Because nobody asked, I feel compelled to expand on a point from my last entry where I talked about "iconic characters" and who I consider to be in that rarified tier perhaps even higher than the A-list. The characters who possess some intangible that allows them to transcend the status of most and be indispensable to the medium.
Through a formula I can't fully explain but know involves continued print viability, some degree of mainstream notoriety and good ol' fashioned quality among other factors, these are the super hero characters I consider to be truly iconic (note there are plenty of non-super hero comic characters I'd consider iconic but am glossing over right now for the sake of simplicity)...
Aquaman, Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), Batman, Captain America, Catwoman, Daredevil, Deadpool, Dr. Doom, The Fantastic Four, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Hellboy, The Hulk, Iron Man, The Joker, Lex Luthor, Magneto, The Punisher, Robin, The Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Storm, Supergirl, Superman, Swamp Thing, Thor, Wolverine, Wonder Woman
Agree? Disagree? Who am I missing? Who doesn't belong? Discuss!