9 Young Comic Books and Cartoon Characters
When you say comic book or cartoon superheroes, you think of Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America, and so on. Maybe you also think of female figures such as Wonder Woman or She-Hulk, but chances that you think of child superheroes are very slim. Nevertheless, here is a list of the most popular young comic book characters that are doing a lot more than just playing with toys:
Featured in the Sailor Moon manga series, Chibiusa debuts in the Chapter 13, as a small child who travels to the past from the 30th century to seek help from the Sailor Soldiers. Later, Chibiusa returns years older to become a Soldier as well under the name of Sailor Chibi Moon. Her name comes from “chibi”, meaning small child. Her uniform is very similar to the one worn by Sailor Moon and her hair is pink.
2. Kid Flash
There are multiple fictional characters known under the name of Kid Flash in the DC Comics universe, including Wally West, Iris West, Bart Allen, and Wally West II. Kid Flash’s first appearance dates from The Flash (vol. 1) #110, in December 1959. The character was created by writer John Broome and artist Carmine Infantino. What inspired comic book artists to develop this young character was the success of Robin, Batman’s younger help.
3. Son Gohan
Son Gohan is a character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toryiama. He is the son of Goku, the series’ protagonist, and of his wife Chi-Chi. Son Gohan is keen on martial arts, but his mother won’t let him practice and asks him to focus on his studies instead. However, the multiple threats to Earth force Chi-Chi to let her son fight and develop into one of the strongest characters in the series. His hair is spiked up and his name comes from the Japanese word “gohan” which means “cooked rice” or “meal”.
Created by writer Karl Kesel and artist Tom Grummett, Superboy and also known as Kon-el or Conner Kent, Superboy is a superhero in the DC Comics universe. His first appearance was in Adventures of Superman #500 in Jun 1993. In the DC Comics universe, Superboy was created by Project Cadmus Executive Director Paul Westfield, who wanted to create a clone of Superman after his death. The scientists managed to get the desired result after 12 failed attempts and named him Superboy. His abilities include Kryptonian powers and tactile telekinesis.
5. Juniper Lee
Juniper Lee is the leading character in The Life and Time of Juniper Lee, an animated TV series produced by Cartoon Network Studios. Juniper is a pre-teen living in a city with magical activity and hosting both good and evil monsters. Juniper is the one who can manage the barrier between the human and the magical world and for this purpose she has been awarded superpowers, being faster and stronger than ordinary humans. The show aired on Cartoon Network between 2005 and 2007.
6. Alex Power
A fictional character of Marvel Comics, Alex Power first appeared in Power Pack #1 and was created by Louise Simonson and June Brigman. Also known as Zero-G, Alex took the name Gee after achieving gravity-manipulating powers. At age 12, Alex gains superpowers along with his siblings, from a spaceship called Friday and together they create the Power Pack. Alex is their leader and has abilities such as gravity manipulation, healing powers, and energy absorption.
7. Beast Boy
Beast Boy appears in the comic books published by DC Comics and is also known as Beast Boy. Its creators are Arnold Drake and Bob Brown; the character’s first appearance was in Doom Patrol #99 in November 1965. The character’s civilian name is Garfield Mark, a boy whose scientist parents transform him into a West African green monkey to save his life; Garfield had contracted a rare illness called Sakutia which was survived only by this species of animals. The secondary effects of the serum determined the boy’s appearance to change and also provided him with the ability to transform into any animal. Other abilities of Beast Boy include werewolf psychology and hand-to-hand combat.
8. Bart Allen
Bart Allen is part of the DC Comics Universe and he first appeared as superhero Impulse. Later, Bart Allen became the second hero known as Kid Flash. The origins of this character date back to the 1960s and in more recent years, he appeared as the main character in Impulse (1995-2002) and The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive (2006 – 2007). Bart Allen was born in the 30th century to Meloni Thawne and Don Allen, in a family of superheroes and villains.
Appearing in DC Comics media, Supergirl was created by writer Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino. The character’s everyday life name is Kara Zor-El, and she is the cousin of Superman. Supergirl first appeared in May 1959, in Action Comics #252, in “The Supergirl from Krypton”. Later, the character was killed, but in the 2000s she was reintroduced in the Superman storyline, and today she even has her own comic book series.
The young characters in comic books and cartoons show us that fictional worlds can be more diverse and fascinating than one would expect, and child superheroes are actually a common thing from the early days of comic books and animations.