Highest-
grossing
superhero
movie
Marvel’s
The Avengers
(USA,
2012) took $1,511,757,910
(£938,485,000) at the
international box office in
its 22 weeks on general
release between 4 May and
4 October 2012.
The star-packed pic is
also the
fastest movie
to gross $1 billion
,
doing so just 10 days
after it went on
general release.
highly
adaptable
With eight full-length
live-action movies to his
name as of 2012, Batman
is the
most adapted
comic-book
character
.
The
longest-running
monthly comic
is
Detective
Comics
, printed continuously
by DC Comics in the USA since
issue No.1 in March 1937. The
comic introduced Batman in
issue No.27 in May 1939.
FOR THE RECORD
superheroes
Highest-grossing reboot
In a comparison by Box Office Mojo of
movies that have been “rebooted”,
The
Amazing Spider-Man
(USA, 2012) proved to be
the most successful, grossing $262,030,663
(£163,001,000) and beating off
Star Trek
(USA,
2009),
Batman Begins
(USA, 2005) and
Casino
Royale
(UK, 2006) among others.
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top 10 box-office superheroes
62
Number
of live-action
movies based on
Marvel comic
books as of
2012.
First superhero
The Phantom was created in 1936
by the cartoonist Lee Falk (USA)
two years before Superman. The
Phantom newspaper strip featured
the adventures of Kit Walker, who
sported a mask and a figure-
hugging purple outfit.
The
first superhero to
die
was The Comet, aka John
Dickering, created by Jack Cole
(USA) for
Pep Comics
in January
1940 and killed off 17 issues later
in July 1941, when he was shot by
henchmen sent by
his nemesis, Big
Boy Malone.
Best-selling comic-book videogame
The Man of Steel may have been the
first superhero to
feature in his own videogame
(
Superman
was released for
the Atari 2600 in 1979), but the biggest selling comic-inspired
game of all time is
Batman: Arkham City
(Rocksteady, 2011),
which had sold 7.19 million copies as of September 2012.
First female superhero
The first female to appear
in print as a superhero
was Fantomah, a shape-
shifting ancient Egyptian
princess created by
Barclay Flagg (aka Fletcher
Hanks, USA) for
Jungle Comics
No.2, published in February 1940.
The first masked and costumed
superheroine (and of “natural”
birth) was The Woman in Red,
created by Richard Hughes and
George Mandel (both USA) for
Thrilling Comics
No.2, published
in March 1940.
Most expensive comic
A near-mint copy of
Action Comics
No.1, published in 1938 and
featuring the first appearance
of Superman, was bought
anonymously via auction
website ComicConnect.com
for $2.16 million (then
£1,388,850), inclusive of
the seller’s premium, on
30 November 2011.
Widest release for
a superhero movie
(single country)
The Dark Knight Rises
(USA,
2012) opened at 4,404 theatres
in the USA on 20 July 2012, a
release beaten only by
The
Twilight Saga: Eclipse
(USA,
2010) at 4,468 cinemas and
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince
(UK/USA, 2009)
at 4,455.
Source:BoxOfficeMojo.
Figurescombined from
allfilms (1978–2013) in
whichthesecharacters
take the lead role.
Accurateasof
January2013.
2. Spider-Man:
$3,248 million
(£2,017 million)
3. X-Men:
$1,890 million
(£1,173 million)
4. The Avengers:
$1,511 million
(£938 million)
5. Iron Man:
$1,209 million
(£750 million)
1. Batman:
$3,718 million
(£2,309 million)
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