Greatest 12 Characters of the 1900's

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

 Cowardly, Indeed
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 a list of the greatest 12 characters to appear between the years of 1900 and 1909.  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. 

 My Time is Now
 
New Stuff
Lyman Frank Baum's characters are featured heavily here.  Before you dismiss this out of hand these stories offer more than a casual fan could ever realize.  Oz has a thick full world with tremendous heroes and villains.  If you have ever been acquainted with the Dark Side of Oz you will know what I am talking about.  You may be a fan of the big Hollywood musical but to see what the characters really were and have become you may become a bigger fan.  If you were not a fan.  Than looking into this kind of stuff will change your mind.  Also, note that I could not add every character form the books as there were to many.  I even merged the trinity that is the Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion.

Here is the past list 
Greatest 12 Characters of the 1890's 

Here is the next list 
Greatest 12 Characters of the 1910's

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7 Comments
Posted by Mr.Q
so... the first anti-hero? 
Posted by Liberty
@Mr.Q:   No, just completely rebooted.
Posted by Mr.Q
@Liberty: I see...
Posted by cbishop

Clarify something on Cisco: I've only been able to find "The Caballero's Way," so have only read him as the villain.  Is he rebooted to hero by O'Henry, or by the TV show?  The show makes it clear in the opening that they are depicting him as the "Robin Hood of the Old West."  That's not the guy in "Caballero's Way."

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Didn't even know comics went this far back. Great Job. 

Posted by fables87

I like this list mainly cause of the Oz characters and I agree with #1.

Posted by Liberty
@fables87: I have a list like this for every decade.  Check them out if you want.