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The Pondering 10 - Favorite Super Heroes of All-Time

My days of being into comic books and trading them with my friends are over. Actually, have been for a long time. While I have friends who are still into the hobby (like one of my good friends who runs the awesome site Nerds on the Rocks), I have fallen away from the art form filled with intrigue, creativity, and imagination. However, it doesn't mean we can't tap into this former enjoyment and lay it out for the Pondering 10. The following P10 will take a look at my favorite super heroes growing up.



10. The Punisher - He. Was. Just. Cool. Period. 


9. Venom - To be honest, I thought Spider-man was pretty dumb as a kid, so I really took a liking to evil-Spider-man - Venom.


8. The Incredible Hulk - Couldn't wait to see Hulk get angry, turn green, rip his human clothes to shreds from his muscle expansion, and start destroying everyone!


7. Captain America - How can you not like Captain America? Even the Brits do!


6. Kick-Ass - The superhero for the common man. No special abilities. No gadgets. Actually, he really has no tools other than his will to do what is right. Kick-Ass is kick ass. 


5. The Flash - I've always been slow. Fast-twitch fibers are very limited throughout my body since childhood, so yes, being the fastest person in the universe was appealing.



4. Wolverine - The arrogant, yet tough super hero that at times bordered on evil and leaving the X-Men for dead, but would always surprised you by doing good. Complex character, and the whole swag of Wolverine with beard, blades, and leather jacket was awesome. 



3. Cyclops - Always loved the unofficial leader of the X-Men. There was something about his feud with Wolverine and his mutant power of shooting laser through his eyes that appealed to me.



2. Donatello - My favorite Ninja turtle. He was smart, rationale, classy, and in some ways the glue that kept the rest of the group together. Oddly, I know, most kids loved Michelangelo. I guess I was the in the minority.



1. Batman - C'mon, who doesn't like Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, The Batman? From the comics, to the tv show, to the original movie with Michael Keaton leading the role, to the epic Dark Knight trilogy, the character of the Batman is one that is completely awesome. As a kid, and still as an adult, I very much disliked crazy unreal super powers, and the idea of Batman being vulnerable and mysterious was something that hooked me. Contrary, is one of the reasons I despised Superman. A simple change of clothes and no one knows who he is anymore?

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