Greatest 12 Characters of the 1840's

Who is on this list, what this list is about and how they got on the list!

 1904

Synopsis

This is one of a set of lists I made showing a progression of the greatest characters in a heroic style throughout time. Focusing for the most part on one decade at a time. The heroes that we know and love today were inspired by heroes before them. Some are even real people who moved into folklore. Before comics there were pulp magazines. Before that there was dime novels and before that was the penny dreadfuls. There were many others as well like Gothic novels, story papers and yes even a real novel.  

The List 

This is the list of the greatest characters in comics from 1840 to 1849.    These would be characters who will go on to be the biggest influences in comics either directly or indirectly.  In other words these will become great inspirations to future comic characters and stories. Right now they are in order of year.  

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 Honorable Mention
Believe it or not this was one of the hardest lists.  There were several I wanted to put in but because I wanted to limit it to twelve I was forced to cut at least four characters who would have been staples in later decades.  For example I had a harder time finding twelve characters for the 1850's, 1860's and 1870's than I did for this particular decade.

Here is the past list

Greatest 12 Characters of the 1830's

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Greatest 12 Characters of the 1850's

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Posted by Mr.Q
.... now you're just doing it to mess with me. aren't you?
Posted by Liberty
@Mr.Q:   It is a little better now.
Posted by Mr.Q
@Liberty: getting there. lose definition of hero though. but ok.
Posted by cbishop

What makes the girl with the matches a hero?

Posted by Liberty
@cbishop:   A lot of these characters are not heroes that is why I used the word characters.  I know no one like the match girl on this list but I just couldn't drop her because I like the story so much.
Posted by cbishop
@Liberty: Allow me to rephrase: what makes her a great character? ;)
Posted by Liberty
@cbishop:   Great question. Let me start with I am not done with the list and it will be more clear later.  It takes time to do a list with this much research.  As for the match girl I agree.  She probably should not be in the list but because of the story I'll feel guilty abandoning her. =]  So sad.  ={
Posted by cbishop
@Liberty: You are totally misreading me, man.  I'm not saying she shouldn't be on the list.  I'm just asking what makes her a great character?  The note on the character didn't quite explain it to me.   You're so senthitive. ;)
Posted by Liberty
@cbishop:   I didn't take it personally.  I just feel she shouldn't be on the list but I can'r bare leaving her off ;} 
Posted by turoksonofstone

Awesome again!