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    When you consider the three biggest names in comics: Superman, Batman and Spiderman, which of them is the "biggest" superhero icon of all?

    Im talking in terms of pretty much everything, popularity, movies, comics, merchandise, fanbase etc.

    My vote goes to Spidey, though Batman has made a strong push recently to take over top spot......Supes is far behind and quite honestly could be overtaken by Wolverine or Captain America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoopsguru View Post
    When you consider the three biggest names in comics: Superman, Batman and Spiderman, which of them is the "biggest" superhero icon of all?

    Im talking in terms of pretty much everything, popularity, movies, comics, merchandise, fanbase etc.

    My vote goes to Spidey, though Batman has made a strong push recently to take over top spot......Supes is far behind and quite honestly could be overtaken by Wolverine or Captain America.
    It's probably Batman. More movies and more cartoons over the years, and has been around longer than most people have been alive. Superman has been around a long time, too, but hasn't had as many movies or cartoons. Spider-man is definitely in third place, though he made a lot of progress in the last decade.
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    Not that this necessarily proves anything, but I just googled each of them to see how many google hits would show up:

    1. Batman: 358 million.
    2. Spider-man: 246 million.
    3. Superman: 184 million.

    I'm surprised that Superman had such a low number.
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    As far as I'm concerned, Superman is the most iconic. Plus, he's - you know - Super.

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    It terms of iconic status, Superman hands down

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    I would say Superman is the most iconic. Most people think of Superman when they think of a superhero.

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    You go to any place on the planet Earth and you show people this...



    ...and they'll know who you mean. You can't say the same about Batman or Spider-Man.
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    I can only speak of the countries I've been to, but Spider-Man seems to have more international appeal than Batman or Superman. When I lived in Japan and China Spider-Man merchandise was very widespread and popular, while it was very rare for me to see any Batman or Superman merchandise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shellhead View Post
    Not that this necessarily proves anything, but I just googled each of them to see how many google hits would show up:

    1. Batman: 358 million.
    2. Spider-man: 246 million.
    3. Superman: 184 million.

    I'm surprised that Superman had such a low number.
    I'm not. In terms of longevity, legacy, recognition factor and sheer iconic status Superman is number one hands down, but when it comes to actual popularity that ranking seems about right to me.

    Remember, the movies are what's going to reach the most people. It's been a long time since there was a good Superman movie and I think that excitement for the upcoming one is only moderate at best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonC View Post
    You go to any place on the planet Earth and you show people this...



    ...and they'll know who you mean. You can't say the same about Batman or Spider-Man.
    Good point. Whoever wrote the following certainly got Batman confused with Spider-man:

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    Superman, though I'm biased as he's my fave (not that I don't love the other two).
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    It would seem that Superman is pretty much the most well-known.
    It would also seem that this fame and iconicity (that even a word?) does not actually translate very well into actual popularity.
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