You may have seen the latest versions of Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America and their super-brethren, but how much do you know about their backstories? Test your super-knowledge with this quiz about the origins of some of these larger-than-life good guys (and a few bad ones, too).
Question 1 of 20
Let’s start with a classic backstory -- the orphaned superhero. Which superhero orphan was taken in by a nice couple named Jonathan and Martha?
Question 2 of 20
Like Superman, which of these characters hails from another planet?
Question 3 of 20
Which Amazonian superheroine got an updated birth story in 2011?
Question 4 of 20
Name the superhero sidekick who was inspired by a brave outlaw from English folklore.
Question 5 of 20
Which trait is NOT shared by Batman and Superman?
Question 6 of 20
Which comic book publisher uses the most mythology in their origin stories?
Question 7 of 20
Dark Horse Comics debuted a hot new character in 1993 at the San Diego Comic-Con. What is this character’s name?
Question 8 of 20
What's one theory about why orphan backstories are so popular in comics?
Question 9 of 20
What superhero backstory device is one of the least favorite of some critics?
Question 10 of 20
Enough about superheroes, what about supervillains? Which baddie’s biggest natural asset (and downfall) is his intelligence?
Question 11 of 20
Heroes aren't the only ones who face childhood adversity. Choose the villain who lost one of his parents.
Question 12 of 20
Which Marvel Comics character started his deadly villainy early in life?
Question 13 of 20
Lots of villians' backstories are warnings about the damage that a cruel or careless society can have on a person, but one of these characters was created by science. Which one?
Question 14 of 20
Which superhero group started with the rushed test flight of an experimental aircraft?
Question 15 of 20
Name the character who was NOT born in New York State.
Question 16 of 20
Which backstory do Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, Bob Kane and Bill Finger have in common?
Question 17 of 20
Which heroine is a nice, normal Jewish girl from Deerfield, Ill.?
Question 18 of 20
All those orphaned comic book characters need someone to look after them. Who has taken the most orphans under his or her wing?
Question 19 of 20
Which teenage gang of heroes does NOT feature Robin?
Question 20 of 20