Thor vs Wonder WomanThere's always been a healthy dose of competition between Marvel and DC Comics in regards to which company has the best -- and most powerful -- selection of superheroes. Obviously, this is a subject most of us will never truly agree upon, despite the amount of logic or reason we can use to substantiate our selection. That said, however, the one thing we can all agree upon is that both franchises have produced iconic superheroes with worldwide appeal and charm. Nowadays, superheroes can be seen on cups, bed-sheets, video games, and of course, even film. Furthermore, they all have that unique draw which goes beyond language, culture, and countries. In fact, they even provide the inspiration for near enough anything, the most obvious being in the film industry as well as the themes of several online casino games which are available at Unibet (and other successful brands).

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In spite of the fact that we may not be able to agree on who is the best superhero, we hopefully can concur with the characters worthy of being in a Top 20 list.

20. Flash (DC)
The Flash, the Barry Allen version, first appeared in Showcase #4, circa 1956, and he's best known as the Fastest Man Alive, who protects humankind with the use of his super speed, intangibility, and superhuman agility.

19. Heimdall (Marvel)
Heimdall is an Asgardian god who first popped up in Journey Into Mystery #85, circa 1962, and he has powers that include superhuman senses, strength, durability, and stamina.

Hercules vs Shazam
18. Shazam (DC / Fawcett)
Shazam, originally called Captain Marvel, first struck lightning in Whiz Comics #2, circa 1940, and his name means Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury, meaning he is godlike.

17. Deadpool (Marvel)
Deadpool first cracked a colon in The New Mutants #98, circa 1991, and his greatest superpower is his ability to heal, which allows him to quickly regenerate damaged or destroyed areas of his cellular structure.

16. Martian Manhunter (DC)
J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter from Mars, was first introduced in Detective Comics #225, circa 1955, and his powers include invisibility, shapeshifting, phasing, regeneration, speed, and superhuman strength. 

15. Thor (Marvel)
Thor first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83, circa 1962, and he has elemental powers such as weather and electricity manipulation as well as regeneration powers. 

14. Wonder Woman (DC)
Wonder Woman was created by the inventor of the lie detector, William Moulton Marston, and her powers include invulnerability, flight, super strength, combat skill, combat strategy, superhuman agility, healing, and magic weaponry. 

Superman vs Hulk
13. Hulk (Marvel)
The Hulk first crashed onto the comic book page in The Incredible Hulk #1, circa 1962, and as we all know, the angrier he gets, the stronger he becomes. In fact, he can jump several hundred miles in one leap and can run at super speeds. 

12. Hercules (Marvel)
The comic book version of Hercules first burst onto the scene during the Silver Age of Comic Books, and he's generally best known for his superhuman strength as he can lift more than 100 tons. 

11. Supergirl (DC)
Supergirl first graced the DC Universe in Action Comics #252, circa 1959, and her powers include flight, invulnerability, super speed, super strength, heat vision, freeze breath, X-ray vision, superhuman hearing, and healing. 

10. Silver Surfer (Marvel)
Silver Surfer first appeared in Fantastic Four #48, circa 1966, and he can absorb and manipulate the universe's ambient cosmic energies. 

Silver Surfer vs Captain Atom
9. Captain Atom (DC / Charlton)
Captain Atom first flew onto the scene in Space Adventures #33, circa 1960, and his powers include shooting energy beams, projecting force fields, and perceiving time differently than most, being able to see the past and future as one single entity. 

8. Grand Master (Marvel)
The Grand Master first appeared in The Avengers #69, circa 1969, and his powers include levitation, energy blasts, a virtually immortal body, and being able to manipulate reality by time traveling through space. 

7. Superman Prime (DC)
Superman Prime was introduced in 1998 through the DC One Million crossover event, and he has all the powers of the regular Superman increased exponentially. 

6. Phoenix (Marvel)
Phoenix was first introduced in X-Men #101, circa 1976, and she has the ability to manifest the Phoenix Force, which is a limitless source of energy that can project energy beams, fold time and space, and cause black holes.

5. Spectre (DC)
The Jim Corrigan version of The Spectre first showed up in More Fun Comics #52, circa 1940, and he has Divine Empowerment, which gives him unlimited power and considered one of the most powerful beings in existence. 

4. Guardians of the Universe (DC)
The Guardians first came into the comics in Green Lantern #1 (Volume 2), circa 1960, and they are a group of extraterrestrials who evolved on the planet Maltus. 

The Spectre and The Living Tribunal
3. The Twins – Infinity and Eternity (Marvel)
Infinity first appeared in Quasar #24, circa 1991, whereas Eternity first appeared in Strange Tales #138, circa 1965, and together they form a cosmic entity that represents both time and space. 

2. Elaine Belloc (DC)
Elaine Belloc first showed up in Lucifer #4, circa 2000, and she possesses the powers of omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. 

1. One-Above-All (Marvel)
The One-Above-All is responsible for the existence of all life in the Multiverse, and is the overseer of the entity known as the Living Tribunal.

So there you have it, folks! What do you make of this selection? Do you agree with it? Do you disagree with it? Or, you know, you're neither here nor there? Either way, let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. 


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