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Super Hero Sidekick Survey 01

In the early days of comics, publishers felt they needed kid sidekicks for adult superheroes so that children would want to read comics.  * shock *

Which of these have you heard of?


Format = Sidekick (Super Hero)


VotesAnswer
38Robin (Batman)
37Batgirl (Batman)
17Wonder Girl (Wonder Woman)
14Arthur (The Tick)
11Aqualad (Aquaman)
10Fallout Boy (Radioactive Man)
8Kid Flash (Flash)
7Bucky (Captain America)
6 I have not heard of any of these sidekicks
5Kid America (The American)
5Speedy (Green Arrow)
4Rocketboy (Rocketman)
4Toro (The Human Torch)
4Wonder Tot (Wonder Woman)
3Golden Girl (Captain America)
3Kid Miracleman (Miracleman)
3Young Miracleman (Miracleman)
2Fire Me Boy (The Human Bullet)
2Jinx (13)
2Rocketgirl (Rocketman)
2Sandy (The Sandman)
1Amazing Kid (Amazing Man)
1Dan, The Dyna-Mite (TNT)
1Dandy (Yankee Doodle Jones)
1Kid Devil (Blue Devil)
1Lance (The Green Knight)
1Little Wooden Boy (The Tick)
1Meteor (Silver Streak)
1Owl Girl (The Owl)
1Pinky the Wiz Kid (Mister Scarlet)
1Robotgirl (Robotman)
1Stripesy (Star-Spangled Kid)
1Trojan (Mastermind)
1Turk (Merlyn)
1Wing (Crimson Avenger)
0Bulletgirl (Bulletman)
0Captain Battle, Jr. (Captain Battle)
0Dynamic Boy (Dynamic Man)
0Miss Patriot (The Patriot)
0Sir Butch (The Shining Knight)
0Squire (The Shining Knight)
0Super Ann (Mighty Man)
0Tiger (Judomaster)
0Tomboy (Captain Flash)


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cerealkiller Bronze Star Survey Creator Gold Qualifier
posted 22-Oct-2004 4:18pm  
What happened to Superboy (Superman)? I read that comic as a kid. Superman is more famous than these choices.
Biggles Bronze Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 22-Oct-2004 4:23pm  
How awful that so many of the men have "girl" sidekicks (not women) and the women have "girl" sidekicks too (not men or boys).

I've hardly heard of any of these though.
Pomeranian
(reply to cerealkiller) posted 22-Oct-2004 5:24pm  
Superboy is not Superman's sidekick; he is just the younger version of Superman himself.
anoddoblivion
posted 22-Oct-2004 6:29pm  
Only Robin and Batgirl.
MacGregor
posted 22-Oct-2004 6:46pm  
I was never much of a comics person. Of these..just Batgirl and Robin. But I never really thought Robin was a kid - just a younger.
reevee
posted 22-Oct-2004 7:36pm  
How about a new comic starring some of these sidekicks?
We could have The Adventures of Little Wooden Boy, Trojan and Sir Butch! Speedy, of course, would be their arch enemy!  * laughing out loud *
darkshadowsseeker
(reply to cerealkiller) posted 22-Oct-2004 8:14pm  
Superman never had a sidekick. Superboy was what Superman was called back in his teen years.
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Tazwert) posted 23-Oct-2004 3:57am  
Very nicely done survey! I love your use of bold and colored text, especially putting "I have not heard of any of these sidekicks" in color. It's pleasing to the eye, and very easy to answer. Good job!  * smile *
justjulie
posted 23-Oct-2004 8:27am  
crimson chin and his sidekick cleft
thevelvetcure
posted 23-Oct-2004 11:06am  
A few of them, and might I add that Sandy is not from the Gaiman series. I'm assuming Sandy is from the run in the 50's (I think)???
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 23-Oct-2004 1:54pm  
Arthur, Batgirl, Robin, Wonder Girl.
Zang
posted 24-Oct-2004 2:28am  
Quite a few of them. Mostly from the old DC comics I used to read from 1967-1972, but also from The Tick and The Simpsons. My favourite would have to be "Little Wooden Boy"!  * yes *
Zang
(reply to cerealkiller) posted 24-Oct-2004 2:30am  
Uhh...it would seem that your memory is failing you. Superboy was NOT Superman's sidekick! Superboy WAS Superman...as a boy!  * raspberry *
ROCKMAN
posted 24-Oct-2004 7:08am  
Robin & (Batman) is the only one I know.
cerealkiller Bronze Star Survey Creator Gold Qualifier
(reply to Zang) posted 24-Oct-2004 10:21am  
Yes, I guess I'm fading.
icurok
posted 25-Oct-2004 7:09am  
Most of the DC heroes. So, Robin (all four of them) and Batgirl (both of them). Wonder Girl, Speedy, Aqualad and Kid Flash (most of whom were in the Teen Titans in the 80s). I also recognised Arthur and Fire Me Boy from 'The Tick' , and Fallout Boy from the Simpsons. I've got 'History of a Comic Art' book and I'm pretty sure I've seen Bucky in it.
icurok
(reply to Zang) posted 25-Oct-2004 7:25am  
Actually, the most recent incarnation of Superboy is a hybrid clone of Superman.

http://www.dccomics.com/secret_files/dc_character....
Tazwert
(reply to cerealkiller) posted 25-Oct-2004 9:52am  
> What happened to Superboy (Superman)? I read that comic as a kid.
> Superman is more famous than these choices.

Superboy is about the adventures of Superman when he was a boy...
Tazwert
(reply to thevelvetcure) posted 25-Oct-2004 9:52am  
> A few of them, and might I add that Sandy is not from the Gaiman
> series. I'm assuming Sandy is from the run in the 50's (I think)???

That would be correct. Sandy is from the Golden Age Sandman comics.
Tazwert
(reply to SueBee) posted 25-Oct-2004 9:56am  
> Very nicely done survey! I love your use of bold and colored text,
> especially putting "I have not heard of any of these sidekicks" in
> color. It's pleasing to the eye, and very easy to answer. Good job!
>  * smile *

Thank You!

It is nice to know the changes I made were pleasing to people, rather than distracting. The world of trial-and-error survey creation gets one positive check.  * check *

thevelvetcure
(reply to Tazwert) posted 25-Oct-2004 10:37am  
Ahh yes, that's what they call them, thanks  * wink *
MssAmericat
posted 26-Oct-2004 5:50pm  
Zang
(reply to icurok) posted 26-Oct-2004 8:59pm  
Interesting. I haven't been following the saga too closely for the past 32 years or so...Superman was one of my favourites when I was a kid though.
Tazwert
(reply to Zang) posted 26-Oct-2004 10:35pm  
> Quite a few of them. Mostly from the old DC comics I used to read
> from 1967-1972, but also from The Tick and The Simpsons. My favourite
> would have to be "Little Wooden Boy"!  * yes *

SPOOOOOONNN!!!!!!
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 26-Oct-2004 11:24pm  
Only Batman's 2 (Hey! He lucked out - he had a kid that worshipped the ground he walked on and a chick in kinky clothes for sidekicks!)'


Batgirl and Robin (Pfft! Robin is that lame or what?)
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to ROCKMAN) posted 26-Oct-2004 11:27pm  
> Robin & (Batman) is the only one I know.

If you known them - you have to know Batgirl! She was often up against Catwoman (played by the sultry Eartha Kitt - I loved that evil woman!).
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Zang) posted 26-Oct-2004 11:28pm  
> Interesting. I haven't been following the saga too closely for the
> past 32 years or so...Superman was one of my favourites when I was
> a kid though.

Superman's dead!  * raspberry *
ROCKMAN
(reply to Irene007) posted 27-Oct-2004 5:08am  
I do, I must have missed it on the list. I was never into comics though so I didn't know any of the others.
icurok
(reply to Zang) posted 27-Oct-2004 6:31am  
I never liked Superman when I was a kid. Something just never sat right with me. He was too powerful and had too many powers. There was very little suspense or drama, because you knew he was practically omnipotent. The writers couldn't match him against super strong villains because it would be a no-contest, so the only thing they could do was introduce evil geniuses. Brawn beating brain wasn't a particularly inspiring message for me.
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to ROCKMAN) posted 27-Oct-2004 7:40am  
Same here... I did like The Freak Brothers though!  * grin *
killme1042
posted 27-Oct-2004 9:53am  
Batgirl
Dandy
Rocketboy
Rocketgirl
Trojan
Wonder Girl
Wonder Tot
Zang
(reply to Tazwert) posted 27-Oct-2004 4:01pm  
"Helping People is my middle name; The Helping People Tick."  * raspberry *
Zang
(reply to Irene007) posted 27-Oct-2004 4:03pm  
That sounds familiar. Didn't they kill him and revive him a number of times?
Zang
(reply to icurok) posted 27-Oct-2004 4:15pm  
I don't think I was that critical, or or cognisant of what it was that appealed to me at the time. I suspect a big part of it was the sci-fi/alien aspects. Also, I was only 5-10 years old, so the fact that they were kind of simplistic and easy to read helped too. A lot of my friends now were into Marvel comics when they were kids and didn't like the DC ones as much, but they were older when they were into comics. I found the Marvel ones too complicated and soap opera-like. When I was older I read "real books".
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Zang) posted 27-Oct-2004 6:23pm  
Yeah... but it's not the same - it's like the New Improved Flavour Coke; they brought back the Classic Coke but the damage was done.  * frown *
Zang
(reply to Irene007) posted 27-Oct-2004 7:37pm  
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Zang) posted 27-Oct-2004 8:21pm  
I did!
I knew about the cocaine but I thought it was later than that... Anyway - I'm a Pepsi fan myself. 25 years ago, they introduced their version of diet Pepsi with aspartame. It tasted so much better than Tab with saccharine - I got hooked! I'm a "Pepsi" to my boss (anglo/Italian) - to them; all francophones are "Pepsi"'s. There's some truth to that; french Canadians are known to eat May Wests and Pepsi for breakfast! I don't but they since I speak better French than they do - I'm "Pepsi"!

Batards! They got a Coke machine in the shop!!
Zang
(reply to Irene007) posted 28-Oct-2004 12:50am  
I don't drink that stuff very often at all.
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to Zang) posted 28-Oct-2004 7:34am  
Come to think of it; we never had that stuff in our refrigerator at home when growing up - just milk, juice and water. I only started drinking the stuff when the diet version tasted good = Aspartame (I never believed in drinking sugared water but the carbs in beer... Well that's different!  * raspberry * )
My girlfriend lost 50 lbs a few years ago and she used to swear by regular Pepsi in our rum and cola days but now with her new eating habits; she must only drink diet cola. She recently remarked that she has to have her Pepsi, like she's addicted or something. I know the feeling. I'm starting to wonder about aspartame now...  * wry smile *
Tazwert
(reply to Zang) posted 28-Oct-2004 9:10am  
"On Friendship and Justice there is no price, though there are certain established credit limits."
pandora
(reply to Irene007) posted 28-Oct-2004 4:08pm  
Interesting about your friend. My stepfather has a severe addiction to Diet Pepsi. It's really strange to see.
Johan
posted 28-Oct-2004 6:23pm  
WHO??
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to pandora) posted 28-Oct-2004 6:34pm  
Food for thought huh?

Or drink for thought?  * wink *
pandora
(reply to Irene007) posted 28-Oct-2004 6:37pm  
 * grin *
Zang
(reply to Tazwert) posted 31-Oct-2004 11:50pm  
"We are a public service, not glamour boys! Not captains of industry! Not makers of things! Keep your vulgar moneys. We are a justice sandwich, no toppings necessary!"
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to pandora) posted 4-Nov-2004 12:21am  
I have a Diet Pepsi addiction, too. I seem to need at least two a day. How many does your stepfather drink?
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to Irene007) posted 4-Nov-2004 12:22am  
Hmmm... I always thought it was the caffeine I was addicted to, but maybe it does have something to do with the aspartame, because coffee just doesn't quite do the trick for me in the afternoon or evening.
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
(reply to SueBee) posted 4-Nov-2004 1:50am  
See? I know it's a trend. An addictive trend!!
pandora
(reply to SueBee) posted 4-Nov-2004 2:45am  
Back when I still lived at home, it was probably about 8-10 per day!  * shock * I'm hoping he's cut down since, but I don't really know. Expensive habit, too.
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to pandora) posted 6-Nov-2004 1:58am  
Mandy drinks about that many, too. I drink more in the summer when it's hot, but a couple a day usually suffice the rest of the year. Still, it can't be very healthy.  * wry smile *
pandora
(reply to SueBee) posted 6-Nov-2004 3:34am  
I'm pretty wary of those artificial sweeteners. Not to mention how much water you'd have to drink to make up for all of that caffeine. Yikes. How is Mandy by the way? She is very missed! And you are too, haven't seen much of you lately!  * smile *  * love *
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to pandora) posted 30-Nov-2004 12:32am  
Oh my. It's been 23 days since you posted that. I can't believe I haven't been here for that long! I'm doing fine, but I miss SC. It's just the same old story -- too much to do, too little time. I just downloaded Earthlink Accelerator, and it does seem to help webpages load faster. Maybe that'll help me with my time crunch! Mandy said she popped in recently from the computer at the library. Did you see any of her comments?
pandora
(reply to SueBee) posted 30-Nov-2004 12:36pm  
Glad to see you around again! I did "chat" a bit with Mandy, it sounds like things are going quite well for her. Happy times all around!

Did you have a good Thanksgiving?
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to pandora) posted 30-Nov-2004 10:26pm  
I had a GREAT Thanksgiving -- how 'bout you? I went to my sister's house and helped her fix a big dinner, then watched my brother pile so much food on his plate I thought he was going to start an avalanche! There were 8 of us altogether, and it was a perfect day of good food and laughter, which reminded me that my family is what I'm most thankful for. I have the best brother and sister in the world!  * smile *
pandora
(reply to SueBee) posted 1-Dec-2004 1:11pm  
Aww, you're such a sweetheart!

I had probably my best Thanksgiving yet, actually. A friend and I went to visit some other friends of ours who had been away travelling the country. We ate biscuits and gravy at an all night diner, and it was divine! Board games, drinking games, the works!  * grin *

Do you live close to your siblings?
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to pandora) posted 2-Dec-2004 12:52am  
That sounds like fun! My brother lives about 30 minutes away, and my sister 75 minutes away, fortunately both in the same direction. It'd be nice if they were closer, but it could be much worse.
pandora
(reply to SueBee) posted 2-Dec-2004 10:16am  
Did you grow up in the same area where you all live now?
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to pandora) posted 3-Dec-2004 12:01am  
Yep. I live in the town where we lived for 10 years. My siblings are older than me and graduated from the high school here, but when I was 12 my parents and I moved to a town about 15 miles from here, and that's where I went to jr. high and high school. I am deeply rooted to this area, and I'm sure I'll always live somewhere between Seattle and the Canadian border. I lived elsewhere for 7 years and it was a great experience, but it made me realize how much I love it here. How are you liking Kansas?
pandora
(reply to SueBee) posted 3-Dec-2004 4:54pm  
I didn't know you were the baby of your family! Do you have nieces and nephews?

I've been developing a deeper appreciation for good ol' Kansas lately. I've never lived anywhere else, but I don't think I could ask for a city that fits me better than Lawrence does. You'll have to come visit!  * grin *
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to pandora) posted 3-Dec-2004 5:26pm  
I'm REALLY the baby. My sister is 7 years older than me and my brother is 9 years older than me. My sister has two grown sons (19 & 26 years old) and my brother has an 8-year-old daughter. He got started a little late in life! Actually, he helped his first wife raise her two daughters, then had a child of his own with his second wife. I consider his two step-daughters my nieces, too, but they're both grown up and live in California and we haven't been in touch lately. Are you the baby of the family, too?

I was thinking you had moved there recently. Don't know where I got that idea. I'd love to visit!!  * smile *
pandora
(reply to SueBee) posted 3-Dec-2004 6:10pm  
Wow! Kind of a big family you have then. How nice that you all get along.

I'm the oldest out of my non-traditional family. Well, it's a bit complicated. My parents did foster care, starting when I was 3, and there was one girl who came to live with us when she was 17 and I was 7. We're not close anymore, but I still count her as my older sister. Other than that, I'm the oldest. My parents have adopted three kids (me included) and done very long term fostering for two others, but all of my siblings have multiple mental and physical disabilities so we don't have the traditional brother/sister relationship going on. The doctors thought I would have disabilities as well, because I was born so premature, but I've turned out alright.  * laughing out loud *

So that's that, in a nutshell!  * smile *
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to pandora) posted 3-Dec-2004 6:16pm  
Wow, your parents must be really nice people to want to help kids with disabilities. That's above and beyond the usual duty of parenthood. No wonder you're so sweet!  * smile *
pandora
(reply to SueBee) posted 3-Dec-2004 8:00pm  
Awww!  * love *

They're definitely one (err, two?) in a million.

So whenever you're in the mood for some fun in the midwest, I'll be here!  * grin *
SueBee Survey Central Subscriber
(reply to pandora) posted 3-Dec-2004 8:04pm  
Cool! I'll put you on my list of people to visit someday!!  * smile *
pandora
(reply to SueBee) posted 4-Dec-2004 2:46pm  
Excellent!
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