Heroes can come from anywhere, whether it’s a blood transfusion or gifted from birth. These heroines below have counted themselves as superpowered heavy lifters throughout comicbook history. To celebrate International Women’s Day, here is a list of ten of the toughest, most powerful female superheroes.
Created by Stan Lee and John Buscema in 1980, Jennifer Walters’ life was saved by her cousin Bruce Banner after a much-needed blood transfusion. Since gaining her powers, she has been a member of The Fantastic Four, the leader of the A-Force, as well as a lawyer taking on cases of a supernatural variety.
The White Queen of the Hellfire Club made her dazzling debut in 1980’s Uncanny X-Men #129. Later she joined the X-Men and gained some new abilities including turning her body into diamonds, which gave her super-strength and made her impervious to psychic attacks.
The Inhuman Terrigenesis transformed Crystal into her fully capable self, able to manipulate all manner of elements including fire, water, earth, and air. Her royal bloodline makes her the younger sister of the Inhuman, Medusa. Her first appearance was on 1965’s Fantastic Four #45.
Sue Storm has been a critical component to the birth of Marvel Comics, as well as the popularity of the Fantastic Four. She first appeared in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four #1 in 1961, boasting powerful forcefields and psionic abilities after being exposed to cosmic rays during a space mission with her teammates.