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10 Most Beautiful Women in Comics (DC, Marvel, and More)

Sabreblade is a comics lover and particularly enjoys writing about female superheroes and supervillains.

From Catwoman to Phoenix and Poison Ivy, these are my picks for the most bodaciously beautiful women in comics.

From Catwoman to Phoenix and Poison Ivy, these are my picks for the most bodaciously beautiful women in comics.

The Top 10 Most Beautiful Women in Comic Books

Yeah, I know these ladies aren't real, but these characters have fueled the fires of many a fanboy and fangirl, and they hold a special place in the hearts of comic book fans everywhere. Heck, where would cosplay be without these ladies?

Some are good girls, some are bad girls, and others fall somewhere in between. But that's a woman's prerogative, isn't it? So, here are my top ten favorite gorgeous comic book heroines from DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, and more.

  1. Phoenix and Dark Phoenix (Jean Grey)
  2. Wonder Woman
  3. Catwoman
  4. Poison Ivy
  5. Supergirl
  6. Witchblade
  7. Batgirl
  8. Harley Quinn
  9. Fathom (Aspen)
  10. Power Girl
Jean Grey as Phoenix/Dark Phoenix by Greg Land

Jean Grey as Phoenix/Dark Phoenix by Greg Land

1. Phoenix and Dark Phoenix (Jean Grey)

From humble beginnings, Phoenix has become one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe—or any universe, for that matter. I guess it just goes to show that a woman can accomplish anything.

Phoenix started out as Jean Grey, Marvel Girl, in X-Men #1 in September 1963. Her biography could fill an article all by itself, and it's been changed and altered so much that my mind just prefers to stay with the "simple" John Byrne/Chris Claremont version. But in any version, you have to admit that she went a long way from the girl in the green mini-skirt who just pointed at things to the being who could rip worlds apart.

Notable Actors Who Played Phoenix

  • The lovely Famke Janssen played the adult Jean Grey/Phoenix in the X-Men films.
  • Sophie Turner played the younger version of Phoenix in the same film series.
Wonder Woman by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson

Wonder Woman by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson

2. Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is one-third of DC's "trinity," along with Superman and Batman. Of course, the amazing Amazon had much earlier beginnings than Jean Grey, back in December 1941 in All Star Comics #8.

Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston writing as Charles Moulton, and if you're not familiar with him, I recommend reading some articles about him. He's pretty interesting.

Notable Actors Who Played Wonder Woman

  • To many of us, Lynda Carter is and will always be Wonder Woman, and that may be why it took so long for a Wonder Woman movie to come out.
  • Gal Gadot played Wonder Woman in the 2017 film and its sequel.
  • Adrianne Palicki was set to star in David E. Kelley's failed Wonder Woman pilot, but don't even get me started on that. If you saw it, you know why it failed.
Catwoman by Adam Hughes

Catwoman by Adam Hughes

3. Catwoman

The Feline Fatale started out even before Wonder Woman, back in Batman #1 in the Spring of 1940. Of course, then she was just a mysterious burglar and jewel thief called "The Cat." She went on to become one of Batman's greatest foes and, oddly enough, love interests. Again, her origins are so tangled up and convoluted that I think the best thing to do is basically pick your own.

Notable Actors Who Played Catwoman

  • Julie Newmar played Catwoman in the 1960s Batman TV series. I have to weigh in here and say that Newmar is my all-time favorite Catwoman!
  • A whip-snapping Michelle Pfeiffer played Catwoman in Batman Returns.
  • In 2004, Halle Berry played the lead role in the mostly disastrous Catwoman film.
  • Anne Hathaway took on the role in The Dark Knight Rises.
  • The Batman featured the lovely Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman.
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Poison Ivy by Adam Hughes

Poison Ivy by Adam Hughes

4. Poison Ivy

Isn't it odd that an otherwise minor villain can hang on through the years and become so popular? Ivy is a relative newcomer compared to Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and even Phoenix. She first showed up in Batman #181 in June of 1966 and is probably the first eco-terrorist depicted in comics.

I really think that her appearances in Batman: The Animated Series kickstarted her popularity, but that's just my opinion. The Harley Quinn animated series has helped Ivy endure as a popular character (well, that and her incredible good looks and skimpy outfit, probably).

Notable Actors Who Played Poison Ivy

  • Uma Thurman played Ivy in the 1997 fiasco Batman and Robin.
  • There haven't been a lot of live-action Ivies, but she's voiced by Lake Bell in the animated Harley Quinn series.
  • Diane Pershing voiced Poison Ivy in Batman: The Animated Series and related series.
Supergirl by Michael Turner

Supergirl by Michael Turner

5. Supergirl

The Maid of Steel (do they still call her that anymore?) first appeared in her most popular incarnation in Action Comics #252 in May of 1959. I say "most popular" because the idea of a "supergirl" had been used several times before Kara Zor-El showed up. Email didn't exist in the '50s, but the first appearance of Supergirl set off a huge letter-writing campaign with thousands of letters arriving in support of her.

But while I only think about Kara Zor-El as Supergirl, her history has become as messed up as that of many other heroines. (Do they just do this to the female characters, or do they screw up the guys' origins this badly, too?) For example, we've had Matrix, Matrix/Linda Danvers, and Cir-El, and now we are kinda back to Kara Zor-El.

Notable Actors Who Played Supergirl

  • In the 1984 Supergirl movie, she was played by Helen Slater.
  • On the Smallville TV show, Supergirl was played by Laura Vandervoort.
  • The CW's Supergirl series featured Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El.
  • The Flash (the 2023 film version) has Sasha Calle cast as Supergirl.
Witchblade by Marc Silvestri

Witchblade by Marc Silvestri

6. Witchblade

Witchblade really isn't a person; it's a sentient artifact that has been passed down by women for centuries. Some of the more famous wearers of the Witchblade were Cleopatra, pirate Anne Bonny, Joan of Arc, and, yes, Wonder Woman in the JLA/Witchblade cross-over.

The most famous wearer of the Witchblade (to me, at least) was NYPD homicide detective Sara Pezzini. I choose her mainly because that was when I read the book, and she was the character featured in the TNT series Witchblade.

Notable Actors Who Played the Witchblade Bearer

  • In the TNT series, Sara Pezzini was portrayed by Yancy Butler.
  • There haven't been many live-action Witchblade appearances, either. In the 2006 anime version, the Witchblade bearer, Masane Amaha, was voiced by Momiko Noto. Jamie Marchi voiced her in the English dub.
Batgirl by David Finch

Batgirl by David Finch

7. Batgirl

When you say Batgirl, you have to specify who you are talking about.

  • "Bat-Girl" Betty Kane, who debuted in 1961 in Batman #139?
  • "Batgirl" Barbara Gordon, who debuted in 1967 in Detective Comics #359 and is now Oracle?
  • "Batgirl" Cassandra Cain?
  • "Batgirl" Stephanie Brown?
  • Charlotte "Charlie" Gage-Radcliffe (Misfit) or Helena Bertinelli (Huntress) when they briefly wore the "Batgirl" mantle?

Notable Actors Who Played Batgirl

  • There are still a few of us that can't hear the name "Batgirl" without thinking about the sublime Yvonne Craig, who played the character in the '60s Batman series.
  • Alicia Silverstone was Batgirl—well, a version of Batgirl named Barbara Wilson—in the much-maligned Batman & Robin movie.
  • Dina Meyer played Barbara Gordon (now in her Oracle role) on the TV series Birds of Prey.
  • I know it isn't live-action, but I want to include it because it was so popular: The Lego Batman Movie had Barbara Gordon/Batgirl voiced by Rosario Dawson.
Harley Quinn by Terry Dodson

Harley Quinn by Terry Dodson

8. Harley Quinn

Here's another relative newcomer who is wildly popular: Harley Quinn didn't make her first appearance in a comic, but she showed up in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. Harley proved to be so popular that she made it into the official Batman canon, appearing in several popular series and comic books.

Notable Actors Who Played Harley Quinn

  • Harley was voiced by Arleen Sorkin in Batman: The Animated Series (again, it's not live-action, but it was her first-ever appearance!).
  • Mia Sara portrayed Harley in the Birds of Prey series. (Fun fact: She was played by Sherilynn Fenn in the unaired pilot.)
  • Margot Robbie played Harley Quinn in the DC Extended Universe, which includes the Suicide Squad movies and the Birds of Prey movie.
  • Lady Gaga was cast as Harley for the 2024 movie Joker: Folie à Deux.
Aspen as Fathom by Michael Turner

Aspen as Fathom by Michael Turner

9. Fathom (Aspen)

Fathom was created by the late Michael Turner and first published by Top Cow Productions. Although the book is titled Fathom, the main character is Aspen Matthews. Aspen is a marine biologist with a mysterious affinity for water who works at a secret deep-sea research center. I won't spoil the whole story, but, basically, Fathom is a sexy female Aquaman. That's really an oversimplification.

Notable Actors Who Played Fathom

None. Megan Fox was set to star in a movie adaptation, but that project appears to be dead in the water.

Power Girl by Adam Hughes

Power Girl by Adam Hughes

10. Power Girl

And last, but not least, we have the more (ahem) mature version of Supergirl, Power Girl. Kara Zor-L first appeared in All Star Comics # 58 in 1976. Power Girl is the Earth-Two twin of Supergirl and the first cousin of Kal-L, who is the Superman of Earth-Two. Like Superman, Power Girl was rocketed to Earth before the destruction of Krypton, but her rocket took longer to get here.

Power Girl is known for her "womanly physique," which has gone from buxom to heavily muscled, as opposed to Supergirl's more slender build. Power Girl's busty build has even been written into some of the stories as a gag—and, at least once, as a weapon.

Notable Actors Who Played Power Girl

  • Adrianne Palicki (remember her from the terrible Wonder Woman pilot?) played a version of Power Girl on Smallville.
  • This doesn't really count as acting, but Power Girl is also a favorite of cosplayers.
Here's a gorgeous portrait of Poison Ivy and Wonder Woman, two of the most popular female figures from comics.

Here's a gorgeous portrait of Poison Ivy and Wonder Woman, two of the most popular female figures from comics.

Who Is Your Favorite Female Hero or Villain?

Share your vote in the poll below! Poison Ivy led this poll for a long time, but Wonder Woman has caught up and passed her. Will anyone overtake Wonder Woman for the top spot? With all the beauty, brains, and power these 10 amazing women possess, who can possibly choose between them?

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The Top Ten Beautiful Women of Comics Comments

Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on April 07, 2017:

Nice list, sabreblade. I love most of the super gals you included. I'm certainly fond of others I've paid attention to over the years. I'm amazed how well you know these female character's history, and its' a long complex background history.

rjbatty from Irvine on May 22, 2015:

A lot of the allure depends on the artist. Case in point: Jim Balent. The guy has done Catwoman, Red Sonia, Lady Death and others -- and he can hardly be topped for depicting women the way men want to see them. He's made a career out out of "Tarot," and the reasons are pretty obvious. I've bought comics (a lot of them) simply due to great artwork.

This and your subsequent Hub are really good stuff. This is the kind of thing I would have written myself -- if I had the patience. Really nice.

mts1098 on October 18, 2013:

Based solely on the pictures here...Batgirl wins...cheers

travelgurrl from San Francisco, CA on April 02, 2012:

You have to admit that Death from the Sandman series is super pretty if you go for that goth girl kind of thing!

Vic on February 04, 2012:

I have to admit even though I'm more of a Marvel fan, my favorite is Wonder Woman out of the bunch and it has every thing to do with Linda Carter and the t.v. series I use to watch it as wee guy.

You are dead on about Wonder Woman always being Linda Carter, but I think it has a lot more to do with that when it concerns the reason why they can't get her to the big screen. A decent and plausible script is a major reason.

ScottLoogan from High Point, NC, USA on December 27, 2011:

Yeah, only gotten worse since then.

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on December 27, 2011:

I left there in 2010. It was headed that way then.

ScottLoogan from High Point, NC, USA on December 27, 2011:

Turning into a retirement community. Everything but doctors and banks is closing. When were you here last?

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on December 27, 2011:

Biased towards DC a lot actually....LOL

But if you look at my second Hub, there are quite a few Marvel ladies there.

And I notice that you are from my old hometown.

How's HP doing these days?

ScottLoogan from High Point, NC, USA on December 26, 2011:

Biased toward DC much? Yes, all those women are gorgeous, but no more so than Storm, She-hulk, Invisible Woman, Psyloche, Polaris, Rogue, Shadowcat, Mystique, Ms.Marvel, Mary Jane, Emma Frost, Silver Sable, Black Cat........

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on November 28, 2011:

Elektra is here...https://hobbylark.com/comic-books/More-Beautiful-C...

It's kinda hard to find a pic of Emma that HP wont shut down the Hub if I post it.

Lapse from East Coast Rules on November 28, 2011:

Where did Emma Frost and Elektra rank? They aren't too hard on the eyes...

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on November 27, 2011:

Wow...I just realized I didn't put She Hulk in part one or two.....

Lapse from East Coast Rules on November 27, 2011:

Loved the hub except for one omission. She-Hulk has to be in my Top 10. :-) Collected her title for awhile.

Really almost any heroine drawn by Alan Davis should make the list.

jcoop from Long Beach, California on September 27, 2011:

I think I was in love with every one of these beautiful ladies at some point in my childhood. And a couple I still am. Great Hub.

toddwertz on August 30, 2011:

Fantastic pictures!

Freegoldman from Newyork on July 20, 2011:

Excellent hub!,great pictures.Thanks for posting it.

tlsimpson from Northern California on June 13, 2011:

Love black widow and my new fave is Lady Mechanika.

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on March 31, 2011:

aspiringauthor: Wow...thank you!

And thanks for dropping by!

aspiringauthor from VA on March 30, 2011:

Excellent hub! I'm a comic book/graphic novel avid reader myself and I fully agree with the list of women you put up there, just not necessarily the order. However, Phoenix will always first and foremost be the supreme female badass considering she has the power to destroy entire galaxies. Keep writing more about comics and graphic novels, I will be sure to vote for you every time. In addition, I like your style of writing. Continue the great work.

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on February 28, 2011:

trusouldj: I have to agree with you.

Add Ms Marvel to that list as well.

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on February 28, 2011:

It's interesting how they kill off characters (Huntress, Supergirl) or just put them out of commission (Barbara Gordon's Batgirl) and decide a few years later ... oh, yeah, hey, let's recreate them. And you fight it, start to like the new version, only to have the same thing happen all over again. Maybe if they just concentrate on writing great STORIES and not just monster of the month books, they can flesh these characters out and we wouldn't be on our umpteenth version of Spiderwoman and/or Spidergirl ... Oh well ...

legendindia on August 14, 2010:

Hi sabrebIade. interesting hub.i don't know about these super women. But those are beautiful woman of comic worlds.

your super women images is the best.Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Keep it up.

www.artoflegendindia.com

adorababy from Syracuse, NY on June 23, 2010:

This is actually my first time to see some of these women in their costumes. Wow! They are really rocking!

MyTruthToYou on April 24, 2010:

I have to say one of the sexiest girls is Spider Woman WOW!! amazing HOT!! and tough and most of SMART!!!! Deadly combination!!

Rachel B. on April 02, 2010:

So glad you included Harley!

Stir Fry Guy from Fiery Wok, New Jersey on March 30, 2010:

This was so cool. What great idea to write a hub about. I grew up watching Wonder Woman as well. Lyda Carter has amazing eyes. Thanks!

mtsi1098 on March 28, 2010:

of this set I would say Witchblade wins...I think there is a Witchblade and Black Widow movie arriving soon...

sunspot1214 from somewhere on earth on February 27, 2010:

Nice hub, though probably in the next list you could include two other hot telepaths Emma Frost and Psylocke; the She-Hulk, one of a very few "hot" women lawyers; Susan Storm-Richards of the Fantastic Four; the Black Canary, Huntress and Zatanna, whose getups stir the (male) imagination and maybe even Mary Marvel.

Then again, maybe not "sigh."

Ros Webb from Ireland on January 23, 2010:

wow; great pictures

The Green Guru on January 21, 2010:

Gurl, you make me want to read comics again! :p

Sa Toya from England on January 03, 2010:

Yeah Gotham City has it going on. I loved this hub....love comics and some movie versions were actually really good. Not looking forward to Fathom being a film if portryed by Megan Fox...she's hott but not a good actress :)

on January 03, 2010:

Yeah Gotham City has it going on. I loved this hub....love comics and some movie versions were actually really good. Not looking forward to Fathom being a film if portryed by Megan Fox...she's hott but not a good actress :)

Tim from Los Angeles, CA on December 25, 2009:

Gotham City gets all the pretty ladies. Batman is lucky

bill yon from sourcewall on December 09, 2009:

well the top three would have to be 1 power-girl 2 catwoman 3 wonder woman.

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on December 02, 2009:

I do think of Yvonne Craig when someone mentions Batgirl. I thought she messed up the show as a kid, but, well--I liked her better in reruns as I got older.

I think the Scarlet Witch might belong on your list, also... the "makeover" George Perez gave her about 10 years ago vaulted her into the beautiful comic women list, even if she's always written as going crazy or about to go crazy.

Maybe you could have another post with the next ten?

shamelabboush on November 27, 2009:

Those are some hot sizzling cartoons! Nice hub!

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on November 27, 2009:

I was really amazed to see that a lot of women like the comic book heroines.

I actually forgot one of my favorites, the Black Widow. I'm interested to see how ScarJo pulls her off in the new Iron Man movie, and maybe even the Avengers.

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on November 27, 2009:

Pow! Thud! Thwwwaaaaap! Great pictures! Great Super Women! Women are Super! Pow! Kerrang! Squeak! Mouse!

Kashan Murtaza on November 25, 2009:

Cooooooool

Wow best

sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on November 24, 2009:

Speaking of comic books Dohn, are you related to The Flash?

LOL

I think you commented as soon as I posted it!

Thank you!

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on November 24, 2009:

You have a very good eye, my friend. Seeing this brought back so many memories. Gone are the days when these gals looked 2-dimensional and "cartoony." Now...

Thanks as always!

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