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  1. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    How about “Powdered Toast Man” from the cartoon Ren & Stimpy………LOL

  2. MatthewZD
    MatthewZD at |

    No Captain Marvel? No Mr. Incredible?

    1. Tom
      Tom at |

      To be fair I don’t think either one was inspired by Superman. Mr. Incredible and his family takes more inspiration from Marvel’s Fantastic Four. And Captain Marvel is a tough call because they came out around the same time and Captain Marvel’s origin could not be more different. Yeah, they have similar powers but Captain Marvel also had a lot of differences, like the Marvel family. In fact, you could say Captain Marvel inspired Superman writers to add Supergirl and Krypto, the super dog. 🙂

      1. MatthewZD
        MatthewZD at |

        That’s true about the Incredibles being more inspired by the Fantastic Four than anything (with a dash of Watchmen influencing their backstory). Captain Marvel, despite the differences, was very much inspired by Superman.

        From Wikipedia’s entry on Captain Marvel — “Fawcett’s circulation director Roscoe Kent Fawcett recalled telling the staff, “give me a Superman, only have his other identity be a 10- or 12-year-old boy rather than a man.””

        I don’t think it’s too tough a call to say that Superman inspired Captain Marvel.

        1. Tom
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          Good point. 🙂

  3. Tom
    Tom at |

    I think this was a good list, but I think having Sentry so high on it does not make much sense. Hyperion is a terrible character and I am not sure if anyone really accepted him after his limited series. As a one time concept as Marvel’s greatest hero, taking place in it’s own self contained limited series it worked, but when Bendis and company made him part of the mainstream MU it was ridiculous.

    And Alpha One and Astonishman? Never heard of ’em. Plutonian is a decent choice for #1, though.

    1. MatthewZD
      MatthewZD at |

      The writer went in order of first appearance, from the earliest to the most recent. I haven’t heard of Alpha One or Astonishman, but now I’m tempted to check out the books.

  4. M King
    M King at |

    I’d have included Astro City’s Samaritan.

  5. Cobra
    Cobra at |

    You also left out Marvel’s Gladiator, praetor of the Shiar Imperial Guard (Now leader of the Shiar)
    Right down to the power set. In fact, his given name Kallark is a combination of Clark Kent and Kal-El.


    1. Blackthorne
      Blackthorne at |

      Gladiator is a definate addition to the list, as should the utterly corrupted Homelander from The Boys.

  6. Michael
    Michael at |

    How about who Superman is inspired by? Clark Savage AKA Doc Savage AKA The Man of Bronze. Has a Fortress of Solitude where he does his inventions to fight crime and as a retreat. Written by Lester Dent in 1933, a year before Superman.
    Doc Savage’s real name was Clark Savage, Jr. He was a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Polar Treasure, a musician. A team of scientists assembled by his father deliberately trained his mind and body to near-superhuman abilities almost from birth, giving him great strength and endurance, a photographic memory, a mastery of the martial arts, and vast knowledge of the sciences. Doc is also a master of disguise and an excellent imitator of voices. “He rights wrongs and punishes evildoers.”

    1. Dino
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    2. Jason
      Jason at |

      A better candidate for Superman’s inspiration was Hugo Danner, the protagonist of Philip Wylie’s Gladiator.

      That said, Superman had a much happier story. Hugo was a bit of a loser.

  7. Edgarska
    Edgarska at |

    How is Goku not here?

    1. Mark
      Mark at |

      Goku isn’t here because this is about awesome American Superheroes from comics, not lame Japanese Manga/Anime so called “heroes”.

  8. John G. Pierce
    John G. Pierce at |

    Ulti-Man from Big Bang Comics. Also Master Man from Fawcett (sued out of existence by DC), and the earliest one, Wonder Man from Fox (likewise). But I wouldn’t put the latter two on a Top 10 list, though I think Ulti-Man is worthy of a spot.

    Captain Marvel (my favorite character) was clearly inspired by Superman, but then went off in such different directions from Superman in so many ways.

  9. Swift
    Swift at |

    Interesting fact, Superman was actually inspired (if not completely ripped off shamelessly) by Phllip Wylie’s Gladiator from his pulp fiction novel. There was actually an article posted about this here http://www.cracked.com/article_17299_6-famous-characters-you-didnt-know-were-shameless-rip-offs.html

  10. Bri
    Bri at |

    I like the list.

  11. Joey
    Joey at |

    The Void didnt make everybody forget The Sentry, it was Mastermind, The Void was The Sentry’s evil sorta schitzo alter ego.

  12. mighty black adam
    mighty black adam at |

    finally a good list…

  13. D -Man
    D -Man at |

    What no PRIME ?? From Ultraverse ( Malibu Comics ) http://www.comicvine.com/prime/29-2901/ sure it’s a play also on Capt.Marvel /Shazam but he in turn is based on Superman except for the turning into a kid part. Both of which are not even on this list at all Top 10 or not! Which blows my mind! And Bizarro comes to mind as well. Clearly based on Superman lol

  14. devis
    devis at |

    Superman is quintessential hero. He is the mold on which many are based. This list could be expanded to a many moire heros

  15. Jim
    Jim at |

    First of all, I hope we are all here because we are Super Fans of Superman & All I want to say is I’m not sure about others but The Plutonian is the perfect Anti-Supeman who definitely deserves to be on No.1 list. also it actually show how powerful Superman actually is or can be…

  16. shotking200
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    You guys forgot Ultraa, the fist and only hero from Earth-Prime(the DC universe that we inhabit).

  17. Shaun
    Shaun at |

    what about Goku?!
    From alien planet,
    raised by earthlings,
    both of their home planets were destroyed,
    both have a green alien friend,
    both want to protect earth

  18. Stev
    Stev at |

    Gladiator should really be on this list considering he is a DIRECT jab at Superman by Marvel Comics.

    Also Bizarro deserves a mention.

  19. King Troll
    King Troll at |

    Superman is so lame.


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