DC's big icons are pretty obvious, the Big Three of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, and there's something of a discussion going on around here about who are Marvel's big icons and this got me wondering about who was THE Comic Book Icon. Who is the character that best represents the totality of mainstream American comics?
For me it's a toss up. I think in many ways the Adam West Batman for alot of people represents American superhero comics. The over the top zaniness, crazy ridiculous seriousness coupled with bright iconic colours and the sound effects the 60's Batman, for good or ill, just might be what alot of people think of when they think of comic book superheroes.
My other suggestion is the guy that I really hope is the ultimate representative of what superhero comic books are all about. He's the guy that really started the whole ball rolling and he's got it all. The mild mannered alter ego, the fantastic powers, the colourful costume, and the quick quips. He shows us that superheroes can be serious secular mythology and silly childrens' entertainment, both labour of love and corporate commodity. He's been silly and serious, struggled with real problems and fought fantastic foes. He's done it all. He was a nerd before Peter Parker and the best there is at what he does before Wolverine.
Up in the sky! Is it a bird? No, it's a plane?
No, it's SUPERMAN!!!
For me, being the icon for american comic books looks like a job for Superman. What do you guys think?