Action Comics #1

By Jacobus Dixon

People say to never judge a book by its cover. Well…in the world of comics, that saying tends to be thrown out the window entirely. Ideally, you buy a comic for the art as much as for the storytelling. However, since comics are a visual medium, the art tends to sometimes overshadow the writing in terms of appeal. As a result, it’s what draws crowds to the work in the first place if it’s a new series with a new creative team. And where’s the best place to showcase this art? Well, on the cover of course! The best covers are the ones that capture a purified form of what the story inside is about, and what ideas, events, and characters are featured. As time’s marched on, we’ve been treated to an amazing amount of incredible covers that have launched the franchises of several popular characters. These covers also helped defined popular culture and launched the careers of many artists and creators and made their niche in the pop world. I would like to take a look at some of these covers and figure out just what it is that makes them so famous (or infamous) in our minds’ eye.

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DC Comics

#10-#8#7-#5#4-#3, #2-#1

By Raph Soohoo

The Top 10 Toughest DC Superhero Countdown comes to an epic conclusion today with #2-#1! Are you surprised by the top two? Outraged, even? Read on below and let us know your thoughts!

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DC Comics

#10-#8#7-#5, #4-#3, #2-#1

By Raph Soohoo

The Top 10 Toughest DC Superhero Countdown continues with #4-#3! Check back tomorrow morning to see who’s truly the toughest superhero in the DC Universe today!

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DC Comics

#10-#8, #7-#5, #4-#3, #2-#1

By Raph Soohoo

The Top 10 Toughest DC Superhero Countdown continues with #7-#5! Stay tuned throughout the rest of the week and let us know your thoughts!

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DC Comics

#10-#8, #7-#5, #4-#3, #2-#1

By Raph Soohoo

The Top 10 Toughest DC Superhero Countdown begins with #10-#8! Have we left anyone off this list? Read on and let us know your thoughts!

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DC Comics

#10-#8, #7-#5, #4-#3, #2-#1

By Raph Soohoo

Hands down, one of our most viewed posts on our blog has been the Toughest Marvel Heroes post we did about a year ago. It was an interesting revisit of something Wizard Magazine did years and years ago. I’ve been asked multiple times when we’d do a DC version of this list, so here it is! The criteria are as follows:

1)     Character has to be a hero, or does the right thing most of the time (sorry Zod).

2)     Character is not a being enhanced beyond measure (sorry White Lantern Kyle Rayner)

3)     This will measure the characters pre-Forever Evil. As of this writing, Forever Evil hasn’t resolved and we don’t know how that’s affected the characters.

4)     This is not a measure of power levels, this is about a fight to the finish between 2 characters.

5)     We’re going to rank them in terms of Win-Loss record vs. the other 9 characters.

Of course, this list is not the be-all, end-all list. In retrospect, guys like Apollo, Constantine, Swamp Thing, and Zatanna may feel left out. Feel free to add them in or disagree and post in the comments! There’s no absolute answer here, so have fun, and let the battle begin! Find the full countdown below!

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