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Subj: Re: Superbeings created 80s or 90s whose solo titles reached issue 50
Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 at 05:16:22 pm EDT (Viewed 63 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Superbeings created 80s or 90s whose solo titles reached issue 50
Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 at 10:14:38 am EDT (Viewed 78 times)



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    Ah, but Wally West was a pre-existing character from the '60s.


OK - so let's definitely drop him.


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    Kon-El, Tim Drake, Linda Danvers and Kyle Rayner were new characters in the 90s. I had forgot about Kyle because he didn't start with an issue #1. But he went for about 100 issues starting with #51, didn't he?


Kyle, I don't even have to check. He had his own comic for years and years.

OK, so Kon-El, Tim, Linda, and Kyle are in. They all had strong followings so I can feel good about including them.


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    Checking your list again, if you're going to count Jack Knight/Starman, a new character inheriting an old legacy, you should probably count the ones I listed above.


OK. But regarding Jack Knight, I have to say, he was a radical departure from the original Star Man. He wasn't just some new guy who put on the costume and took the name. His series was a truly original creation.


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    Wait ... did we both forget about The Punisher? Oh, wait ... he's not a "super."


Frank was created in 1974.


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    I found another one. Steel/John Henry Irons, his series lasted 53 issues! Although a tech guy, he did eventually develop a super power too. He could teleport his armor on and off himself somehow as needed, enabling lightning-fast identity changes.


Wow! I would never have dreamed his series ran so long. But he definitely fits the parameters. Steel is in.

As for whether or not he was super - hey, we're including Tim Drake, so I guess my idea of a "superbeing" is pretty broad.

But really, if someone appeared in our real world who could fight like Tim Drake, or any other Bat-hero, we would all be thinking he was enhanced in some way, either chemically, genetically, or cybernetically. And if Steel appeared in our real world with his armor, we would be thinking his tech came from the future or from another planet.

When we finalize the list, we should come up with a better word or phrase than "superbeing" - although, at the moment, I'm not sure what word or phrase we would use. Maybe "amazing adventurer"?

Which triggered me to check another character and - Tomb Raider is in! Her comic started in 1999 and ran for exactly 50 issues!








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