ByEd Looney, writer at
Native TEXAN! Love comics (and their presentations on TV / cinema), sports and my wife and kids. Particularly fond of both Marvel and DC.
Ed Looney

5. Metal Men (DC)

The Metal Men are one of my all-time favorite groups. Ingenious, well-considered characterizations based from what element the hero was created gave robust and realistic personalities to each member. From Iron's powerful presence to Gold's inimitable grace and leadership to Platinum's (Tina) playful infatuation with her creator, Dr. Will Magnus, to Mercury's mercurial mood changes, to Lead's steadfast loyalty and protectiveness and Tin's insecurities and self-doubt, the characterizations were superb.

Dr. Magnus' inventiveness...
Dr. Magnus' inventiveness...

The sarcastic Copper was added later on, but, by then, DC had, pretty much, drifted away from the clangy group as a going concern.

Adding Cyborg to the mix would only make it better!

4. Werewolf by Night (Marvel)

I used to read a lot of Marvel's supernatural denizens of the dark (Damian Hellstrom/Hellstorm, Satana, Gargoyle, Man-Thing, Tomb of Dracula, etc...) but my favorite was Werewolf by Night.


Jack Russell never wanted to be a Werewolf, but he was cursed at birth. He struggled on and, eventually, gained some control over the changes and became one of Marvel's best heroes of the night.

3. Jack-of-Hearts (Marvel)

This Jack I liked because of his showy personality (and appearance). His powers (flight, concussive blasts, strength and more, gave him the ability to go toe-to-toe with some of Marvel's most powerful heroes and villains.


His need for containment of his essence led to some excellent story lines.

2. Creeper (DC)

Another Jack (Ryder) who caught my attention. This guy was certifiable Looney (wait, that's my name). The hilarious opportunities for shenanigans were rampant. His wild colorations in his costume added to his persona.

Howdoyoulikemy hair?
Howdoyoulikemy hair?

I think I read every issue he ever appeared in.

1. Dazzler (Marvel)

First off, I love music. The only music I don't like is rap (I don't intentionally ever go out searching for someone to belt me with hate, profanity and anger - I get plenty of that in the news and on the streets), overly-heavy metal rock and most classical (long hair) stuff.

My particular favorite is '70s and 80's rock-and-roll and light jazz. And, Dazzler is the embodiment of my favorite music. If they did it right (similar, maybe, to Mama Mia or Across the Universe or something) and used her character as a vehicle to bring on some really great music, I'd pay to see it.


For sure, I'd pay to see that.

Couple that with her effervescent personality, desire to help and her heroic nature and you have an excellent and worthwhile character.I have no idea why Marvel ever strayed from her. She needs to still be out there singing her butt off and being beautiful.

The light shows she could put on would be awesome on a movie screen, too! Some bright and artistic special effects guru is just waiting to get his hands on her!


Who is your favorite C-List Superhero(es)?


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