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The Evolution Of 8 Superheroes – Then Vs Now

The world of superheroes has been much loved and worshipped since the last several decades, and it does help that there doesn’t seem to be a lack of said superheroes to love and worship. Not only do they provide due entertainment, they also provide one with an alternative universe to lose oneself in.

They have been around for a long, long time, and although your they may seem immortal, they are definitely not immune to change, as these pictures of your favourite superheroes from way back then and now will prove.

1. Hulk 

Introduced by Marvel Comics in 1962 in The Incredible Hulk #1, Hulk has evolved into one of the most loved, yet, probably the most misunderstood of all Marvel superheroes. Since his initial appearance in comics, Hulk has also made appearances in several other media such as television shows and movies. The TV show, entitled The Incredible Hulk was broadcast by CBS from 1978 to 1982, and had Lou Ferrigno play the Hulk.

The Hulk’s stint with movies began in 2003, with the release of Hulk in 2003, which had Eric Bana play the role of Hulk. In the 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk, Edward Norton played Hulk. The Hulk has also made appearances in the Avengers movie series, where Mark Ruffalo plays the Hulk.

Although the Hulk’s size has been portrayed as pretty much the same throughout his evolution from comics to TV to films, his colour has often changed, varying from gray to green, according to his roles.(source)

The Incredible Hulk (1978 TV series)

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Avengers (2012)

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2. Batman

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First appearing in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, Batman became so popular that in the following year, DC started a comic book series entirely dedicated to him. A rising popularity among people led to Batman spilling over into other forms of media, such as radio, television, and films.

Batman entered television in 1943 with a 15-chapter serial released by Columbia Pictures, that had Lewis Wilson play Bruce Wayne/Batman. Later the same year, Batman was given his own radio show, with Stacy Harris playing Batman. He later appeared in The Adventures of Superman radio show, after which it was decided that Batman would not have a radio show of his own.

1949 saw the release of a second Batman serial – a sequel to the 1943 version; this one had Robert Lowery portray Batman.

A live-action series of Batman was released in 1966, that ran till 1968, with Adam West playing Batman. A feature film spin-off of the same was made in 1966.

In 1989, Tim Burton’s Batman was released, which had Michael Keaton in the role of Batman. A sequel was released in 1992, titles Batman Returns.

With The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman returned to the big screen, starring Christian Bale; this series was perhaps the most popular of all Batman portrayals in cinema.

Batman is now all set to star alongside Superman in the new Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, in which Ben Affleck is all set to play Batman.(source)

Batman 1943

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The Dark Knight Rise(2012)

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3. Superman

Having first appeared in Action Comics #1, and garnering a major fan following, Superman had a dedicated comic in his name soon after.

Since then, Superman has appeared in various media, such as radio, television, and cinema. The first such spin-off was the radio series The Adventures of Superman. 

1948 saw the release of the first Superman movie, with Kirk Alyn playing Superman. This was followed by the television series Adventures of Superman, featuring George Reeves as Superman. A Broadway musical titled It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman was released in 1966, and was later adapted for TV in 1975.

In 1978, Superman was revived in cinema, with Superman, starring Christopher Reeve. 2006 saw the release of the film Superman Returns, which had Brandon Routh as Superman. The most recent adaptation of Superman in film was in 2013, with the release of Man of Steel, with Henry Cavill playing Superman. He will reprise his role in the much awaited Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie.(source)

Superman (1948)

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Man of Steel(2013)

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4. Spiderman

Spiderman, after being introduced in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, soon made his way into other media such as radio, television, and cinema, and remains, to this day, one of the most loved superheroes.

His first appearance outside comic book pages was in 1967, with the ABC animated series titled Spider-Man. This was followed by the CBS live-action series The Amazing Spider-Man (1978-79), with Nicholas Hammond playing Spiderman.

Spiderman has featured in a number of animated series and films. He was also seen in a trilogy of live-action films featuring Tobey Maguire as Spiderman. Spiderman’s latest stint in cinema featured Andrew Garfield taking up the role of Spiderman in The Amazing Spider-Man, which released in 2012.

A Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, was also made, and is the most expensive musical in the history of Broadway.(source)

The Amazing Spider-Man (1978–1979)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2(2014)

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5. Iron Man

Iron Man is unarguably one of the suavest superheroes out there. Making his debut in 1968, Iron Man, this series ran for almost 30 years, coming to an end in 1996. A second series, taking place in a parallel universe, was soon introduced, and this ran for 13 issues; a third volume ran 89 issues, coming to an end in 2004. 2005 saw the fourth series, titled The Invincible Iron Man.

In 2008, Iron Man was released in theatres, with Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark. He reprised his role in later film sequels and adaptations, such as Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3 The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Exo Man, although in no way related to Iron Man, holds a striking similarity in the iron suit that he, like Iron Man, dons, and, in this manner, he is something of a precursor to Iron Man. You can see the similarities, of course.(source)

Exo-Man (1977)

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Iron Man 3(2013)

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6. Thor

Thor made his first appearance in 1962 in Journey into Mystery #83 and appeared in several series and limited series.

Thor made his appearance in several animated television series – the first of which was released in 1966 – and later moved on to live action television film with the release of The Incredible Hulk Returns, with Eric Allan Kramer playing Thor.

In 2011, Chris Hemsworth played Thor in the movie by the same name, reprising his role for The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Dark World.(source)

The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)

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Thor: The Dark World (2013)

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7. Captain America

Introduced in Timely Comics’ Captain America Comics #1 in 1941, Captain America was the first superhero to have featured in media other than comics, with the release of the 1944 movie serial, Captain America. 

In 1979, he appeared in two live-action television movies – Captain America, and Captain America II: Death Too Soon – both of which featured Reb Brown in the lead role.

The 1990 Captain America movie was the first feature-length depiction of the superhero; Matt Salinger portrayed Captain America in the film.

Other movie depictions of Captain America include Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: The Age of Ultron, with Chris Evans as Captain America.(source)

Captain America (1944)

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Avengers (2012)

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8. Catwoman

Catwoman was introduced by DC Comics in Batman #1, 1940, and stepped into the world of live-action television with the Batman series of 1966 through 1968, during which period she way portrayed by Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt. She also made an appearance in the 2002 TV series, Birds of Prey, and later, Gotham.

The first film to feature Catwoman was Batman, released in 1966, which saw Lee Meriwether in the role. The 1992 film Batman Returns saw Michelle Pfeiffer in the role of Catwoman. 2004 saw the release of the movie Catwoman, starring Halle Berry. The most recent portrayal of Catwoman on screen was in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), wherein Anne Hathaway played Catwoman.(source)

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Batman (1966–1968)

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The Dark Knight Rises(2012)

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