Top 10 Best Superhero Weapons and Accessories Of All time

TOP 10 BEST SUPERHERO ACCESSORIES OF ALL TIME

Weapons, gadgets, mystical items and more … Countdown the Top 10 best superhero accessories of all time.

Green Arrow and Hawkeye

10. Green Arrow/Hawkeye’s Bow and Arrows

These two didn’t just have any old quiver, theirs came loaded with arrows that could explode, turn into a nets, had giant boxing gloves on in place of the arrowhead, etc. Who hasn’t wanted to pick up archery and fight crime at one point or another in their lives?

Falcon

9. Falcon’s Wings

Sure, Sam Wilson can communicate with Red Wing, but his real power comes from those kick-ass wings. In fact, without this key accessory Falcon isn’t much of a superhero at all.

Dr. Strange’s Orb of Agamotto

8. Dr. Strange’s Orb of Agamotto

Used by The Sorcerer Supreme to detect magic being used anywhere in the world, and provide a visual location. Pretty cool ability, but it’s the design of this super accessory we think rocks.

Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir

7. Thor’s Hammer Mjolnir

“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” ‘Nuff said.

Iron Man’s Armory

6. Iron Man’s Armory

Much like Falcon, without the armor Tony Stark isn’t much of a superhero. With it though, he’s a power-packed gadget junky with jet boots, pulse beams, wrist missiles and on-board computer systems that rival fighter jets. He has a suit of armor for any occasion (and then some) — space, under water, Hulk busting, etc.  — and each one looks cooler than the last. On shear volume, Iron Man wins this list.

Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters

5. Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters

One of the most original superhero accessories on this list, Spider-Man’s web-shooters are functional coolness (tying up bad guys, swinging around, making shields, etc.). Organic web-shooters our ass, give us Peter Parker’s scientific mind and web cartridges any day of the week.

Green Lantern’s Ring

4. Green Lantern’s Ring

Anything you can think of. Green Lantern’s ring isn’t just the most powerful accessory on this list, it’s Hal Jordan’s (or whichever Lantern you prefer) whole reason for being a hero. Or a villain. Or whatever he is these days. Nonetheless, we spent many a childhood day running around with costume jewelry pretending to get into space adventures and avoiding yellow thanks to Green Lantern and his bling.

Wolverine’s Claws

3. Wolverine’s Claws

We’re partial to Logan’s adamantium pig-stickers over the bone version, but either way Wolverine’s claws aren’t just one of comic book’s best accessories ever, they’re also one of the most iconic. Snikt!

Captain America’s Shield(s)

2. Captain America’s Shield(s)

Whether its the original three-point, or the more modern round version, Captain America’s shield is so cool it even had its own theme song in the 60s (“When Captain America throws his mighty shield!”). We’ll stop short of including that energy thing he ran around with for awhile as part of this listing, but admit to using many a trash can lid to fight Nazis when we were kids.

Batman’s Utility Belt

1. Batman’s Utility Belt

Is there anything he doesn’t have in those pouches? Detective gear, smoke bombs, cameras, ropes, your name it and Batman has it. One of the most characteristic parts of Batman’s costume, it’s also one of his most important crime-fighting tools. And that’s saying something for a guy that has a Batmobile, Bat-Plane, Bat Cave, etc., etc.

Top 10 Best Image Comics Titles Of All Time

TOP 10 BEST IMAGE COMIC TITLES OF ALL TIME

After nearly a quarter of a century, Image Comics has produced some of the medium’s best works. We rank the Top 10 best Image Comic titles so far …

Danger Girl

10. Danger Girl (1998)

Remember when J. Scott Campbell did covers AND interiors? No? Then treat yo’ self to this (unfortunately) short-lived funny, sexy, action-packed spy series from the late 90s. Danger Girl lives on in various limited series and one-shots (currently on IDW), but it’s never quite reached the greatness/fun of the original run.

Spawn

9. Spawn (1992)

Some would argue this is the title that put Image Comics on the map, and they might be right. Hot off of his run on Marvel Comic’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Todd McFarlane launched this grim and gritty superhero series about a man returned from the dead, picking up writing duties as well. Twenty years later, Spawn is still published monthly, one of the few original Image Comics titles to do so.

Wanted

8. Wanted (2003)

Writer Mark Millar and artist J. G. Jones’ post-superhero underworld was in a word, awesome. A whole new direction for Image Comics where realistic super-stories were being told. The movie that adapted it was okay, but then again it’s not a fair comparison … J. G. Jones artwork is hard to beat.

The Maxx

7. The Maxx (1993)

Sam Keith’s superhero vagrant/protector, living between the real world and the “Outback” features some of the most unique and beautiful character designs and art ever. An MTV series closely followed Keith’s style and gave fans another medium to enjoy the fight against the Isz in.

Chew

6. Chew (2009)

In a world where all chicken and bird meats are illegal, Chew focuses on detective Tony Chu (get it?) and his encounters with a range of lawless characters. The comic book is winding down, but a TV series has been in the works for some time, hopefully the humor makes its way intact.

Witchblade

5. Witchblade (1995)

It’s been a live-action TV series, a magna series, an anime series, and spawned spin-offs (The Darkness). Michael Turner, Marc Silvestri, David Wohl, Brian Haberlin and Christina Z’s supernatural tale about a New York detective and the gauntlet that gives her her powers remains one of Image Comics longest-running titles.

Saga

4. Saga (2012)

Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples’ sci-fi masterpiece is still in the early stages by comic book standards, but we’re hooked. Part science fiction, part fantasy epic, “Saga” follows two lovers from rival extraterrestrial races, their newborn daughter, and various other intergalactic characters, fleeing authorities from both sides in a galactic war. Staples’ art has never been better, and “Saga” stands as one of Vaughn’s best works … and that’s saying something.

Invincible

3. Invincible (2003)

Image Comics head honcho and writer Robert Kirkman, with suburb art by Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley, flips superhero conventions on their head. It’s the one superhero comic book everyone should be reading but probably isn’t. How awesome and important is “Invincible” to the Image Universe? The main character’s costume is a giant Image Comics logo.

Powers

2. Powers (2000)

Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming’s police procedural/superhero comic book is a masterpiece of character-driven storytelling The Eisner Award winning series is currently being prepped for a TV series, and has bounced to Marvel’s Icon imprint, but still ranks as one of the best Image Comics has ever launched.

The Walking Dead

1. The Walking Dead (2003)

Robert Kirkman has built a literal empire on the post-apocalyptic adventures of a group of survivors lead by sheriff Rick Grimes. And while most people think of the popular TV series when “Walking Dead” is mentioned, its the comic book series where these characters really shine. Among the very best of the zombie genre, “The Walking Dead” is also among the very best of comic books period.

Top 10 Worst Comic Book Movies Of All Time

TOP 10 WORST COMIC BOOK MOVIES OF ALL TIME

It’s an age-old pastime of comic book and movie fans alike — ranking the worst of the worst. Here’s our list of the worst comic book film adaptations ever. We even broke format and included an extra flick past our Top 10. We’re sure you have some stinkers to add as well …

Spawn movie

10. Spawn (1997)

We’ve like to give it an ‘A’ for effort — and ‘Spawn’ had its moments — but something as epic as Todd McFarlane’s angel of death anti-hero needed a budget MUCH larger than it got. How can we have a Spawn that runs around without his trademark cape most of the movie? This is not a character that a PG-13 rating should limit. All was not lost for Spawn though, the HBO cartoon series was appropriately dark, gritty and ahead of its time.

Masters of the Universe movie

9. Masters of the Universe (1987)

Dolph Lundgren — who in theory is perfect to play a superhero of some kind —  is going to show up a couple of times on this list, here’s his first contribution. Cheesy 80s effects? Check. Characters that come nowhere close to resembling their comic book/cartoon selves? Check. Boring film that should have been awesome? Checkmate.

Barb Wire movie

8. Barb Wire (1996)

The 90s were not a good time to be a comic book fan at the multiplex. This loose remake of “Casablanca” (set in a strip club) was one of the larger profile indie comics to make it to the big screen (along with The Crow, Tank Girl, The Mask, etc.), thanks in part to its lead Pam Anderson. And where most comic book adaptations fail to be honest about their source material, at least ‘Barbwire’ came out guns blazing with an R rating. It’s just that beyond that opening credits sequence they didn’t do much with it that mattered.

The Punisher movie

7. The Punisher (1989)

He’s back! Dolph Lundgren returns to screw up a slam dunk — The Punisher. There were already so many loner-with-gun flicks in the 80s, all they really had to do was paint a big skull on Dolph’s chest and let him go to town, but nooooooo! In fact, the skull NEVER shows up. The one thing that literally sets this one-dimensional character apart from the a-holes in ‘Death Wish’ and any number of Clint Eastwood films isn’t even present! Not to be too harsh on 1989’s ‘Punisher’ … He’s had two more silver screen outings since that have only moved the needle marginally, with 2008’s ‘Punisher: War Zone’ coming closest to matching its comic book counterpart.

Superman III

6. Superman III (1983)

Superman fights a computer and a miscast Richard Pryor. Enough said really, but let’s remind everyone that this film is the follow-up to one of the greatest comic book movies of all time — Superman II. Let that sink in for a minute. After watching Superman do battle with General Zod and company, Warner Brothers followed up a kick-ass superhero battle for the ages with a comedian and a Commodore 64. No Lex Luthor, barely any Lois Lane, and a nicotine/tar (!?) kryptonite that creates an ‘evil Superman’. The evil bit sounds better than it was. Major fail.

Catwoman movie

5. Catwoman (2004)

Golden Raspberry Hall of Famer ‘Catwoman’ is more than famous. It’s infamous. Panned by critics and audiences alike, Halle Berry had the unenviable task of trying to make us forget the much better Michelle Pfeiffer from ‘Batman Returns’. We still remember. Den of Geek has a great write-up on this turd, check it out.

Steel movie

4. Steel (1997)

We love Shaquille O’Neal — and honestly, he was the perfect choice to play John Henry Irons — but this is a far cry from the DC Comics character it’s suppose to represent. The story and villain are lame, the suit is worse and don’t get us started on the hammer … Steel is a character so closely connected with Superman, it would be interesting to see if he could make a return as a spin-off out of whatever this ‘Justice League’ mess Warner Brothers is trying to do with their DC Comics properties now. We won’t hold our breath.

Batman & Robin movie

3. Batman & Robin (1997)

So much has been written and said about the fourth installment in the original Batman series, what more could we possibly add? Let’s just let Cinema Sin’s “Everything Wrong With Batman & Robin In An Awful Lot Of Minutes” hilarious YouTube video do the talking for us …

Captain America movie

2. Captain America (1990)

Thank God Marvel erased the memory of this dud with their recent movies, because this one did a lot of unnecessary damage to our young brains when it came out. Where to begin … An Italian Red Skull (for no reason)? Rubber ears on Cap (for no reason)? A routine where Captain American not once, but TWICE, has a someone pull a car over he’s riding in so he can act like he’s sick, and then outrun that driver (stealing his car) when he also gets out to check on the Star-Spangled Avenger (for no reason)? Ugh.

Hulk movie

1. Hulk (2003)

Great Betty Brant (Jennifer Connelly), great General Ross (Sam Elliott), terrible Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) and even worse Hulk (baby-faced CGI!?). Director Ang Lee (whose other films we love) seemed to understand the psychology of what made Banner/Hulk tick, he just didn’t understand what fans wanted — and it wasn’t daddy issues, ‘Hulk Dogs’, and a boring script. Hulk is a force of nature (not actually fighting the forces of nature like in the finale), and should have been smashing everything in sight, not getting in touch with his feelings. Ed Norton’s ‘Incredible Hulk’ in 2008 went a long way towards fixing what was almost big screen suicide for the Green Goliath in this movie, and Mark Ruffalo’s version in ‘The Avengers’ four years later finally gave Hulk fans the adaptation they deserve.

Howard The Duck movie

Honorable Mention: Howard The Duck (1986)

Long considered one of the worst movies ever made period, we have to admit something … We were kinda impressed they were able to bring this one to life without CGI. The movie itself is bland, but Howard at least kinda looked cool (small duck bill aside). And who the hell thought of all the possible comic books to bring the big screen, THIS was the one that should be picked? Wait, George Lucas? The guy that created Jar Jar Binks and decided Greedo shot first? Never mind. Feel free to insert this one somewhere between ‘Batman & Robin’ and ‘Hulk’ above.

Top 10 Best Comic Book Costumes Of All Time

TOP 10 BEST COMIC BOOK COSTUMES OF ALL TIME

The suit makes the man (or woman), and we’re ranking the very best superhero costumes of all time. Capes, cowls, boots and super-suits, check out our list and let us know whose getup you think we missed.

Moon Knight

10. Moon Knight

Pure. White. His dry cleaning bill boggles the mind. It’s the costume every kid with a sheet can put together. What kind of nut runs around fighting crime in a bright white, look-at-me, head-to-toe, all-white suit? This one. And it’s pretty badass.

Black Panther

9. Black Panther

The opposite of Moon Knight’s all-white getup would be Black Panther’s all-black one. Sleek, smooth, and clawed like the cat he draws his power from, Black Panther’s very silhouette is inspiring.

Galactus

8. Galactus

Sometimes bigger is better. And so is purple and blue. The Fantastic Four’s world-eating nemesis is one of Jack Kirby’s greatest designs. His helmet is so iconic its shadow got fans excited (and ultimately let down) when it appeared briefly in the flawed ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’.

Captain America

7. Captain America

Red, white, blue and awesome. Whether you’re a round or pointy shield fan (sorry energy shield fans, that thing sucked), Cap’s star-spangled getup was an instant classic when it debuted in 1941. Ole Wing Head has had a view detours (Nomad, Cap Armor, etc.), but the original is still the best.

Spawn

6. Spawn

Chains! Huge cape! Spiky boots! Spiky gloves! Black, red, and white never came together in such an awesome way. Spawn’s costume gave creator Todd McFarlane everything he could ever need to indulge his unique style of comic book art first seen in The Amazing Spider-Man. Did we mention a collar that would make Elvis jealous?

Superman

5. Superman

The one that started it all. Taken from the ‘superheroes’ of the day, Superman’s iconic red and blue tights was inspired by circus strongmen (who also wore their underwear on the outside of their leotards). All these years later the big red and yellow ’S’ has become one of the world’s most recognized symbols of strength and goodness.

The Flash

4. The Flash

Red, yellow and lightning bolts all over! We were always suckers for a costume with a good lightning bolt on it (Black Lightning, Captain Marvel, etc.), but Flash’s logo and kick-ass belt takes the cake. Are those MORE lightning bolts on his ears and boots!? Awesome.

Spider-Man

3. Spider-Man

It’s the costume that shouldn’t work, but does. Covered in webs, unusually shaped eyes … webbed armpits? Steve Ditko created a costume for the ages, and broke the cape and cowl mold that had a stronghold on many comic book heroes at the time. The black costume is pretty cool too, but we’ll take the red and blue version any day of the week.

Wonder Woman

2. Wonder Woman

The white stripe up the boots, the bullet-proof bracelets, the lasso, the vaguely patriotic blue-starred bottoms and golden eagle breastplate … Although she’s also worn a blue skirt with sandals, a white jumpsuit, and for a while even pants, Wonder Woman’s iconic ‘swimsuit’ costume has never been duplicated.

Batman

1. Batman

Designed specifically to “instill fear in the hearts of criminals”, Batman’s cape and cowl set a the standard for superhero costumes for decades. The details have changed repeatedly, but the best elements remain the same: a long cape, a cowl featuring a pair of bat-ish ears, a bat emblem on the chest, and the coolest super gadget ever — a utility belt. Black and gray? Blue and gray? Yellow circle on chest or not? Doesn’t matter. Every variation rules.

Top 10 Rock ‘N Roll Moments In Comics

Top 10 Rock and Roll Comic Books
Valiant Comic’s Shadowman (1992) No. 19 with Aerosmith

10. Aerosmith Guest-Stars In Shadowman

Back in the title’s first run, Steven Tyler and Aerosmith teamed up with Shadowman in Valiant Comic’s Shadowman (1992) No. 19 to fight Master Darque. Not sure if it was that the band was promoting their album ‘Get A Grip’ at the time, or that Steven Tyler bore a striking resemblance to Shadowman himself, but this issue has been a collectible for Aerosmith fans for two decades.

Glenn Danzig Comic Books

9. Glenn Danzig Starts His Own (Porn) Comic Label

Heavy metal punk rocker Glenn Danzig started his own comic book publishing company, Verotik, in August 1994. An adult-oriented label, Verotik (a combo of ‘violent’ and ‘erotic’, get it?) has actually had as many film adaptations as the more mainstream Image Comics. ‘Grub Girl’ and the forthcoming ‘Ge Rouge’ are both porn flicks adapted from Verotik titles.

Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay

8. Coldplay Releases ‘Mylo Xyloto’

Created by Coldplay and Mark Osborne, ‘Mylo Xyloto’ ties into the Coldplay album of the same name, further explaining the album’s stories and themes. To promote the release of the six-issue limited series that began in July 2012, Coldplay’s ‘Hurts Like Heaven’ music video was issue No. 0. Chris Martin and Coldplay are comic book fans? Who knew?

Prince Batman Joker Batdance

7. Prince Does The Batman Soundtrack

Not an obvious choice to theme the caped crusader’s first major motion picture in 1989, Prince nonetheless was a fan of DC Comic’s Dark Knight, even donning duel Batman and Joker costumes for several of the soundtrack’s music videos. The album hit No. 1 on Billboard for six consecutive weeks, selling nearly 3 million copies in the U.S. thanks to the wacky ‘Batdance’ single and Batman mania that was sweeping the country.

Flash Gordon Soundtrack Queen

6. Queen Rocks The Flash Gordon Soundtrack

Released in February 1981, the Flash Gordon Soundtrack is pure Queen;  scorching guitars and just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek musical drama. Despite having one of rock’s greatest frontmen of all time in Freddie Mercury, the album only features two songs with vocals.

Joe Satriani Surfing With The Alien Silver Surfer

5. Silver Surfer On The Cover Of Joe Satriani’s ‘Surfing With The Alien’ Album

One of Joe Satriani’s most successful albums, ‘Surfing With The Alien’ featured John Byrne’s art from Silver Surfer (1982) No. 1 on the cover. Byrne has said his image of Silver Surfer and the hand of Galactus was used without his permission, and he never received payment for its use.

Howard the Duck No. 13 with KISS

4. KISS Guest-Stars In Howard The Duck

KISS’s first appearance in the Marvel Universe (or any comic universe) was in Howard the Duck No. 13 back in 1977. Over the years, KISS has starred in their own comics published by Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Platinum Studios, Archie Comics, and IDW Publishing, with unlicensed stories published by Revolutionary Comics. Ironically, according to Gene Simmons, he’s the only member of the band that enjoys the medium … His bandmates all hate comic books.

Spider-Man TV Theme Song

3. Spider-Man’s TV Theme Song

Probably the most popular comic book song of them all, Spider-Man’s TV Theme Song has been covered by Michael Bublé, Aerosmith, The Ramones and countless others. It was originally created for the 1967 cartoon by Academy Award winning composer Paul Francis Webster and Robert Harris. Aerosmith’s Joe Perry also performed a newer version of Spidey’s theme song for the 1994 cartoon with references to this original.

KISS ink blood comic book

2. KISS Puts Their Blood In Comic Ink

KISS were the stars of their very own Marvel series in 1977. To put the rock and roll cherry on top of this project, the band mixed samples of their blood into the red ink used to print the comic. Considered rumor for years, the story is in fact true. A notary public was present, and a promotional photo of the band pouring vials of their blood into the ink was taken. Does it get anymore rock and roll than that?

Revolutionary Comics

1. Revolutionary Comics Brings The Noise

Taking a page from the rebellious nature of rock and roll itself, Todd Loren founded Revolutionary Comics in 1989 and began publishing unlicensed comic book biographies of some of the biggest names in rock. Some of the musicians featured were supportive. Others considered Revolutionary’s comic books not that far removed from bootlegs and sued. Lawsuits claiming copyright infringement were plenty, but in the end Loren won on the grounds his comics were protected as satire and biography. Revolutionary Comics was among the top three selling independent comic companies in the United States until its end in 1994. Rock on.