#1 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (33019 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman is widely considered (wrongly or rightly) the first superhero, if that's true who would be considered the second?

#2 Posted by AweSam (7373 posts) - - Show Bio

Nobody considers him the first because he's not the first.

#3 Posted by Myrmidon_ (5080 posts) - - Show Bio

@awesam said:

Nobody considers him the first because he's not the first.

#4 Posted by Veshark (9058 posts) - - Show Bio

It depends on your definition of 'superhero'. There are older pulp heroes like Shadow or the Phantom, even Doctor Occult. But I guess Superman set the standard for the modern interpretation of the superhero.

As for the second? If Supes is the first, chronologically Zatara would be the second.

#5 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33019 posts) - - Show Bio
#6 Edited by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

@jonny_anonymous: he aint' just the batman of his day

Namor was the flying brick before him in terms of power set

supes was originally a supervillain

#7 Posted by Ms. Omega (4437 posts) - - Show Bio

Wouldn't the first technically be Hercules from Greek Mythology?

#8 Edited by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

@ms__omega said:

Wouldn't the first technically be Hercules from Greek Mythology?

Gilgamesh predates him as the first hero archetype

Hanuman was most likely the first Flying brick, Ghatotkaca (javanese) would be the first human-looking flying brick

without wings of course

#9 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (33019 posts) - - Show Bio

@nerx: I said superhero not comic book character

#10 Posted by Ms. Omega (4437 posts) - - Show Bio

@nerx: Doh forgot about Gilgamesh .

#11 Posted by The Stegman (23931 posts) - - Show Bio

Sigh, He may not be the first champion with great powers, but yes, Superman is the first of the modern day tight wearing, superpowered superheroes.

#12 Posted by AweSam (7373 posts) - - Show Bio
#13 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio
#14 Posted by ZombieMowlcher (677 posts) - - Show Bio

Gilgamesh is the very first super hero.

#15 Edited by RustyRoy (11996 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman or Captain Marvel depending upon the definition of Superhero.

#16 Edited by RustyRoy (11996 posts) - - Show Bio

@nerx said:

@ms__omega said:

Wouldn't the first technically be Hercules from Greek Mythology?

Gilgamesh predates him as the first hero archetype

Hanuman was most likely the first Flying brick, Ghatotkaca (javanese) would be the first human-looking flying brick

without wings of course

Who are these?

#17 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

@rustyroy:

Figures from indian myth (hanoman) gatotkaca is indian myth, but Indonesian version is the man of steel hundred of years before the man of steel.

Gilgamesh is the first hero ever, there are stone tablets with his story

#18 Edited by NorrinBoltagonPrime21 (5783 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman is considered the first mainstream superhero but not the first hero ever.

#19 Edited by krunkeela (188 posts) - - Show Bio

God.

#20 Edited by AllStarSuperman (21666 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman and Batman were originally murderers. So by technical default Captain Marvel/Shazam.

#21 Posted by MrShway88 (655 posts) - - Show Bio

All the fun has been sucked from this thread

#22 Posted by Fallen_Crippled (6448 posts) - - Show Bio

If we are saying Superman is the first, then after him would be Zatara

#23 Edited by CharlieJade (422 posts) - - Show Bio

He's the first one with a red cape

Doc Savage,The Shadow, the Phantom, Gilgamesh, Titan, Popeye, Mandrake the Magician, John Carter of Mars etc all came before Superman

You also have heroes in western folklore and mythology like Robin Hood, Hercules etc

#24 Posted by Kiltro95 (295 posts) - - Show Bio

First comic book superhero (with powers) :Superman

First Superhero published: Springheeled Jack

Now to answer your question: Zatara would be second

#25 Posted by colonyofcells (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

action comics 1 has many characters like superman, zatara, tex thompson who later became mr america, etc.

#26 Posted by Yung ANcient One (4761 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought Superman was the 1st Superhero in Comics.

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#27 Posted by GunGunW (996 posts) - - Show Bio

Batman

#28 Edited by The_Lunact_And_Manic (3286 posts) - - Show Bio

John Zatara

#29 Posted by MirrorWave4 (1099 posts) - - Show Bio

John Carter was the first Superman!

#30 Edited by MirrorWave4 (1099 posts) - - Show Bio

John Carter was the first Superman!

#31 Posted by cfrehse (1004 posts) - - Show Bio

i think the green hornet was before him on the radio as a hero

#32 Edited by Jnr6Lil (7704 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman is the first superhero in terms of the first to go mainstream, and who set the blueprint for the modern day superhero. It's like with Hulk Hogan, he wasn't the first pro wrestler, but he was the first to go mainstream, and popularize the sports entertainer.

#33 Posted by SliverBat (60 posts) - - Show Bio
@kiltro95 said:

First comic book superhero (with powers) :Superman

First Superhero published: Springheeled Jack

Now to answer your question: Zatara would be second


Exactly this, Superman was the first break-through superhero plus he solidified the term Superhero

#34 Posted by CharlieJade (422 posts) - - Show Bio

before Superman,

Hugo Gladiator Danner, Doctor Occult, John Carter, Doc Savage Man of Bronze

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/4/49448/2290580-john_carter_or_mars_by_reillybrown_d4tcvhf.jpg

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/6/64770/2228754-dr_occult.jpg

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11/111114/2386591-phantom_punishing_bad_girl.jpg

.

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/3/35816/766994-hugodanner2.jpg

http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/5/52045/1095137-doc_savage_spirit_batman.jpg

#35 Posted by Havenless (1340 posts) - - Show Bio

If Thor counts as a Superhero nowadays, he was worshipped by Vikings way back in B.C. times... so, yeah.

#36 Posted by baron2011 (1151 posts) - - Show Bio

lt depends

superman was the first superhero to be so popular so if your question is about what superhero when he appeared was as popular or close to superman in popularity the answer is DC's captain marvel

Captain marvel was huge back then