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While we at the Panels take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last few months. Enjoy our highlight reel, and we’ll be back with new stuff on Monday, January 5th.

This post originally ran November 7, 2014.


Reading comics, you’ll note that the vast majority of characters hail from a couple of cities, be they real (Marvel, mostly) or fictional (DC’s marquee metropolises). However, close readers will also note that there are more than a few seemingly throwaway references to home cities and birthplaces throughout the US. With thousands of potential home towns for heroes and villains, I had to find out; can every state claim a character as their own?

As it turns out? Totally.

Here you have it, folks. A character from every state in the union. In most cases, I tried to pick the best-known character from each state, but in a few pickings were admittedly slim. It also leans pretty heavily on Marvel – hey, those 50-State Initiative and mutant books pull from everywhere, but wherever I had the option I erred on the side of greater variety.

So, who’s your hometown hero? Any I missed or, heaven forbid, got wrong?



Alabama – Marvel’s Zombie, Simon William Garth.
Alaska – Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, everyone’s favorite fun-hating mutant.
Arizona – Former villain and X-Force member Warpath.
Arkansas – Woodbury fence guard Caesar Martinez.
California – The Sensational She-Hulk, Jennifer Walters.
ColoradoStar-Lord (Peter Quill), Guardian of the Galaxy.
Connecticut – Spider-Man archnemesis and Tommy Lee Jones lookalike Norman Osborn.
Delaware – Iron Man rogue Blizzard.
FloridaDomino, cohort of Deadpool and Cable.
Georgia – John Walker, US Agent and Captain America fill-in.
HawaiiLoa, mutant and former member of Alpha Squadron and the Defenders.
Idaho – Samuel Sterns, better known as Hulk nemesis The Leader.
Illinois – Quantum tunneler Kitty Pryde.
IndianaJon Arbuckle; cat owner, sadsack, and possibly insane person.
Iowa – Hey, bro. Hawkeye is a genuine hawkeye.
Kansas – While their boy is from off-planet, Jonathan and Martha Kent are from Kansas.
Kentucky – Avengers Initiative member Michael Van Patrick.
Louisiana – Drawlin’ X-Man Remy Etienne LeBeau, better known by his codename Gambit.
Maine – Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing MODOK. *
MarylandGuy Gardner, all-around tough guy and replacement Green Lantern.
Massachusetts – White Queen / Black Queen / Ice Queen Emma Frost hails from Bahston.
Michigan – Anti-hero and 90s comics icon Spawn.
Minnesota – GI Joe Team missile specialist Bazooka.
MississippiRogue, the southern belle of the X-Men.
Missouri – Golden Age Marvel née Timely hero The Whizzer.
Montana – Enforcers member Montana shares his name with his home state.
Nebraska – First Kid Flash, third Flash, and nephew of Iris Wally West.
Nevada – The original Oddball, Elton Healey.
New Hampshire – Marvel Comics’ Blue Ear. **
New JerseyKamala Khan, Marvel’s new Ms. Marvel and teenage superstar.
New Mexico – Atlantean\Human hybrid Kaldur’ahm, who took up the mantle of Aqualad during Brightest Day.
New York – Peter Parker, your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.
North Carolina – Ruth Aldine, who debuted in Astonishing X-Men as Blindfold.
North DakotaMentallo, SHIELD turncoat and AIM Minister of Public Affairs.
Ohio – “The Strangest Man of All Time,” The Incredible Hulk.
Oklahoma – Daredevil and Captain America Z-lister Trump.
OregonNew Mutant Mercury hails from Portlandia.
Pennsylvania – Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Strange, is a Philly native.
Rhode Island – Lucas “Snapper” Carr, DC Comics audience surrogate.
South Carolina – Circus of Crime snake charmer Princess Python.
South Dakota – Institute for Supranormality Research founder and Spider-Woman foe Karl Malus.
TennesseeMachinesmith, another of Captain America and Daredevil‘s foes from the 60s.
Texas – Mutant and “immovable object” The Blob.
UtahPeepers, a late 70s creation of Jack Kirby.
Vermont – GI Joe Team covert ops office (and proud Dartmouth grad) Claymore.
Virginia – Before absconding to Mars, John Carter was a Virginian.
Washington – Eco-terrorist Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley, better known as Poison Ivy.
Washington DC – 1940s Marvel superheroine Miss America.
West Virginia – Abby Holland, the psychic-powered wife of Swamp Thing.
Wisconsin – Marvel’s cosmic everyman Quasar.
Wyoming – Archibald Morton, the second Chemistro and Power Man foe.

* – A few years ago, a one-shot retconned MODOK’s origin from Bangor, ME to Erie, PA. However, MODOK will always be a Mainer in my heart. For what it’s worth, Marvel’s The Druid and Controller are both also from Maine.

** – While it’s not stated anywhere that Blue Ear is from New Hampshire, the story of this hero – created to inspire hearing-impaired child Anthony Smith – is just too good to pass over. Plus. the only other “fictional” character I could find from NH was two different incarnations of the 14th President.