The 90s were a weird decade for comics. We got to experience the classics, new characters in old universes, and completely new stories. Some good, some bad. Remember when Conner Kent showed up on the scene? No one could figure out his backstory. One day he’s Superman’s clone, the next he’s a hybrid. With each reboot, his stories got wilder and wilder. Thank goodness, he’s no longer visible in the DC universe. Stories like Connor’s are common, in terms of superheroes from the 90s. But, there were also a lot of great ones from that era. But, which ones were the best?
To get to the bottom of this question, we offer you the 10 best comic superheroes from the 90s:
Squirrel Girl – Debuted in 1991
With only her tail, claws, and the ability to speak to squirrels, Squirrel Girl doesn’t seem much like a superhero. But, that’s the thing – she’s more than what’s written on the paper. She’s proven herself to be virtually unbeatable – she beat Galactus for chrissakes – and a valuable member f the Marvel Comic book universe.
Jenny Sparks – Debuted in 1997
Jenny Sparks was born January 1st, 1900 in England and died exactly one hundred years later. Made mostly out of electricity, she stopped aging around the age of 20. As a member of the superhero team Stormwatch, she played a key role in many of their fights. She’s also shown to have influenced many historically important figures in some way or another during her lifetime.
Warmachine – Debuted in 1992
James Rhodes has been a part of the Marvel Universe since the late 1970s as a supporting character in the Iron Man franchise. It wasn’t until 1992, when Tony Stark died temporarily, that he donned the iron and took up arms as War Machine. He’s had the suit on ever since and has become an important part of the Iron Man mythology.
Deadpool – Debuted in 1991
Deadpool is an utterly insane, fourth wall breaking, gun-toting madman with a penchant for blowing up buildings and cracking jokes. This doesn’t quite fit the hero archetype but Deadpool doesn’t care. With the release of his movie in 2016, he’s rewriting the book on what they typical superhero is. Now, he’s one of the most popular heroes in the Marvel Universe.
Spawn – Debuted in 1992
During his life, Spawn was a CIA operative. But, when he was brutally murdered, he went to hell for his past sins. Eager to get out of there, he made a deal with a demon so that he can return to Earth as an immortal Hellspawn. Being from Hell, Spawn is what we consider to be an unorthodox vigilante hero. He’s grown darker over time but, he’s still that iconic crusader that we loved.
Hellboy – Debuted in 1993
Hellboy (or Red if you’re his friend) works as a super-agent and paranormal investigator for the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. It’s an agency tasked with hunting down supernatural threats to national security. Since his debut, this beloved hero has been a part of a number of animated films, a couple of live-action adaptations, and an entire comic book universe built around his adventures.
Danny Ketch (the 3rd Ghost Rider) – Debuted in 1990
Ketch isn’t someone who wanted to be a hero. In fact, you can say that he’s not exactly happy to be one. Although he’s one of the most powerful in the Ghost Rider series, he spends an awful lot of time brooding.
Cable – Debuted in 1990
Cable is the quintessential 90’s comic book superhero. He carried a large gun, had cybernetic arms, and had so many pouches that a pack mule would be envious.
Gambit – Debuted in 1990
Gambit was definitely one of the most mysterious X-men. Originally a conman (hence the name), he eventually became a dedicated fighter for mutant kind.
Azrael – Debuted in 1992
Azrael was an assassin (with a vaguely religious attitude) that started out as a supporting character in the Batman comics. However, when Bane “broke the Bat” (snapped Batman’s spine), Azrael took over his responsibilities and began protecting Gotham City. The 90s were a definitely a crazy time for comics. But, it was also one of the most creative eras. It brought us many unforgettable characters (like Deadpool and Hellboy) who will one day take the reins from Superman and other greats.
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