"Be what you are"
(-Julius Charles Hare and Agustus William Hare, Guesses at Truth)
Over the years, many comic book heroes and villains have changed their secret identity - either since the hero (or villain, for that matter) abandoned his secret life and took up a new guise, the hero (or villain) was killed or had retired and a new heir took up his old guise, or by a massive re-writing of the world's history (The Crisis of Infinite Earths, Zero Hour, Age of Apocalypse, Onslaught, etc.). In this article I have attempted to collect them all. Obviously, this task is impossible, and this collection is far from complete. I would appreciate any submission, corrections or comments you may have - just drop me an e-mail.
Air-Wave (DC Comics)
The first Air-Wave was Larry Jordan (first appeared in Detective Comics #60). After his death, his son Harold became the next Air-Wave.
Amazing-Man (DC Comics)
The original Amazing-Man was Will Evert (first appeared in All-Star Squadron #23). Years later, his grandson, also named Will became the second Amazing-Man (first appeared in Justice League America #86).
Andromeda (Marvel Comics)
Two distinct characters in the Marvel Universe have gone by the name Andromeda. One is a member of the Homo mermanus race, and the other is a member of the Pantheon.
Angel (Marvel Comics)
The first Angel to appear in the Marvel Universe was Thomas Halloway, back in the day of Timely Comics. The second, and most known, Angel was Warren Worthington III. Much later, after he changed his name to Archangel, and a new girl named Angel Salvatore (first appeared in The New X-Men #118) took the name Angel and joined the team.
Angelus (Top Cow Comics)
The Angelus has been passed from wielder to wielder for generations.
Ant-Man (Marvel Comics)
A original Ant-Man was Hank Pym. The second Ant-Man was Scott Edward Lang who broke into Hank's home and stole the Ant-Man costume so he could free Dr. Erica Sondheim and save his daughter's life. Scott intended to return the costume and turn himself in when he was done, but Hank allowed him to keep the costume permitted he put it to lawful use. The current Ant-Man is Eric O'Grady, who stole the suit from Pym's lab.
Aquarius (Marvel Comics)
The first Aquarius was Darren Bentley (first appeared in Avengers #72), who got his powers from the devil Slifer, who later killed him. The second was Zachary Drebb (first appeared in Iron Man #184), who was killed by the android Zodiac who later took his identity.
arachne (Marvel Comics)
The first Arachne was Jessica Drew, who stoped using this name after leaving HYDRA. The current Arachne is Julia Carpenter.
Ariel (Marvel Comics)
The first Ariel was Kitty Pryde, although she only used this name for a short while. The second is an alien from The Coconut Grove, who first appeared in Fallen Angels #1.
Aries (Marvel Comics)
The first Aries was Marcus Lassiter, who first appeared in Avengers #72 and was killed in Avengers #82. The second was Grover Raymond (first appeared in Avengers #120) who died as a result of merging with the alien Lucifer. The identity of the third Aries (first appeared in Iron Man #184) was never revealed, but he was killed by the android Zodiac.
Atom (DC Comics)
The original Atom was Al Prat from the JSA (first appeared in All-American Comics #19), who was killed by Extant. The second Atom was Ray Palmer wrom JLA (first appeared in Showcase #34), who is now retired. For a whil during his retirement, Adam Cray (first appeared in Suicide Squad Vol. 1 #44) filled in for him, until he was killed by a shrunken villain.
Astra (Marvel Comics)
Astra is the name of two unrelated characters in the Marvel Universe - a member of Shi'ar Imperium's Imperial Guard (first appeared in X-Men #107), and a teleporter from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #366 ).
Azrael (DC Comics)
The mantle of Azrael has been passed from father to son for hundreds of years. The current Azrael is Jean Paul Valley, who inherited the role of Azrael from his father Ludovic (as seen in Azrael Annual #1).
Baron Zemo (Marvel Comics)
The original Baron Zemo was Heinrich Zemo who formed the original Masters of Evil in Avengers #6. After his death, his son Helmut took up this name (in Captain America #275).
Batgirl (DC Comics)
The first Batgirl that had ever been seen in DC Comics was Betty Kane, the niece of Kathy Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman. She had four appearances in the 1960's and was deleted from DC history in The Crisis of Infinite Earths. The second Batgirl (and the only one, in most fans' minds) was Barbara Gordon. After her crippling, Helena Bertinelli used the name for a short while, until she was forced to give it up to Cassandra Cain in Legends of the Dark Knight #120. In the movie Batman 4: Batman and Robin, another Batgirl appears - Barbara Wilson, but she isn't considered part of the real DC Comics history.
Batman (DC Comics)
The first and current Batman is of course Bruce Wayne. For a short while after during the Knightquest story-line Jean Paul Valley takes the mantle of Batman after Bruce has his back broken by Bane in Knightfall. Bruce defeated Jean Paul in KnightsEnd and regained the mantle of Batman. For a short time after Zero Hour, Dick Grayson portrayed Batman to Bruce's request. In the animated series Batman Beyond which takes place a few decades into the future, Bruce retired and Terry McGinnis took his place as Batman. In addition, it the very distant future shown in Batman #1,000,000 there will be a different Batman.
Bast (DC Comics)
Two characters in the DC Universe share this name. The first (sometimes called Bastet) is the cat-headed Egyptian goddess of the sun, the moon, cats and love (first appeared in Sandman Vol. 2 #24). The second (first appeared in Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #115) is an animal-headed citizen from the city of Lansinar.
Beacon (Image Comics)
Earth-A's Beacon is Dr. Julia Gardner and Earth-B's Beacon is Scott Martin.
Beast (Marvel Comics)
The best known Beast is of course Dr. Henry Philip "Hank" McCoy, but other variations also exist. The Beast depicted in 1602 is named Hal McCoy, and in X-Men Fairy Tales, Beast appears as the monkey Aoi.
Bedlam (Marvel Comics)
There are three distinct beings in the Marvel Universe who used the name Bedlam. The first was an agent of Department H who first appeared in Alpha Flight #52 and was killed in the following issue. The second is Jesse Aaronson who first appeared in X-Force #82 and was suppossedly killed in Uncanny X-Men #423. The third is Olisa Kabaki who first appeared in Mighty Thor vol. 2 #17.
Beetle (Marvel Comics)
Two characters in the Marvel Universe used the name Beetle. The first was Abner Jenkins who built the original Beetle armor in Strange Tales #123. The second beetle was Leila Davis, who wore a newer version of the Beetle Armor Jenkins designed while working for Commission on Superhuman Activities.
Bizzaro (DC Comics)
The first Bizzaro was created when Professor Dalton accidently fired his duplicating ray at Superboy in Superboy #68. That bizzaro was destroyed by Superboy two issues later. In Action Comics #254 Lex Luthor copies the duplicating ray and fires it on Superman to create the second Bizzaro. He later retired with Bizzaro-Lois to Htrae, where they created numerous copies of themselves. The post crisis Bizaro was created when Luthor tried to duplicate Superman from a sample of his DNA, but fails since his equipment can't handle DNA that is so alien. That Bizzaro finally disintegrates and dies in Superman #88. The current Bizzaro (first appeared in Superman #160) was created by The Joker when Mr. Mxyzptlk gave him a portion of his magical powers, just for fun. In addition, in Superman #181 Bizzaro and Superman temporarily switch bodies.
Black Bishop (Marvel Comics)
The first Black Bishop was Harold Leland who first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #129 and was killed in Uncanny X-Men #209. The second one was Brian Braddock (first appeared in Captian Britain #1). Sebastian Shaw was also The Black Bishop for a short while.
Black Canary (DC Comics)
The original Black Canary was Dinah Drake Lance, a member of the JSA. She first appeared in Flash Comics #86. The second Black Canary is her daughter Dinah Laurel Lance, who first appeared in Justice League of America #75.
Black King (Marvel Comics)
The original Black King was Sebastian Shaw, who was replaced by his son Shinobi after his death. The third Black King was Blackheart, the son of Mephisto.
Black Knight (Marvel Comics)
The original Black Knight was Sir Percy of Scandia, a member of King Arthur's Round Table. During the Twelfth Century, Sir Percy's Descendant called Eobar Garrington took up the guise of The Black Knight and fought in the crusades alongside Richard The Lionheart. The third Black Knight was Nathan Garrett (first appeared in Tales of Astonish #52), a distant descendant of Sir Percy who turned to crime after proving himself unworthy to draw The Ebony Blade. The fourth Black Knight is Dane Garrett Whitman, Nathan's nephew, who has proven himself worthy of carrying the Ebony Blade.
Black Queen (Marvel Comics)
The first Black Queen was Jean Grey, who was replaced with Selene Gallio. The third was Benazir Kaur.
Black Rook (Marvel Comics)
The first Black Rook was Fredrich von Roehm. The second was Madelyn Pryor. The third was Roberto DaCosta.
Black Widow (Marvel Comics)
Two women trained by the KGB used this code name - Natalia Alianovna Romanova-Shostakova (first appeared in Tables of Suspense #52), and Yelena Belova (first appeared in Black Widow #1) who replaced her.
Blitz (Image Comics)
Earth-A's Blitz is Jimmy Travis and Earth-B's Blitz is Mack Snelling.
Blizzard (Marvel Comics)
Three distinct characters in the Marvel Universe have used this name. The first Blizzard was Gregor Shapanka (first took the name Blizzard in Iron Man #86). The second Blizzard was Donald Gill (first appeared in Iron Man #233), who wears a duplicate of Gregor's battlesuit. The third Blizzard was Randy Macklin (first appeared in Marvel Holiday Special 1992) who started wearing one of Gill's spare suits he was keeping for him.
Blockbuster (DC Comics)
Mark Desmond (first appearance Detective Comics #345) invented a serum that made him stroger, but almost mindless. He was manipulated by his brother Roland to become the masked villain Blockbuster. He was eventually killed by Brimstone. After his death, his brother Roland took the serum himself and became the second Blockbuster.
Bloodlust (Marvel Comics)
Two distinct characters in the Marvel Universe have used this name. The first was Beatta Dubiel, a member of the Femme Fatales who first appeared in Marvel Comics Presents #48, and was depowered after the Decimation storyline. The second is an evil mutant called Michael Browne.
Bloodsrport (DC Comics)
The first Bloodsport was Robert DuBois. The current one Alex Trent.
Blue Beetle (DC Comics)
The first Blue Beetle was Dan Garrett, who was killed in the destruction of Pago Island (Blue Beetle #18). His college student, Edward "Ted" Kord took up this code name to honor his friend's memory.
Box (Marvel Comics)
The original Box was Dr. Roger Bochs (first appeared in Alpha Flight #1). Jerome Jaxon took control of the Box robot in Alpha Flight #12, but was killed in a fight with Guardian. Later, the Box armor was taken over by the spirit of the dead Alpha Flight member Walter Langkowski. Later, Bochs lost his sanity and Madison Jeffries had to take control over the Box robot to prevent him from harming anyone.
Brainiac (DC Comics)
Several characters have used this name, most noticeably Vril Dox and the current Brainiac Querl Dox.
Brainwave (DC Comics)
The original Brainwave was the super-villain Henry King. The current Brainwave is his son, Hank King Jr.
Brute (DC Comics)
Two beings in the DC Universe share this name - a nightmare who serves Sandman and a memebr of the Cadre.
Brute (Marvel Comics)
Several unrelated characters in the marvel universe went by the name Brute - Hank McCoy from the Mutant-X reality, Reed Richards from Counter Earth and a relatively unknown member of The Morlocks.
Bucky (Marvel Comics)
The original Bucky was James Buchanan Barnes (first appeared in Avengers #4), who was killed by Baron Zemo (in Avengers #56). After his death, his former assistant Fred Davis took this name. Lemar Hoskins was Bucky for a short while alongside John Walker as Captain America. The current Bucky is Jack Monroe.
Bulletgirl (DC Comics)
The Golden Age Bulletgirl was Susan Kent (first appeared in Mary Marvel #8). The current one is Deanna Barr (first appeared in Power of Shazam! #32).
Captain America (Marvel Comics)
The original Captain America was Steve Rogers (first appeared in Captain America Comics #1. After his disappearance, William Nasland was selected to be the second Captain America. After his death at the hands of Adam II, Jeffrey Mace took one of his spare costumes and became the third Captain America. Rogers later resurfaced and reclaimed the identity of Captain America, until he was forced to drop it by The Commission for Superhuman Activities, who offered the identity to John Walker. Rogers was later given the Captain America identity back. In the Marvel Mangaverse reality, Captain America is Carol Danvers.
Captain Atom (DC Comics)
The real Captain Atom is Nathaniel Christopher Adam (although he also goes by Cameron Scott). In Captian Atom #43, the soul of Henry Yarrow temporarily took over his body.
Captain Marvel (DC Comics)
The name Captain Marvel is shared by Billy Batson and his sister Mary.
Captain Marvel (Marvel Comics)
The original Captain Marvel was the Mar-Vell of the alien race Kree. For a short time he was merged with the human Rick Jones. He finally died of cancer after retiring to Titan. Now, his son Genis-Vell has taken up this name. In the House of M alternate reality, this name is used by Carol Danvers.
Carnivore (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters in The Marvel Universe used this name - Dick Chalker and Andreas Zorba.
Catwoman (DC Comics)
The "real" Catwoman is of course Selina Kyle. The 2004 feature film Catwoman displayed the character of Patience Philips as being Catwoman, but it is considered off-continuity.
Chance (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters used this name - the criminal Nicholas Powell (first appeared in Web of Spider-Man #15) and a young girl from The Fallen Angeles who's identity has not been revealed yet.
Chase (DC Comics)
The original Chase was Cameron Chase (first appeared in Batman #550). In the 853rd century, there is a different Chase, as seen in Chase #1,000,000. Also, it is revealed the the Skull of the 853rd century was once a Chase herself.
Chemistro (Marvel Comics)
The first Chemistro was Curtis Carr who took this identity after inventing The Alchemy Gun. After his defeat he was imprisoned, where Arch Morton beat him into revealing the secret of The Alchemy Gun. Naturally, Arch became the second Chemistro. Much later, Curtis built a new gun, that was stolen by his younger brother Calvin, who became the third Chemistro.
Cheetah (DC Comics)
Three different characters used this name over the years - Priscilla Rich, Deborah Domaine (Proscilla's brainwashed niece), Barbara Minerva and Sebastian Ballesteros.
Chronos (DC Comics)
The first Chronos was David Clinton (first appeared in Atom #3). The second was Gabriel Walker (first appeared in Chronos #1).
Citizen V (Marvel Comics)
The original Citizen V was John Watkins, a British soldier sent to stir-up resistance against the Germans in World War II. He was killed by Heinrich Zemo in Thunderbolts: Distant Rumblings #-1. The second Citizen V was Helmut Zemo who briefly used this name between The Incredible Hulk #449 and Thunderbolts #10. The third Citizen V is the granddaughter of the original Citizen V, and is the grave enemy of The Thunderbolts, who she hates for disgracing her grandfather's name.
Clayface (DC Comics)
The first Clayface was the actor Basil Karlo (first appeared in Detective Comics #40), who had no superpoweres at all. He simply wore a clay mask. The second Clayface, Matt Hagen (first appeared in Detective Comics #298) was the first Clayface to display the shape-shifting powers. He was kiiled by a demin during the Crisis. The third Clayface, Preston Payne (first appeared in Detective Comics #478), got his powers after isolating an enzyme from Hagen's flesh, which unfortunately drove him mad. The forth Clayface was Shondra Fuller (first appeared in Outsiders #21), who got her powers from Kobra.
Commando (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters in the Marvel Universe used this name - Frank Bohannon and M-Nell of the Imperial Guard.
Computo (DC Comics)
The first Computo was an A.I. created by Brainiac 5 in Adventure Comics #340, and destroyed an issue later. The second Computo is Danielle Foccart from The Legion of Super Heroes.
Corinthian (DC Comics)
The Corinthian was originally creatred by Morpheus as the ultimate nightmare. During Morpheus' absence, he escaped to the waking world and went on a killing spree until finally being destroyed by Morpheus upon his return in Sandman II - A Doll's House. Morpheus recreated him in Sandman IX - The Kindly Ones to find Daniel.
Courier (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters in the Marvel Universe used this name - Hans Middlestadt and Jacob Gavin, Jr.
Creeper (DC Comics)
The original Crepper was Madeline "Maddy" Benoir (first appeared in Beware the Creeper Vol. 2 #1). The second Creeper was Jack Ryder (first appeared in Showcase #73).
Crimson Cowl (Marvel Comics)
The original Crimson Cowl was Ultron who used this guise to confuse The Avengers. The second Crimson Cowl was the Avengers' butler Edwin Jarvis. The last Crimson Cowl was Dallas Riordan, as revealed in Thunderbolts #25.
Crimson Dynamo (Marvel Comics)
There have been several characters in the Marvel Universe to wear The Crimson Dynamo (or Krasny Dinamo as it is known in Russian) armor over the years. The original Crimson Dynamo was Professor Anton Vanko (first appeared in Tales of Suspense #46), who also invented the armor. He died while trying to save Iron Man from Boris Turgenev who was sent to kill him and stole the armor, thus becoming the second Crimson Dynamo (in Tales of Suspense #52). The third Crimson Dynamo was Alex Nevsky (also known as Alex Niven), who was Vanko's protégé, who redesigned and improved the armor for the purposes of his own revenge. He was assinated by the KGB (according to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe ), and the armor was confiscated. The fourth Dynamo was Yuri Petrovich, a KGB assassin who was given the armor, and was stripped of it after defecting to the west. The fifth Dynamo was Dmitri Bukharin, who was also given the armor by the KGB, only to later have it confiscated. The sixth Dynamo was Valentin Shatalov (first appeared in Iron Man #255), who obtained the armor from Bukharin, and was later relieved from his duties as Crimson Dynamo. The seventh Dynamo appeared only briefly, and his identity had never been published. The eighth Dynamo Gennady Gavrilov who found Vanko's old armor. Little is known about the ninth Dynamo, too, who only appeared brifly during the Secret War miniseries. The tenth Crimson Dynamo was a member of the Alpha Gen Soviet Super-Soldiers who was put into cryogenic stasis. The Ultimates feature a different Crimson Dynamo, named Alex Su, who was killed by Iron Man.
Crimson Fox (DC Comics)
Two twin sisters - Vivian and Constance d'Aramis shared this secret identity.
Crow (James O'Barr)
Over the years, many Crows have appeared in James O'Barr's graphic novels and in the novels and movies based upon them - Eric Draven (The original The Crow comics published by Tundra, Image's comic series, The Crow movie and The Crow: Stairway to Heaven TV series), Joshua (The Crow: Dead Time), Iris Shaw (The Crow: Flesh & Blood), Michael Korby (The Crow: Wild Justice), Mark Leung (The Crow: Waking Nightmares), Ashe Corvin (The Crow: City of Angels. In an earlier version of the script which was never filmed he was called Michael Corvin), Sarah Mohr (in an earlier, unaired, version of The Crow: City of Angels, she too returns as a Crow avatar after being murdered), William Blessing (The Crow: Quoth The Crow), Jared Poe (The Crow: The Lazarus Heart ), Amy Carlisle (The Crow: Clash By Night), Stephen Lelliott (The Crow: Temple of Night), Dan Cody (The Crow: Wicked Prayer comics), Jimmy Cuervo (The Crow: Wicked Prayer movie version), Billy Max (The Crow: Hellbound), Alex Corvis ( The Crow: Salvation) and Talon (Hannah Foster, who appears in The Crow: Stairway to Heaven episode Birds of a Feather).
Crystal Kid (DC Comics)
Crystal Kid was originally called Rondo Kane, but he was renamed to Bobb Kohan after his creator Robert Cohen.
Daredevil (DC Comics)
The original Daredevil is Matthew Murdock. In 2099 Eric Nelson becomes the new Daredevil, although he only appeared in 2099 Genesis.
Darkchylde (Marvel Comics)
This name was used by both Illyana Rasputin and by Amanda Sefton.
Darkness (Top Cow Comics)
The power of the Darkness is passed down from father to son over the years. The current Darkness is Jackie Estacado.
Dazzler (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters in the Marvel Univers use this name - Burtram Worthington and Alison Blaire.
Death (DC Comics)
Like all The Endless, Death goes by many names and forms. For instance, the Greeks know her as Teleute.
Death (Marvel Comics)
Many different mutants portrayed this Horseman of Apocalypse in many different timelines, including Warren Worthington III (a.k.a., Archangel), Caliban and James Howlett (a.k.a Wolverine). In addition, the real Death has been known to manifest itself in a physical form (as first seen in Captain Marvel #27).
Delirium (DC Comics)
Delirium used to be Delight. In addition, like all The Endless, Delirium goes by many names and forms. For instance, the Greeks know her as Mania.
Desire (DC Comics)
Like all The Endless, Desire goes by many names and forms. For instance, the Greeks know him/her as Eputhumia.
Despair (DC Comics)
In Sandman X – The Wake, Despair speaks about the Despair before her, but no names are given. In addition, like all The Endless, Despair goes by many names and forms. For instance, the Greeks know her as Aponoia.
Destroyer (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters in The Marvel Universe were called Destroyer - a magical construct created in Asgard to combat the Celestials, and one of Alex Power's code-names.
Destruction (DC Comics)
Like all The Endless, Destruction goes by many names and forms. For instance, the Greeks know him as Olethros.
Dove (DC Comics)
The original Dove was Don Hall, who was given his powers by a Lord of Order. During the Crisis, the Lord thought that Don was begining to exhibit signs of chaos and gave his powers to Dawn Grainger, which caused Don's death.
Dr. Alchemy (DC Comics)
The original Dr. Alchemy was Albert Desmond. The second one was Alvin Desmond.
Dr. Fate (DC Comics)
The original Dr. Fate was Nabu in the host body of Kent Nelson. Eric Struass and his adoptive mother Linda took up the mantle of Dr. Fate in Dr. Fate #1, who were both killed and revived in new human host bodies in Dr. Fate vol. 2 #24. They passed the mantle of Fate to Jared Stevens in Book of Fate #1. The current Dr. Fate is Hector Hall.
Dr. Light (DC Comics)
The first three Dr. Lights were male villains. The first one was a foe of the Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite. The second and third (Jacob Finally and Arthur Light, respectively) were foes of the Silver Age JLA. The current (forth) Dr. Light is Kimiyo Hoshi who gained her powers in Crisis #4 and joined the JLA in Justice League #1.
Dr. Mid-Nite (DC Comics)
The first Dr. Mid-Nite was Dr. Charles McNider, who first appeared in All-American Comics #25, and died in Zero-Hour. The second Dr. Mid-Nite is Dr. Peter Cross.
Dr. Spectrum (Marvel Comics)
Two people were present two different Power Prisms on two different Earthes, and became two different Dr. Spectrums - Joseph Ledger and Dr. Kinji Obatu.
Dream (DC Comics)
Emerald Empress (DC Comics)
The first Emerald Empress was Sarya of Venegar (first appeared in Adventure Comics #352). The second one was Ingria Olav (first appeared in Legionnaires #2, and was killed by Cera Kesh in Legionnaires #5). The third was was Cera Kesh (first appeared in Legionnaires #3).
Erik the Red (Marvel Comics)
Three unrelated charcters in the Marvel Universe used this name - Scott Summers, Davan Shakari and Erik Magnus Lehnsherr.
Famine (Marvel Comics)
The first Famine was Autumn Rolfson. The second was Roderick Campbell.
Firebrand (DC Comics)
The original Firebrand was Rod Reilly (first appeared in Police Comics #1, who was mortaly wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor. When his sister, Danette (first appeared in All-Star Squadron #5) learnt of this, she took up his mantle as the second Firebrand, until she was killed by The Dragon King. The third Firebrand is Alejandro Sanchez (first appeared in Firebrand #1).
Firefly (DC Comics)
The first Firefly was Lyle Byrnes (first appeared in Blue Beetle Vol. 2 #1). The second was Ted Carson (first appeared in Detective Comics #184).
Firestorm (DC Comics)
The first version of Firestorm was a fusion between Ronald Raymond and Martin Stein. The second Firestorm was a fusion of Raymond, Stein and the Russian Mikhail Denisovich Arkadin (Firestorm #62-64 and Firestorm Annual #5). The third Firestorm was the fusion of Raymond, Arkadin and Svarozhich, a soulless Russian clone of Firestorm. In a later battle against Brimstone, Stein convinced Firestorm to dissolve the matrix, blew himself up and was reborn as the forth Firestorm, but was sucked through a black hole to the other side of the universe (Firestorm #100). Upon his return years later, he cured Ron Raymond from his leukemia, left him with the Firestorm powers to become the fifth Firestorm.
Flash (DC Comics)
The original Flash, Jay Garrick was a founding member of the JSA. The second Flash, Barry Allen was one of the founders of the original JLA, and died in Crisis #8. His former sidekick, Wally West immediately took over his mantle and became the third Flash. A forth Flash from a different timeline, Walter West appeared in Flash #152 after Wally disappeared in the timestream. In the future (2754), Blaine Allen will become the Flash. He sacrifices his life in Speed Force #1, and his son Jace takes his place. In the 853rd century, John Fox is the Flash, as seen in Flash #1,000,000.
Fury (DC Comics)
The original Fury was Helena Kosmatos (first appeared in Secret Origins #12), who has recently gone delusional. The second Fury is her daughter Hippolyta Trevor Hall (frst appeared in Wonder Woman Vol. 1 #300).
General Glory (DC Comics)
The original General Glory was the war hero Joseph Jones, who was rendered amnesiac and mostly forgotten for years. He died of a heart attack in Justice League Quarterly #16, and passed the mantle of General Glory to Donovan Wallace.
Ghost Rider (Marvel Comics)
The first Ghost Rider was Johnny Blaze, who was grafted to the spirit of the demon Zarathos. Some time after he had been freed from the demon, the teenager Dan Ketch became the new Ghost Rider after finding a mystical motorcycle. Blaze was later bound to the demon again and became Ghost Rider once more. In 2099, Zero Cochrane became the new Ghost Rider.
Giant-Man (Marvel Comics)
The first Giant-Man was Hank Pym (in Tales to Astonish #49). The second was Bill Foster.
Goliath (Marvel Comics)
The first Goliath was Hank Pym. Afterwards four people used this name at the same time - Clint Barton, Erik Josten, Bill Foster and Tim Foster.
Green Arrow (DC Comics)
The original Green Arrow was Oliver Queen, who died in Green Arrow #101. After his death, his son Connor Hawke took the identity of Green Arrow. Oliver Queen was later returned to life, and both of them are currently active.
Green Goblin (Marvel Comics)
The original Green Goblin was Norman Osborn. After his death, his son Harry took the mask of the Green Goblin. After his defeat, his is put under the care of Dr. Barton "Bart" Hamilton, who steals his secret, and becomes the third Green Goblin. Harry later return to stop and kill Hamilton, and finally find his death in Spectacular Spider-Man #200. The fourth Goblin is Philip Benjamin "Phil" Urich, who finds Harry's old costume and equipment, and later retires after the equipment is damanged in battle beyond his ability to repair. Gabriel Stacy, Norman and Gwen Stacy's son is the sixth Goblin (sometimes known as the Grey Goblin). In the 2099 continuity, the Goblin is a shapeshifter who took the identity of Gabriel O'Hara. In the House of M continuity, two character use the guise of the Green Goblin - Crusher Hogan and Peter Parker, who uses this guise to reveal that Spider-Man is not a mutant.
Green Hornet (Now Comics)
The legacy of The Green Hornet has been passed on in the Reid family for years. The first and most famous Green Hornet was the original one, Britt Reid. He was successed by his nephew, Britt Reid II, who retired after having a heart attack in 1979. The third was his nephew Alan who died on his first mission and the fourth is his other nephew Paul.
Green Lantern (DC Comics)
The Green Lanterns are the guardians of the DC Universe. Over the years, many humans where Green Lanterns, most noticeably Alan Scott (from the JSA), Hal Jordan (after being given the ring by the alien Abin Sur), Guy Gardner (who got the power in Crisis #9), John Stewart, Kyle Rayner (who was given the power by Ganthet in Green Lantern #50), Jennie-Lynn Hayden (who was given the power by Kyle Rayner in Green Lantern vol. 2 #107) and Rond Vidar.
Guardian (Marvel Comics)
The first Guardian was James Hudson. The second was Delphine Courtney. The third was James' wife, Heather.
Guardsman (Marvel Comics)
The first Guardsman was Kevin O'Brien, who was given his armor by Tony Stark (in Iron Man #31). He was later accidentally killed by Stark (in Iron Man #43) after being driven insane by a malfunction in the armor. Later, his brother Michael took the armor.
Hammer (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated charecters in the Marvel Universe use this name - Eisenhower Canty and Boris Lubov.
Harlequin (DC Comics)
The original Harlequin was Molly Mayne-Scott. The second Harlequin was Duela Dent. The current Harelquin is Marcie Cooper. She is not to be confused with the Jocker's sidekick Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel).
Hawkgirl (DC Comics)
The original, Gold Age Hawkgirl was the human Shiera Sanders, Carter Hall's wife. The silver Age Hawkgirl was changed to be a Thanagarian called Shayera Thal (who when on Earth adopted the name Shiera Hall). Shiera's grandniece, Kendra Shiera Saunders, is the current Hawkgirl.
Hawkman (DC Comics)
The original, Gold Age Hawkman was the human Carter Hall who discovered the secret of Nth metal. The silver Age Hawkman was changed to be a Thanagarian called Katar Hol (who when on Earth adopted the name Carter Hall). The Post-Crisis Hawkman was also Katar Hol, now the son of Paran Katar, and was completely a different character. Later, the original Carter Hall returned for a while.
Hawkwoman (DC Comics)
Silver Age Hawkwoman was Shayera Thal, from Thangar. The second Hawkwoman was also called Shayera Thal, but she was the daughter of Shayera Thal who was a rich and mindless heiress in this timeline.
Hobgoblin (Marvel Comics)
Several unrelated characters in the Marvel Universe use this name. The first is an alien, a member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard (first appeared in X-Men #107). The best known Hobgoblin is Roderick Kingsley (first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #238) who looted The Green Goblin's hideouts. Kingsley was successful in recreating Osborn's strength formula, but was unwilling to test it on himself, and instead tricked Lefty Donovan to try it and fight Spider-Man as Hobgoblin. When he was defeated, Kingsley programmed his glider to crash in order to protect his own identity (The Amazing Spider-Man #244). When Kingsley's lair is discovered by Ned Leeds, he kidnaps and brainwashes him into becoming another Hobgoblin (Hobgoblin Lives #3). Jason Macendale took up this guise after Kingsley's retirement. The year 2211 also has it's own version of the Hobgolin, Robin Bourne. In the Ultimate timeline, the Hobgoblin is Harry Osborn.
Hourman (DC Comics)
The original Hourman was Rex Tyler who died in Zero Hour #3. His son Rick took up his mantle during The Crisis. The current Hourman is an android from the 853rd century.
Hulk (Marvel Comics)
During the battle with Onslaught, The Hulk was separated into two beings. In addition, in the year 2099 John Eisenhart became a new Hulk (as seen in Hulk 2099).
Human Torch (Marvel Comics)
The original Human Torch was an android constructed by Professor Phineas T Horton. He also used the secret identity of Jim Hammond. The second Human Torch is Jonathan Storm of The Fantastic Four.
Hunter (DC Comics)
The original Hunter was Rip Hunter, a key member of The Linear Men. The second Hunter is the villain Otto Orion from the 30th century. The third one is his son Adam.
Huntress (DC Comics)
The pre-Crisis Huntress was the daughter of Earth-2's Batman and Catwoman, who died in Crisis #12. The post-Crsis Huntress is Helena Bertinelli.
Hyena (DC Comics)
The first Hyena was Summer Day (first appeared in Firestorm #4). The second is Divan Shi (first appeared in Fury of Firestorm #10).
Icemaiden (DC Comics)
The original Ice Maiden was Sigrid Nansen. The post-Crisis Icemaiden, Tora Olafsdotter debuted in Infinity, Inc. #32. Tora was killed by Overmaster in Justice League Task Force #14, and Sigrid came back from retirement.
Icicle (DC Comics)
The original Icicle was Dr. Joar Mahkent. The current Icicle is his son Cameron.
Impulse (DC Comics)
The first impulse was Richard Kent Shakespeare. The second Impulse is Bart Allen.
Inferno (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated charcters in the Marvel Universe used this name - the demon Silfer and Samantha McGee.
Invisible Kid (DC Comics)
The first Invisible Kid was Lyle Norg (as seen in Superboy #176), who was killed in Superboy #203 by Validus. The second Invisible Kid is Jacques Foccart (became Invisible Kid in Legion of Super Heroes second series Annual #1).
Iron Man (Marvel Comics)
The original Iron Man is of course Tony Stark. For a short while James Rhodes took the Iron Man suit while Tony was battling his alcoholism.
Jack (eXtreme Comics)
The first Jack was Abner Ravenworth who operated during WWII. He eventually retired, and the British government asked his granddaughter Julia to be the second Jack (as discovered in Troll II #1).
Jack O'Lantern (Marvel Comics)
Four different characters in the Marvel Universe used this name - Jason Macendale (first appeared in Machine Man #19), Steven Mark Levins (Captain America #396), and Daniel Berkhart and Maguire Beck, simultaniously.
Jack the Lantern (Castle Rain Entertainment)
Over the years, several people have played host to the spirit of Argotakar, including Jack Gordon Kirby, Dr. Frank Casper and Paul Fraser.
Karate Kid (DC Comics)
The original Karate Kid was Val Armorr, who was killed by Nemesis Kid in Legion of Super Heroes, vol. 3 #4. The second Karate Kid is Myg of the planet Lythyl.
Kato (Now Comics)
The first Kato was Ikano Kato, the original Green Hornet's side-kick. The second Kato was his son Hayashi Kato. The third was Mishi Kato, his sister who retired to become The Crimson Wasp. The forth Kato is Kono Kato, Ikano's grandson.
Kid Psycho (DC Comics)
The first Kid Psycho was Gnill Opral, who died in Crisis #3. The second one was a boy name Mayf (first appeared in Legionaries #10).
Kid Quantum (DC Comics)
The original Kid Quantum was James Cullen. After he was killed by Tangleweb (in Legion of Super Heroes vol. 4 #62), his belt was grafted to his sister Jazmin, making her the second Kid Quantum Legion of Super Heroes vol. 4 #82).
Killer (Top Cow Comics)
The current Killer is Wesley Gibson, who has taken his dead father's place.
Killer Frorst (DC Comics)
The first Killer Frost was Crystal Frost. The second was Dr. Louise Lincoln.
Lady Mastermind (Marvel Comics)
Two half-sisters used this name. One of them was associated with Sebastian Shaw.
Lamprey (DC Comics)
Lamprey was originally called Angela Majors, but was renamed Tayla Skott after her creator Scott Taylor.
Leviathan (DC Comics)
The original Leviathan was Gim Allon, who died in Legion of Super Heroes vol. 4 #83. After his death, his powers were transferred to Salu Digby by the Emerald Eye of Ekron, and she takes up the same name (in Legionnaires #52).
Live Wire (DC Comics)
The first Live Wire was Garth Ranzz. After his presumed death in Legion: Lost #12, his sister Ayla used this name for a while.
M (Marvel Comics)
Although it was only found out later in the Generation-X series, the first M to appear was an amalgamation of Claudette and Nicole St. Croix, posing as their sister Monet (see also Penance). Later, Monet returned to her original body.
Magik (Marvel Comics)
The first Magik was Illyana Rasputin. After she died from the Legacy Virus, her Soul Sword and her powers eventually came into the possession of Amanda Sefton.
Magnetic Kid (DC Comics)
The first Magnetic Kid was an alien spy from Murra who only appeared briefly in Adventure Comics #307. The better known Magnetic Kid from the Legion of Super Heroes is Pol Krinn.
Magneto (Marvel Comics)
The regular, and best known, variation of Magneto is, of course Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, but other variations also exist. The 1602 variation of Magneto is named Enrique. In X-Men: Fairy Tales, Magneto appears as the Eagle.
Malice (Marvel Comics)
Two characters by this name exist in the Marvel Universe. One is a sort of pure psionic entity that can posses people and bring out their darker side. It appeared several times in various X-Titles, until being destroyed in X-Factor #105 by Mr. Sinister. The other is an alternate personality of Sue Richards (The Invisible Woman) created by Hate-Monger and Psycho-Man.
Man Hunter (DC Comics)
Several characters in the DC Universe used this name - Dan Richards (first appeared in Police Comics #8), Paul Kirk (first appeared in Adventure Comics #73), Mark Shaw (first appeared in First Issue Special #5), Chase Lawler (first appeared in Manhunter Vol. 2 #0) and Kirk DePaul (first appeared in JLA #61).
Mastermind (Marvel Comics)
The first Mastermind to appear in the Marvel Universe was Jason Wyngarde. The second was an artificial intelligence based at Braddock Mannor. The third is Martinique Jason.
Marvel Girl (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters used this name - Jean Grey and Valeria Von Doom.
Maverick (Marvel Comics)
The first Maverick was Cristoph Nord. The second is Cristopher Bardley.
Mentor (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters in the Marvel Universe use this name - Alars, the ruler of Titan and a member of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard.
Merlin (Marvel Comics)
Three unrelated beings in the Marvel Universe use this name - The wizard who was King Arthur's advisor, a mutant who possessed a part of the Bloodgem (who was later known as The Warlock and as The Maha Yogi) and an alien inhabiting Otherworld.
Meteorite (Marvel Comics)
The first Meteorite was Edward Lanthrop. The seconds was Karla Sofen.
Mighty Destroyer (Marvel Comics)
The first Mighty Destroyer was Brian Flaswroth, who forfeit this identity to become the second Union Jack. Roger Aubrey later adopted this costume.
Mojo (Marvel Comics)
At least three distinctly different Mojoes were featured in the Marvel Universe.
Moonstone (Marvel Comics)
The first Moonstone was Lloyd Bloch, who was defeated by Captain America. In prison, he was assigned a psychiatrist to rehabilitate him. Unfortunately, this psychiatrist was Karla Sofen who stole his powers and became Moonstone herself.
Mr. Fantastic (Marvel Comics)
The best known Mr. Fantastic is, of course, Reed Richards, but other variations exist. Earth-A's Mr. Fantastic is Ben Grimm.
Mr. Miracle (DC Comics)
The original Mr. Miracle was Scott Free of the New Gods. He eventually trained his replacement, Shilo Norman, and left Earth.
Mr. Terrific (DC Comics)
The first Mr. Terrific was Terry Sloane, who first appeared in Sensation Comics #1, and was a member of the JSA. He never met his successor, Michael Holt who first appeared in Spectre vol. 3 #54.
Ms. Marvel (Marvel Comics)
The name Ms. Marvel was used by two unrelated characters in the Marvel Universe - Carol Danvers and Sharon Ventura.
Nemesis (DC Comics)
Two different individauls in the DC Universe use thois name - Tom Tresser (first appeared in : Brave and the Bold #166) and Soseh Mykros (first appeared in JSA Annual #1).
Night Mask (Malibu Comics)
The original Night Mask was Philip Reinhart. The second Night Mask was his son Richard who died at the hands of Mr. Monday in Protectors #5. The current Night Mask is Marcia Beckworth, the granddaughter of one of the original Night Mask's assitants.
Nighthawk (Marvel Comics)
Several characters from different universes in the Marvel Multiverse use this name. Earth-616's Nighthawk is Kyle Richmond (first appeared in Avengers #69), a former villain of the Squadron Sinister, who later reformed and joined The Defenders. Earth-712's first Nighthawk is Kyle Richmond of the Squadron Supreme (first appeared in Avengers #85), who later retires and is elected to be President of the United States. He later returns to his old guise, and is eventually killed in a battle with Hyperion. The second Nighthawk of this universe is Neil Richmond (first appeared in Squadron Supreme: New World Order #1), who took up that name several years after the original Nighthawk was killed. There is also an Earth-31916 variant of this character, from the Supreme Power series (first appeared in Supreme Power #2) and an Ultimate variant from Earth-1610 who appeared briefly in The Ultimates 2 #12.
Nightwind (DC Comics)
Nightwind was originally called Lara Londo, but was renamed Berta Harris after her creator Robert Harris.
Nimrod (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters in The Marvel Universe use this name - The vampire lord who was slain by Dracula (Bizarre Adventures #33) and a highly advanced Sentinel from an alternate future.
Nite Owl (DC Comics)
Hollis Mason first took up the name Nite Owl in 1939, and retired from costumed crimefighting in 1962. Soon after, Daniel Dreiberg assumed his identity.
Oracle (DC Comics)
Two unrelated entities in the DC Universe use this name - a cosmic entity who knows all the secrets of the universe and Barbara Gordon.
Orpheus (DC Comics)
Two unrelated characters in the DC Universe use this name - the bard from Greek mythology (who is Morpheus' son) and Gavin King from Gothem City.
Osisris (DC Comics)
Two unrelated characters in the DC Universe use this name - the Egyptian God of death, fertility, and resurrection, and one of the members of the Cadre.
Outlaw (DC Comics)
The original Outlaw was Rick Wilson (first appeared in All-Star Western #2). The second Outlaw is John Henry Martin (first appeared in Manhunter Vol. 1 #16).
Output (DC Comics)
Two unrelated characters in the DC Universe use this name - Cullen Thane, and one of the members of The Mainframe.
Pagan (DC Comics)
The first Pagan was Marian Mercer (first appeared in Batman #479). The second was Rose Forrest.
Penance (Marvel Comics)
Although it was only found out later in the Generation-X series, the first Penance to appear was Monet St. Croix, imprisoned in this form by her brother Emplate. Later, Monet returned to her original body (see also M), and her twin sisters Claudette and Nicole took her place in the Penance form. They were later freed from it, but Penance continued to exist.
Pestilence (Marvel Comics)
Several characters in The Marvel Universe have fulfilled the roleof this horseman, including the Morlock known as Plague and Caliban.
The mask of the Phantom has been passed from father to son for over 400 years. The Phantom depicted in popular comics is the 21st Phantom, Kit Walker. Other notable Phantoms are the 22nd, also named Kit Walker who stared in Marvel Comics' mini-series, and the 24th, who starts in Marvel Comics' Phantom 2040.
Phantom Lady (DC Comics)
The original Phantom Lady was Sandra Knight (first appeared in Police Comics #1). She reteried and passed the role on to Dee Tyler (first appeared in Action Comics Weekly #636).
Phantom Rider (Marvel Comics)
The first Phantom Rider was Carter Slade, who was killed in a cave-in while battling the Reaper. Before his death, he revealed his identity to his brother Lincoln, who became the second Phantom Rider. He was killed by Mockingbird after using a potion to make her fall in love with him. The current day Phantom Rider is his descendant Hamilton Slade.
Phase (DC Comics)
The current Phase is one of Tinya Wazzo's three selves. In pre-Crisis continuity, Phase was Enya, Tinya's cousin (as shown in L.E.G.I.ON #70).
Phoenix (Marvel Comics)
Jean Grey was the first human to use this name (in X-Men #101). It was later used by Rachel Summers, her daughter from an alternate reality (Uncanny X-Men #141). Madelyne Pryor was also grnted a portion of The Phoenix Force after her resurrection. In addition, Helmut Zemo used this name in his first appearance (Captain America #168), although he was clearly a different character.
Plastic Man (DC Comics)
The original Plastic Man was Eel O'Brian. Robby Reed also used this name once after gaining these powers from the H-Dial.
Power Boy (DC Comics)
Tow unrelated characters in the DC Universe have used this name: Zarl Vorne and Jed Rikaine.
Power-Man (Marvel Comics)
The first Power-Man was Erik Josten. Soon after, Luke Cage took up this name too. In Power-Man #21 they fought over he right to use the name and Luke won.
Powerhouse (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters in The Marvel Universe used this name - Rieg Davan from the planet Xandar and Alex Power.
Pow-Wow Smith (DC Comics)
The original Pow-Wow Smith was Ohiyesa of the Sioux tribe, back in the late 1880s. Two of his descendents took the same name and continued his legacy in two different eras (the 40-50s and the current age).
Prototype (Malibu Comics)
The first Prototype was Jimmy Ruiz. He was replaced by Bob Campbell.
Proty (DC Comics)
The first Proty was Chameleon Boy's pet he acquired in Adventure Comics #308. After its death in Adventure Comics #312, he acquires a new one in Jimmy Olsen #72.
Psycho Pirate (DC Comics)
The original Psycho Pirate was Charley Halstead (first appeared in All-Star Comics #23). The second Psycho Pirate was Roger Hayden (first appeared in Showcase #56) who shared a prison cell with Charley Halstead.
Psylocke (Marvel Comics)
The original Psylocke was Betsy Braddock. In X-Men #31-#32, an Asian ninja named Kwannon was kidnapped and brainwashed by The Hand to think she was Betsy.
Punisher (Marvel Comics)
The original Punisher was of course Frank Castle. In the 2099, Special Operations agent Jake Gallows finds Frank's old equipment and journal, and becomes the new Punisher after his family is murdered in front of his eyes.
Rag Doll (DC Comics)
The original Rag Doll was Peter Merkel (first appeared in Flash Comics #36). He was assumed dead after a clash with the members of the JSA, but later returned after making a deal with the demon Neron. During his absence, Colby Zag (first appeared in Starman 80-Page Giant #1) took his name.
Ragman (DC Comics)
The Ragman costume was originally created in the 16th century in the area which is now the Czech Republic by a council of Rabbis. The first modern-age Ragman was Jerzy Reganeiwicz (who later changed his name to the more English sounding Gerry Regan). When he was killed, the costume was pasted to his son Rory.
Rai (Valiant Comics)
In the last 2000s, the computer Granny created a line of people to mimic and take the place of Bloodshot - the line of Rai. The last of this line Tohru Nakadai. Later, Takao Konishi was infused with Bloodshot's blood and became the "real" Rai.
Rapture (Top Cow Comics)
The Rapture has been passed from wielder to wielder for generations. The current wielder is Tom Judge.
Ravager (DC Comics)
Several characters in the DC Universe used this name: Grant Wilson (first appeared in New Teen Titans #1) who died battling the Teen Titans, Bill Walsh who took up the name to lure in Deathstroke in Deathstroke the Terminator #1 and the insane Wade DeFarge.
Ray (DC Comics)
The original Ray was Langford "Happy" Terrill (first appeared in Smash Comics #14). His son Ray is the current Ray (if you'd excuse the pun).
Reaper (DC Comics)
The original Reaper was Judson Caspian (first appeared in Detective Comics #575), who was ultimately killed by Batman. After his death, his daughter Rachel assumed his role. Doctor Gruener (first appeared in Batman #237) was a completely different Reaper.
Redeemer (Marvel Comics)
The first Redeemer was Craig Saunders who was altered into becoming The Redeemer by The Leader in The Incredible Hulk #343. He was killed by The Hulk in #345. The second Redeemer was the late General "Thunderbolt" Ross who was reanimated by The Leader (this was revealed in #400).
Red Hood (DC Comics)
The original Red Hood was The Joker, before he took his more famous identity. The second Red Hood is Jason Todd, who takes this identity during the Batman: Under the Hood storyline.
Red Tornado (DC Comics)
The original Red Tornado was the World War II heroine Mathilda Hunkel, who is now deceased (as revealed in Young Justice #16. The current Red Tornado is an android.
Robin (DC Comics)
The first Robin was Dick Grayson who first appeared in Detective Comics #38. He was Robin for about six years until Batman broke the team up. The second Robin was Jason Todd, who Batman found steeling the tires off the Batmobile some years later. He was killed by the Joker two years later in the Death in the Family story-line. The following Robin was Tim Drake, who quit form his crimefighting life when his father finds out his secret. The current Robin is Stephanie Brown. In the 853rd century an anderoid calls Robin The Toy Wonder is Batman's sidekick (as shown in Robin #1,000,000).
Rocket Red (DC Comics)
Several Rocket Red suits were created by the Soviet Union. Two characters of interest to wear those suits were Vladimir Mikoyan (#7) and Dimitri Pushkin (#4).
Saganowahna (Super Chief (DC Comics)
The original Saganowahna was Chief Flying Stag from the 16th century. In recent years, his amulet was found by a young native American who named himself the new Saganowahna.
Sandman (DC Comics)
The first Sandman to appear in DC Comics was Wesley Dodds who took up this costume to calm the nightmares he was having due to the capture of Morpheus the Endless (the "real" Sandman), as shown in Neil Geiman's Sandman #1. During Morpheus' absence, his renegade servants Brute and Globe attempted to turn Garret Snaford into the new Sandman, but he couldn't take the strain and eventually took his own life (as described by them in Sandman II - The Doll's House. Next, they tried the same scheme with a mortal who was already dead - Hector Hall. When Morpheus returned, he sent Hector's soul on to the afterlife and his wife Lyta back to Earth. Morpheus himself takes many shapes and many names including Kai'ckul, Onerios and The Dream Cat. Later, Lyta gave birth to Hector's son, Daniel who became a new incarnation of Sandman, replacing Morpheus as depicted in Sandman #69.
Sasquatch (Marvel Comics)
The original Saquatch was Dr. Walter Langkowski who transformed himself into Sasquatch after his experiment with gamma radiation created a mystical link between him and Tanaraq. In the Exiles alternate univers Sasquatch is Heather McDaniel Hudson.
Scarlet Spider (Marvel Comics)
The best known Scarlet Spider is Ben Reilly, but several other variations exists. Among them, Peter Parker, Joe Wade, and a group of three MVP clones. In the MC2 universe, Felicity Hardy Felicity Hardy uses this name for a short while.
Scorpion (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters in the Marvel Universe use this name - MacDonald "Mac" Gargan (first becomes scorpion in Amazing Spider-Man vol. 1 #20) and Carmilla Black (first appeard in Amazing Fantasy (vol. 2) #7).
Silk Spectre (DC Comics)
The original Silk Spectre was Sally Jupiter (Juspeczyk, originally) who assumed this disguise in 1939 and retired in 1947. The second Silk Spectre was her daughter Laurel Jane who assumed the role in 1966 (at the age of 16), and retired in 1977 after the passage of the anti-vigilantie Keene Act.
Silver Frog (DC Comics)
Scientest Sam Toth accidently turned himself into the first Silver Frog. He left his life of crime after being cured by Chris King. The second Silver Frog was Edward Arling, Sam's assitant who stole his technology. His son, Nelson later modified the technology to create a third Silver Frog he could control.
Sin-Eater (Marvel Comics)
Several unrelated characters in the Marvel Universe have used the Sin-Eater name, including Stanley Carter (first appeared in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #107), Michael Engelschwert (Venom: Sinner Takes All miniseries), Ethan Domblue (Ghost Rider #80) and Reverend Styge.
Spectre (DC Comics)
The first Spectre, as depicted in Spectre vol. 3 #0, was Chakara. The second Spectre was Jim Corrigan, a police detective who was murdered in 1940. The current Spectre is Hal Jordan.
Speedy (DC Comics)
The first Speedy was Roy Harper, who resigned since he felt that Green Arrow had abandomned him. The current Speedy is Mia Dearden.
Sphinx (Image Comics)
The first Sphinx was Peter Chefren. The second one was Allison Kane.
Spider-Boy (Amalgam Comics)
In Spider-Boy Team-Up #1, Spider-Boy saves a team poisoned by the Scavulture's Neron Claw by placing him in the Phantom Negative Zone till future medicine can cure him. That teen, Mig-El Gand, is cured in the future (2099) by a serum made of Spider-Boy's blood which grants him incredible spider powers. He takes on the role of the new Spider-Boy.
Spider-Girl (Marvel Comics)
The best known Spider-Girl is May "Mayday" Parker, both in the "regular" Marvel contiuity and in most of the parallel and alternate reallities depicted in the comic books. One notable variation is the Ultimate variation, where besides the "real" Spider-Girl, who's Peter Parker's clone, Kitty Pryde also adopts this guise for a short while.
Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
The original Spider-Man is of course Peter Parker. During the clone-saga, Ben Reilly assumed the guise of Spider-Man. Martha Franklin also took this identity for a short time while Peter was absent. In the MC2 continuity, Gerry Drew used this name for a while, before being stopped by Peter Parker. In addition, futuristic versions of Spider-Man exist in the years 2099 (Miguel O'Hara) and 2211 (Dr. Max Borne).
Spider-Woman (Marvel Comics)
The original and current Spider-Woman is Jessica Drew. The second Spider-Woman was Julia Carpenter, who stoped using that name when she left Freedom Force. The third Spider-Woman is Martha Franklin, who gained her powers in The Gathering of Five. Charlotte Witter also used the name Spider-Woman and gained her powers by stealing those of the previously mentioned Spider-Women. Mary Jane Watson assumes the Spider-Woman identity in two alternate continuities - Marvel Mangaverse and MC2.
Sportsmaster (DC Comics)
The original Sportsmaster was Crusher Crock. The second Sportsmaster is Victor Gover. No connection was ever established between them.
Star Boy (DC Comics)
The pre-Zero Hour Star Boy was Thom Kallor. The post-Zero Hour Star Boy was Danny Blaine.
Starfinger (DC Comics)
The original Starfinger was Lars Hanscom. The second one was Char Burrane, who was murdered in by the Persuader. The third Starfinger is Molock Hanscom. The forth Starfinger was a brainwashed Jan Arrah
Starman (DC Comics)
Over the years, several Starmen have appeared in DC Comics, including Ted Knight (the original Starman, first appeared in Adventure Comics #61 , and retired after having a breakdown), his sons David (first appeared in Starman #26) and Jack (the current Starman who first appeared in Zero Hour #1) and his descendant Farris from the 853rd century, Mikaal Tomas (the last survivor of the planet Talok III, first appeared in First Issue Special #13), Prince Gavyn (first appeared in Adventure Comics #467, and died in The Crisis), Will Payton (Gavin incarnation, first appeared in Starman #1), Danny Blaine (first appeared in Adventure Comics #282).
Star Spangled Kid (DC Comics)
The first Star Spangled Kid was Sylvester Pemberton, Jr., who first appeared in Action Comics #40. After his death, Courtney Whitmore, the daughter of his partner Stripsey took up this name (in Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E. #0).
Steel (DC Comics)
The first Steel was Hank Heywood, a.k.a. Commander Steel. The second Steel was his grandson, Hank Heywood III, who was killed by Despero in Justice League America #37. The current Steel is John Henry Irons.
Sunburst (DC Comics)
The original Sunburst was the Japanese actor Takeo Sato (first appeared in New Adventures of Superboy #45), who was killed durign The Crisis by Shadow Demons. Omar Pairut (first appeared in DC Special Series (Five Star Super-Hero Spectacular) #1) was another Sunburst, who bore no connection to the original one. The thid Sunburst was Timothy Walton (first appeared in New Teen Titans Vol. 2 #36), also with no connection to the original one.
Superboy (DC Comics)
The name Superboy was originally used by Superman when he was younger in the Golden Age. His history was rewritten in The Crisis of Infinite Earths to have developed his powers only much later, and thus was never Superboy in the current continuity. The current Superboy is an imperfect clone of Superman created by The Cadmus Project.
Supergirl (DC Comics)
The original Golden Age Supergirl was Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin. She was written out of existence in The Crisis of Infinite Earths. The current Supergirl is an artificial life-form fashioned by Lex Luthor in an alternate dimension.
Superman (DC Comics)
For a short period starting in the Superman Red / Superman Blue one shot, Superman was split to two Supermen identical in all but personality and color. In addition, in Superman #181 Bizzaro and Superman temporarily switch bodies. In the year 3004, Lar Gand will take the name of Superman for a short while. In addition, Superman #1,000,000 features a distant descendant of Clark Kent who will also call himself Superman in the future.
Swamp Thing (DC Comics)
The original Swamp Thing was Alex Olsen who became Swamp Thing after being buried in a swamp in Louisiana. He eventually took root as part of The Tree Parliament. The second Swamp Thing was Aaron Hayley, who also soon took root. The third Swamp Thing was Alan Hallman, who was corrupted by The Grey, and destroyed by the fourth Swamp Thing - Alec Holland. The fifth Swamp Thing was his adoptive daughter - Tefè Holland.
Talisman (Marvel Comics)
The original Talisman was Elizabeth Kathryn Twoyoungman, but Michael Twoyoungman also used this alias for a short while.
Tattooed Man (DC Comics)
The original Tattooed Man was Abel Tarrant, who was killed by Goldface. His former cell-mate John Oakes learnt the secret of his supernatural tattoos, and became the second Tattooed Man.
Temperst (DC Comics)
Two unrelated characters in the DC Universe use this name: Joshua Clay and Garth from Atlantis.
Tezcatlipoca (DC Comics)
Two unrelated characters in the DC Universe use this name: The original Aztec sun god, and Chama Sierra who struck a deal with the demon Neron to gain his powers.
Thunderbird (Marvel Comics)
The first Thunderbird was John Proudstar, introduced in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975), and died soon after. Later, his brother James who appeared in The New Mutants and X-Force took up this name. Much later, a third Thunderbird - Neal Sharra was introduced.
Thing (Marvel Comics)
The best known Thing is Ben Grimm, but other variation exist. Earth-A's Thing is Reed Richards and Planetary's Thing is Jacob Greene.
Thinker (DC Comics)
The original Thinker was Clifford DeVoe, who died of cancer. Clifford "Cliff" Carmichael was subjected to an experiment with the original Thinker's Thinking Cap which turned him into the second Thinker. Little is known about Des Connor, the third Thinker. The foruth Thinker was a cupter system based on the Thinking Cap technology that gained consciousness.
Thorn (DC Comics)
The original Thorn was one of Rose Canton's multiple personalities. The second Thorn is one of Rose Forrest's split personalities. There is no connection between them.
Tiger Man (DC Comics)
Two mentally linked twins, Dean and Desmond Farr shared these code-names and powers.
Torpedo (Marvel Comics)
The first Torpedo was Michael Stivak, who was an alleged criminal who during a fight with Daredevil accidentally caused a building to collapse upon himself. Brock Jones dug him out, and took the Torpedo armor to be put to good use.
Toyman (DC Comics)
The first Toyman was Winslow P. Schott. When he retired, Jack Nimball took up the name.
Trickster (DC Comics)
The original Trickster was James Jesse (the stage name of Giovanni Giuseppe). After he retired from his life of crime, Axel Walker got hold of his equipment to become the second Trickster.
Two Face (DC Comics)
The original Two Face is Harvey Dent, of course. During the period he had plastic surgery, his assitant Wilkins disguised as Tow Face and carried out crimes, letting the blame fall on Dent. The third Tow Face was the actor Paul Sloane, who was hired to play him in a movie, but got scarred just like him and went crzay, beleiving he actually was Dent. Later, Dent was kidnapped by George Blake who also masqueraded as him.
Ulysses (Marvel Comics)
The first Ulysses was a member of The Pantheon who true identity was never revealed. He recruited and trained Walter Charles as his successor.
Union Jack (Marvel Comics)
The original Union Jack was Lord Montgomery Falsworth, a British operative who retired after the end of World War I. He donned his costume again at the beginning of World War II and then again to battle Baron Blood. The second Union Jack was his son Brian. The current Union Jack is Joseph Chapman.
Ubernaut (eXtreme Comics)
The first Ubernaut was constructed by Dr. Franz Volger during WWII and was destroyed by the original Jack and Troll. Years later, he constructed a second and improved Ubernaut and transferred his conscience into it. It was destroyed by Troll, Badrock and the second Jack.
Vertigo (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters in The Marvel Universe used this name - one was an assassin from The Savage Land and the other was a member of Salem’s Seven.
Venom (Marvel Comics)
The first human to merge with the symibote and create Venom was Eddie Brock (in The Amazing Spider-Man #299). However, over the years, teh symbiote has bonded with many other human hosts including Angelo Fortunato, Eddie's ex-wife Ann Weying, Patricia Robertson, and most recently Mac Gargan. The Venom symbiote is also portrayed in various alternate-reallities, where it bonds with May "Mayday" Parker (in Earth-X), Normie Osborn III (in Spider-Girl) and Krone Stone (in the 2099 continuity).
Vindicator (Marvel Comics)
Both James and Heather Hudson have used this identity.
Viper (Marvel Comics)
The original Viper was Jordan Dixon (first appeared in Captain America #157). After his capture he was murdered by Madame Hydra who took his costume and his name.
War (Marvel Comics)
The first War was Abraham Lincoln Kieros. The second was Bruce Banner. The thrid was Cal'syee Neramani.
Weapon X (Marvel Comics)
The first Weapon X was James Howlett. The second was Garrison Kane.
Whip (DC Comics)
The first Whip was Don Fernando Suarez, back in the 1840s in Mexico. The second Whip Johhny Lash opported in the Wild West in the 19th century and has no connection to the other two Whips. The third Whip is Rodrigo Elwood Gaynor, who is possibly a descendant of the original Whip. He opporated in Mexico in the 1940s.
White King (Marvel Comics)
Over the years, there have been several White Kings, including Edward Buckman, Donald Pierce, Magnus, Benedict Kine and Daimon Hellstrom.
White Queen (Marvel Comics)
Over the years there have been several White Queens, including Paris Seville, Emma Frost, Reeva Payge and Adrienne Frost.
White Rook (Marvel Comics)
Over the years there have been at least two White Rooks, including Emmanuel Dacosta and Trevor Fitzroy.
Whizzer (Marvel Comics)
Two unrelated characters in The Marvel Universe used this name - Robert L. Frank and Stanley Stewart.
Wildcat (DC Comics)
The original Wildcat was JSA member Ted Grant, who first appeared in Sensation Comics #1. He was the second Wildcat, Yolanda Montez's godfather.
Wildfire (DC Comics)
The first Wildfire was Carol Vance Martin. The second Wildfire is Drake Burroghs of the 30th century.
Witchblade (Top Cow Comics)
The Witchblade has been passed from wielder to wielder for generations. The current Wielder is Sara Pezzini. Among the past wielders of The Witchblade are Myrene (5000bc), Artenmisia (480bc), Cleopatra Queen of Egypt (45bc), Cathain from Irish Myth (70ad), Septima Zenobia Queen of Palmyra (250ad), Itagaki (1199ad), Joan d'Arc (1428ad), Anne Boney, Florence Nightingale (1854ad), Marie Curie (1900ad) and Elizabeth Bronte (1940ad). Witchblade/Dark Minds: The Return of Paradox states two future wielders: Debbie Santalesa, who was followed by Akane Nakiko.
Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
The original Wonder Woman was Princess Diana of Themyscira. She died in Wonder Woman #125, gained godhood in Wonder Woman #127 and forfeited in Wonder Woman #139. During her absence, her mother Hippolyta took the name Wonder Woman. She died in Wonder Woman #172. The Amazon Artemis was also Wonder Woman for a short time.
Yellowjacket (Marvel Comics)
The original Yellowjacket was Dr. Hank Pym. After he retired, Rita DeMara stole his old costume from his laboratory and became the current Yellowjacket.
Zoom (DC Comics)
Two different characters in the DC Universe have used the name Zoom - Eobard Thawne and Hunter Zolomon.
Aaronson, Jesse (Marvel Comics)
Jesse Assronson has used the code-names Bedlam and Jesse Bedlam.
Allon, Gim (DC Comics)
Gim is best known as Leviathan (first appeared in Legionnaires #0). Before Zero Hour he was known as Colossal Boy (first appeared in Action Comics #267).
Arrah, Jan (DC Comics)
Jan is currently known as Element Lad (since Legionnaires #37), but he used to be known as The Alchemist. In the Second Galaxy he is known as The Progenitor. After being brainwashed by President Chu, he also used the name Starfinger (first appearance in Legion of Super Heroes #76, revealed as Jan in Legionnaires #34). In pre-Zero Hour continuity, he joined the Legion of Super Heroes as Mystery Lad (in Adventure Comics #306).
Aubrey, Roger (Marvel Comics)
Roger Aubrey became Dyna-Mite after being experimented on by the Nazis. He took up the identity of The Mighty Destroyer after the effects of his brainwashing were reversed.
Banner, Bruce (Marvel Comics)
Bruce Banner is usually known as The Hulk, but he was also trasformed to War for a short while.
Barton, Clint Francis (Marvel Comics)
Clint Barton is usually known as Hawkeye, except for a short stint as Goliath while leading the West Coast Avengers.
Begay, Cameron (DC Comics)
Cameron Begay was originally the DEO agent Cypher. When her adoptive parents died, she took the name Omni. Bertinelli, Helena (DC Comics)
Helena Bertinelli is best known as the current Huntress. However, for a short time she used the name Batgirl which she took up in Shadow of the Bat #83, until she was forced to abandon it in Legends of the Dark Knight #120.
Blaine, Danny (DC Comics)
Originally called Star Boy, he was a member of the 30th century Legion of Super Heroes, but later traveled back in time and renamed himself to Starman.
Blaire, Alison (Marvel Comics)
Although Alison Blaire is best known as Dazzler, she has also used the aliases Diamondback, Lightengale and Sandy Blossom in the past.
Bloch, Lloyd (Marvel Comics)
Lloyd Bloch was the original Moonstone until Karla Sofen stole his powers. He later returned with greater powers and called himself Nefarious.
Bochs, Roger (Marvel Comics)
Roger Bochs first appeared as the robot Box (in Alpha Flight #1). He was later merged with Lionel Jeffries to form Omega.
Bohannon, Frank (Marvel Comics)
As Crimson Commando, Frank Bohannon suffered serious injuries during Freedom Force's last mission, losing his legs and a good portion of his face. He was inducted into a government cybernetics program and made an extremely low-key appearance in Spider-Man #18-20 as Cyborg X, with technomorphing bionic parts and flight systems. Eventually he was fitted with less complicated cyborg parts and worked for Wideawake as simply the Commando, appearing first in X-Men Annual #2
Braddock, Brain (Marvel Comics)
Although mainly known for his role as Captain Britain, Brian Braddock (firat appeared in Captain Britain #1) has also used the aliasses Britanic, Black Bishop, Jungle Man, Captain Wakanda and Tweedledope over the years.
Bradley, Christopher (Marvel Comics)
Christopher Bardley has gone by the names Maverick and Bolt. He sometimes called himself Brian Johnson.
Brown, Stephanie (DC Comics)
Stephanie started her superheroic career as Spoiler, but is now the current Robin.
Bukharin, Dmitri (Marvel Comics)
Dmitri Bukharin was the fifth Crimson Dynamo, after he was assigned the armor by the KGB. He was stripped of his armor after an incident involving Titanium Man. He later joined The People's Protectorate, and recieved a new armor suite as Airstrike.
Burroughs, Drake (DC Comics)
Drake was originally supposed to be called Starfire, but he first appeared in comics as ERG-1 (in Superboy 177). He renamed himself Wildfire in Superboy #202.
Caliban (Marvel Comics)
Named after the grotesque being in William Shakespear's The Tempest, Caliban's real name was never revealed. However, he did have more than one alias when he was under Apocalypse's influence, including Hellhound, Death and Pestilence.
Calley, Byron (Marvel Comics)
Byron Calley usually goes by the name Burner, but he also used the name Crucible for a short while.
Campbell, Roderick (Marvel Comics)
Roderick Campbell is Famine, and will become Ahab in Days of Future Past.
Carpenter, Julia (Marvel Comics)
Julia Carpenter originally used the name Spider-Woman as a member of Freedom Force. She stoped using that name when she resigned, and took up the name Arachne during the Civil War storyline.
Cassidy, Theresa (Marvel Comics)
Theresa Cassidy is known as Siren. In the Age of Apocalypse alternate time-line she went by the name Sonique.
DaCosta, Beatriz (DC Comics)
In pre-Crisis continuity, Beatriz DaCosta was known as Green Fury (first appeared in Super Friends #25). The post-Crisis Beatriz debuted in Infinity, Inc. #32 as Green Flame. She changed her code-name to Fire after being accepted to the JLI in Justice League International #19.
DaCosta, Roberto (Marvel Comics)
Bobby DaCosta first appeared as Sunspot in The New Mutants, but also used the aliases of Reinfire, Shadowskin, Cloak and Black Rook.
Daggle, Reep (DC Comics)
Reep is currently known as Chameleon (since Legionnaires #0), but in the past he was known as Chameleon Boy (Action Comics #267).
Danvers, Carol Susan Jane (Marvel Comics)
Carol (first appeared in Marvel Super Heroes #13) took the identity of Ms. Marvel after being irradiated by the Psyche-Magnitron during a battle between Mar-Vell and Yog-Ronn (in Ms. Marvel #1). Later, she was kidnapped by The Brood who subjected her to an evolutionary ray, transforming her into the mutant Binary. After loosing the link to the White Hole that granted her powers, she takes the name Warbird and rejoins the Avengers. In the House of M alternate reality, she uses the name Captain Marvel, and retakes the name Ms. Marvel where reality reverts. In the Marvel Mangaverse reality, Carol is Captain America.
Darby, Randall (Marvel Comics)
Randall Darby has used both the names Shocker and Paralyzer over the years.
Dash, Daniel (Marvel Comics)
Daniel Dash has gone by the names Chaos and Xaos.
Davis, Leila (Marvel Comics)
Leila Davis first took up the costumed persona of Hardshell after her first release from prison. After she was defeated by Spider-Man she disappeared for a while, only to later reappear wearing The Beetle Armor.
Desmond, Albert (DC Comics)
Alberrt Desmond is usually known as the first Dr. Alchemy, but he also used the name Mr. Element for a while.
Digby, Salu (DC Comics)
Salu is the current Leviathan, but she has been known as Shrinking Violet, Emerald Violet and as Virus.
Drew, Jessica Miriam (Marvel Comics)
Jessica's first costumed appearance was as Arachne, agent of Hydra. When she learned Hydra was evil, she broke her ties with them and began her career as Spider-Woman.
Durgo, Luornu (DC Comics)
Luornu is currently known as Triad (since Legionnaires #0). Before Zero Hour she was known as Triplicate Girl (first appeared in Action Comics #276). In pre-Crisis continuity, one of her bodies was killed by Computo in Adventure Comics #341, and since then she went by the name Duo Damsel.
Eberso, Paul Norbert (Marvel Comics)
Paul Eberso first appeared as The Fixer in Strange Tales #141. Sheer boredom drove him to join the Thunderbolts as Techno.
Falsworth, Brian (Marvel Comics)
Brian gained super human powers after drinking a flask of the Super Soldier formula while in a Nazi prison. He escaped and became the hero The Mighty Destroyer. He later adopted the costume his father used to wear - Union Jack.
Foster, Bill (Marvel Comics)
After aquiring the formula to create Pym Particles, Bill Foster first took the name of Black Goliath. During his time in Project Pegasus, he changes his name to Giant-Man, at The Thing's suggestion. During the incidents depicted in Civil War, he uses the name Goliath, whithout the modifying "Black".
Fitzroy, Trevor (Marvel Comics)
Trevor Fitzroy usually goes as Chronomancer, but was also The White Rook for a while. He sometimes calls himself Trevor Shaw.
Franklin, Martha (Mattie) (Marvel Comics)
Mattie gained her powers in The Gathering of Five, and first used them to fill Spider-Man's place when Peter Parker was absent. Upon his return she took the related secret identity of the newest Spider-Woman.
Fuller, Shondara (DC Comics)
Shondra Fuller was the forth Clayface, although she went by the name Lady Clay for a short while.
Gallio, Selene (Marvel Comics)
Selene Gallio was The Black Priestess before she became The Black Queen of The Helfire Club.
Gand, Lar (DC Comics)
Lar has had many names over the years - Valor (Eclipso: The Darkness Within #2), Champion (Superboy vol. 3 #19, while he was amnesiac), and currently M'Onel (since Legionnaires #37, or Mon-El in pre-Crisis continuity as seen in Superboy #89). In pre Zero Hour continuity he took the name Marvel Lad for a short time (as seen in Adventure Comics #305). He will also take the name of Superman for a short while in the year 3004 (as shown in Young Justice: Our Worlds at War). In addition, in Valor #21 he was spilt into several Valor's by Waverider.
Gardner, Guy (DC Comics)
Guy Gardner was a Green Lantern for a short while (he became a Green Lantern in Crisis #9, and his power ring was destroyed in Green Lantern vol. 3 #25. He now goes by the name of Warrior.
Gargan, MacDonald "Mac" (Marvel Comics)
"Mac" Gargan first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #19 as a private detective hired to reveal the true identity of Spider-Man, and became Scropion shortly after (Amazing Spider-Man #20). Considerably later in his career (Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #9), he was approached by the Venom symbiote and became the new Venom.
Gold, Melissa Joan (Marvel Comics)
Melissa was first introduced as Screaming Mimi in Marvel Two-In-One #54. She later became the member of the Thunderbolts known as Songbird.
Gordon, Barbara (DC Comics)
Barbara Gordon's first super-hero appearance was a Batgirl in Detective Comics #359. She was shot and paralyzed by the Joker in A Killing Joke, and thus forced to retire. She became the cyber-vigilante Oracle. In pre-Crisis continuity, she was granted super-powers by The Crystal of Catastrophe Superboy brought back from the 30th century and became Mighty Girl for a short while (as seen in Adventure Comics #453).
Grayson, Dick (DC Comics)
Dick Grayson first appeared in Detective Comics #38 as Robin after his parents, circus performers, were killed. He remained Robin for roughly six years, until his near death drove Bruce to break up the team. He now fights crime as Nightwing (since New Teen Titans #44), and has also stood in for Batman for a short while.
Grey (Summers), Jean (Marvel Comics)
In the first issues of The X-Men she appeared in, Jean Grey called herself Marvel Girl. Later, after gaining the power of the Phoenix, she took up that name. She was also the first Black Queen of the Helfire Club.
Grimm, Ben (Marvel Comics)
Ben Grimm is best knwon as The Thing, but other variations also exist. In the Earth-A continuity, he is known as Mr. Fantastic and in The House of M storyline, he is known as The It.
Hall, Hank (DC Comics)
Hank Hall is the super-hero Hawk. In an alternate future depicted in Armageddon 2001, he takes the guise of Monarch, the conqueror of Earth. When he later learned the truth about his origin, he changed his identity to Extant.
Hall, Hector (DC Comics)
The son of Carter and Shiera Hall, his first super-hero guise was as the Silver Scarab. Later, he took up the role of Sandman until he was killed by Morpheus. He was later reborn as an incarnation of Dr. Fate.
Harper, Roy (DC Comics)
Roy Harper first entered the masked crimefighting world as Speedy, Green Arrow's sidekick, but retired from that position having felt that Green Arrow had abandoned him. He later became the crimefighter Arsenal.
Hayden, Jennie-Lynn (DC Comics)
Jennie-Lynn Hayden is the daughter of Alan Scott, and usually goes by the name of Jade. She temporarily served as Earth's sixth Green Lantern during the absence of Kyle Rayner.
Heywood, Hank (DC Comics)
Hank Heywood's original code-name was Steel, although he is better known as Commander Steel.
Hoskins, Lemar (Marvel Comics)
Lemar's first costumed appearance was as Bucky (in Captain America #334). He later dropped it and is now called Battlestar (since Captain America #341).
Howlett, James (Marvel Comics)
During some time he had to hide his identity, he went by the name of Logan and for years afterwards, he stayed with that name (Origins #4). He gained the name Wolverine in a cage fight (Origins #5). He was Death for Apocalypse's Horsemen for a short while. Over the years, he has also been known to use the aliases Weapon X, Patch, Hand of God, Mai'Keth, Emilio Garra and Sabretooth.
Hudson, James MacDonald (Marvel Comics)
James Hudson has used a variety of aliases over the years including Guardain, Vindicator, Mac, Antiguard, Weapon Alpha and Major Maple Leaf.
Hudson, Heather MacNeil (Marvel Comics)
Heather Hudson has used the aliases Guardain and Vindicator. In the alternate Exiles universe she is Sasquatch.
Jenkins, Abner Roland (Marvel Comics)
Abner Jenkins Roland designed a flying suit of armor and set out to get the world's respect by humiliating super-heroes as The Beetle in Strange Tales #123. He later joined the Thunderbolts, changed the appearance of his armor and became to be known as MACH-1. He later upgraded his armor suit and started calling himself MACH-2. After retiring the MACH-2 identity, he was given a new armor suit by the V-Battalion, and called himself MACH-3.
Jeffries, Lionel (Marvel Comics)
Lionel Jeffries' first superpowered appearance was as the villain Scramble. He later merged with Roger Bochs to form Omega.
Jordan, Hal (DC Comics)
Hal Jordan was arguably the greatest Green Lantern of all times, until he was driven crazy by the destruction of Coast City in Reign of the Supermen. After murdering many other Green Lanterns and Guardians and taking their powers, he became Parallax. To atone for his wrongful acts, he sacrificed his life, saving Earth from the Sun-Eater (in Final Night #4). He now acts as the latest host for the Spectre (Day of Judgment #5).
Jordan, Harold (DC Comics)
When Harold Jordan found out he could become energy and to ride energy transmissions, he called himself Maser and became a superhero. He later took the name Air-Wave his father used to use.
Josten, Erik Stephan (Marvel Comics)
Erik Josten's first super-powered name was Power-Man, after striking a deal with Enchantress in Avengers #21. After loosing most of his power he took up the name The Smuggler, which he used only shortly - in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #49, #50 and #54. He then re-gained them together with an infusion of Pym particles and became to be known as Goliath. Later, he joined the Thunderbolts as Atlas.
Juarez, Bonita (Marvel Comics)
Bonita is usually known as Firebird, but she had used the name La Espirita for a short while.
Kabaki, Olisa (Marvel Comics)
Kabaki Olisa (first appeared in Mighty Thor vol. 2 #17) has used two different aliases over the years - Bedlam and Ikonn.
Kallor, Thom (DC Comics)
Thom is usually known as Star Boy, but has also used the name Sir Prize briefly between Adventure Comics #350 and #351.
Kane, Garrison (Marvel Comics)
Garrison Kane is usually simply known as Kane, but he was also the second Weapon X.
Kato, Mishi (Now Comics)
Mishi Kato was the third Kato. She retired in 1991 to become the masked crime-fighter Crimson Wasp.
Kent, Clark (DC Comics)
Clark Kent is of course known to every comic-book reader as Superman. In the pre-Crisis timeline he called himself Superboy when he was younger. In addition, he was split to two Supermen for a short while during 1997.
Kirk, Sandra (DC Comics)
Sandra Kirk first appeared as Nightshade. During JLA: Destiny she developed mental powers and took the name Destiny.
Krinn, Rokk (DC Comics)
Krinn Rokk was known as Cosmic Boy from the Legion of Super-Heroes, until his capture by Glorith and Mordu. He escaped into the Library of Time, where he became The Time Trapper. He also went by the name Polestar for a short while.
Langkowski, Walter (Marvel Comics)
Walter Langkowski was originally the member of Alpha Flight known as Sasquatch. After his death, his spirit took control of the Box robot for a short while, as well of those of Smart Alec and Snowbird.
Lanthrop, Edward (Marvel Comics)
Edward Lanthrop usually goes by Lifter, but he has also used the name Meteorite for a short while.
Lee, Jubilation (Marvel Comics)
Although Jubilation Lee is usually known as Jubilee, she has also used the aliases Fireworks and Catseye.
Lehnsherr, Erik Magnus (Marvel Comics)
Erik Lehnsherr is best known as Magneto, but he assumed the identity of Erik the Red during Gambit's trial. For a while, he also took the role of the White King.
Logan, Garfield (DC Comics)
Gar's first superheroic appearance was as Beast Boy with the Doom Patrol. After they were killed, he changed his name to Changeling and joined the Teen Titans.
Londo, Brin (DC Comics)
Brin is currently known as Timber Wolf, but he has also used the code-names Wolfpack and Lone Wolf. In Legion of Super Heroes, vol. 4 #52 he is massively irradiated while fighting Dr. Regulus and becomes the inhuman creature Furball.
Londo, Lara (DC Comics)
Lara was originally called Nightwing, but was renamed Nightwind. She first appeared in Amazing World of DC Comics #12.
Mace, Jeffrey (Marvel Comics)
Jeffrey Mace first began fighting crime as The Patriot (first appeared in Marvel Premiere #29) during World War II. After the death of the second Captain America in Adam II's hand, he took one of his spare costumes and became the third Captain America.
Macendale, Jason (Marvel Comics)
Jason Macendale first appeared as the original Jack O'Lantern in Machine Man #19 and was a minor villain in the Spider-Man stroyline until finally getting his hands on the Hobgoblin suit in Amazing Spider-Man #289.
Mallor, Grev (DC Comics)
Grev is sometimes referenced as Shadow Lad and sometimes as Shadow Kid (first appeared in Superboy and the Legion of Super Heroes #240).
Mallor, Tasmia (DC Comics)
Tasmia is currently known as Umbra (first appeared in Legionnaires #43). Before Zero Hour she was known as Shadow Lass (first appeared in Adventure Comics #365).
Manning, Luther (Marvel Comics)
Luther Manning went by the name of The Demolisher for a short while before adopting the name Deathlok.
Mraco, Cain (Marvel Comics)
Cain Marco is usually known as Juggernaut in the noraml Marvel-Universe continuity. However, in the Age of Apocalypse Continuity he was known as Cain.
McCauley, Celeste (DC Comics)
Celeste has used the code-names Celeste Rockfish and Neon.
McCoy, Henry "Hank" Philip (Marvel Comics)
Hank McCoy is of course best known as Beast, but has some other variations in alternate Marvel reallities, most notably Brute in the Mutant-X universe and Dark Beast.
McGee, Samantha (Marvel Comics)
Samantha McGee used a few aliases over the years, including Inferno, Balthaak and Exemplar of Fire.
Monroe, Jack (Marvel Comics)
Jack Monroe first appeared as the third Bucky, and is now known was the costumed adventurer Nomad.
Moonstar, Dani (Marvel Comics)
Dani was originally called Psyche in The New Mutants, but she disliked this named and quickly changed it to Mirage. Later, she left them and became a Valkyre in Asgard. She later appeared as Moonstar, working undercover in the Mutant Liberation Front. In addition she also used the codename Spellbinder once in X-Men vs. Micronauts.
Morgna, Dirk (DC Comics)
Dirk is usually known as Sun Boy, but he has gone by the name Inferno in the past. He also took the name Phy'r after receiving elemental powers in Legionaries #71.
Morning, Lori (DC Comics)
Lori has used several names over the years, including Future Girl (in Legionaries #35), Fireball (in Legionaries #53), Slipstream (also in Legionaries #53), Dyna-soar (in Legionaries #55), Chiller (also in Legionaries #55), Ink (in Legionaries #58), Galaxy Girl (in Legion of Super Heroes, vol. 4 #105), Plasma (in Legionaries #69) and Helios (in Legionaries #81).
Mortimer, Peter (DC Comics)
Peter Mortimer originally called himself Scavanger. Later, he evolved to a Barracuda Avatar and took the name Barracuda.
Nah, Jo (DC Comics)
Jo Nah is usually known as Ultra Boy, but he also used the name Green Dragon for a while. In pre-Crisis continuity he inhabited Superboy's body for a short while and was known as Reflecto (explained in Legion of Super Heroes, vol. 2 #282).
Nal, Mysa (DC Comics)
In pre-Zero Hour continuity, Mysa was known as The Hag, and later as The White Witch. She also went by Jewel for a short time.
Nal, Nura (DC Comics)
Nura is usually known as Dreamer. Before Zero Hour she was known as Dream Girl. She briefly masqueraded as Miss Terious between Adventure Comics #350 and #351.
Nasland, William (Marvel Comics)
William Nasland's first costumed appearance was as The Spirit of '76 (in Invaders #14). He was selected to be the second Captain America (in What If #4) after the first one disappeared.
Neramani, Cal'syee (Marvel Comics)
Cal'syee Neramani is usually known as Deathbird, but she was also transformed to War for a short while.
Nolan, Andrew (DC Comics)
Andrew is usually known as Ferro Lad, but he also used the name Ferro (debuted in Adventures of Superman #540) for a while.
Nord, Cristoph David (Marvel Comics)
Crispoth Nord has gone by the names Maverick, Agent Zero and Wildcat. He sometimes calls himself David North.
Nuhr, En Sabah (Marvel Comics)
Mainly known as Appocalypse, En Sabah Nuhr also used the names Set, Sarau, Kali-ma, and Huitzilopochtli. Additionally, he used Scott Summers as his host body for a short while.
Olafsdotter, Tora (DC Comics)
Tora Olafsdotter debuted in Infinity, Inc. #32 as Icemaiden. She joined the JLI in Justice League International #14, and changed her code-name to Ice.
Osborn, Harry (Marvel Comics)
Harry Osborn is best known as the Green Goblin, but in the Ultimate universe, he uses the guise of Hobgoblin.
Pemberton, Sylvester Jr. (DC Comics)
Sylvester Pemberton Jr. was originally known as Skyman, but he later changed his code-name to The Star-Spangled Kid.
Paka, Sussa (DC Comics)
Sussa is usually known as Spider Girl, but she has used the name Wave in the past.
Parker, Peter (Marvel Comics)
During the Identity Crisis story-line, Spider-Man was framed for murder, and Peter Parker took up not one but four new secret identities to confuse anyone trying to catch him - Dusk, Prodigy, The Hornet and Ricochet. He also used the Scarlet Spider costume for a short while. In the House of M storyline, he masquerades as the Green Goblin for a while, in order to reveal to the world that Spider-Man is not a mutant.
Petros, Dominic Szilard (Marvel Comics)
Although Avalanche's real name is Dominic Szilard Petros, he has also used the aliases Jon Bloom and Lance Alvers.
Power, Alex (Marvel Comics)
Alex Power made his first superheroic appearance as Gee, after gaining the power to control gravity from Whitemane. On various occasions he absorbed the powers of his different siblings and held many different code-names accordingly: Destroyer, Mass Master and Powerhouse. He now calls himself Zero-G.
Proudstar, James (Marvel Comics)
Although he appeared as Thunderbird shortly in The X-Men, he is mainly known as Warpath.
Pryde, Katherine Anne (Marvel Comics)
Although Kitty Pryde usually goes by the name of Shadowcat, in her early days she went by a number of names including Ariel, Sprite, Cat, Ducks, Ogun and Baron Karza. In the Ultimate universe, she also took the guise of Spider-Girl for a short while.
Pryor, Madelyne Jennifer (Marvel Comics)
Madelyne Pryor was originally known as Anodyne, and later became The Goblin Queen. After her death and resurrection she became The Phoenix, and later served as The Hellfire Club's Black Rook.
Pym, Hank (Marvel Comics)
Hank's first superheroic appearance was as Ant-Man (in Tales to Astonish #35). After discovering new ways of using Pym particles, he took the name Giant-Man (in Tales to Astonish #49). He later retired from superheroic activity, but returned as Goliath to save Janet van Dyne. Later still, he was driven insane by an accident in his laboratory and assumed the guise of Yellowjacket.
Ranzz, Ayla (DC Comics)
Ayala was originally (in post Zero Hour continuity) known as Spark (appeared in Legionnaires #20). After her brother's death, she took up the name Live Wire (in L.E.G.I.O.N #10), but returned to Spark after a short while (in L.E.G.I.O.N #15). Before Zero Hour she was known as Lighting Lass (Adventure Comics #317). She renamed herself Light Lass after her powers were altered Dream Girl. She also used the names Pulse and Gossamer for a while.
Ranzz, Garth (DC Comics)
Garth was the first Live Wire. Before Zero Hour he was known as Lightening Lad (Adventure Comics #247) and as Proty. In Adventure Comics #247 only he is referred to as Lightening Boy.
Rasputin, Illyana Nikolievna (Marvel Comics)
Illyana Rasputin is best known as Magik, but she has also used the names Darkchylde, Lightchylde and Little Snowflake.
Rayner, Kyle (DC Comics)
Kyle Rayner is best known as Green Lantern, but he also temporarily adopted the name Ion.
Richards, Reed (Marvel Comics)
Reed Richards is best known as Mr. Fantastic, but several other variations exist. The Counter Earch Reed Richards is a superpowered being called The Brute and In Earth-A, his and Ben Grimm's role and reversed, and Reed is The Thing. An additional variation who travels between reallities in an attempt to destroy every other variation of himself is named Dark Raider.
Reilly, Ben (Marvel Comics)
During the clone-saga he took the guise of Spider-Man for a while. After that story-line was resolved, he took the identity of the Scarlet Spider.
Rhodes, James (Marvel Comics)
James is usually known as War Machine, but has donned the Iron Man armor when Tony Stark was battling his alcoholism.
Rogers, Steve (Marvel Comics)
Steve Rogers was the original Captain America, until he was forced to retire that identity by The Commission for Superhuman Activities. Afterwards he took the name The Captain, but was later given back the Captain America identity.
Rothstein, Albert (DC Comics)
Albert Rothstein was a member of Infinity, Inc. and of the JLA as Nuklon. He later changed his code-name to Atom-Smasher in memory of his mentor, Atom.
Saxon, Samuel (Marvel Comics)
Samuel's first costumed appearance was as Mister Fear (in Daredevil #45). After being killed by Daredevil, he was resurrected as a cybernetic life form and took the name Machinesmith.
Scott, Alan (DC Comics)
Alan Scott was the Green Lantern that appeared in the JSA, until his ring was destroyed during Zero Hour. He later learned that the magic of the Starheart still flew within him, and took the name of Sentinel (in Showcase '95 #1).
Sefton, Amanda (Marvel Comics)
Originally named Jimaine Szardos, Amanda Sefton has used the names Magik, Darkchylde and Daytripper.
Shapanka, Gregor (Marvel Comics)
Gregor was originally named Jack Frost by the media (in Tales of Suspense #45), and later changed his code-name to Blizzard (in Iron Man #86). When he gained the ability to generate cold without his battlesuit he returned to the name Jack Frost, but later abandoned it and returned to Blizzard when he lost his power.
Shaw, Sebastian Hiram (Marvel Comics)
Although Sebastian Shaw is mainly known for his role as The Black King, he was also Black Bishop for a short while.
Smith, Tabitha (Marvel Comics)
Usually known as Meltdown, Tabitha Smith has had many code-names, including Boom-Boom, Boomer, Time Bomb and Firecracker.
Sofen, Karla (Marvel Comics)
Karla Sofen first appeared in Captain America #192 and first took the identity of Moonstone in The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #228. She was later freed from prison by Helmut Zemo and took the identity of Meteorite as part of the Thunderbolts.
St. Croix, Claudette and Nicole (Marvel Comics)
When they first appeared in Generation-X #1, they occupied the form of M, although this was only revealed later. They later switched bodies with they're sister Monet and took the form of Penance.
St. Croix, Monet Yvette Clarisse Maria Therese (Marvel Comics)
When Monet first appeared in Generation-X #1, she was imprisoned in the form of Penance, although this was only revealed later. She later switched bodies with sisters Claudette and Nicole and returned to her true form - M.
Summers, Scott (Marvel Comics)
Scott Summers is best known as Cyclops, but has also acted as Erik the Red and as Slym Dayspring for short whiles. For a while he was also a symboint with Apocalypse and was also once bonded with The Dark Phoenix.
Thal, Shayera (DC Comics)
Shayera Thal, or Shiera Hall as she is known on Earth was first called Hawkgirl. Somewhere down the line, DC editors changed this to Hawkwoman to be more politically correct. In post-Crisis timeline, Shayera was a wealthy heiress on Thangar, gave birth to the Andar Pul's daughter who was also named Shayera Thal.
Throckmorton, Hustace (DC Comics)
Hustace Throckmorton has used both Boomfoot and Thunderfoot as code-names.
Thurman, Neena (Marvel Comics)
Usually known as Domino, Neena has used a handful of other names including Beatrice, Aentaros, Samantha Wu, Tamara Winter, Elena Vladescu, Jessica Marie Costello and Luisa Mendoza.
Thawne, Eobard (DC Comics)
Eobard Thawne has used the aliases Professor Zoom, Zoom and The Reverse-Flash over the years.
Thomson, Tex (DC Comics)
Tex Thomson has used the aliases Mister America and Ameri-Commando.
Tompkins, Thorndyke (DC Comics)
Thorndyke Tompkins used several different names, including Second-Hand, Sweep Second and Second-Sweep.
Towyoungman, Michael (Marvel Comics)
Michael Twoyoungman usually goes by Shaman, but has also used Talisman for a short while.
Yoshida, Shiro (Marvel Comics)
Shiro Yoshida, a.k.a. Sunfire has an alternate version named Mariko who appears in the Exiles title.
Valley, Jean Paul (DC Comics)
Jean Paul Valley first appeared as Azrael in the Sword of Azrael mini-series. After Bruce was crippled by Bane, he filled in for Batman for a short time.
Van Dyne, Janet (Marvel Comics)
In Marvel's normal continuity, Janet van Dyne appears as The Wasp. In Marvel Adventures: The Avengers she takes the name Giant-Girl, and has the ability to grow instead of the ability to shrink.
Van Horn, Katrina Luisa (Marvel Comics)
Katrina has used three different aliases over the years - Man-Killer, Amazon and Wilma (although only briefly).
Vidar, Rond (DC Comics)
Rond Vidar was the Green Lantern of Sector 2814 but was expelled from the Green Lantern Corps after trying to view the Dawn of Time in Legion of Super Heroes vol. 2 #295, and later became the villain Universo.
Walker, John (Marvel Comics)
John Walker made his first costume appearance as The Super-Patriot (in Captain America #323, after receiving a treatment from The Power Broker. He took the guise of Captain America when the original Captain America was forced to retire. Later he was offered the Captain America identity back by The Commission for Superhuman Activities, and Walker was given the identity of the U.S.Agent.
Walsh, Bill (DC Comics)
Bill Walsh'es first secret identity was as the terrorist Jackal. He later took the name Ravager to lure Deathstroke into combat.
Wazzo, Tinya (DC Comics)
Tinya currently goes by the name Apparaition (since Legionnaires #0). Before Zero Hour she was known as Phantom Girl (first appeared in Action Comics #276). One of her three selves goes by the name Phase (first appeared in L.E.G.I.O.N. #10). They are merged in Legion of Super Heroes, vol. 4 #99.
West, Wally (DC Comics)
Wally West originally appeared as the second Flash's (Barry Allen) sidekick, Kid Flash. After Allen's death, he took up his mantle and became the third Flash.
Whitman, Dane Garrent (Marvel Comics)
Over the years, Dane Whitman has used the names Black Knight, Pendragon, Crusader, Proctor and Eobar Garrington.
Worthington, Warren III (Marvel Comics)
Warren's first secret identity was as The Avenging Angel, but he soon shortened it to Angel. He changed his code-name again to Archangel during The Mutant Massacre cross-over. In addition, he was Death for Apocalypse's Horsemen for a short while.
Wynzor, Jekka (DC Comics)
Jekka Wynzor is currently known as Sensor. Before Zero Hour she was known as Projectra (or Princess Projectra) and as Sensor Girl.
Zemo, Helmut (Marvel Comics)
In his first appearance (Captain America #168), he used the name Phoenix. By his second appearance (Captain America #275), he already took up the identity of Baron Zemo. In addition, he briefly masqueraded as the second Citizen V.
Zorba, Andreas (Marvel Comics)
Andreas Zorba has used several aliases over the years, including Carnivore, Farallah and Hunter Exemplar.