Doug: Today's topic of input is about the characters who dwell in that second and even third tier of popularity (at least popularity as it would relate to the general masses). We'd like to hear you sound off on those guys and gals who lie outside the likes of Spider-Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, and even Wolverine; and over at DC for the most part the so-called "Original Seven" of the JLA: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, J'onn J'onzz, and Aquaman.
Doug: I've always had a soft spot for three DC characters in particular -- Kid Flash, Mon-el, and Batgirl. As I believe I've told a time or two around here, my liking of Kid Flash stemmed mainly from his appearances in the mid- to late '70's in two mags: Teen Titans and Secret Society of Super-Villains. I really enjoyed his costume, and as a middle-schooler/junior high student I always related to the younger characters. His interactions with Captain Comet were fun, and I enjoyed seeing a kid go up against some of DC's famous baddies. As for Mon-el, and again I've stated this prior, he was Superboy without the Superman baggage. I always liked Superboy, but couldn't stand Superman. I bought the Legion; I never bought Superman or Action Comics. So Mon-el was a convenient solution to that problem. Lastly, my infatuation with Batgirl hearkened to the reruns of the 1966-68 Batman TV show. I had several comics with Batgirl appearing; but if you recall, most of her '70's adventures were pencilled by a rapidly-declining Don Heck. That was a bummer. But Batman Family was still a fun book.
Doug: So, who's on your list, just beyond the superstars?