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I'm not qualified to say who is really recognizable to the American public, but I'd say that as far as the UK and probably Europe goes, the only superheroes known to the general public are Superman, Batman & Robin (though they mostly think Dick is still Robin), Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, the Hulk and Wolverine. The movies have probably raised awareness of Cap, Iron Man and Thor, but not to such a degree that they're household names like Supes or Spidey.
As for what constitutes A-List? It's a terrifically small number, across both Marvel and DC. I'd go so far as to say that most characters prominent to comic readers themselves are B-list, and the B-list is pretty huge.
Who's Marvel's A-list? Spider-Man sits at the top, on the shoulders of Thor, Wolverine and Cap. Thanks to RDJ, Iron Man is there too now, and the Hulk stands beside them, forever burned into the public's mind by Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno.
That's it. DCs is even smaller.
How did this thread devolve into such trivialities like counting number of appearances? It's not like there's a well-defined criteria for being an A-lister, so screw what the facts are, what does your gut tell you? Does she stand out in a crowd and does she have an undeniable presence that can't be ignored or tossed aside? Is there any particular sentiment in society that she speaks to more strongly than anyone else? And most importantly, if Marvel didn't need to have a minority or female to balance out the lineup whenever they show off all their big names, would she even be up for consideration there?
That really says more about you than anything ese.Even i who read comics 20 years don't even know who they are.
Storm has had more apperances than Wonder Woman in comics only because X-titles more get translated into foreign languages than WW's comics.
Is she an A-list in Marvel? Of course she is. I even believe she's the most recognizable superheroine and the No.1 female character in MU, and I think she's qualified to be an A-list in fandom too. But my non-comic-reader friends have no idea who she is. Most of them have seen the x-movies and when I mentioned Storm they all responded like "oh I knew her, Halle Berry! She can control the weather!" Interestingly, however, they considered Wonder Woman as the symbol of superheroine, Catwoman as the symol of femme fatale, and could say a lot of things that they read from newspaper, magazines and internet to show how awesome those two characters are, even though they've never read any comics about them. I guess DC female characters are way more well-known that their counterparts in MU in the general public. The reason of that phenomenon is of course not female characters themselves; I blame Marvel.
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