London: Batman has been named the greatest comic hero of all time in a poll conducted by a magazine.
The readers of Comic Heroes magazine voted for the caped crusader, the alias of billionaire Bruce Wayne, as their top comic hero, ahead of Spider-Man and Superman, who came second and third respectively.
The magazine is not the first to rank heroes from the world of comics. In 2008, Empire magazine put Superman on top, followed by Batman and John Constantine, the exorcist created by Alan Moore, while the Man of Steel also topped a list from IGN.
But Comic Heroes editor Jes Bickham said it was “no surprise” that Batman came in at No 1 as the character, created in 1939 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, was, “quite simply, the coolest and most interesting superhero ever created”.
“Batman doesn’t have superpowers; he gets by with his mind, his wit and his physical abilities,” the Guardian quoted Bickham as saying.
“He’s dark, conflicted and tragic, yet never less than the best of us. He’s got the best costume and the finest gadgets.
“His rogues’ gallery is the most frightening and freakish collection of villains ever assembled; a cavalcade of criminality unmatched in modern comics.
“He’s also strong enough to fit almost any story, being constantly remoulded by writers and artists since his creation in 1939,” the editor added.
Wolverine, the adamantium-clawed mutant from X-Men, comes in fourth in Comic Heroes’ top 10, followed by Judge Dredd. Tintin makes a surprise appearance in sixth place, with the list rounded out by Captain America, a token woman in the shape of Wonder Woman, The Spirit and The Thing.
Comic Heroes’ top 10 comic heroes of all time are:
5. Judge Dredd
7. Captain America
8. Wonder Woman
9. The Spirit
10. The Thing