Superheroes and heroines…they hold a special place in our hearts. For many people, the heroes in the comics have helped in get through some difficult times. We’re pretty darn attached. So when one of them dies (even if they’re going to be reincarnated later, which is pretty likely), it hits us right in the feelings. Sometimes it’s expected like when a publisher releases a series called “THE DEATH OF (insert character here),” and other times it’s an unexpected punch in the gut. So has your favorite superhero met his/her demise? Here are 25 Biggest Superhero Deaths In Comic Book History.
In case this needs to be said: SPOILERS AHEAD!
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Ant-Man (aka Scott Lang) was an electronics expert and ex-con until hired by Stark International where he uh…stole the Ant-Man suit. To be fair, he stole the suit to try and save his sick daughter. (If you say you wouldn’t do the same, you’re lying.) This resulted in the suit being given to him. After this, Ant-Man fought with The Avengers until his death while attempting to stop Jack of Hearts. They both blew up.
Hawkman (aka Katar Holl/Carter Hall) was from the planet Thangar, and he had WINGS. He also had Nth Metal, which physically conforms to the wearer’s wishes, and between wings and his anti-gravity flight harness, he could fly. Add in an epic mask, and he’s gloriously terrifying. This goes to follow as he’s also a reincarnation of the ancient Egyptian prince Khufu.
Originally introduced in the 1940’s, Hawkman died in a series aptly named, “Death of Hawkman” released in 2016/17. In typical Superhero fashion, he sacrificed himself to save others. In this case, specifically sacrificing the Nth metal in his body and being vaporized.
Superboy (aka Kon-El/ Conner Kent) was not Superman’s son – he was Superman’s clone who appeared after his death. He was beaten to death by ANOTHER version of Superman called Superboy-Prime in a long and convoluted story-line crossing realities. Soon afterwords, a cult dedicated to resurrecting Superboy – called the Cult of Connor – started up.
Colossus (aka Pyotr”Peter” Nikolayevich Rasputin) is a Russian mutant and a member of the X-Men. He died in order to provide a cure for the Legacy Virus – the virus that killed his little sister, Illyana Rasputin. His ashes were taken back to Russia.
Krypto (The Superdog!) was Kal-El’s puppy back on Krypton before he came to Earth. Krypto was put in the test shuttle to Earth but got knocked off course by a comet and didn’t arrive on Earth until years after Kal-El. Having all the powers of Superman, Krypto was a perfect and lovable companion for a super..uh..tween. And to this end, he shows up again as the companion of Johnathan Kent, Superman’s son. When The Eradicator comes to “Purify” Johnathan of his “Human” side, Krypto jumps between them and is consumed by The Eradicator. Which just goes to show you, from Earth or Krypton, dogs are basically the same everywhere.
Photo Credits (All images used here are meant to illustrate the narrative subject, images used are of low quality and is believed that they may be exhibited under fair use provisions of Untied States copyright law: 25. Image from the comic book Avengers: The Children’s Crusade 06 (2011), 24. Image from the comic book Justice League: Throne of Atlantis #17 23. Image from the comic book Superboy: The Beginning of Tomorrow. 22. Image from the comic book The Uncanny X-Men #390. 21. Image from the comic book Superman Rebirth #3. 20. Image from the comic book The Incredible Hulks (2009) #621. 19. Image from the comic book He-Man/Thundercats #4. 18. Image from the comic book Death of X #2 17. Image from the comic book Civil War II #0 16. Image from the comic book Crisis on Infinite Earths #7. 15. Image from the comic book Crisis on Infinite Earths #8. 14. Image from the comic book Final Crisis #6. 13. Image from the comic book The Death of Captain America, Vol.1: The Death of the Dream. 12. Image from the comic book The Watchmen. 11. Image from the comic book Phoenix: The Untold Story #1. 10. Image from the comic book The Amazing Spider-Man Issue 700 9. Image from the comic book The Death of Wolverine 8. Image from the comic book Avengers vs. X-Men Vol.1 No. 11 (2012) 7. Image from Jim Starlin’s The Death of Captain Marvel. 6. Image from comic book Converegence – Green Lantern, Parallax 01 (2015). 5. Image from comic book X-Force: Second Coming Vol 3 #26 4. Image from comic book Green Arrow #101 3. Image from comic book Countdown to Infinite Crisis 2. Image from the comic book Batman #683 1. Image from the graphic novel The Death of Superman