Top 5 Underrated Superheroes:
“Sometimes life is unfair. This is true for even the almighty Superhero. Not everyone can be a Superman, or Captain America. Sometimes they absolutely shouldn’t be. But, are there some that deserve a little time in the limelight? I think so. I wrote this list to give credit where credit is due, and maybe give these well deserving Heroes a few new fans. This is my 5 most Underrated Superheroes.“- Val
5. Elongated Man
- Real Name: Randolph William Dibny
- Created By: John Broome & Carmine Infantino
- First Appearance: The Flash #112
The Elongated Man can stretch his limbs and body to super-human lengths and sizes. These stretching powers grant the Elongated Man heightened agility, flexibility and coordination far beyond standard human potential. He can contort his body into various positions and sizes impossible for ordinary humans, such as being entirely flat so that he can slip under a door, or using his fingers to pick conventional locks. Elongated Man can also use it for disguise by changing the shape of his face, although this is painful and difficult for him Elongated Man is a well established detective, who’s abilities are second only to Batman himself [who is only better because of his logical mindset].
Dibny is a heavily underrated hero, especially when He has to compete for attention from other stretch powered heroes like Plastic Man [DC] and Reed Richards [Marvel]. It doesn’t help that His hero name doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. The New 52 has yet to re-introduce the Elongated Man, which I personally hope is I’ve always found Elongated Man to be the most like-able out of the 3 stretching Heroes. Reed Richards is an overly logical jerk, who’s intellect makes him incredibly difficult to get along with or even understand at times. Nobody likes a know it all.
On the other side of the stretch spectrum, Plastic Man is more a comedian than a Hero. Plastic Man’s heroics usually involve slapstick gags and obnoxious jokes. Elongated Man tends to meet somewhere in the middle of the stretch spectrum. While not a super genius, Dibny has a strong analytical mind due to his years of working as a detective. His kind attitude and general likability make him extremely popular with the Hero community. I love this guy. Want to get to know the Elongated Man? Check out DC’s “Identity Chrisis’ arc and follow it up with “52″ [not to be confused with 'New 52'].
4. Moon Knight
- Real Name: Marc Spector
- Created By: Doug Moench & Don Perlin
- First appearance: Werewolf by Night #32 in 1975
Moon Knight/Marc Spector is a man of many faces. Literally. The dude is nuts. But what can a man do when He’s got Moon Knight’s problems? This is what happens when you take a hardcore badass mercenary [former military/cia] with immense violent tendencies and introduce him to an ancient Egyptian God [Khonshu].
Khonshu, being the God of Vengeance decides Spector would make the perfect avatar. Whether or not Khonshu actually exists is a topic of great debate. I believe He does, as Moon Knight often shows various degrees of superhuman abilities. I mean, Marc Spector is still quite obviously insane, but if I were a God of Vengeance I would probably find that appealing.
Due to his multiple personalities, Moon Knight has developed some protection against psychic attacks. He also uses his multiple personality disorder to conjure projections of other heroes. While doing this, Moon Knight gains similar fighting abilities to the Heroes He is projecting. In Marc’s mind, He’s fighting alongside these projections. To everyone else Moon Knight becomes an unpredictable power house, using various tactics borrowed from other heroes [usually Wolverine, Captain America and Spider-Man].
When Marc Spector became the Fist of Khonshu, He adopted powers derived from the Moon itself. Moon Knight had enhanced strength, stamina, and reflexes based on the phase of the moon. He is at his strongest during a full moon, as he could lift the weight of 2 tons and at normal strength when there is a no moon, where he could lift around 700 lbs. He can also see magical beings that normal humans cannot see and possesses night vision as well. Moon Knight can also become invisible in a shadowed area. Why is Moon Knight so rarely involved in the Marvel Universe? I love a little crazy in My heroes. I just wish Moon Knight books could go over a year without being cancelled.
- Real Name: Rory Regan
- Created By: Joe Kubert & Robert Kanigher
- First appearance: Ragman #1 [ 1976]
Ragman was created to compete with Marvel’s darker heroes. Dark was a growing trend at the time and DC Comics felt a character like Ragman would fit the bill. I kind of see him as DC’s Moon Knight. Ragman is also a spiritual avatar of Vengeance, similar to Moon Knight. Ragman’s powers come from his suit of rags, a Hebrew relic of power.
The suit has to ability to trap evil souls, transforming the soul into a rag on the suit. Rory can use the souls he traps to enhance his abilities, as well as take on the skills and abilities of those He traps. Trapping a soul weakens Ragman temporarily. Ragman is usually unable to trap super powered souls, but it has happened. Finally. The suit allows Ragman to teleport to any desired location.
Ragman is a sorely underused character. DC never really got the fan reaction they were hoping for when the character was created. As of right now, Ragman has yet to be introduced in “The New 52‘. In His last major appearance, Rory was a part of ‘Shadowpact‘, a magic based team that assembled to defend the world against major magical threats [similar to Justice League: Dark].
- Real Name: Arthur Curry
- Created By: Paul Norris & Mort Weisinger
- First Appearance: More Fun Comics #73
I just had to put Aquaman on this list. It’s just getting to me how completely under appreciated He is. The Aquaman joke is so instilled in the character that it’s actually become a running gag in His book! How sad is that? Aquaman is DC’s whipping boy. Why is that? Because He’s a water themed Hero? How is that even a joke? It has to be something deeper. The Aquaman joke is almost iconic at this point.
Arthur Curry is the son of Atlanna, an Atlantean princess banished from Atlantis due to her interest in and frequent visits to the surface world; and Tom Curry, a surface man and lighthouse keeper.
Atlanna died when Arthur was young, leaving Arthur with His father. Determined to prepare the boy, Tom Curry trained Arthur from a young age to be in control of His powers. Arthur was also instilled with a greater sense of morality, and an appreciation for His gifts. Even after Tom Curry’s death, the lessons He left with Arthur continued to grow. This would lead him to travelling the Oceans as a protector, and eventually becoming King of the Seven Seas. He would see his potential fulfilled as Aquaman.
Arthur is a founding member of the Justice League, and a powerhouse all on His own. Aquaman can breathe underwater and communicate with sea life [Currently, this telepathy is limited to 'pushing' creatures to provide basic functions and not actual communication]. A class 100 super strength and durability gives Aquaman the ability to trade blows with the likes of Superman and Shazaam. Arthur’s senses are 15 times greater than a standard human, giving him the ability to smell at far distances or see clearly at 36,000 ft below sea level. Plus, He’s a fantastic swimmer. I just don’t know why He’s seen as a joke. Aquaman is a true badass.
Check out Aquaman’s current run HERE. In my honest opinion, it’s the best book DC has right now.
1. Squirrel Girl
- Real Name: Doreen Green
- Created By: Steve Ditko & Dan Slott
- First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes #8 – Three Strikes, Yer Out/ Leftovers /The Coming Of Squirrel Girl
Squirrel Girl is number 1? Hell, yes she is. “Why”, You say? Well, how little you know!
Squirrel Girl started Her career at age 14. sidekick to Iron Man with her pet squirrel, Monkey Joe. After politely declining her offer, Iron Man and Squirrel Girl were captured by Doctor Doom. However, do to his absurd pride, Doom was vanquished by Squirrel Girl. That’s right. She beat up Dr. Doom.
Squirrel Girl is a constantly underrated superhero. I mean, when you look at Her powers they just sound ridiculous. The ability to talk to squirrels? Her powers might just be the thing that give Squirrel Girl an edge over Her enemies. Opponents should never be underestimated, especially Squirrel Girl. The fact that she is so consistently looked down on works as a huge strength for Her. While hilarious, Squirrel Girl’s power set is really impressive.
Squirrel Girl has many squirrel-like powers. She has superhuman strength and agility, allowing her to leap several stories, as well as an enhanced sense of smell. She also has 2-3 inch retractable knuckle spikes that can slice wood, in addition to sharp claws on each digit that can be used for climbing. Squirrel Girl has buck teeth that can chew wood, and a 3-4 feet long prehensile tail. Also, she knows Kung Fu, and has used Her skills to embarrass the likes of Wolverine and Deadpool.
Here is a list of villains defeated by Squirrel Girl:
- Doctor Doom
- Bug-Eyed Voice
- Fin Fang Foom
- Baron Mordo
- Ego the Living Planet
Squirrel Girl takes the win for Her list alone. Few other Heroes have managed to get as impressive of a streak as Her, especially when looking at Her street level power set. Not only is Squirrel Girl an impressive combatant, but she is also a loving caretaker. Currently, Squirrel Girl is the official Avengers babysitter. You’re welcome, Luke Cage!