In the world of comic books, there’s nothing cooler than seeing your favorite heroes team up to take down a common enemy. The history of the superhero team-up is extensive — and spans numerous publishers and companies. However, one thing stands true…they’re almost always badass. So we went through the history of superhero team ups and compiled a list of the top 10 coolest team-ups in comics.
10. Fantastic Four
We’ll start with a classic: The Fantastic Four. When Marvel first introduced the Fantastic Four, readers got one of their first tastes of a family superhero team. Reed Richards, Sue and Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm made up the team of gifted researchers with amazing superpowers — each one possessing their own unique traits and abilities. Their challenges sometimes transcended the typical superhero story, though, as many of their biggest tests on the battlefield required that each character use their powers in a unique way to stop their enemies together.
Following the success of the Fantastic Four, Marvel created a new band of heroes, this time a group of mutant students under the supervision of Professor Charles Xavier. The X-Men grew from a group of 5, to an ever-expanding and evolving group of hundreds of mutants. Marvel realized that readers enjoyed seeing the drama and challenges that unfolded as a result of heroes being forced to work together, rather than solo.
8. Teen Titans
DC, after their success with other team-ups (we’ll get to those soon), decided that they would give their main heroes’ sidekicks and secondary youthful characters a chance to prove their worth as a band of unlikely heroes. With Robin leading the way, the pack of sidekicks fought some of the hardest foes, and brought their own teenage issues to the forefront of the team’s drama.
7. The Watchmen
Alan Moore created some of the most influential and diverse superhero teams in graphic novel and comic book history, his most notable attempt being The Watchmen. Compiled of a mix of the most unlikely of allies, The Watchmen dealt with the struggles of the Cold War era, and dipped into the more risqué subject matter that the major superhero comics wouldn’t dare tread.
6. Justice Society of America
This is where it all began…the very first superhero team in comic book history. Before the more famous league was set up, there was a group of classic heroes known as the Justice Society of America. They set the stones for what would become the more famous Justice League. Made up of several Golden Age heroes, and some who have transcended into the more recent rankings of the Justice League, the JSA was groundbreaking in many ways. Notable members included, Jay Garrick (The Flash), Alan Scott (Green Lantern), Carter Hall (Hawkman), Wesley Dodds (Sandman), and Kent Nelson (Dr. Fate).
5. Spider-Man and…anybody
Perhaps one of the most common allies in the Marvel Universe, Spider-Man has helped many of his comrades on countless occasions. Daredevil, Punisher, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and just about anybody else…Spidey has their back.
4. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Another great team from the mind of Alan Moore. This time, Moore delved deep into the rich and elaborate history of popular literature, teaming up renowned hunter Alan Quatermain with the likes of Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyl, and The Invisible Man, among others. It was originally pitched as a Victorian Justice League and quickly gained popularity among readers.
What do you get when you pair up arguably the two greatest superheroes ever created? Well, you get on of the greatest team ups in history. In an elaborate history spanning multiple decades, the tales of Batman and Superman’s adventures together have become every comic book reader’s go-to choice when it comes to a good superhero pairing.
2. Justice League of America
When DC wanted to bank on the success of their greatest heroes, what did they do? They brought them together, as part of the Justice League of America. Compiled of the greatest heroes to ever grace the covers of DC comics, the JLA has been home to Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, and many, many more.
1. The Avengers
If you’re Marvel and want to beat DC at their own game, what do you do? Well, you put together your own super team! Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Ant-Man and the countless other heroes have graced the pages of The Avengers at some point or another. They’re one of the greatest teams ever amassed, and their adventures continue to wow readers to this day.
What are some of your favorite superhero team-ups?