A fan favorite comic book writer and editor. Roger Stern has had long and exceptionally well-received runs on titles such as Superman, Avengers, Captain America and Spider-Man as well as numerous others. Stern broke into the industry as a writer in 1975 as part of the Marvel Comics “third wave” of creators, which included artists John Byrne and Frank Miller, and writers Jo Duffy, Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio. In 1987, he began freelancing for DC Comics, where he was one of the central Superman writers for almost a decade.
Along the way he created his fair share of awesome characters and today we will be counting down the best of the bunch. These are the five greatest characters created by Roger Stern.
5. Monica Rambeau (Captain Marvel)
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 (1982)
After being exposed to extra-dimensional energy, Lt. Monica Rambeau gained the power to manipulate an assortment of energies of the electromagnetic spectrum. She has gone by many code-names over the years and at one time was dubbed Captain Marvel by the media after and she began using her abilities to fight crime. She would later become the leader of The Avengers (which is why we’re hoping she gets a cameo in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron movie). Also, Monica was initially created to be the comic book equivalent of Foxy Brown star Pam Grier. Well, mission accomplished.
First Appearance: Action Comics #645 (1989)
Maxima is a character who has been depicted as both heroic and villainous on various occasions. Oldest child of the Royal family of the planet Almerac, the fiery-tempered Maxima came to Earth in search of a appropriate mate. This led to flirtations with the likes of Captain Atom, Captain Marvel, and Superman – all of whom rebuffed her advances. As a result, despite her initial teaming with said characters, she has gone on to show antipathy towards them – Superman in particular – which has caused them to come to blows on many occasions.
Maxima possesses a whole host of superhuman abilities that make her a threat to characters of Superman’s power level. These include; superhuman durability, superhuman speed, superhuman strength, psychokinesis, self-sustenance, telekinesis and more. With all that said; anybody (male or female) that can go toe to toe with the Man Of Steel deserves our proper respect.
First Appearance: The Avengers #257 (1985)
Nebula is a brutal space pirate and mercenary. With the recent success of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie Nebula (played by Karen Gillan) has risen to the mainstream substantially. And while she does indeed appear in GOTG story-lines Nebula is just as likely to be an enemy of the Avengers or the Silver Surfer.
Nebula is an athletic woman and an excellent armed and unarmed combatant. She possesses a gifted intellect and is a brilliant battle strategist. She dons wrist blasters that are able to fire both concussive blasts which knock out opponents and heat blasts that simply incinerate them. She also wears a device that allows her to change the appearance of her body and clothes. In other words; this is one tough otherworldly chick.
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man Issue 238 (1983)
The Hobgoblin was created when comic book writers didn’t want to have to bring the Green Goblin back from the dead or resort to lame plot elements, so created a new spin on the character by way of this dangerous new supervillain, whose identity was not revealed for quite awhile.
Amoral billionaire fashion designer Roderick Kingsley turned out to be the first Hobgoblin. He went from beefing with rival designers like Belladonna (no, not THAT Belladonna) to going up against the Wallcrawler and Webslinger himself Spider-Man. Though, originally he had no powers, he had a sharp analytical mind and enough knowledge of chemistry and biology to not only understand the unfinished notes for the Green Goblin formula left behind but actually expand on them. Making him not as iconic as Osborne’s character, but in most ways a more vicious and intelligent counterpart to our favorite friendly neighborhood superhero.
1. Dazzler (Alison Blaire)
First Appearance: X-Men #130 (1980)
The creation of Dazzler was initially the result of a cross-promotion between Marvel and a musical record label called Casablanca Records. The character was created by a committee of Marvel staff, principally writer/editor Tom DeFalco and illustrator John Romita, Jr. However, Stern also played a pivotal role as well, or else we wouldn’t have included her… obviously.
An Omega-level mutant with the power to turn sound energy into light. Dazzler is a former disco-queen who is not taken nearly as seriously as she should be. With the popularity of the X-Men at an all time high (thanks to Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past) it’s surprising that we’ve never seen this lady on screen. Welp, with the direction of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse (taking place in the ’80s) now seems like the appropriate time to introduce the non-comic world to this kick-ass reluctant hero. Seriously, this chick went into a Black Hole and lived to tell the tale, so show some respect people.
Do you agree or disagree with our list? Let us know in the comment section below.
RELATED: Why The ’90s Were Indeed The Worst Decade For Comic Book Fans
RELATED: The Most Popular Superheroes And Villains On Social Media (INFOGRAPHIC)
RELATED: Why Avant-Garde Comics Will Always Be More Unique Than Avant-Garde Movies