Counted: The Top 10 Superheroes That Wear Masks – Comic Basics

Counted: The Top 10 Superheroes That Wear Masks – Comic Basics

Welcome to Comic Basics. I’m Joel and today’s
episode … The Top 10 Superheroes That Wear Masks.
Masks. They are as common in the world of comic books
as allergies on a spring day. They protect the identity of the heroes who wear them,
strike fear into villains who oppose them, all-the-while looking, for the most part,
really awesome. Even though some superheroes elect to not
wear them, most do. Of the many that do, some have a better look than others. That doesn’t
mean that there is a standard look for an awesome mask. Nope. Not even a little bit.
What it does mean is that a good looking mask comes in all shapes and sizes. Of all the best looking masks in comics, you
may be wondering which are the best ones? And to that I say, wonder no more. Ok. Although he’s arguably the most famous
hero on this superheroes that wear masks list, I’ve decided to put him in my number ten
spot. And why? Because it’s easier to get him out of the
way than hold you in suspense for an obvious number one choice. Batman is, well, Batman. He has one of the
most iconic masks in comics and has used it for decades to strike fear into any who oppose
him. He is the Dark Knight. He patrols the streets of Gotham at a time when the police
are afraid to. And he is one of the reasons that DC has done so well over the years. A list like this just isn’t complete without
him. Ahh, Cyclops. His mask isn’t as much for
looks as it is for protection. Of course, the protection I refer to is the protection
of all those around him. His mask actually consists of ruby-quartz lenses that keep his
destructive power in check. Without it, each time he opens his eyes he runs the risk of
blasting a hole the size of the sun into whatever’s around him. Cyclops is the on and off again leader of
the X-Men, has been responsible for some of the greatest victories and losses the X-Men
have ever been apart of and changed costumes as frequent as the day turns to night. Jason Todd’s road to popularity wasn’t
as smooth as many other characters on this list. Unlike, let’s say, Batman who was immediately
popular, Jason Todd was hated for the better part of his first many years. It wasn’t
until after he was killed by the Joker and came back as the Red Hood that Jason really
stepped into his own. I won’t say that this mask is the best looking one out there because
after all, it looks like a red garbage can. But I will say that it’s both instantly
recognizable and iconic. As one of the most interesting characters
in comics, Moon Knight has attracted a following like no other. Point in case, his mask, and
costume. Moon Knight, and I quote, wears white because
“…so they’ll see me coming. ’Cause when they see white it doesn’t matter how
good a target I am. Their hands shake so bad, they couldn’t hit the moon.” Moon Knight is the combination of many characters
rolled into one (a video in which I did and I’ll put it in the right hand corner). Although
it may seem confusing, the dual identities offer him something most other comic characters
lack … depth. No matter which version of Batgirl we are
talking about (Barbara Gordon, Cassandra Cain, or Stephanie Brown), one thing remains constant…Batgirl
is one of the most important superheroes that wear masks. But not just any masks. The masks
that the various Batgirls have worn are some of the best in comics. Like Batman, Batgirl patrols the streets of
Gotham ridding it of high and low–level scum. She’s expertly trained in many forms
of fighting and is more intelligent than most. Batgirl is an important member of the illustrious
Batfamily and due to this, is able to call upon an army of friends and family like no
other. For the better part of his existence, Dick
Grayson has always worn a mask. When he was Robin it was a simple mask that covered his
eyes. When he was Nightwing, it was a simple black mask that covered his eyes. And when
he was … you probably get the picture. Dick Grayson is the most famous sidekick in
all of comics. This is so much that any and all sidekicks after Dick are modeled in his
image. Dick is, without a doubt, deserving to be on this list. I don’t say this because
he almost always wears a mask. No, I say this because his mask works really well for something
so simple. The most famous of all the speedsters in comics,
The Flash is one of many superheroes that wear masks. Outside of DC’s Big Three characters
(Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman), The Flash is their most famous. Sorry Green Lantern
and Green Arrow, he just is. Children all over dream of putting on the red mask with
the red bodysuit and zipping from one place to another in seconds. He is the fastest man alive, has mastered
both time travel, and jumping from one area of the Multiverse to another, and even trained
others to be just like him. Similar to Batman, Wolverine also wears a
cowl. Unlike Batman who hides behind a dark cowl, Wolverine hides behind a bright yellow
with a hint of black cowl. Wolverine is Canada’s second most famous
export…beer, of course, being the first. He is a quintessential member of the X-Men,
a leader when called upon, and a mentor to any who seek him out. As I’m sure you already
know, Wolverine possesses a healing ability that allows him to recover from practically
anything…nuclear blasts included. He’s also an expert in most forms of combat, can
track just about anything that moves, and has a skeleton that has been fused with Adamantium. It really doesn’t matter which of the Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles we talk about, the only thing that separates their masks is the color. But this wasn’t always the case. In their early days, the Turtles each wore
a red mask. It was only after they landed on Saturday morning cartoons that their iconic
colored masks began to appear. If you’re unfamiliar with them, Leonardo wears blue,
Donatello wears purple, Raphael wears red, and Michelangelo wears orange. The Turtles
are as synonymous with their masks as a Zebra is to its stripes and will remain that way
until they aren’t popular anymore…which seems like it could take a long time. Of all the heroes in Marvel Comics, none are
as well-known or liked as Spider-Man. He is the face of the company and has been so since
his creation. In fact, many legal battles have happened between Marvel and Sony over
his rights. Spider-Man is the reason that Marvel exists
and will continue to be so until they decide otherwise. Sure, the company has other characters
but none are as important as Spider-Man. Simply put, he is everything to Marvel. And so is his costume. And I’m gonna wrap it up here. I hope you enjoyed that and if you did, please,
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back and until then, I’ll catch you next time.

David Anderson

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