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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cool Superheroes List of The 80s! The Guys!

Welcome to the second part of the Cool Superheroes List of The 80s? In the last post, we just finished with the ladies, and now we're gonna find out some of the coolest superhero guys that made their first appearances in this decade. If you missed Part 1, don't worry. You can click the link to read it and navigate your way back to this post. Enjoy!


Cyborg image
Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, the character of Cyborg is one of the few African American superheroes in comics, but that mere fact alone doesn't make him cool or interesting.

He's an interesting character because of his origin, and he's cool because he's got enhanced mechanical prosthetic limbs that can make him kick much butt. Cyborg also has enhanced intelligence as well.

What I liked about his origin was that it veered from the typical African-American stereotype. Cyborg, Victor Stone, was not born in the Ghetto or from it like many of his African-American comic book counterparts. His parents were actually scientists that used Vic as a test subject for intelligence enhancement experiments that raised his IQ level to super genius levels.

When an experiment in dimensional travels goes terribly wrong, Vic is horribly mutilated. To save his life, his father outfits him with experimental enhanced, mechanical  prosthetic limbs and body parts. Not only do these mechanical replacements save his life, but they enable him with superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and flight.

Vic is horrified with his appearance, but later grows to accept them with the help of his team mates The Teen Titans, learning rapidly how his new powers can help bring good to the world. Cyborg debuted in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980.  


Deathstroke The Terminator image
Who doesn't love an assassin and mercenary?

Another creation by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Deathstroke: The Terminator is another super villain who plays at the whole anti-hero concept in comic books at times. 

Introduced as simply "The Terminator" in the New Teen Titans #2 in 1980, Slade Wilson quickly became a main antagonist for the Teen Titans. However, due to fans loving his badassness, Deathstroke often walked the fine line of villainy and hero, often teaming up with the group against mutual threats.

Enhanced with the strength of ten men, heightened speed, agility, reflexes, and stamina, Deathstroke is Captain America gone wrong. He can use 90% of his brain, is a tactical genius, and also has an effective but limited healing factor.

What isn't cool about Deathstroke and Slade Wilson? For the record, Deathstroke: The Terminator appeared before James Cameron's movie the Terminator, as well as Marvel's version of the character - Deadpool - whose name is exceptionally close (Wade Wilson) and also happens to be a mercenary.


Grendel image
Debuting in 1982's Comico Primer #2, the creation of Matt Wagner - Grendel - was an indie sensation that became quite popular during the 80s and 90s.

Grendel did the Godfather concept for comics, taking a villain and making him the hero of the story. Hunter Rose, the first Grendel, was a ruthless assassin who would eventually take over New York City's organized crime. Actually, the character never stops being ruthless. You can be certain a character is pretty hardcore when he or she kills someone they knew from childhood who recognizes them.

Yes, Hunter Rose did that to conceal his secret identity. Grendel is a pretty cool concept and definitely was different than other comics at the time.


Venom image
The first appearance that I remember all too well and even linked this character and first appearance comic issue to my fascination with comic investing. It's true.

Back in the day, I bought Amazing Spider-Man #300 for a buck. It was in the back issue box, and Mr. Todd McFarlane had yet taken off. I bought it solely for the cover and artwork.

It seemed that issue and the character of Venom took off pretty soon after. Like many comic characters that start off as villains and get super popular, Venom later became an anti-hero of sorts, walking the fine line between villain and hero.

He is one of the coolest and creepiest comic characters from Marvel to come out during the 80s. His first appearance is in Amazing Spider-Man #300 published in 1988. Venom as Eddie Brock was created by Todd McFarlane.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles image
I remember first hearing about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1as kid from a friend back in elementary school. He showed me the comic, and I looked at it and went, "Lame!"

After a while though, I gave in and started reading them. I wasn't the biggest fan, but I did wind up enjoying the comics from time to time. Who would've thought that four turtles mutated by alien ooze would become so popular?

In actuality, the TMNT idea came from a humorous sketch by Kevin Eastman. Both Eastman and co-creator, Peter Laird invented the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to be a parody of Daredevil, New Mutants, Cerebus, and Frank Miller's Ronin. 

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael debuted in 1984, the same magical year that Van Halen's Jump was released as well. 


Faust image
The 80s was a great time for indie comics and creators. My brother was really into Faust. This title created by Bay Area comic artist and creator, Tim Vigil, was probably the only comic my brother really collected. Well, that and Cry for Dawn.

Faust is a straight up horror comic and pretty gory with explicit sex scenes and nudity as well. I remember reading it for the first time and was just blown away. While I thought the claws was totally influenced by Wolverine, Faust used those claws exactly the way we wanted to see Wolverine use them but never did.

The series came out in 1987 and is definitely for mature audiences. It's gritty, dark, but insanely good. Forget the Walking Dead, you want a good horror comic? Check out  Faust: Love of the Damned.

Oh, and if you're from the Bay Area like me, go see Tim Vigil. He's usually at the Bay Area comic conventions. He'll be a Stockton-Con, and he's a really great guy.


John Constantine image
Created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben, John Constantine is a different kind of magician in comics. He's not the usual Dr. Strange and is portrayed as more a working-class "occult detective".

The chain-smoking Constantine first appeared in The Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol 2 #37 in 1985 and was modeled off of Sting from the rock band The Police. Written as a supporting character, John Constantine became hugely popular and was given his own title in Hellblazer. Hellblazer has been the longest continuously published title by Vertigo/DC. 

The comic character is known for his sharp cynicism and ruthless cunning, tricking demons as well as the First of the Fallen himself. Now, it that doesn't give you a cool badge, I don't know what does.

In 2005, John Constantine was featured in his own movie, simply titled Constantine. He was played by actor Keanu Reeves.


Nightwing image
The character of Dick Grayson might not be from the 80s. He's actually a golden age comic character, as well as his former superhero identity - Robin!

Nevertheless, when Dick Grayson finally decided to hang up his mantle as The Boy Wonder, he was soon revamped into the character of Nightwing. Dick Grayson as Nightwing made his first debut in the comic book Tales of the Teen Titans #43 in 1984 and has become quite the fan-favorite ever since. I definitely think he is much cooler and a lot more interesting on his own as Nightwing than he was as Robin, Batman's famed sidekick.


Longshot image
I've always liked Longshot, and I first saw him in the Uncanny X-Men comics that I grew up reading. He always had this sort of innocent, child-like quality that was endearing, and his chemistry with Dazzler made it all that much better.

Although an X-Man for a brief while, Longshot is not a mutant. He is actually a artificially engineered humanoid with the power to defy probability, called his "luck power", and has hollow bones that make him extremely light. I always thought that would be a cool power to have.  He is from the Mojoverse, a universe ruled by the media obsessed Mojo who had enslaved Longshot and his other artificially engineered humanoids to participate in gladiator-type entertainment. 

By the time, Longshot meets the X-Men, he has amnesia and cannot fully remember who he is. Longshot was created by Ann Nocenti and Bay Area artist, Arthur Adams! The character first appeared in his own Longshot mini-series in 1985.
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  1. Nice article on the heroes and villians I especially liked the one on Grendal iv always wanted to read more on Faust.-Jimmy Torres

    1. Thanks and actually I should be thanking you, Jimmy, for reminding me about Grendel. Believe it or not, it's been a while since someone mentioned Grendel to me.

      I think Faust is great. The story is pretty demented but highly entertaining. Well, after all, it is about crazy people. It's a good read. As for an investment comic...the original printings are extremely low but not really enough demand.

      Great to hear from you Jimmy and thanks for commenting and sharing. Did you see the movie Faust? It's based on the comic series and available on DVD, although I think the comic is better.

  2. No I had no idea there was a faust movie im gonna have to look for it now thanks.-Jimmy Torres

    1. No problem and thanks for reading, sharing, and commenting Jimmy. Always appreciated!

  3. Hi mayhem. I have two NM Faust #1. Do you think it's a wise decision or worth having those graded? Thanks.

  4. Hi mayhem. I have two NM Faust #1. Do you think it's a wise decision or worth having those graded? Thanks.

    1. Are they the original 1st prints or the reprints? If original 1st prints...I'd say yes as to getting them graded.