Marvel Comics and DC Comic fans unite! Comic book fans love their super powered heroes and heroines. They chatter on about who can beat up whom, and how wonderfully heroic caped crusading idols handle themselves in comics and graphic novels. Before these crime battling fantasy folk matured enough to properly dispatch of the bad guys and gals, they had to be raised by a mother. Here are some of the best examples of comic book moms who protected and nurtured the men, women and aliens we love to read about in comic books. They helped give our world the literary likes of the man of steel Superman, and the Amazonian princess Wonder Woman.
Queen Hippolyta – Wonder Woman’s Mother
Hippolyta is a Warrior queen who’s also Wonder Woman’s brave and strong mom. She’s also a bright guiding light and mother figure to a whole host of incredibly powerful Amazons, all residing on the fabled Paradise Island.
Having lived for over 3,000 years, Hippolyta wields fantastic physical and acrobatic strength. She also acts as the adoptive mother of another super powered gal – Donna Troy. In the popular Wonder Woman TV show starring Lynda Carter, she was portrayed by three actresses, Cloris Leachman, Carolyn Jones and Beatrice Straight.
Martha Kent – Superman’s Mother
Mother Martha Kent, though not his biological mother, raised Kryptonian Kal-El (Superman) to become the man of steel, and the most heroic and brave super powered hero of all time.
Here’s probably the most famous DC Comics matriarch. Whether played by Phyllis Thaxter in the big blockbuster feature film directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, or Annette O’Toole on the small screen in Smallville with Tom Welling as Clark, Martha Kent or Ma Kent, remains a stalwart figure and force in her son Clark Kent’s life. The character first appeared in 1939 in Superman #1, but back then she was referred to by another name – as Mary Kent.
Aunt May – Spider-Man’s Aunt/Mom
May Reilly Parker Jameson is better known to true believers simply as Aunt May. She’s become a beloved figure in the comic book worlds as the adoptive mother of Peter Parker, who’s our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Aunt May was played by the wonderful English actress Rosemary Harris in three big feature films directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man, and Kristen Dunst as Mary Jane. Motherly Aunt May is always there to help Peter through the difficulties of balancing being a roving newspaper photographer, a science obsessed nerd and a crime battling superhero.
The Scarlet Witch – Marvel Comics Mother
No matter their true intentions, witches always get a pretty bad rap. Is Scarlet Witch from Marvel Comics any different?
Created by comic masterminds Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1964, and first appearing in X-Men #4, Wanda Maximoff is daughter of Magda, and Magneto – leader of the Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants. Scarlet Witch wields many different types of powers – all tweaked by various writers throughout her existence. Her main ability is being able to alter probability – thereby increasing a risk of an opponent say slipping as they run towards her, or complex mechanical circuitry failing and the like. Nowadays she’s looked upon as a much more powerful being, with the ability to quite literally rewrite the nature and fabric of reality itself. Being a mom and witch isn’t easy, as her children are actually “soul shards” of the demon entity called Mephisto.