Live Poll: Live Action Superheros Who Did Not Originate From Comicbooks

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Lately, with all the live action comicbook movies being produced lately, it seems a character can only be considered a superhero if they came from a comicbook from one of the big Comicbook companies, or independent companies, or manga. Well, this list serves as a reminder that there are other sources from which a superhero can arise. Like: movies, TV shows, tv cartoon shows not based on comicbook characters, Comicstrips (remember those?), old radio shows, old movie matinee serials, pulp fiction, and novels. Well, which one of these who made it into a live action movie, should be considered a superhero?
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Zorro (introduced in 1917), the Shadow (introduced in 1930), and the Phantom (introduced in 1936), are the main characters which influenced Bob Kane and Bill Finger in their creation of Batman (introduced in 1939).  Zorro himself is a near-copy of the Scarlet Pimpernel (introduced in 1903), one of the first heroic vigilantes in literature, and the first with a a secret identity (wealthy fop by day, badass vigilante by night.)

While Conan is among my favourite characters, and Robert E. Howard depicted him as having nearly superhuman intelligence, strength, and senses of hearing and smell, he lacks in the heroism department.  He is typically depicted as a thief, outlaw, mercenary, and pirate. In his middle-age becoming the usurper king of Aquilonia, by killing his predecessor. His main motivations were mostly greed and ambition. The audience rooted for him because his villains were usually even worse, and he was the lighter shade of grey. 

And in Howard's version of the character, Conan goes through mood swings on a regular basis: "Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet."

What set him apart from other pulp characters was Conan's capacity of learning throughout his journeys. In Howard's words:  "In his roaming about the world the giant adventurer had picked up a wide smattering of knowledge, particularly including the speaking and reading of many alien tongues. Many a sheltered scholar would have been astonished at the Cimmerian's linguistic abilities." 
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Wow, you got almost everything about Conan there is to know except one tiny piece of trivia that may explain why Arnold Schwarzenegger shows up in Red Sonja (1985) playing a character clearly like Conan: Kalidor. Look further down the list. Robert E. Howard created both Red Sonja and Conan the Barbarian. It is that comicbooks (Marvel) quickly adapted her and put her into that bikini chainmail. But in the story “The Shadow Of The Vulture”, she is just bloody as Conan is.