For many decades we have had stories of SuperHeroes, each with their own set of special attributes and powers, and new ones still appear from time to time. Some of their powers were super-human, like the power of flight and x-ray vision, while others were generated by the SuperHeroes themselves with extreme training and exercises. Some of the Superheroes came from other planets; others were the result of scientific experiments gone wrong. Still others were relatively normal humans who had a particular wish to " make a difference".
Whatever their source, their activities fascinate both adult and younger "ordinary" people. This page presents just a few of these characters, with a little of their backgrounds.

Picture of The Phantom The Phantom, the "Ghost Who Walks" is a fictional costumed crime-fighter created by Lee Falk for the Phantom comic strip in 1936.
The story started with a young sailor named Christopher Walker, who was born in 1516 in Portsmouth. His father, also named Christopher Walker, had been a seaman since he was a young boy. Christopher Jr. became a shipboy on his father's ship in 1526. In 1536, when he was 20 years old, he was on his father's ship when it was attacked by pirates and his father was killed. He was the sole survivor and was washed ashore on a beach in Bengalla, a fictional African country. He was found by pygmies of the Bandar tribe, who nursed him back to health and took care of him. He vowed to work to wipe out piracy, greed, cruelty, and injustice, in all their forms.

Picture of Superman Superman , the "Man of Steel", was created in 1938 by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joseph Shuster.
He was born on the planet Krypton and was given the name Kal-El at birth. As a baby, his parents sent him to Earth in a small spaceship moments before Krypton was destroyed in a natural cataclysm. His ship landed in the American countryside near the fictional town of Smallville, where he was found and adopted by farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent. They named him Clark Kent.
Clark developed various superhuman abilities, such as incredible strength and impervious skin.

Picture of Captain Marvel Captain Marvel is an American comic strip superhero created by writer Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan in 1939.
In late 1939, the first comic strip character with the name Captain Marvel appeared in Whiz Comics (Fawcett Comics). Fawcett’s Captain Marvel was a young boy named Billy Batson, who upon speaking the magic word “Shazam” would transform into “Earth’s mightiest mortal.” Shazam was the name of the wizard who had granted Billy this amazing ability, and was also the acronym that defined his powers (the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury).

Picture of Batman Batman, the "Caped Crusader", was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939. His protege Robin, was created a year later.
Originally named the "Bat-Man," the character is also referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, and the World's Greatest Detective. His secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy, philanthropist, and owner of Wayne Enterprises. He originated from an incident in Bruce's childhood where he witnessed the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice.

Captain America was created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941.
Picture of Captain America He is the alter-ego of Steve Rogers, a frail young man enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum to aid the United States government's efforts in World War II. He was designed as a patriotic super-soldier who often fought the Axis powers of World War II. He wears a costume bearing an American flag motif, and uses a nearly indestructible shield which he throws as a projectile. The Captain America comic book was discontinued in 1950, with a short-lived revival in 1953. Marvel Comics revived the character again in 1964 and it is still in publication.

Picture of Spiderman Spiderman, aka Peter Parker is a fictional superhero created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko in 1962.
Peter Parker was an orphan raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben in New York City after his parents Richard and Mary Parker were killed in a plane crash. Some of his foes were Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin and Venom. He acquired his various spider-related abilities after a bite from a radioactive spider. These include clinging to surfaces, shooting spider-webs from wrist-mounted devices, and detecting danger with his "spider-sense".

The Hulk was Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in 1962.
Picture of The Hulk The character is a green-skinned, hulking and muscular humanoid with great physical strength. His alter ego is Dr. Robert Bruce Banner, a physically weak, socially withdrawn, and emotionally reserved physicist. The two exist as independent personalities and are enemies. Following his accidental exposure to gamma rays saving the life of Rick Jones during the detonation of an experimental bomb, Banner is physically transformed into the Hulk when subjected to emotional stress. This often leads to destructive rampages and conflicts that complicate Banner's civilian life. The Hulk's level of strength is normally conveyed as proportionate to his level of anger. Although mostly portrayed as a raging savage, the Hulk has been presented as other personalities at times, based on Banner's fractured psyche, including a mindless, destructive force, a brilliant warrior, and a genius scientist. Banner's lover is Betty Ross, and his best friend is Rick Jones.

Picture of Ironman Iron Man was created by writer and editor Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Leiber and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby in 1963.
A wealthy American business magnate, playboy, and ingenious scientist, Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark suffers a severe chest injury during a kidnapping. When his captors attempt to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction, he instead creates a mechanized suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. Later, Stark develops his suit, adding weapons and other technological devices he designed through his company, Stark Industries. He uses the suit and successive versions to protect the world as Iron Man. Although at first concealing his true identity, Stark eventually declared that he was, in fact, Iron Man in a public announcement.

X-Men are a team of fictional superheroes created by artist/co-writer Jack Kirby and writer Stan Lee in 1963.
Picture of X-Men Most of the X-Men are mutants, a subspecies of humans who are born with superhuman abilities activated by the "X-Gene". They are led by Charles Xavier, also known as Professor X, a powerful mutant telepath who can control and read minds. Professor X is the founder of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters at a location commonly called the X-Mansion, which recruits mutants from around the world to teach them how to use their powers and coexist with humanity.

Picture of the Guardians Guardians of the Galaxy are an American superhero team created by writer Arnold Drake and artist Gene Colan in 1969.
In the 31st century, human civilization has fallen under the dominion of the Badoon, a hostile race of sentient alien reptiles, and a group of freedom fighters from various points across the solar system and beyond unites to combat them.

Picture of Iron Fist

Iron Fist (Danny Rand) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Iron Fist first appeared in May 1974. He is a practitioner of martial arts and the wielder of a mystical force known as the Iron Fist, which allows him to summon and focus his chi. This ability is obtained from the city of K'un Lun which opens every ten years. He starred in his own solo series in the 1970s, and shared the title Power Man and Iron Fist for several years with Luke Cage, partnering with Cage to form the superhero team Heroes for Hire.

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