Jerry Siegel More Fun Comics #52
Doc Strange 1940 (February) Nedor Comics Richard E. Hughes, Alexander Kostuk Thrilling Comics #1
Hourman (Rex Tyler) 1940 (March) DC Ken Fitch, Bernard Bailey Adventure Comics #48
Black Marvel (Daniel Lyons) 1940 (March) Marvel/Timely Al Gabriele and unknown writer Mystic Comics #5
Blazing Skull (Mark Todd) 1940 (March) Marvel/Timely Mystic Comics #5
Catwoman (Selina Kyle) 1940 (Spring) DC Bill Finger, Bob Kane Batman #1
Robin (comics) (Dick Grayson, original) 1940 (April) DC Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson Detective Comics #38
Bulletman and Bulletgirl 1940 (May) Fawcett Comics/DC Bill Parker (comics) Nickel Comics #1
Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson & Nabu) 1940 (May) DC Gardner Fox, Howard Sherman More Fun Comics #55
Scarlet Avenger 1940 (June) Harry Shorten, Irv Novick Zip Comics #1
Uncle Sam (comics) 1940 (July) Quality Comics/DC Will Eisner National Comics #1
Green Lantern (Alan Scott, original) 1940 (July) DC Martin Nodell, Bill Finger All-American Comics #16
The Red Bee 1940 (July) Quality Comics/DC Toni Blum, Charles Nicholas Hit Comics #1
Daredevil (Gleason Publications) 1940 (September) Gleason Publications Jack Binder (comics) Silver Streak #6
Atom (Al Pratt) 1940 (October) DC Ben Flinton, Bill O'Conner All-American Comics #19
Vision (Timely Comics) 1940 (November) Marvel/Timely Joe Simon, Jack Kirby Marvel Mystery Comics #13
Red Tornado (Ma Hunkel) 1940 (November) DC Sheldon Mayer All-American Comics #20
Quicksilver (Max Mercury) 1940 (November) Quality Comics/DC Jack Cole (artist), Chuck Mazoujian National Comics #5
Justice Society of America 1940 (Winter) DC Gardner Fox All Star Comics #3
Black Terror 1941 (January) Nedor Comics Richard E. Hughes, Don Gabrielson Exciting Comics #9
Professor Supermind and Son 1941 (February) Dell Comics Popular Comics #60
Captain America (Steve Rogers) 1941 (March) Marvel/Timely Joe Simon, Jack Kirby Captain America Comics #1
Starman (Ted Knight) (Ted Knight) 1941 (April) DC Gardner Fox, Jack Burnley Adventure Comics #61
Doctor Mid-Nite (Charles McNider) 1941 (April) DC Charles Reizenstein, Stanley Aschmeier All-American Comics #25
Sargon the Sorcerer 1941 (May) DC John B. Wentworth, Howard Purcell All American Comics #26
Tex Thompson (Americommando) 1941 (June) DC Action Comics #33
Hawkgirl (Shiera Sanders Hall) 1941 (July) DC Gardner Fox

Evelyn Gaines

All-Star Comics #5
Whizzer (Robert Frank) 1941 (August) Marvel/Timely Al Avison, Al Gabriele USA Comics #1
American Crusader 1941 (August) Nedor Comics Writer and artist unknown Thrilling Comics #19
Blackhawk (DC Comics) 1941 (August) Quality Comics/DC Will Eisner, Chuck Cuidera Military Comics #1
Miss America (DC Comics) 1941 (August) Quality Comics/DC Military Comics #1
711 (Quality Comics) 1941 (August) Quality Comics/DC George Brenner Police Comics #1
Human Bomb 1941 (August) Quality Comics/DC Paul Gustavson Police Comics #1
Plastic Man 1941 (August) Quality Comics/DC Jack Cole (artist) Police Comics #1
Phantom Lady 1941 (August) Quality Comics/DC Arthur Peddy Police Comics #1
Nelvana of the Northern Lights 1941 (August) Hillborough Studios (Canada) Adrian Dingle Triumph Comics #1
Johnny Quick (Johnny Chambers) 1941 (September) DC Mort Weisinger, Chad Grothkopf More Fun Comics #71
Captain Flag 1941 (September) MLJ/Archie Joe Blair, Lin Streeter Blue Ribbon Comics #16
Fighting Yank 1941 (September) Nedor Comics Richard Hughes, Jon Blummer Startling Comics #10
Aquaman 1941 (November) DC Mort Weisinger, Paul Norris More Fun Comics #73
Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) and Speedy (comics) 1941 (November) DC Mort Weisinger, Greg Papp More Fun Comics #73
Sandy the Golden Boy 1941 (December) DC Joe Simon and Jack Kirby Adventure Comics #69
Seven Soldiers of Victory 1941 (December) DC Mort Weisinger Leading Comics #1
Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) 1941 (December) DC William Moulton Marston, H. G. Peter All Star Comics #8 / Sensation Comics #1
Liberator (Nedor) 1941 (December) Nedor Comics Writer and artist unknown Exciting Comics #15
Captain Marvel, Jr. 1941 (December) Fawcett Comics/DC Ed Herron, Mac Raboy Whiz Comics #25
Wildcat (comics) 1942 (January) DC Bill Finger, Irwin Hasen Sensation Comics #1
Mister Terrific (comics)(Terry Sloane) 1942 (January) DC Chuck Reizenstein, Hal Sharp Sensation Comics #1
Air Wave 1942 (February) DC Murray Boltinoff or Mort Weisinger, and Lee Harris (illustrator) Detective Comics #60
Johnny Canuck (as superhero) 1942 (February) [Canada] Leo Bachle Dime Comics #1
Manhunter (comics) (Paul Kirk) 1942 (April) DC Jack Kirby, Joe Simon Adventure Comics #73
Manhunter (comics) (Dan Richards) 1942 (March) Quality Comics/DC Police Comics #8
Robotman (Robert Crane) 1942 (April) DC Jerry Siegel, Leo Nowak Star-Spangled Comics #7
Commando Yank 1942 (July) Fawcett Comics/DC Wow Comics #6
Captain Commando 1942 (August) S.M. "Jerry" Iger, Alex Blum Pep Comics #30
Kid Eternity 1942 (December) Quality Comics/DC Otto Binder, Sheldon Moldoff Hit Comics #25
Mary Marvel 1942 (December) Fawcett Comics/DC Otto Binder, Marc Swayze Captain Marvel Adventures #18
Canada Jack 1943 (March) George Menendez Rae Canadian Heroes Vol. 1, #5
Miss America (Marvel Comics) 1943 (November) Marvel/Timely Otto Binder, Al Gabriele Marvel Mystery Comics #49
Grim Reaper (Nedor) 1944 (May) Nedor Comics Author unknown, artist Al Camy Fighting Yank #7
Superboy (Clark Kent) 1945 (January) DC Don Cameron, Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster More Fun Comics #101
All-Winners Squad 1946 (Fall) Marvel/Timely Martin Goodman (publisher), Bill Finger All Winners Comics #19
Black Canary 1947 (August) DC Robert Kanigher, Carmine Infantino Flash Comics #86
Moon Girl 1947 (Fall) Gardner Fox, Sheldon Moldoff The Happy Houligans #1
Golden Girl (Betsy Ross) 1947 (December) Marvel/Timely Captain America #1 (As Betsy Ross); Captain America #66 (As Golden Girl)

Other media[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Maximo 1940 Russell Winterbotham Maximo, the Amazing Superman(Big Little Book)

1950s[edit]

Comic book[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Company Creator/s First Appearance
Captain Comet 1951 (June) DC John Broome, Carmine Infantino Strange Adventures #9
Phantom Stranger 1952 (August) DC John Broome, Carmine Infantino, Sy Barry Phantom Stranger #1
Marvelman (later Miracleman) 1954 (February) [U.K.] Mick Anglo Marvelman #25
Captain Flash 1954 (November) Mike Sekowsky (artist, writer unknown) Captain Flash #1
Martian Manhunter 1955 (November) DC Joseph Samachson, Joe Certa Detective Comics #225
Batwoman (Kathy Kane, 1st ver) 1956 (July) DC Edmond Hamilton, Sheldon Moldoff Detective Comics #233
Flash (Barry Allen, 2nd ver) 1956 (October) DC Robert Kanigher, Carmine Infantino Showcase #4
Challengers of the Unknown 1957 (February) DC Jack Kirby Showcase #6
Legion of Super-Heroes 1958 (April) DC Mort Weisinger, Otto Binder Adventure Comics #247
Super Girl (tryout version) 1958 (August) DC Otto Binder, Al Plastino Superman #123
Adam Strange 1958 (November) DC Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky Showcase Comics #17
Herbie Popnecker 1958 (December) Richard E. Hughes, Ogden Whitney Forbidden Worlds #73
Lady Blackhawk 1959 (February) DC Jack Schiff and Dick Dillin Blackhawks #133
Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) 1959 (May) DC Otto Binder, Al Plastino Action Comics #252
The Fly (Archie Comics) 1959 (June) Archie Comics Joe Simon, Jack Kirby The Double Life of Private Strong #1
Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) (Hal Jordan, 2nd ver) 1959 (October) DC Julius Schwartz, John Broome, Gil Kane Showcase #22
Kid Flash 1959 (December) DC John Broome, Carmine Infantino The Flash #110

Television[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Captain Video 1955 (April 1) Captain Video

1960s[edit]

Comic book[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Company Creator/s First Appearance
Justice League 1960 (February) DC Gardner Fox The Brave and the Bold #28
Captain Atom 1960 (March) Charlton Comics/DC Joe Gill, Steve Ditko Space Adventures #33
Elongated Man 1960 (May) DC John Broome, Carmine Infantino The Flash vol. 1 #112
Hawkman (Katar Hol, 2nd ver) 1961 (February) DC Gardner Fox, Joe Kubert The Brave and the Bold #34
Flygirl 1961 (July) Archie Comics Robert Bernstein, John Rosenberger Adventures of the Fly #13
The Jaguar 1961 (September) Archie Comics Robert Bernstein The Adventures of the Jaguar #1
The Atom (Ray Palmer, 2nd ver) 1961 (October) DC Julius Schwartz, Gardner Fox, Gil Kane Showcase #34
Fantastic Four (Mister Fantastic, Invisible Girl, Human Torch (Johnny Storm), The Thing) 1961 (November) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby The Fantastic Four #1
Ant-Man (Henry Pym) 1962 (January) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Tales to Astonish #27
The Hulk (Bruce Banner) 1962 (May) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby The Incredible Hulk #1
Spider-Man (Peter Parker) 1962 (August) Marvel Stan Lee, Steve Ditko Amazing Fantasy #15
Thor (Thor Odinson) 1962 (August) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Journey into Mystery #83
Doctor Solar 1962 (October) Gold Key Comics Paul S. Newman, Matt Murphy Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1
Wonder Wart-Hog 1962 Underground Gilbert Shelton Bacchanal
Magnus, Robot Fighter 1963 (February) Gold Key Comics Chase Craig, Russ Manning Magnus Robot Fighter 4000 A.D. #1
Iron Man (Tony Stark) 1963 (March) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck Tales of Suspense #39
Doom Patrol (The Chief, Robotman (Cliff Steele), Elasti-Girl (Rita Farr), Negative Man) 1963 (June) DC Bob Haney, Arnold Drake, Bruno Premiani My Greatest Adventure #80
Wasp 1963 (June) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Tales to Astonish #44
Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange) 1963 (July) Marvel Stan Lee, Steve Ditko Strange Tales #110
X-Men (Professor X, Cyclops, Angel (Warren Worthington), Beast, Iceman, Marvel Girl) 1963 (September) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby X-Men #1
The Avengers 1963 (September) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers Avengers #1
Quicksilver 1964 (March) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby X-Men #4
Scarlet Witch 1964 (March) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby X-Men #4
Black Widow 1964 (April) Marvel Stan Lee, Don Rico, Don Heck Tales of Suspense #52
Daredevil (Matt Murdock) 1964 (April) Marvel Stan Lee, Bill Everett Daredevil #1
Hawkeye (Clint Barton) 1964 (July) Marvel Stan Lee, Don Heck Tales of Suspense #57
Teen Titans 1964 (July) DC Robert Haney, Bruno Premiani The Brave and the Bold #54
Wonder Man 1964 (October) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Avengers #9
Zatanna 1964 (November) DC Gardner Fox, Murphy Anderson Hawkman #4
Metamorpho 1965 (January) DC Bob Haney, Ramona Fradon The Brave and the Bold #57
Hercules 1965 (June) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Journey into Mystery Annual #1
Animal Man 1965 (September) DC Dave Wood, Carmine Infantino Strange Adventures #180
Mighty Crusaders 1965 Archie Comics Jerry Siegel, Paul Reinman Fly-Man #31
Silver Surfer 1966 (March) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Fantastic Four #48
Black Panther 1966 (July) Marvel Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Fantastic Four #52
Nightshade 1966 (September) Charlton Comics/DC Joe Gill, Steve Ditko Captain Atom #82
Blue Beetle (Ted Kord, 2nd ver) 1966 (November) Charlton Comics/DC Steve Ditko Captain Atom #83
Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) 1967 (January) DC Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino Detective Comics #359
Banshee 1967 (January) Marvel Roy Thomas, Werner Roth X-Men #28
Question 1967 (June) Charlton Comics/DC Steve Ditko Blue Beetle #1
Black Knight 1967 (December) Marvel Roy Thomas, John Buscema Avengers #47
Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) 1967 (December) Marvel Stan Lee, Gene Colan Marvel Super Heroes #12
Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird) 1968 (March) Marvel Roy Thomas, Gene Colan Marvel Super Heroes #13
The Creeper 1968 (March) DC Steve Ditko Showcase #73
Vision 1968 (October) Marvel Roy Thomas, John Buscema Avengers #57
Polaris 1968 (October) Marvel Arnold Drake, Don Heck, Werner Roth, Jim Steranko X-Men #49
Havok 1969 (March) Marvel Arnold Drake, Don Heck, Neal Adams X-Men #54
Falcon (Sam Wilson) 1969 (September) Marvel Stan Lee, Gene Colan Captain America #117

Television[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Captain Nice 1967 (January) Buck Henry Captain Nice
Mister Terrific (Stanley Beamish) 1967 (January) Mr. Terrific
The Mighty Heroes

(Strong Man, Cuckoo Man, Tornado Man, Rope Man, Diaper Man)

1966 Ralph Bakshi Mighty Mouse Playhouse
Space Ghost 1966 Alex Toth

William Hanna & Joseph Barbera

Space Ghost and Dino Boy
Birdman 1967 Alex Toth

William Hanna & Joseph Barbera

Birdman and the Galaxy Trio

1970s[edit]

Comic book[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Company Creator/s First Appearance
Sunfire 1970 (January) Marvel Roy Thomas, Don Heck X-Men #64
Valkyrie 1970 (December) Marvel Roy Thomas, John Buscema The Avengers #83
Squadron Supreme 1971 (February) Marvel Roy Thomas, Sal Buscema The Avengers #85-86
The Forever People 1971 (February) DC Jack Kirby The Forever People #1
New Gods 1971 (February) DC Jack Kirby New Gods #1
Mister Miracle 1971 (March) DC Jack Kirby Mister Miracle #1
Big Barda 1971 (March) DC Jack Kirby Mister Miracle #1
Man-Thing 1971 (May) Marvel Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Gray Morrow Savage Tales #1
Swamp Thing 1971 (July) DC Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson House of Secrets #92
The Defenders 1971 (December) Marvel Roy Thomas Marvel Feature #1
Luke Cage a.k.a. Power Man 1972 (June) Marvel Archie Goodwin, George Tuska Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1
Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) 1972 (August) Marvel Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploog Marvel Spotlight #5
Brother Voodoo 1973 (September) Marvel Len Wein, Gene Colan Strange Tales #169
Shang-Chi 1973 (December) Marvel Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin Special Marvel Edition #15
Punisher (Frank Castle) 1974 (February) Marvel Gerry Conway, Ross Andru The Amazing Spider-Man #129
Iron Fist 1974 (May) Marvel Roy Thomas, Gil Kane Marvel Premiere #15
Deathlok 1974 (August) Marvel Rich Buckler, Doug Moench Astonishing Tales #25
Wolverine 1974 (October) Marvel Len Wein, Herb Trimpe Incredible Hulk #180(cameo last panel) #181 first full appearance
Captain Canuck 1975 Richard Comely, Ron Leishman Captain Canuck #1
All-New, All-Different X-Men (Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Thunderbird) 1975 (May) Marvel Len Wein, Dave Cockrum Giant-Size X-Men #1
Moon Knight 1975 (August) Marvel Doug Moench, Don Perlin Werewolf by Night #32
Power Girl 1976 (January) DC Gerry Conway All-Star Comics #58
Captain Britain 1976 Marvel Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe Captain Britain Weekly #1
Spider-Woman 1977 (February) Marvel Archie Goodwin, Jim Mooney Marvel Spotlight #32
Black Lightning 1977 (April) DC Tony Isabella,
Trevor Von Eeden
Black Lightning #1
3-D Man 1977 (April) Marvel Roy Thomas Marvel Premiere #35
Firestorm 1978 (March) DC Gerry Conway, Allen Milgrom Firestorm, The Nuclear Man #1
Alpha Flight 1979 (April) Marvel Chris Claremont, John Byrne Uncanny X-Men #120
Black Cat 1979 (July) Marvel Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard The Amazing Spider-Man #194

Television[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
G-Force 1972 Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman(Battle of the Planets)
Six Million Dollar Man 1973 (March 7) Martin Caiden The Six Million Dollar Man movie(based on 1972 novel Cyborg)
The Bionic Woman 1975 (March 16) Kenneth Johnson The Six Million Dollar Manepisode: "The Bionic Woman"

1980s[edit]

Comic book[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Company Creator/s First Appearance
Kitty Pryde 1980 (January) Marvel Chris Claremont, John Byrne Uncanny X-Men #129
Emma Frost 1980 (January) Marvel Chris Claremont, John Byrne Uncanny X-Men #129
Dazzler 1980 (February) Marvel Tom DeFalco, Louise Simonson, Roger Stern Uncanny X-Men #130
She-Hulk 1980 (February) Marvel Stan Lee, John Buscema Savage She-Hulk #1
Elektra 1981 (January) Marvel Frank Miller Daredevil #168
Omega Men 1981 (January) DC Marv Wolfman, Joe Staton Green Lantern #136
Rogue 1981 (August) Marvel Chris Claremont, Michael Golden Avengers annual #10
Monica Rambeau (a.k.a. Captain Marvel, Photon, Pulsar) 1982 (December) Marvel Roger Stern, John Romita, Jr. The Amazing Spider-Man annual #16
New Mutants 1982 (December) Marvel Chris Claremont The New MutantsMarvel Graphic Novel #4
The Maxx 1982 Comico Sam Kieth Primer #5 (as Max the Hare), The Maxx #1 (as The Maxx)
Robin (Jason Todd) 1983 (March) DC Comics Jim Starlin, Max Collins "Batman" #357
Lobo (DC Comics) 1983 (June) DC Roger Slifer, Keith Giffen Omega Men #3
Outsiders 1983 (July) DC Mike Barr, Jim Aparo The Brave and the Bold #200
American Flagg 1983 (October) First Comics Howard Chaykin American Flagg #1
Atari Force 1984 (January) DC Gerry Conway, Roy Thomas, Ross Andru Atari Force #1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1984 (May) Mirage Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
Power Pack 1984 (August) Marvel Louise Simonson, June Brigman Power Pack (Vol. 1) #1
West Coast Avengers 1984 (September) Marvel Roger Stern, Bob Hall West Coast Avengers (Vol. 1) #1
Femforce 1984 (September) AC Comics Bill Black, Stephanie Sanderson, Mark Heike Femforce Special
Julia Carpenter (a.k.a. Spider-Woman, Arachne) 1984 (October) Marvel Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck Secret Wars #6-7
Northguard 1984 [Canada] Mark Shainblum, Gabriel Morrissette New Triumph featuring Northguard #1
Zot 1984 Eclipse Comics Scott McCloud Zot! #1
Mr. Monster 1984 Michael T. Gilbert Vanguard Illustrated #7
Fleur de Lys 1985 [Canada] Mark Shainblum, Gabriel Morrissette New Triumph featuring Northguard #5
X-Factor 1986 (February) Marvel Bob Layton, Jackson Guice, Josef Rubinstein X-Factor #1
Booster Gold 1986 (February) DC Dan Jurgens Booster Gold #1
Savage Dragon 1986 (February) Erik Larsen Megaton #3
Watchmen 1986 (September) DC Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons Watchmen #1
Excalibur 1987 Marvel Chris Claremont, Alan Davis Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn
The Crow 1989 (January) Caliber James O'Barr Caliber Presents #1
Robin (Tim Drake) 1989 (August) DC Comics Marv Wolfman Batman #436
New Warriors 1989 (December) Marvel Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz Thor #411
Dawn 1989 (December) Sirius Entertainment Joseph Michael Linsner Cry for Dawn #1

Television[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Ralph Hinkley 1981 (March) The Greatest American Hero
Thundercats 1985 Tobin "Ted" Wolf & Rankin/Bass Productions
Silverhawks 1986 Rankin/Bass Productions
Tigersharks 1987 Rankin/Bass Productions

1990s[edit]

Comic book[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Company Creator/s First Appearance
Cable (comics) 1990 (March) Marvel Louise Simonson, Rob Liefeld The New Mutants #87 X-Men #201 (January 1986, as Nathan Summers)
Gambit (comics) 1990 (August) Marvel Chris Claremont, Jim Lee X-Men #266
Darkhawk 1991 (February) Marvel Tom Defalco, Mike Manley Marvel Age #97
Deadpool 1991 (February) Marvel Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza The New Mutants #98
X-Force 1991 (April) Marvel Rob Liefeld The New Mutants #100
Jesse Quick (daughter of Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle) 1991 (April) DC Len Strazewski, Mike Parobeck Justice Society of America (vol. 2) #1
Next Men 1991 (September) Dark Horse John Byrne Dark Horse Presents #54
Bishop (comics) 1991 (November) Marvel Whilce Portacio Jim Lee X-Men #282
Spawn 1992 (May) Image Todd McFarlane Spawn #1
War Machine 1992 (June) Marvel Len Kaminski, Kev Hopgood Iron Man #281
Eternal Warrior 1992 (June) Valiant Comics Solar: Man of the Atom #10
Supreme 1992 (August) Image Rob Liefeld Youngblood #3
Stormwatch 1993 (March) Image Jim Lee Stormwatch #1
Gen¹³ 1993 (September) Image Jim Lee, Brandon Choi Deathmate #Black
Hellboy 1993 (December) Dark Horse Mike Mignola Next Men #21
Prime 1993 Malibu Comics Gerard Jones, Len Strazewski, Norm Breyfogle Prime #1
Static 1993 DC Dwayne McDuffie, John Paul Leon Static #1
Purgatori 1994 Chaos! Comics Brian Pulido, Steven Hughes Lady Death #3
Generation X 1994 Marvel Scott Lobdell, Chris Bachalo X-Men #318
Starman (Jack Knight) 1994 DC James Robinson, Tony Harris Starman #0
Astro City 1995 Image Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson Astro City #1
Mr. Hero the Newmatic Man 1995 Neil Gaiman, James Vance, Ted Slampyak Neil Gaiman's Mr. Hero, The Newmatic Man #1
X-Man 1995 Marvel Jeph Loeb, Steve Skroce X-Man #1
The Thunderbolts 1997 Marvel Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley The Incredible Hulk #449
The Authority 1999 Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch The Authority vol. 1 #1

Movies[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
The Rocketeer 1991 Dave Stevens
Meteor Man 1993

Television[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
The Adventures of T-Rex 1992 Lee Gunther & Michael Wehl
Power Rangers 1993 Haim Saban Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
VR Troopers 1994 Haim Saban VR Troopers
Masked Rider 1995 Haim Saban Masked Rider
Beetleborgs 1996 Haim Saban Big Bad Beetleborgs
Astralborgs 1997 Haim Saban Beetleborgs Metallix
Shaktimaan 1997 Mukesh Khanna Shaktimaan

2000s[edit]

Comic book[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Company Creator/s First Appearance
Black Fox (Dr. Robert William Paine) 2000 Roger Stern, John Byrne Marvel: The Lost Generation #12
Buzz 2000 Marvel Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz Spider-Girl #18
Night Eagle 2000 DC J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Miller The Adventures of Superman #586
Sentry 2000 Marvel Paul Jenkins, Jae Lee, Rick Veitch The Sentry #1
Typeface 2000 Marvel Paul Jenkins, Mark Buckingham Peter Parker: Spider-Man v2 #23
Orpheus 2001 DC Alex Simmons, Dwayne Turner Batman: Orpheus Rising #1
Spike 2001 Marvel Peter Milligan, Mike Allred X-Force #121
Ultimate Marvel characters 2001 Marvel various Ultimate Spider-Man #1
X-Statix 2001 Marvel Peter Milligan, Mike Allred X-Force #116
X-Treme X-Men 2001 Marvel Chris Claremont X-Treme X-Men #1
Runaways 2002 Marvel Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona Runaways vol. 1 #1
Invincible 2002 Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker Noble Causes: Family Secrets #3
Super Buddies 2003 DC Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis, Kevin Maguire, Joe Rubinstein Formerly Known as the Justice League #1
X-23 2003 Marvel Craig Kyle NYX #3
Anya Corazon 2004 Marvel Fiona Avery, Mark Brooks Amazing Fantasy vol. 2 #1
Doc Frankenstein 2004 Geof Darrow, Steve Skroce, Wachowski Brothers Doc Frankenstein #1
Freakshow 2004 Chris Claremont Excalibur vol. 3 #1
Young Avengers 2005 Marvel Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung Young Avengers #1
Blue Beetle (Jamie Reyes, 3rd ver) 2006 DC Keith Giffen, John Rogers, Cully Hamner Infinite Crisis #5
Crimson Chin 2006 Butch Hartman Fairly Odd Parents #1
Miss Martian 2006 DC Geoff Johns, Tony Daniel Teen Titans vol. 3, #37
Atomic Robo 2007 Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener Atomic Robo #46
Bob, Agent of HYDRA 2007 Marvel Fabian Nicieza Cable & Deadpool #38
Forerunner 2007 Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Jesus Saiz. Countdown #46
Anna Mercury 2008 Warren Ellis Anna Mercury #1
Blue Marvel 2008 Kevin Grevioux Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1
Kick-Ass 2008 Mark Millar Kick-Ass #1
She-Hulk (Lyra) 2008 Marvel Jeff Parker, Mitch Breitweiser Hulk: Raging Thunder #1
Achilles Warkiller 2009 Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti Wonder Woman (vol. 3) #30
Haunt 2009 Robert Kirkman, Todd McFarlane Haunt #1
King Chimera 2009 DC Matthew Sturges, Fernando Pasarin Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #24
Mot 2009 Nick Simmons Incarnate #1

Movies[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
David Dunn 2000 M. Night Shyamalan Unbreakable (film)
The Incredibles, Frozone 2004 Brad Bird The Incredibles
Catwoman (Patience Phillips, 2nd ver) 2004 Catwoman
Sky High students and graduates 2005 Paul Hernandez, Robert Schooley, Mark McCorkle Sky High
Krrish 2006 Rakesh Roshan Krrish
Zenith Team (Captain Zoom, Concussion, Mega-Boy, Wonder, Houdini, Princess, Marsha Holloway) 2006 Adam Rifkin Zoom
John Hancock 2008 Vincent Ngo Hancock

Television[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Danny Phantom 2004 Butch Hartman Danny Phantom
Ben Tennyson 2005 Man of Action (Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, and Steven T. Seagle) Ben 10 (2005 TV series)
Kamen Rider Dragon Knight 2009 Steve Wang Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight

2010s[edit]

Comic book[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Company Creator/s First Appearance
Soundman 2012 Brian Bondurant "Power Couple!" (part of Kumate Works anthology)
Gwenpool 2016 Marvel Chris Bachalo Howard the Duck Vol 6 #1

Movies[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Company Creator/s First Appearance
Cutthroat, Charge, Shadow, The Wall 2011 Jason Trost Vs
Andrew Detmer, Matt Garetty, Steve Montgomery 2012 Max Landis, Josh Trank Chronicle

Television[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Company Creator/s First Appearance
Powell family 2010 Greg Berlanti, Jon Harmon Feldman No Ordinary Family
The Cape 2011 Tom Wheeler The Cape
Alphas 2011 Zak Penn, Michael Karnow Alphas

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Daniels, Les. The Golden Age of DC Comics: 365 Days. New York: H.N. Abrams, 2004.

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