Masked Heroes and Super Heroes

Heroes Hiding Their Real Identies

(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

Year

Notes

Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Dr. Henry Pym

biophysicist

1962 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and larry Lieber

2015 movie starring Paul Rudd

Aquaman

Aquaman

Aquaman

Arthur Curry Orin

king of Atlantis

1941 DC Comics; created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger

2006 TV pilot starring Justin Hartley

Arrow

 

Arrow

Ralph Payne

member of the US intelligence agency

1938 DC Comics; created by Paul Gustavson

Green Arrow

Arrow

Arrow

Green Arrow

Oliver Queen

billionaire playboy

Green Arrow: 1941 DC Comics; created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp

Arrow: 2012 TV series starring Stephen Amell

Batman

Batman

Batman

Bruce Wayne

billionaire industrialist

1939 DC Comics; created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger

1960s TV series starring Adam West

1989 movie starring Michael Keaton and sequels

The Black Canary

The Black Canary

Black Canary

Dinah Drake Lance
Dinah Laurel Lance
(Sara Lance in TV's Arrow)

florist

1947 DC Comics; created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Carmine Infantino

Appeared in the TV series Arrow played by Cathy Lotz

The Black Hood

 

The Black Hood

Kip Burland

policeman

1940 MLJ comics

Black Widow

Black Widow

Black Widow

Natalia "Natasha" Alianovna Romanova
Yelena Belova

intelligence operative, world class athlete and gymnast

1964 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck

Appeared in 2010 movie Ironman 2 played by Scarlett Johansson

The Cape

The Cape

The Cape

Vince Faraday

police detective

2010 single issue comic book

2011 TV series starring David Lyons

Captain America

Captain America

Captain America

Steve Rogers

freelance artist

1941 Marvel Comics; created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

2011 movie starring Chris Evans

Captain Marvel

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

1941 serial starring Tom Tyler

Catwoman

Catwoman

Catwoman

Selena Kyle

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

1940, 1970s, 1986 DC Comics; created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane Batman

2004 movie starring Halle Berry

Chakras

 

Chakras

Raju Rai

young Indian boy

2013 created by Stan Lee in association with Graphic India and POW! Entertainment

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

Daredevil (new)

Matt Murdock

lawyer

1964 Marvel Comics Universe; created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett

2003 movie starring Ben Affleck

Doctor Fate

Doctor Fate

Doctor Fate

Kent Nelson

archaeologist

1940 All-American Comics; created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Howard Sherman

Appeared in 2010 episode of Smallvile played by Brent Stait

Doll Man

 

Doll Man

Darrell Dane
Lester Colt
Dane Maxwell

research chemist

1940 Quality Comics; 2006 DC Comics; created by writer Will Eisner

Dollman

Dollman

Dollman

Bric Bardo

space cop

1992 Eternity Comics

1991 movie starringTim Thomerson

Durango Kid

Durango Kid

Durango Kid

Steve (last name varied)

cowboy

1940s movies starring Charles Starrett

1948 comic book series

Flash

 

Flash (old)

Jay Garrick

college student

1940 All-American Comics; created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert

Flash

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

2014 TV series starring Grant Gustin

Gambit

 

Gambit

Remy Etienne LeBeau

professional thief

1990 Marvel Comics; created byChris Claremont and Jim Lee

Green Hornet

Green Hornet

Green Hornet

Britt Reid (2)

newspaper publisher

1936 radio station WXYZ in Detroit; created by Fran Striker

1940s Helnit Comics; in 1989, NOW Comics

1940 movie serieal starring Gordon Jones

1966-67 TV series starringVan Williams

2011 movie starring Seth Rogers

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

Green Lantern (new)

Hal Jordan

test pilot

1959 DC Comics; created by John Broome and Gil Kane

2011 movie starring Ryan Reynolds

Hawkman

Hawkman

Hawkman

Carter Hall

archeologist

1940 DC Comics; created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Dennis Neville

Appeared in the TV series Smallville played by Michael Shanks

Hourman

 

Hourman

Rex Tyler

chemist

1940 DC Comics; created by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey

The Hulk

The Hulk

The Hulk
Incredible Hulk

Bruce Banner
David Banner

nuclear physicist

1962 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

1978 TV series starring Bill Bixby

2003 movie starring Eric Bana
and 2011 movie starring Ed Norton

Human Torch

Human Torch

Human Torch

Jonathan "Johnny" Storm

firefighter, executive

1961 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Appears in the2005 movie Fantastic Four played by Chris Evans

Invisible Woman

Invisible Woman

Invisible Woman

Susan (Storm) Richards

actress, mother; member of the Fantastic Four

1961 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Appears in the2005 movie Fantastic Four played by Jessica Alba

Ironman

Ironman

Ironman

Anthony Stark

inventor

1963 Marvel Comics universe; created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby

2008 movie starring Robert Downey, Jr.

Lone Ranger

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

1938 movie serial starring Lee Powell

1948, Western Publishing & Dell Comics; later Gold Key Comics, then Topps Comics

1949-57 TV series starring Clayton Moore

2013 movie starring Armie Hammer

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

Mister Fantastic

Mister Fantastic

Mister Fantastic

Reed Richards

scientist, researcher

1961 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Appears in the2005 movie Fantastic Four played by Ioan Gruffudd

Nite Owl

Nite Owl

Nite Owl

Dan Dreiberg

(earlier: Hollis Mason)

crime fighter

1986 DC Comics; created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Appears in 2009 movie Watchmen portrayed by Patrick Wilson

The Phantom

The Phantom

The Phantom

Kit Walker

crime fighter

1936 King Features comicstrip; created by Lee Falk, also creator of Mandrake the Magician

1943 serial starring Tom Tyler

1996 movie starring Billy Zane

Plastic Man

 

Plastic Man

Patrick “Eel” O’Brian

former crook turned crime fighter

1941 Quality Comics and later 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. & Ross Andru

Question

 

Question

Frank Castle

investigative journalist

1974 DC Comics; created by Steve Ditko

The Sandman

 

Sandman

Wesley Dodds

financier

1940 DC Comics; created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Bert Christman

The Sandman

 

Sandman

Garrett Sanford
Hector Hall

dreamer

1983 DC Comics

The Sandman

 

Sandman

William Baker
aka Flint Marko

criminal turned good-guy

1963 DC Comics; created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

The Shadow

The Shadow

The Shadow

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

1930 Dectective Stories Magazine; created by Walter B. Gibson

1937-54 radio drama, voice by Frank Readick Jr.

1940 movie serial starring Victor Jory

1994 movie starring Alec Baldwin

The Shield

 

The Shield

Joe Higgins

FBI agent

1940 MLJ, now known as Archie Comics; created by writer Harry Shorten and artist Irv Novick

Spider-Man

Spider-Man

Spider-Man

Peter Parker

photographer

1962 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

2002 movie starring Toby Maguire and sequels

The Sprit

The Sprit

The Spirit

Denny Colt

crime fighter

1940 in newspapers; created by Will Eisner

2008 movie starring Gabriel Macht

Supergirl

 

Supergirl (original)

Linda Lee Danvers, alias Kara Zor-El

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

1959 DC Comics; created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino

Supergirl

Supergirl

Supergirl

Linda Danvers

daughter of a policeman

1996 DC Comics; created by Peter David and Gary Frank

1984 movie starring Helen Slater

Superman

Superman

Superman

Clark Kent, alias Kal-El

newspaper reporter

1938 Detective Comics; created by Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster

1952-58 TV series starring George Reeves

1978 movie starring Christopher Reeve and sequels

The Thing

The Thing

The Thing

Ben Grimm

fighter pilot, astronaut

1961 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Appears in the2005 movie Fantastic Four played by Michael Chiklis

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 Fox Publications; 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

Wonder Woman

Diana Prince (Trevor)

secretary, nurse

1941 DC Comics; created by William Moulton Marston

1975-79 TV series starring Lynda Carater

Yellowjacket

 

Yellowjacket

Vince Harley

unkown

1944 Charlton Comics; creators unknown

Yellowjacket

 

Yellowjacket (5)

Henry Pym

biochemist

1962 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby

Zorro

Zorro

Zorro

Don Diego de la Vega

wealthy ranchero

1920 All-Story Weekly magazine; created by Johnston McCulley

1937 movie serial starring John Carroll

1940 movie starring Tyrone Power

1990 TV series starring Duncan Regehr

1957 TV series starring Guy Williams


(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.

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


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Human Torch
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Invisible Woman
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Ironman
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The Lone Ranger
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Miss America hero
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Sandman hero
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Supergirl
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Zorro
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