Sunday, August 14, 2011; Six months ago, we here at SuperheroSentinel.com asked a question online to the many people we come to encounter with on a weekly basis on our message boards, Facebook, MySpace, DC Universe Online MMORPG chat, etc, etc. In that six months time, we were overwhelmed by the number of responses we've accumulated to this seemingly simple question. As you already know by the button photo you clicked on to get into this page (as well as the header right there at the top), the question; "Who are the most sexiest females in Marvel and DC Comics?". Like I said, we were overwhelmed by the number of responses. Very overwhelmed! Like 1,550 responses overwhelmed!!! All I can tell you is that there are a lot of die-hard fan-boys and fan-girls out there, and that you wouldn't believe how much disputing took place over this -should have been- peaceful debate! There were some of you that went to great lengths to explain your point, and this really fueled us to take action with the overall tally we had gathered, because in the end... all that really matters in a democracy (poll) are the numbers. Well... there's that, and the fact that this was just too good to just leave out there on our message boards or floating around on some of the social networks. Now, the question is not new (though the way some of you were acting, you'd swear it was), so the results will almost always vary, but this is the top 20 that WE concluded with OUR poll. So, without further ado, here's Marvel & DC's Top 20 Most Sexy, as voted by the 1,550 die-hard (and crazy) fans that we here at SuperheroSentinel.com had the utmost joy of encountering.
20. Psylocke: Unless you are truly a hardcore X-Men fan, then you're probably like most people who are honestly unaware that the deadly beauty with the purple hair known initially as Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock, actually first came onto the scene in a Marvel UK comic book titled Captain Britain #8 (1976), ten whole years before being introduced (as Psylocke) to the American public in the New Mutants Annual #2 (1986). However, since her arrival to the U.S., fan-boys (X-Men fan or not) have become more than well aware of Captain Britain's fraternal twin sister (as well as taken a new appreciation for anything that comes their way out of the UK).
19. Starfire: To most followers of the Teen Titans, as well as comic book and superhero fans in general, Tamaran must be the definition of Heaven because of the Vegan planet's lead angel. First arriving to our planet in the pages of DC Comics Presents #26 (1980), this Tamaranean princess known on her home planet as Koriand'r (Starfire), has left many of hearts right here on Earth sputtering (mostly Dick Grayson) since her arrival. And despite all the baggage that our favorite Tamaranean might come with (i.e. two failed marriages and some really major family issues with a psychotic older sister), we still have nothing but adoration for comicdom's most heavenly creature. Err... umm... alien.
18. Raven: It doesn't take a comic book know-it-all or a superhero sentinel to tell you that upon first look at the Teen Titan known by some as Rachel Roth (Raven), that there's something extremely dark, mysterious, and alluring about her. First introduced in DC Comics Presents #26 (1980), this gloomy Titan, who suppresses her emotions in order to control the danger she could possibly unleash around her, has still managed to capture the hearts and minds of fan-boys everywhere without the aid of sorcery, empathy, or magic. But take heed if you are one that does find yourself infatuated with comicdom's most notorious goth girl gone good, she does come with a little bit of daddy issues unlike no other on this planet.
17. Black Widow: Here is one double-agent that James Bond himself would have sold his country out for. Introduced in Tales Of Suspense #52 (1964) as a recurring, non-costumed, antagonist, Soviet spy in the Iron Man featured section of the comic book, this femme fatale known as Natalia Romanova (Black Widow) didn't first don her trademarked skintight black costume until nearly six years later in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man #86 (1970). However, since then... this exceptionally lethal S.H.I.E.L.D. agent has given comic book (and movie) fan-boys all across the world a whole new meaning to the old adage; "from Russia with love".
The next little lady really needs no introduction, and it has nothing to do with the fact that the "Man Of Steel" is her cousin (or the fact that she has been re-introduced so many times over to the comic book world), but because she is the most known super-heroine on the planet besides only one other. The girl donning comicdom's most iconic symbol on her chest, known as Kara Zor-El (Supergirl), first appeared in the pages of Action Comics #252 (1959) and was an instant over-night sensation immediately after the book hit the stands. Since then, she has appeared in a vast number of comics (including her own), cartoons, television shows, and film (and has had a lot of fan-boys out there believing that the "S" on her chest actually stands for "sexy").
15. Spider-Woman: Although there has been many different versions and renditions sharing this next character's name, none of them have tangled our hearts up in a pretty little web more than the lady in red with the long dark flowing mane known as Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman). Expeditiously hurried and initially introduced in Marvel Spotlight #32 (1977) as a way for her publishing company (Marvel Comics) to just protect the namesake (Spider-Woman) from their competitor's hands, Jessica was immediately embraced by the fans so much to everyone's surprise that she would be given her own animated TV series shortly after (1979). To this day, Jess still continues to be one of comicdom's most loved super-heroines out there, being admired by fan-boys and fan-girls everywhere.
14. Black Canary: It almost seems unfair that this "Bird Of Prey" has been around nearly two times longer than most of comicdom's leading ladies. Primarily because there have been two different beauties during the 65 plus years that have played the part of the screaming leggy blonde in the trademark fishnet stockings known as Black Canary. The first Black Canary (Dinah Drake) was introduced in Flash Comics #86 (1947) initially as a villain (which due to popularity would later be changed and shown that she was really a hero all along that just went undercover as her usual modus operandi), and the second Black Canary (Dinah Lance) appeared nearly 36 years later in Justice League Of America #219 (1983) to replace the original (her mother), and to incapacitate fan-boys hearts everywhere with those powerful golden pipes of hers.
13. Ms. Marvel: Here is one rare instance where a comic book super-heroine refuses to be second best to her preceded male counterpart. Originally introduced as a U.S. Air Force Officer (a supporting character) in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (1968), Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel) did not become Captain Marvel's super-powered female equivalent until nearly nine years later in her self debuted title, Ms. Marvel #1 (1977). Since then, a more sensible and collaborative approach has been taken to give the House Of Ideas' premier golden girl her own identity. Everything from a change in her attire to several fresh new perspectives added into her history have all been carefully implemented to keep her completely separated from any correlation to her former namesake. And that's quite alright with her fans, they wouldn't have it any other way.
12. Power Girl: This next super-heroine is clear cut proof that sometimes having too much of a good thing can be a reeeally good thing! Introduced in All Star Comics #58 (1976) as a supporting "D" character in the Justice Society Of America, Earth-Two's official "Supergirl", Kara Zor-L (Power Girl) would slowly grow "more" in popularity with comicdom's fan-boys out there as soon as the artists depicting her started emphasizing "more" on her... ahem, physique. Currently however, JSA's first chairwoman has become just as equally appealing to the fan-girls everywhere out there, thanks in large part to the many different writers that have come along and molded the character into so much more than just a sex symbol, by giving her an actual personality with an aggressive side and transforming her into a much stronger feminine role model, instead.
11. Phoenix/Jean Grey: If this poll was about who the most "powerful" female characters in comics were, then this next sexy super-heroine would probably have no problem winning the whole thing, since she has had more capabilities than every woman on this poll... combined! Introduced in X-Men #1 (1963) as "Marvel Girl", this very powerful Omega-level mutant known to everyone as Jean Grey (Phoenix), is one of the five original members (and probably the most dangerous) to comicdom's most famous mutant group, the X-Men. Since her first appearance, she has done nothing but grow immensely in popularity, appearing in more various forms of media (i.e. numerous cartoons, a few films, and a vast amount of video games) than any other super-heroine out there. Jean has also shown everyone that her greatest ability to date is to come back from the dead every time one of her writers feels contrived to kill her off.