There is nothing comparable to a good book that can make you laugh out loud in a quiet room. Comic books have always been filled with humour. Heck, they are often referred to as the ‘funny books’. Last week we looked at the class clown as an archetype and how useful, and layered they actually are. So, lets have a look at which superheroes crack us up the most…
Honorable Mention Iron Man and Ant Man
While both of these heroes carried the most humorous movies in the MCU, thus far. There comic book alter egos are not as witty and clever. Robert Downey Jr. is to thank for the brash, over-confident stylings of movie Tony Stark. In the books he’s kind of a tool. On the other hand, Scott Lang is a pretty funny guy, but he is definitely not Paul Rudd funny.
10. Ice Man
The X-Men’s resident class clown has been a jokester since the early days. Adding his unique sense of comic relief, he also has a knack and ability for some great practical jokes. Who wouldn’t freeze the toilet water if they could?
For a demon brought to Earth from Hell by Nazi’s, Hellboy sure kept his sense of humour. Any book with a character that will hit a horse so hard it explodes, or give the monkey a gun, is going to be full of laughs.
8. Rocket Raccoon
A genius anthropomorphic raccoon with a cynical attitude, what could be better. One of the highlights of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, Rocket has been a wise cracker for 40+ years.
7. Howard the Duck
Sure, the movie wasn’t that funny. However, Howard the Duck has been featured in some of the most clever and entertaining satires and parodies in comic book history. Carrying the burden of being stuck on Earth with humans, humour is his only outlet, and he uses it while breaking that fourth wall.
6. Beast Boy
The youthful, energetic, class clown of the Teen Titans, is loved dearly for his light heartedness and positive attitude. The world loved BB’s humour so much they turned the whole team into a bunch of Beast Boy-esque characters in Teen Titans Go!
5. Axe Cop
Being written by a 5-year-old truly comes across when reading Axe Cops character. He basically is a 5-year-old stuck in a crime fighting, axe wielding, pajama wearing, police officer’s body. And we love him for it.
4. The Tick
This absurdist spoof of the traditional superhero entered everyone’s hearts with his self titled 1994 animated television show. With his friends of less-than-powerful superheroes, The Tick gets through most his situations with dumb luck.
3. Plastic Man
The self-appointed ‘most powerful member of the Justice League’, rocks some of the funniest books available. Teamed up with his bumbling sidekick Woozy Winks, Plastic Man has been on many hilarious misadventures. Never taking himself too seriously, while at the same time being way too confident in himself.
The web crawler who snaps witty comments when he is nervous and in over his head. The commentary that Spidey supplies during his many battles is a tool and power all in itself, as he uses jokes and insults to distract his most formidable foes.
The fourth wall breaking merc with a mouth doesn’t really know when to shut up. He has a natural ability to get under the skin of nearly every one he meets, and make things uncomfortable. The best part is, he doesn’t give one care.
Thanks booknerds, keep on reading those silly ol’ comic books.