Greatest 12 Characters of the 1960's

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

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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 12 best characters that made their debut in between 1960 and 1969.  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.  

A New World
New Stuff 
The 1960's is one of the greatest decades for unique comic characters right along with the 1930's.  It was in the 1950's and 1960's that many DC Characters were revamped but the amount of Marvel Characters that came out of 1960's had a bigger impact on comics than any decade that came after.  It could easily be called the Marvel Decade.
 
Here is the past list  
Greatest 12 Characters of the 1950's
 
Here is the next list
Greatest 12 Characters of the 1970's 
 

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27 Comments
Posted by Mr.Q
Spider-Man 1963. figured he would be one of the first to come to mind. but then again you're more a DC guy right?
Posted by cbishop

Okay, I'm recommending this one just because of your Vampirella description. lol

Posted by Wise Son

I think Hulk's importance shouldn't be understated. Thinking he might need to be a bit higher if this is a ranking list and not just a best of list. You're awesome for including Nick Fury but where in the blue blazes is Black Panther?

Posted by Liberty
@Wise Son:   This was a hard one because of the comic explosion of the 1960's.  No matter how I made this list there would be some great characters left off.  I'm not done but I really want Black Panther on the list.
Posted by haydenclaireheroes

These are the classics 

Posted by Icon

Spidey really should be #1, but I understand you're a DC fan so I'll respect your desire to have a DC character there instead (even if it is Wally West...). 

Posted by Liberty
@Icon:   They are in order of the year of their first appearence not favoritism.  FYI
Posted by Icon
@Liberty: I didn't realize. I stand corrected.
Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt
@Mr.Q:
spider-man was 1962  he just didnt get his own series until 1963
Posted by Cosmic Cube

I feel like it should be Barnabas instead of Vampirella, but otherwise good choices.

Posted by Meteorite
Posted by Liberty
@Meteorite: You know I had the Doctor on the list but I replaced him what some point (I forgot by who).  WHo would you replace him with?
Posted by Meteorite
@Liberty said:
@Meteorite: You know I had the Doctor on the list but I replaced him what some point (I forgot by who).  WHo would you replace him with?
I wouldn't, I'd leave him in. But it is your list, so your choice who you put in.
Posted by Liberty

It's cool I just like to hear other opinions to make the list better.

Posted by ReVamp

Wally West.

Posted by Liberty
@ReVamp: Is that good or bad?
Posted by ReVamp

@Liberty said:

@ReVamp: Is that good or bad?

None of the above, its awesome.

Posted by eldestrisk

I was enjoying your lists until I bump into this one.

"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."

And no Cyclops, Jean Grey, Professor X, Beast. At least you should mention Cyclops. And this is not only my love for X-Men talking, it's an objective critic.

Posted by Liberty
@eldestrisk: Ya got me there.  This was one of the toughest lists because the 60's was so explosive with great heroes.  The X-Men are huge there is no denying, but one problem was who to mention.  If I put any of one of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Professor X, and Beast I would have to list the others and I just felt that as a lone character they just don't have the same stuff.  
 
Wolverine is a great example of this.  He can carry his own series for decades Just him.  He is ironically (because he didn't start out as a mutant)  the face of the X-Men.  That is also why he got his own movie as appose to the others. As the Romans would say he just has more gravitas. 
 
All this said you make a great point, and I am wondering how to change it.  Who would you take off for who?
Posted by eldestrisk

What about adding "X-Men" as a team, just like you added TMNT and not an individual character.

If I would absolutely need to pick just one for the purpose of the list I think Jean Grey is the one, she's definitely one of the most recognizable and influential female character in comic history. (hint, Phoenix)

I would take out either Magnus or Captain Marvel.

Posted by PowerHerc

With all the great characters whom first appeared in the 1960's it must have been really difficult to narrow it down to these twelve. Great effort on a nearly impossible task.

Posted by Liberty
@eldestrisk

@PowerHerc: Thank you PowerHerc.  You have been on the vine for a long time and it means a lot coming from you.  I think eldestrisk brings up a good point about the X-Men but I just can't seem to figure a good solution.  (See the posts just before this one.)   I added the Turtles as a team on an earlier list but the X-Men are so much more individualistic that it is hard to pick one from the original team and leave off the others.  Not to mention taking one of the ones on the list off considering they have had tons of self titled series.   What do you think?
Posted by PowerHerc

@Liberty: I don't think one individual member of the X-Men from the 1960's stands out enough to warrant a place on this list, let alone bumping one of the characters already listed. Besides, this is a list of "characters" not "teams" and the X-Men are a team.

Posted by Liberty
@PowerHerc: That was my original thought as well.
Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

I know, I know! You didn`t have enough room. But still...

NO FANTASTIC FOUR.

Posted by Liberty
@kfhrfdu_89_76k: the 60's were the hardest.
Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

@Liberty:

Yeah, I know.