Ever since the dawn of the Golden Age, there have been the sidekicks, with names like Robin, Speedy, Dusty, Fly-Girl and… Tim.  (Not just ONE Tim, mind you, but TWO, as both The Black Terror and Captain Wonder had sidekicks who went by that epic superheroic nomenclature.)  What’s rarer is the true duet act, where two heroes of equal status work together as a pair, rather than in a parent/child or boss/subordinate role.  Off the top of my head, I can think of Hawk & Dove, the World’s Finest team of Superman & Batman, as well as the bulbous and leotarded team of Ace & Gary who…  What are you all looking at?

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) quickly looks away and blurts out, “NOTHING!” asking:
What is your favorite pairing of super-hero equals?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. August 25, 2012 at 10:49 am — Reply

    I’m going to go for my go tos: Ralph & Sue, Mr. Miracle & Big Barda. Under the right writer, Black Canary & Green Arrow. Power Girl & Terra seemed to be a bit more sidekick relationship, just based on experience, though still a great team.

  2. Mike Keller
    August 25, 2012 at 10:59 am — Reply

    Buffy and Willow :)

  3. August 25, 2012 at 11:07 am — Reply

    Power Man & Iron Fist, Cloak & Dagger, Booster Gold & Blue Beetle, Nite Owl & Rorshach, Rockslide & Anole, Fire & Ice, Archer & Armstrong,

  4. Rome
    August 25, 2012 at 11:10 am — Reply

    Oh come on! Gotta go with Power-Man & Iron Fist!!

    Tho Cable & Deadpool might be my all time favorite duo.

    • August 25, 2012 at 11:19 am — Reply

      Forgot about Cage & Rand.

  5. Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
    August 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    Ralph & Sue Dibny
    Power Man & Iron Fist
    Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) & Booster Gold
    Chuck Taine & Luornu Durgo (when they’re running the Academy…)

    • Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
      August 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm — Reply

      Oops – I forgot!
      4th Doctor and Romana

  6. SmarkingOut Adam
    August 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    Cloak and Dagger?

  7. Pantsthemonkey
    August 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm — Reply

    I used to enjoy Archer and Armstrong, Quantum and Woody, Cloak and Dagger and the old Green Lantern and Green Arrow stuff is cool.

    Also enjoyed the Flash (Wally) and Green Lantern (Kyle) team-ups that happened a couple times. And Daredevil and Black Widow was interesting.

    But the best ever… The be-all end-all of hero team-ups HAS to be Rocket Racoon and Groot!

  8. AED
    August 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm — Reply

    Green Lantern, Green Arrow 70’s line

  9. Shush
    August 25, 2012 at 3:22 pm — Reply

    Usagi Miyamoto (Yojimbo) and Gen. Also Usagi and Leonardo of the TMNT.

    Atomic Robo and his various partners come to mind. Particularly Jenkins as, even though he is technically an employee and Robo is his boss, this is clearly because Jenkins likes this arrangement.

    Spider-Man teams up with just about everybody from time to time, and I’ve liked most of the ones I’ve read.

    Batman is awesome and I particularly like when he is paired up with Green Arrow. Superman is iconic and all, but I prefer my heroes more ‘street-level.’

  10. August 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    green lantern and arrow

    • aerohalen1
      August 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm — Reply

      the only thing,they arent equals at all.

  11. August 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    Classic GL and Green Arrow, as well as both Hal and Barry as well as Kyle and Wally GL/Flash team-ups.

    I also like any time Spidey and Human Torch would team up and play off the synergy of Spidey’s wise cracking and Torch’s smart-alecness.

  12. B.V.K.
    August 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    Spider-Man and Human Torch.

    “There are those who call me…..Tim.”

  13. August 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm — Reply

    Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) and Booster Gold is the perfect pairing of equals. Both are entirely tech based and both are hilarious

  14. Michael
    August 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm — Reply

    I’m gonna go out on a limb, because that’s the kind of gutsy dude I am and say Huntress & Power Girl.

    Yep. The current book. Even if Power Girl’s costume is strictly from the WTF?! area of her closet.

  15. Oldcomicfan
    August 26, 2012 at 9:42 am — Reply

    That would have to be Empowered and Ninjette. None of these other bands of doofs comes close.

  16. August 28, 2012 at 1:06 am — Reply

    The Birds of Prey, counting both the original Babs and Dinah duo and the later field unit of Dinah and Helina.

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