Revealed: Each State's Favorite Superhero

Posted on 9/23/2022

Spider-Man claimed half the US states, including the three most populous; Batman and Superman each claimed several states.

A recent analysis of who is the favorite superhero in each state ended up with Spider-Man posting some amazing results. Batman and Superman were next, followed by Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Wolverine and Wonder Woman.

On its website, WiseVoter explained: “As the world gravitates towards comic books, the top companies Marvel and DC have seen a rise in sales. As the comic book companies pivoted into the digital space during the pandemic, the market size grew by over 60% from 2020 to 2021. This includes both the digital and print sales. While Marvel recorded a market share of 31.7% in 2021, DC wasn’t far behind with 27.1% of market share.”

The top 10 superheroes as reported by WiseVoter were:

SPIDER-MAN

Arizona, Colorado, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington

Commanding half of the states (including the three largest), Spider-Man has come a long way since he first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962). A CGC 9.6 copy sold for $3.6 million in 2021.

BATMAN

Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin

You might see the bat signal shining in the skies of these 10 states. Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (1939); a copy graded CGC 6.5 sold for $1.74 million in 2022. Another grail is Batman #1 (1940); a copy graded CGC 9.4 for $2.22 million in 2021.

SUPERMAN

Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas and Wyoming

Who else would Kansas choose besides Clark Kent, whose childhood in most Superman stories is established to be in that Midwestern state? For many years, the first appearance of Superman in Action Comics #1 (1938) was the most expensive comic, and sales highlights include a copy graded CGC 6.0 that realized $3.4 million as recently as September 2022. But the title of the most expensive comic now belongs to Superman #1 (1939); a copy graded GCC 8.0 sold for $5.3 million in 2022.

AQUAMAN

Iowa and North Dakota

Aquaman is a founding member of the Justice League of America, which debuted in The Brave and the Bold #28. A copy of that book graded CGC 9.6 sold for $750,000 in a 2022 private sale.

CAPTAIN MARVEL

Delaware and Rhode Island

The original Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) first appeared in Marvel Super Heroes #12 (1967), but the current Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, who first appeared in the following issue, #13. In Ms. Marvel #1 (1976), she became known as Ms. Marvel, and in Avenging Spider-Man #9 (2012), she officially adopted the mantle of Captain Marvel. In 2022, a copy of Ms. Marvel #1 graded CGC 9.8 sold for $2,280.

WOLVERINE

Alabama and Montana

Wolverine made his first full appearance in Incredible Hulk #181 (1974). It became the first 1970s comic to break the six-figure barrier when a hard-to-find copy graded CGC 9.9 sold for $150,000 in 2011.

WONDER WOMAN

Maine and Vermont

The first appearance of Wonder Woman was in All-Star Comics #8 (1941). A copy of that Golden Age grail graded CGC 9.4 sold for $1.62 million in 2022.

BLACK PANTHER

Oregon

Black Panther first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (1966), and a copy graded CGC 9.8 sold for $83,650 in 2016.

CAPTAIN AMERICA

Alaska

His debut in Captain America Comics #1 (1941) makes it one of the key Golden Age books for top collectors. The book became one of only four comics to date to sell for more than $3 million when a CGC 9.4 copy realized $3.12 million in 2022.

IRON MAN

New Mexico

The first appearance of Iron Man came in Tales of Suspense #39 (1963). A copy graded CGC 9.6 realized $262,900 in 2013.


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