A thought occurred to me the other day as I was rereading my Justice League Archives. Two leading advisories:
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ITEM: It's one of those fanboy geeky topics
ITEM: Since I was reading JLA, I'm using mostly DC characters. Feel free to swap in Marvel, Fawcett, etc. characters as you wish.
The Hawkman had just joined the JLA, making it Aquaman, Atom, Batman, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, J'onn J'onzz, Superman, and Wonder Woman. I thought Gardner Fox did a pretty fair job of writing stories that involved most of them, although at that point he was only using a portion of the membership for any given story.
I wondered about stories with Batman* and Green Arrow as well as Green Lantern and Superman. I started thinking about levels of powers. Usually, I thought of cosmic level, street level, and all the rest.**
It doesn't quite fit. At one end, yes, you have the "powerless" super heroes, e.g., Batman and GA. At the top end are Superman and Green Lantern - literally world shaking heroes.
But is it quite fair to class Black Canary or the Creeper in the same class with the Flash or Metamorpho? I think not.
So I want your opinions as to what "levels" of super heroes there are, and how to define them. Ground pounder, skyborne, and outer space capable? Area of effect, such as street level, statewide, nationwide, and interplanetary? How they would fare against Solomon Grundy, for example?
Let me know what you think. Maybe a couple of exceptions, too. The Flash is a non-flyer, but he's damn near the top of DC influential super heroes.
Use DC or Marvel, use pre- or post-Crisis (or other timeline event) - what do you think? And where do you put the kinda super powered heroes such as Daredevil, Dr. Mid-Nite, or Hawkman?
* He had to use Batman; this was during the TV show. Look at JLA covers from that era, and you'll see that the Masked Manhunter dominates those covers.
** Not to limit to just Will Magnus or Reed Richards... :)