Greatest 12 Characters of the 1980's

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

 Hey, Hey it's the 80's


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 characters to come out between 1980 and 1989.   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.

The Fonz lives.

New Stuff

The 1980's was an odd decade for comics.  It was before the boom of the 1990's and things were getting stale.  This is when things got shaped up and changed.  The Watchmen series literally changed how comics were made and ushered in a more violent era in comics.  The Crisis of Infinite Earths also happened in this decade and it was so impact it turned the DC Universe into parts like the Bible.  You had Pre-Crisis, Post Crisis in the comic world becoming just about as important as A.M., P.M., B.C., D.C., A.C, D.C, and New Testament, Old Testament.
Here is the past list 
Greatest 12 Characters of the 1970's

Here is the next list

Greatest 12 Characters of the 1990's

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Posted by Mr.Q
TMNT 1984. a success that can't be ignored.
Posted by Mr.Q
better. my childhood returns. 
Posted by Wise Son

Dream and the Endless should be higher, after all he was pivotal in one of the greatest series ever in Sandman. Alan Moore is popping anti-depressants as you've just shunned The Watchmen and V. And if we're talking commercial success Transformers should be included in this list.

Posted by Liberty
@Wise Son:   They were not in order.  Right now I am just putting the lists together.   I know I added the turtles but I wanted to avoid adding teams at much as possible.  I only did it for the turtles because if I picked one I wouldn't be able to argue why he is better than the other and if I added all four I would leave off some really good characters. 
Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Again some great characters my favorite on your list has to be Tim Drake and Cable. 

Posted by AMP - Seeker of Lost Knowledge

What about Frank Miller's ELEKTRA?

Posted by J1ml33

thanks for having savage dragon ( he is one of my favorite characters ) and erik larson is one of my favorite 
writer/artist  from this era . also thanks for also keeping the turtles as a group and adding in all of the interesting details of each entry ( it makes everything else worth reading ) I love the 80s (in comics anyways ) my favorite era of comics next to the 90s ( the era in which I was growing up in ) and the 80s (or better yet the late 80s in which I was born into this horrible world but at least the comics and the Saturday morning cartoons were good so I guess staying alive would be a good thing ( for now ) anyways always good work .

Posted by Asymmetrical

Swamp Thing first appeared in the early 70's not the 80's...his second series premiered in 1982

Posted by Hawkeye446

Fantastic era, fantastic list :)

Posted by ReVamp


Posted by rasx

Where's OPTIMUS PRIME, SNAKE EYES and HE-MAN on this list?

Posted by Agha1

Fantastic era, fantastic list :)

thats right.

Posted by Liberty

@agha1: Thank you. Please recommend it since you like it.