Marvel employees created National Superhero Day on April 28, 1995 to celebrate everyone’s favorite superhero. This is for superheroes only — we all know villains aren’t deserving of their own day. Still, the idea behind superhero day is to honor those who serve and protect while fighting evil. No matter who your favorite hero is, honoring the real or fictional people that inspire us is a worthwhile cause this April 28.
When is National Superhero Day 2023?
Caped crusaders, masked vigilantes, mutants, guardians, and immortal gods are all celebrated on National Superhero Day on April 28.
History of National Superhero Day
For a day that’s all about celebrating superheroes, it’s no surprise that National Superhero Day was founded by Marvel Comics in 1995. Now, every year since its birth on April 28, 1995, people come together annually on this day to celebrate all their favorite heroes. No matter if your chosen heroes are fictional or real, this is the day to be thankful for them.
If you don’t know about Marvel Comics, think about all those superheroes you loved growing up (and probably still love). We’re talking about Spiderman, Thor, Ironman, Black Widow, Captain Marvel, and many other fan favorites. Those heroes are all from Marvel comics, the creators of “The Fantastic Four,” “The Avengers,” and “X-Men.” However, Marvel superheroes aren’t the only ones out there. If you’re a fan of Batman, Wonder Woman, or Superman, those superheroes were created by DC Comics, and they are equally celebrated on this day!
Did you know the first superhero ever was created in 1936? He was named Phantom and he started with his own comic strip in a U.S. newspaper. This was the first known beginnings of a published superhero and, today, there are hundreds of well-known heroes that everyone loves.
As for real-life superheroes, National Superhero Day also recognizes those who we look up to every day. No matter if they wear masks, capes, scrubs, or uniforms, everyone has someone they think of as a superhero. This national day began and grew so that everyone’s role models could get a well-deserved shout-out for whatever hard work they do. Who’s your favorite superhero?
National Superhero Day timeline
The character’s whited out eyes became a feature of many later superheroes, including Batman.
The very first female superhero, Fantomah, is introduced with the release of "Jungle Comics #2."
Spiderman's first appearance is in the 15th edition of "Amazing Fantasy."
The current superhero take over at the cinemas can be traced back to the success of "Superman" in 1978.
Everyone’s favorite fighting turtles get their own comic, which later becomes a television show.
Traditions for National Superhero Day 2021
National Superhero Day is a huge day for superhero geeks, movie lovers, artists, comic book collectors, and pop-culture enthusiasts. Traditions on this day span different entertainment mediums like film, print, and animation. Ever since Christopher Nolan’s epic “The Dark Knight Trilogy,” as well as Marvel’s “The Avengers” movies, the era of superheroes has continued to capture the public’s imagination. Superhero movies are shown on some TV channels throughout the day, and watch parties and movie nights are hosted. To add to the fun, costumes of favorite superheroes are donned.
Comic book collectors and lovers share their prized possessions, and valuable comic books are exchanged more so than usual on this holiday. The art of comic books is honored and promoted, with fan art posted on social media. Superhero video games are also massive, so playthroughs are hosted live on Twitch and YouTube.
Superheroes By the Numbers
1989 – the year when Marvel comics introduced Mr. Immortal, whose only superpower was that he couldn’t die.
192 – the IQ of Bruce Wayne.
2009 – the year when The Amazing Spider-Man met President Barack Obama.
20 feet – the distance at which Daredevil can recognize a heartbeat.
50 – the total number of Iron Man suits.
$600 million – the amount of money it would cost someone to be Batman, according to comic book editor Darren Hick.
1966 – the year when Archie Andrews became superhero alter ego Captain Pureheart.
640 lbs – the weight of Thor.
7,200 – the number of currently active Green Lanterns.
1960s – the period in which Spider-Man’s catchy theme song was released.
National Superhero Day FAQs
Who created National Superhero Day?
National Superhero Day was founded by Marvel Comics in 1995.
Who is the most popular superhero?
Superman reigns as the most popular superhero of all time.
Is there a National Ironman Day?
There currently is no special day to celebrate any of the Avengers since National Superhero Day is meant to celebrate all superheroes. But there’s no one stopping you from starting one!
How to Celebrate National Superhero Day 2021
Throw a cosplay party
Halloween is still months away. But cosplay can happen anytime, and no time is better than National Superhero Day. So whether you choose a theme, like DC comic books heroes, Marvel heroes, or neighborhood heroes, invite people to come as their favorite! A dinner table boasting the likes of Silver Surfer, the Huntress, and Iron Man is bound to be fun!
Sponsor a superhero film festival
Even if you’ve never wanted to don a cape and save the day, it’s awesome to watch other people do it. So celebrate National Superhero Day by streaming films like "Iron Man," "Justice League," "Logan'" or even "Captain Underpants." Just make sure you have plenty of candy and popcorn on hand — and maybe some masks to really immerse yourself.
Honor your own real-life superheroes
What makes a superhero? Usually, it’s the attribute of having superpowers, but don’t let that stop you from taking the day to thank your own heroes. You can thank an entire group, like firefighters or police officers, or honor just one person who has demonstrated fairness, courage, and compassion. Make this superhero day your perfect day to honor all heroes.
5 Facts About Superheroes
The well-known, muscular green superhero was originally supposed to be grey. Due to printing issues, he became the green hulk we know now.
Batman is one smart guy
Albert Einstein had an IQ of 160, and Bruce Wayne has an IQ of 192!
Thor can speak every language
One of his powers is called “All-Tongue.” This gives him the ability to speak and have anybody understand him.
Iron Man likes his suits
In fact, he has over 50 suits designed for oceans, battles, and one that has Stark’s mind built into it… just in case.
Spiderman was inspired by a fly
Stan Lee saw the fly on the wall and started thinking about superheroes that could stick to surfaces.
Why we love National Superhero Day 2021
Start a debate amongst comic book fans about who's the best superhero and you'll soon find yourself in the middle of a heated argument. Batman? Some say he’s just a guy with gadgets. Who’s faster, the Flash or Quicksilver? Who’s more powerful, Spiderman or the Green Lantern? National Superhero day solves this conundrum by honoring ALL superheroes. So embrace the wonderful diversity of heroes offered in this, and other, universes.
When we consider the attributes that make a superhero, aside from special powers, they embrace truth and justice, fight evil, and demonstrate courage. There are many people in our society who embrace those same values and that makes them pretty super too!
There's a hero for everyone
Superheroes come in all colors, genders, religions, and incarnations. What’s not to love about a day that embraces an alien with a green pointy head (Martian Manhunter), a woman with wings (Hawkgirl), or a man half-metal, half-human (Cyborg)? Even Squirrel Girl has her own loyal following, and although she may not have reached the status of having her own day, she is certainly a superhero.
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