Masked Heroes and Super Heroes

Heroes Hiding Their Real Identies

Some characters with dual identities and anonymity chooses to duck in and out of their invincible roles rather than adopt it permanently.  Some would say their masked identity intrigues us because we want uncommon heroes with virtues and powers we only dream of; like the Greeks and Romans with their gods, even if belief in them sprouts only in the entertainment of our imagination.  However, it's possible the real appeal of these dual-identity heroes is something else. As we watch The Lone Ranger or Wonder Woman mete out justice we can imagine ourselves in a role different than our ordinary ones.  And since nobody is supposed to know who the masked one is, it's easy to believe for a moment it could be us. (See “You Are Not Your Name”)


The following list includes only super heroes with normal human alter egos. This means that characters like Captain Comet, who is a mutant meta-human and does not hide behind a civilian persona, are not shown here.

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Hero Name

Civilian Name

Occupation

First Year

Creator

Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Dr. Henry Pym

biophysicist

1962

Marvel Comics.  Created by Stan Lee and larry Lieber

Aquaman

Aquaman

Arthur Curry Orin

king of Atlantis

1941

DC Comics.  Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger

Arrow

Arrow

Ralph Payne

member of the US intelligence agency

1938

DC Comics.  Created by Paul Gustavson

Arrow

Arrow

Olive Queen

billionaire playboy

2012

Appeared on The CW television channel.  developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg

Batman

Batman

Bruce Wayne

billionaire industrialist

1939

DC Comics.  Created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger)

The Black Canary

Black Canary

Dinah Drake

florist

1947

DC Comics.  Created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Carmine Infantino)

The Black Hood

The Black Hood

Kip Burland

policeman

1940

MLJ comics

The Cape

The Cape

Vince Faraday

police detective

2011

NBC Television

Captain America

Captain America

Steve Rogers

freelance artist

1941

Marvel Comics.  Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

(also Shazam)

Billy Batson

radio broadcaster

1939

Originally published by Fawcett Comics and later by DC Comics.  Created by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker

Catwoman

Catwoman

Selena Kyle

varingly wife of an abusive man, amnesiac flight attendant, prostitute

1940, 1970s, 1986

DC Comics.  Originally created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane Batman

The Comet

The Comet (1)

John Dickering

scientist, adventurer

1940

MLJ comics.  Created by Jack Cole

The Comet

The Comet (1)

Rob Connors

baseball player want-to-be

1940

DC Comics' Impact Comics series.  Created by Tom Lyle and Mark Waid

Daredevil

Daredevil (old)

Bart Hill

boomerang marksman

1940

Lev Gleason Publications.  Created by Jack Binder

Daredevil

Daredevil (new)

Matt Murdock

lawyer

1964

Marvel Comics Universe.  Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett

Doctor Fate

Doctor Fate

Kent Nelson

archaeologist

1940

All-American Comics.  Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Howard Sherman

Doll Man

Doll Man

Darrell Dane

research chemist

1940

Quality Comics--now DC Comics.  Created by writer Will Eisner

Durango Kid

Durango Kid

Steve (last name varied)

cowboy

1940

Columbia Pictures movies; played by Charles Starrett

Flash

Flash (old)

Jay Garrick

college student

1940

All-American Comics.  Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert

Flash

Flash (new)

Barry Allen (police scientist), (1956-1986);

Wally West, nephew of Barry Allen, (1986-2006);

Bart Allen, grandson of Barry Allen, (2006-

1956

DC Comics.  Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert

Gambit

Green Arrow

Remy Etienne LeBeau

professional thief

1990

Marvel Comics.  Created byChris Claremont and Jim Lee

Green Arrow

Green Arrow

Oliver Queen

billionaire

1941

DC Comics.  Created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp

Green Hornet

Green Hornet

Britt Reid (2)

newspaper publisher

1936

Radio station WXYZ in Detroit.  Created by Fran Striker

Green Lantern

Green Lantern (old)

Alan Scott

engineer

1940

All-AMerican Comics.  Created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell

Green Lantern

Green Lantern (new)

Hal Jordan

test pilot

1959

DC Comics.  Created by John Broome and Gil Kane

Hawkman

Hawkman

Carter Hall

archeologist

1940

DC Comics.  Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Dennis Neville

Hourman

Hourman

Rex Tyler

chemist

1940

DC Comics.  Created by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey

The Hulk

The Hulk

Bruce Banner

nuclear physicist

1962

Marvel Comics.  Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Invisible Woman

Invisible Woman

Susan (Storm) Richards

actress, mother

1961

Marvel Comics.  Created by writer Stan Lee and artist/co-writer Jack Kirby

Ironman

Ironman

Anthony Stark

inventor

1963

Marvel Comics universe.  Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby

Lone Ranger

Lone Ranger

John Reid (3)

former Texas Ranger

1933

Radio station WXYZ in Detroit.  Created by George W. Trendle and developed by writer Fran Striker

Metamorpho

Metamorpho

Rex Mason

adventurer

1964

DC Comics.  Created by Bob Haney

Miss America

Miss America (original)

Joan Dale

reporter

1941

Quality Comics, DC Comics.  Created by Elmer Wexler

Miss America

Miss America

Madeline Joyce

heiress, beauty queen

1943

Timely/Marvel Comics.  Created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Gabriele

Nite Owl

Nite Owl

Dan Dreiberg

(earlier: Hollis Mason)

crime fighter

1986

DC Comics.  Created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

The Phantom

The Phantom

Kit Walker

crime fighter

1936

King Features comicstrip.  Created by Lee Falk, also creator of Mandrake the Magician

Plastic Man

Plastic Man

Patrick “Eel” O’Brian

former crook turned crime fighter

1941

Quality Comics and later acquired by DC Comics. Created by writer-artist Jack Cole

The Punisher

The Punisher

Vic Sage

war veteran

1974

Marvel Comics Universe.  Created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita, Sr. and Ross Andru

Question

Question

Frank Castle

investigative journalist

1974

DC Comics.  Created by Steve Ditko

The Sandman

Sandman (4)

Wesley Dodds

financier

1940

DC Comics.  Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Bert Christman

The Shadow

The Shadow

Born Kent Allard, a famed aviator during World War I, faked his death and became Lamont, wealthy man-about-town

1930

Dectective Stories Magazine.  Created by Walter B. Gibson

The Shield

The Shield

Joe Higgins

FBI agent

1940

MLJ, now known as Archie Comics.  Created by writer Harry Shorten and artist Irv Novick

Spiderman

Spider-Man

Peter Parker

photographer

1962

Marvel Comics.  Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

The Sprit

The Spirit

Denny Colt

crime fighter

1940

In newspapers.  Created by Will Eisner

Supergirl

Supergirl (original)

Linda Lee Danvers, alias Kara Zor-El

college graduate, student counseling, news reporting, and TV acting

1958

DC Comics.  Created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino

Supergirl

Supergirl

Linda Danvers

daughter of a policeman

1996

DC Comics.  Created by Peter David and Gary Frank

Superman

Superman

Clark Kent, alias Kal-El

newspaper reporter

1938

Detective Comics.  Created by Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster

The Wasp

The Wasp

Janet Van Dyne

flighty heiress

1963

Marvel Comics.  Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Wonder Man

Wonder Man (old)

Fred Carson

unknown

1939

Wonder Comics.  Created by Will Eisner. One issue only because DC Comics claimed copy infringement with its Superman character and sued.

Wonder Man

Wonder Man (new)

Simon Williams

industrialist

1964

Wonder Comics.  Created by Stan Lee, and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Diana Prince (Trevor)

secretary, nurse

1941

All Star Comics.  Created by William Moulton Marston

Yellowjacket

Yellowjacket (5)

Henry Pym

biochemist

1962

Marvel Comics.  Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby

Yellowjacket

Yellowjacket (5)

Vince Harley

unkown

1944

Charlton Comics.  Creators unknown

Zorro

Zorro

Don Diego de la Vega

wealthy ranchero

1920

All-Story Weekly magazine. Created by Johnston McCulley


(1) Not to be confused with Captain Comet or Comet the superhorse.

(2) grand-uncle of The Lone Ranger

(3) Britt Reid, the Green Hornet, was the son (or grandson) of the nephew of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. John and his brother Dan, who was killed in an ambush that led to John becoming the Lone Ranger, had a silver mine that produced the Reid fortune inherited by Britt.

(4) This is not the Sandman who was Garrett Sanford, or who was William Baker.

(5) Also known as Ant-Man, Giant-Man, and Goliath.


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