Greatest 12 Characters of the 1940's

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

 Shazam Indeed.
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 top dozen heroes who came out between 1940-1949.  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.  

New Stuff 
The 1940's were the biggest boom in comics.  This was the Golden Age of comics and the characters are viewed with almost reverence by fans still today. This especially true of the years between 1940 and 1941.  As a matter of fact all the characters on this list are in those two years.
Here is the past list
Greatest 12 Characters of the 1930's  
Here is the next list

Greatest 12 Characters of the 1950's

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Posted by Amegashita

  Good list and I agree with them all, though I do say that the entire Captain Marvel family was huge during the 40's.

Posted by turoksonofstone

 I agree with everything but Tomahawk and Aquaman, and yes, where are the Marvels?, and Black Terror had a ton of appearances and like two titles. All the same sweet list! I was looking for "The Top ten covers of the 1940's " did I miss it?

Posted by Liberty
@turoksonofstone:   I am not done with these decade lists.  I spent a week on it and had to ketch up with other things so I set it aside.  I did like you suggection of Black Terror and added it as for the comic cover of the 1940's I don't have a list like that.  What did you mean by the Marvels.  Did you mead Marvel Comics?  So far I have....
DC Comics has........6
Marvel Comics has .2
Nedor Comics has .1
Newspaper has .......1
Fawcett Comics has 1
Quality Comics has ..1
Posted by turoksonofstone
By Marvels I meant The Marvel Family.
The Angel was big at Marvel, Whizzer, The Destroyer, Patriot, and also Ms.America had her own book. Centaur had Amazing Man. Fox had Blue Beetle. Quality had Dollman. What about the Sheild the very first Patriotic hero from MLJ or the Fighting Yank from Nedor?
Posted by turoksonofstone
Hmmm.Understood. Good point about the Beetle.
Posted by humanfly26

no joker? :-(

Posted by Liberty
@humanfly26:   Who would you take out?
Posted by Liberty
Posted by humanfly26
@Liberty: hm... good question. Probably Namor or Aquaman, it seems repetitive to have them both on there. Possibly Blackhawk?
I'd also give a shout out to Alan Scott and Jay Garrick, but I realize you only have limited space :-(
Posted by haydenclaireheroes

A lot of great DC favorites on this list. Loved Green Arrow the best on the list.  

Posted by PowerHerc

Captain Marvel, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Sub-Mariner and Green Arrow are characters that I consider all-time greats and some of my personal favorites.   
Are you sure Namor the Sub-Mariner first appeared in the 40's?  I though he first appeared in 1939.
Posted by Trodorne

Billy was my favorite only because he was a pure hearted super-hero with a kids outlook. there was no grey. just being a good person was all that mattered.

Edited by Rheged

Great lists!  Nice to see some of the Golden Age characters getting a nod.



" Are you sure Namor the Sub-Mariner first appeared in the 40's?  I though he first appeared in 1939. "

Namor's first appearance WAS in 1939.  He appeared in Motion Picture Funnies Weekly, six months before the Original Human Torch, and his story in Marvel Comics #1 is actually a reprint with 4 new pages added.  Namor's a couple of months older than Batman, I believe.  He's the original anti-hero and poster boy for teen alienation, as well as one of the first bi-racial super-heroes.
Posted by ReVamp

Dick Grayson made this list one of the best on CV.

Posted by CaptainLantern76

Captain America is my favorite Marvel Superhero. I'm glad they brought him back to life. And it's nice to know someone else appreciates Aquaman and doesn't think he's useless. Plastic Man does a great job serving as the comic relief. And I just love the rest.

But you made one error. Namor did appear in Motion Picture Funnies Weekley, but he appeared in 1939, not 1940. So he debuted in the 1930s, not the 40s. As a matter of fact, he debuted in April 1939, a month before Batman, who debuted in May 1939.

Posted by Liberty