7) JAGUAR

Making a whopping two appearances in the Golden Age, much inconsistency surrounds this hero.  He has two different identities (Steve Lane and Murray Man), is also referred to as ‘Jaguar Man’ in both appearances.  Though never given an origin, he clearly has superhuman powers and a telepathic bond with his pet tiger.

First punching evil circa 1961, Ralph Hardy predates the campy ‘Mighty Comics’ era at Archie Comics; after discovering an ancient Incan rocket belt (like you do), he can channel the powers of the animal kingdom for good.  Though debuting long after the bulk of Archie’s superhero crew, he or his successors have been part of every subsequent revamping…

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