Masked Heroes and Super Heroes

Fictional heroes hiding their real identies in comics, movies and TV

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The following list includes only super heroes with normal human alter egos. This means that characters like Captain Comet, who is a mutant meta-human and does not hide behind a civilian persona, are not shown here.  (See “You Are Not Your Name”)

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 Hero Name –  Civilian Name  •  Occupation

Ant-Man masked heroes

Ant-Man masked heroes

Ant-Man  – known as Dr. Henry Pym (Scott Lang in the 2015 movie)

Occupation: biophysicist

 • 1962 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and larry Lieber

 • 2015 movie starring Paul Rudd

Aquaman masked heroes

Aquaman masked heroes

Aquaman  – known as Arthur Curry Orin

Occupation: king of Atlantis

 • 1941 DC Comics; created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger

 • 2006 TV pilot starring Justin Hartley

Arrow masked heroes

 

Arrow  – known as Ralph Payne

Occupation: member of the US intelligence agency

 • 1938 DC Comics; created by Paul Gustavson

Green Arrow masked heroes

Arrow masked heroes

Arrow and Green Arrow  – known as Oliver Queen

Occupation: billionaire playboy

 • Green Arrow: 1941 DC Comics; created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp

 • Arrow: 2012 TV series starring Stephen Amell

Batman masked heroes
Batman masked heroes

Batman masked heroes
Batman y masked heroes

Batman  – known as Bruce Wayne

Occupation: billionaire industrialist

 • 1939 DC Comics; created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger

 • 1960s TV series starring Adam West

 • 1989 movie starring Michael Keaton and sequels

The Black Canary masked heroes

The Black Canary masked heroes

Black Canary  – known as Dinah Drake Lance, Dinah Laurel Lance, (Sara Lance in TV's Arrow)

Occupation: florist

 • 1947 DC Comics; created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Carmine Infantino

 • Appeared in the TV series Arrow played by Cathy Lotz

The Black Hood masked heroes

The Black Hood  – known as Kip Burland

Occupation: policeman

 • 1940 MLJ comics

Black Widow masked heroes

Black Widow masked heroes

Black Widow  – known as Natalia "Natasha" Alianovna Romanova, Yelena Belova

Occupation: intelligence operative, world class athlete and gymnast

 • 1964 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee, Don Rico and Don Heck

 • Appeared in 2010 movie Ironman 2 played by Scarlett Johansson

The Cape masked heroes

The Cape masked heroes

The Cape  – known as Vince Faraday

Occupation: police detective

 • 2010 single issue comic book

 • 2011 TV series starring David Lyons

Captain America masked heroes

Captain America masked heroes

Captain America  – known as Steve Rogers

Occupation: freelance artist

 • 1941 Marvel Comics; created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

 • 2011 movie starring Chris Evans

Captain Marvel masked heroes

Captain Marvel masked heroes

Captain Marvel  (also Shazam)  – known as ;Billy Batson

Occupation: radio broadcaster

 • 1939, originally published by Fawcett Comics and later by DC Comics.  Created by artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker

 • 1941 serial starring Tom Tyler

Captain Comet masked heroes

 

Captain Comet  – known as Adam Blake

Occupation: crime fighter

 • 1951, DC Comics.  Created by Julius Schwartz and John Boone

Catwoman masked heroes

Catwoman masked heroes

Catwoman  – known as Selena Kyle

Occupation: varingly wife of an abusive man, amnesiac flight attendant, prostitute

 • 1940, 1970s, 1986 DC Comics; created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane Batman

 • 2004 movie starring Halle Berry

Chakras masked heroes

 

Chakras  – known as Raju Rai

Occupation: young Indian boy

 • 2013 created by Stan Lee in association with Graphic India and POW! Entertainment

The Comet masked heroes

 

The Comet (1)  – known as John Dickering

Occupation: scientist, adventurer

 • 1940 MLJ comics; created by Jack Cole

The Comet masked heroes

 

The Comet (1)  – known as Rob Connors

Occupation: baseball player want-to-be

 • 1940 DC Comics' Impact Comics series; created by Tom Lyle and Mark Waid

Daredevil masked heroes

 

Daredevil (old)  – known as Bart Hill

Occupation: boomerang marksman

 • 1940 Lev Gleason Publications; created by Jack Binder

Daredevil masked heroes

Daredevil masked heroes

Daredevil (new)  – known as Matt Murdock

Occupation: lawyer

 • 1964 Marvel Comics Universe; created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett

 • 2003 movie starring Ben Affleck

Doctor Fate masked heroes

Doctor Fate masked heroes

Doctor Fate  – known as Kent Nelson

Occupation: archaeologist

 • 1940 All-American Comics; created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Howard Sherman

 • Appeared in 2010 episode of Smallvile played by Brent Stait

Doll Man masked heroes

 

Doll Man  – known as Darrell Dane, Lester Colt, Dane Maxwell

Occupation: research chemist

 • 1940 Quality Comics; 2006 DC Comics; created by writer Will Eisner

Dollman masked heroes

Dollman masked heroes

Dollman  – known as Bric Bardo

Occupation: space cop

 • 1992 Eternity Comics

 • 1991 movie starring Tim Thomerson

Durango Kid masked heroes

Durango Kid masked heroes

Durango Kid  – known as Steve (last name varied)

Occupation: cowboy

 • 1940s movies starring Charles Starrett

 • 1948 comic book series

 

 

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Flash masked heroes

 

Flash (old)  – known as Jay Garrick

Occupation: college student

 • 1940 All-American Comics; created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert

Flash masked heroes

Flash masked heroes

Flash (new)  – known as Barry Allen (police scientist, 1956-1986), Wally West (nephew of Barry Allen, 1986-2006), Bart Allen (grandson of Barry Allen, 2006-)

 • 1956 DC Comics; created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert

 • 2014 TV series starring Grant Gustin

Gambit masked heroes

 

Gambit  – known as Remy Etienne LeBeau

Occupation: professional thief

 • 1990 Marvel Comics; created byChris Claremont and Jim Lee

Green Hornet masked heroes

Green Hornet masked heroes

Green Hornet  – known as Britt Reid (2)

Occupation: newspaper publisher

 • 1936 radio station WXYZ in Detroit; created by Fran Striker

 • 1940sHelnit Comics; in 1989, NOW Comics

 • 1940 movie serieal starring Gordon Jones

 • 1966-67 TV series starring Van Williams

 • 2011 movie starring Seth Rogers

Green Lantern masked heroes

 

Green Lantern (old)  – knwon as Alan Scott

Occupation: engineer

 • 1940 All-American Comics; created by writer Bill Finger and artist Martin Nodell

Green Lantern masked heroes

Green Lantern masked heroes

Green Lantern (new)  – known as Hal Jordan

Occupation: test pilot

 • 1959 DC Comics; created by John Broome and Gil Kane

 • 2011 movie starring Ryan Reynolds

Hawkman masked heroes

Hawkman masked heroes

Hawkman  – known as Carter Hall

Occupation: archeologist

 • 1940 DC Comics; created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Dennis Neville

 • Appeared in the TV series Smallville played by Michael Shanks

Hourman masked heroes

 

Hourman  – known as Rex Tyler

Occupation: chemist

 • 1940 DC Comics; created by Ken Fitch and Bernard Bailey

The Hulk masked heroes

The Hulk masked heroes

The Hulk, Incredible Hulk  – known as Bruce Banner, David Banner

Occupation: nuclear physicist

 • 1962 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

 • 1978 TV series starring Bill Bixby

 • 2003 movie starring Eric Bana, and 2011 movie starring Ed Norton

Human Torch masked heroes

Human Torch masked heroes

Human Torch  – known as Jonathan "Johnny" Storm

Occupation: firefighter, executive

 • 1961 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

 • Appears in the2005 movie Fantastic Four played by Chris Evans

Invisible Woman masked heroes

Invisible Woman masked heroes

Invisible Woman  – known as Susan (Storm) Richards

Occupation: actress, mother; member of the Fantastic Four

 • 1961 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

 • Appears in the 2005 movie Fantastic Four played by Jessica Alba

Ironman masked heroes

Ironman masked heroes

Ironman  – known as Anthony Stark

Occupation: inventor

 • 1963 Marvel Comics universe; created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby

 • 2008 movie starring Robert Downey, Jr.

Lone Ranger masked heroes

Lone Ranger masked heroes

Lone Ranger  – known as John Reid (3)

Occupation: former Texas Ranger

 • 1933 Radio station WXYZ in Detroit; created by George W. Trendle and developed by writer Fran Striker

 • 1938 movie serial starring Lee Powell

 • 1948 Western Publishing & Dell Comics; later Gold Key Comics, then Topps Comics

 • 1949-57 TV series starring Clayton Moore

 • 2013 movie starring Armie Hammer

Mary Marvel masked heroes

 

Mary Marvel  – known as Mary Batson (adopted name Mary Bromfield)

Occupation:  a teenage girl, sister of Captain Marvel's alter ego Billy Batson

 • 1942-1953 Fawcett Comics; 1972-present DC Comics; created by Otto Binder and Marc Swayze;

Metamorpho masked heroes

 

Metamorpho  – known as Rex Mason

Occupation: adventurer

 • 1964 DC Comics; created by Bob Haney

Miss America masked heroes

 

Miss America (original)  – known as Joan Dale

Occupation: reporter

 • 1941 Quality Comics, DC Comics; created by Elmer Wexler

Miss America masked heroes

 

Miss America  – known as Madeline Joyce

Occupation: heiress, beauty queen

 • 1943 Timely/Marvel Comics; created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Gabriele

Mister Fantastic masked heroes

Mister Fantastic masked heroes

Mister Fantastic  – known as Reed Richards

Occupation: scientist, researcher

 • 1961 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

 • Appears in the2005 movie Fantastic Four played by Ioan Gruffudd

Nightwing masked heroes

Nightwing masked heroes

Nightwing  – known as Dick Grayson, formerly Batman's Robin; orignally an alias for Superman episode

Occupation: crime fighter

 • crime fighter

 • 1963 DC Comics; created by Edmond Hamilton and Curt Swan

 • 2011 rebirth series; New 52

Nite Owl masked heroes


Nite Owl masked heroes

 

Nite Owl  – known as Dan Dreiberg

Occupation: (earlier: Hollis Mason)

 • crime fighter

 • 1986 DC Comics; created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

 • Appears in 2009 movie Watchmen portrayed by Patrick Wilson

The Phantom masked heroes

The Phantom masked heroes

The Phantom masked heroes

The Phantom masked heroes

The Phantom  – known as Kit Walker

Occupation: crime fighter

 • 1936 King Features comicstrip; created by Lee Falk, also creator of Mandrake the Magician

 • 1943 serial starring Tom Tyler

 • 1996 movie starring Billy Zane

Plastic Man masked heroes

 

Plastic Man  – known as Patrick “Eel” O’Brian

Occupation: former crook turned crime fighter

 • 1941 Quality Comics and later by DC Comics; created by writer-artist Jack Cole

The Punisher masked heroes

The Punisher masked heroes

The Punisher  – known as Frank Castle

Occupation: war veteran

 • 1974 Marvel Comics Universe; created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita, Sr. & Ross Andru

 • 2004 movie starring Thomas Jane

 

 

Question masked heroes

 

Question  – known as Vic Sage

Occupation: investigative journalist

 • 1974 DC Comics; created by Steve Ditko

Red Arrow masked heroes

Red Arrow masked heroes

Red Arrow, Arsenal, Speedy  – knwon as Roy Harper

Occupation: government agent

 • 1941 DC Comics; created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp

 • In Arrow, a TV series from 2012, starring Colton Haynes

The Sandman masked heroes

 

Sandman  – known as Wesley Dodds

Occupation: financier

 • 1940 DC Comics; created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Bert Christman

The Sandman masked heroes

 

Sandman  – known as Garrett Sanford, Hector Hall

Occupation: dreamer

 • 1983 DC Comics

The Sandman masked heroes

 

Sandman  – known as William Baker, aka Flint Marko

Occupation: criminal turned good-guy

 • 1963 DC Comics; created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

The Shadow masked heroes

The Shadow masked heroes

The Shadow  – known as Born Kent Allard, famed aviator in World War I, faked his death and became Lamont Cranston, wealthy man-about-town

Occupation: 1930 Dectective Stories Magazine; created by Walter B. Gibson

 • 1937-54 radio drama, voice by Frank Readick Jr.

 • 1940 movie serial starring Victor Jory

 • 1994 movie starring Alec Baldwin

The Shield masked heroes

 

The Shield  – known as Joe Higgins

Occupation: FBI agent

 • 1940 MLJ, now known as Archie Comics; created by writer Harry Shorten and artist Irv Novick

Spider-Man masked heroes

Spider-Man masked heroes

Spider-Man  – known as Peter Parker

Occupation: photographer

 • 1962 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

 • 2002 movie starring Toby Maguire and sequels

The Sprit masked heroes

The Sprit masked heroes

The Spirit  – known as Denny Colt

Occupation: crime fighter

 • 1940 in newspapers; created by Will Eisner

 • 2008 movie starring Gabriel Macht

Supergirl comics masked heroes

Supergirl TV masked heroes

Supergirl (original)  – known as Linda Lee Danvers, alias Kara Zor-El

Occupation: news reporting, and TV acting

 • 1959 DC Comics; created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino

 • 2015-2017 TV series starring Melissa Benoist

Supergirl comics masked heroes

Supergirl movie masked heroes

Supergirl  – known as Linda Danvers

Occupation: daughter of a policeman

 • 1996 DC Comics; created by Peter David and Gary Frank

 • 1984 movie starring Helen Slater

Superman comic masked heroes

Superman movie masked heroes

Superman  – known as Clark Kent, alias Kal-El

Occupation: newspaper reporter

 • 1938 Detective Comics; created by Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster

 • 1952-58 TV series starring George Reeves

 • 1978 movie starring Christopher Reeve and sequels

The Thing masked heroes

The Thing masked heroes

The Thing  – known as Ben Grimm

Occupation: fighter pilot, astronaut

 • 1961 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

 • Appears in the2005 movie Fantastic Four played by Michael Chiklis

Thor masked heroes

Thor masked heroes

Thor  – known as Donald Blake

Occupation: physician

 • 1962 Marvel Comics; created by Larry Lieber, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

 • Hero in the 2013 movie Thor: The Dark World played by Chris Hensworth

The Wasp masked heroes
The Wasp masked heroes

 

The Wasp  – known as Janet Van Dyne

Occupation: flighty heiress

 • 1963 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

 • 2007 animated feature, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow

 • 2018 movie; Ant-Man and the Wasp

Wonder Man masked heroes

 

Wonder Man (old)  – known as ;Fred Carson

Occupation: unknown

 • 1939 Fox Publications; created by Will Eisner. One issue only because DC Comics claimed copy infringement with its Superman character and sued.

Wonder Man masked heroes

 

Wonder Man (new)  – known as Simon Williams

Occupation: industrialist

 • 1964 Wonder Comics; created by Stan Lee, and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby

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Wonder Woman  – known as Diana Prince (Trevor)

Occupation: secretary, nurse

 • 1941 DC Comics; created by William Moulton Marston

 • 1975-79 TV series starring Lynda Carter;

 • 2017 movie, Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot

Yellowjacket masked heroes

 

Yellowjacket  – known as Vince Harley

Occupation: unkown

 • 1944 Charlton Comics; creators unknown

Yellowjacket masked heroes

 

Yellowjacket (4)  – known as Henry Pym

Occupation: biochemist

 • 1962 Marvel Comics; created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby

Zorro masked heroes

Zorro masked heroes

Zorro  – known as Don Diego de la Vega

Occupation: wealthy ranchero

 • 1920 All-Story Weekly magazine; created by Johnston McCulley

 • 1937 movie serial starring John Carroll

 • 1940 movie starring Tyrone Power

 • 1957 TV series starring Guy Williams

 • 1990 TV series starring Duncan Regehr


(1) Not to be confused with Captain Comet or Comet the superhorse.

(2) grand-uncle of The Lone Ranger

(3) Britt Reid, the Green Hornet, was the son (or grandson) of the nephew of John Reid, the Lone Ranger. John and his brother Dan, who was killed in an ambush that led to John becoming the Lone Ranger, had a silver mine that produced the Reid fortune inherited by Britt.

(4) Also known as Ant-Man, Giant-Man, and Goliath.

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Green Lantern
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Human Torch
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