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Which Comic Character Is the Greatest Engineer?

Unknown Lamer posted more than 3 years ago | from the evil-geniuses-for-a-better-tomorrow dept.

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ptorrone writes "From Bruce Wayne to Lex Luthor to Tony Stark — the most popular comic heroes are more than just beefy guys in skin tight suits, they're also business persons, titans of industry and brilliant engineers. While there will always be a lot of debate on who is the strongest or fastest, MAKE has an overview of their 14 top comic book engineers, scientists and hackers."

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I can think of one (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751612)

Also missing from the list is Retardo. Hes the guy who makes up all the stupid internet Top 10 type of lists.

Error 503 Service Unavailable (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35752258)

Somebody tell these dumbshits to get it together. Fuckin place is falling apart faster than a Minnesota bridge. Assholes...

My vote... (5, Funny)

Q-Hack! (37846) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751618)

Wiley Coyote... Super Genius.

Though, his reliance on ACME for equipment, should be reconsidered.

   

Re:My vote... (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751704)

Wiley Coyote... Super Genius.

Though, his reliance on ACME for equipment, should be reconsidered.

Yes well, aren't we all dogged by shitty suppliers.

Re:My vote... (2)

master5o1 (1068594) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751728)

Wile E. Cyote is more like a script kiddie; he just uses the products without much change.

Re:My vote... (1)

guspasho (941623) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751758)

Can one be considered great if every single one of his "inventions" fails spectacularly?

Re:My vote... (1)

jimmydevice (699057) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751810)

This thread is full of WIN. My first thought was Batman, No superhuman abilities, strictly devices. But, Wile E. Coyote, an example of the total failure of technology.

Re:My vote... (1)

jimmydevice (699057) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751834)

Correction: The application and misapplication of technology

Re:My vote... (5, Interesting)

Master Moose (1243274) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751796)

Am I the only one that would get frustrated that he would always give up with the equipment after just one attempt?

He usually had a *sound* plan with a sure-fire method which was thwarted by poor execution or random variables that statically would not affect a 2nd, 3rd or 4th attempt at the same method.

Re:My vote... (1)

robow (1609129) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752070)

Are you going to risk falling off a cliff more than once???

Re:My vote... (1)

Martin Blank (154261) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752080)

I think there were a few occasions where he tried multiple times. An attempt at launching himself with a giant rubber band, for example, was repeated until he got things right (after being crushed and caught up in the rubber band on different occasions) and actually caught up to the Road Runner. However, he hadn't the foresight to take into account... something. I forget what happened, but it of course did not go well for him.

Re:My vote... (5, Insightful)

skeptikos (220748) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751798)

Wiley Coyote... Super Genius.

Though, his reliance on ACME for equipment, should be reconsidered.

 

I always thought that Wiley Coyote depicts very well the agony of working as an engineer. The laws of nature seem to work against you. Murphy's laws are against you. The tools/equipment do not behave according to the specs, and tend to fail at the worst possible time. Good ideas fail because of implementation details or even bad luck. Yet, you cannot let the problem go, you have to fix it! One last try, ok, maybe another one!

Also, he is Jesus... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752092)

At least if you ask Grant Morrison. [wordpress.com]

Re:My vote... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35752478)

http://qntm.org/coyote
A dramatization of this.

For my hubris, I have been sent to a world which obeys no scientific laws. For my crime of trying to understand, I have been delivered into Pandemonium, the malfunctioning universe, the cackling Vindictiverse. There is a God, a malevolent God, ACME is his name and the Bird is his demon sent to torment me.

Re:My vote... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751938)

Wiley Coyote... Super Genius.

Though, his reliance on ACME for equipment, should be reconsidered.

 

You have my sword.

Re:My vote... (1)

MrHanky (141717) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751968)

Minnie Mouse. Since social engineering is the most noble kind of engineering.

Re:My vote... (2)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752334)

Minnie Mouse. Since social engineering is the most noble kind of engineering.

Careful of that slippery slope. Once you start considering social engineering and mouseketeers there's a risk that Britney Spears will be named best engineer here on slashdot. Of course at that point the universe would no longer be able to sustain the paradox and would implode!

Luthor? (1)

kuzb (724081) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751642)

Since when did Lex Luthor become a hero?

Re:Luthor? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751668)

The moment moral relativity took over, and the criminal became the victims, and the victims criminals.

Re:Luthor? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751740)

Ahh to live in a simple black and white world! To be 10 forever!

Re:Luthor? (1)

bigsexyjoe (581721) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751696)

Since when is "Comic Character" synonymous with hero?

Re:Luthor? (1)

grouchomarxist (127479) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752458)

Since the (bad) description for this article.

Re:Luthor? (1)

master5o1 (1068594) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751742)

Lex Luther stole forty cakes.
That's as many as four tens.
And that's terrible.

Re:Luthor? (5, Insightful)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751812)

Lex Luthor has always been a hero. He is nearly the only person on earth making it his life's duty to fight off the alien from another planet with super powers that imposes his will on our world and is a threat to us all.

Re:Luthor? (1)

jimmydevice (699057) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751920)

What? you like roadrunners?

Greatest Engineer (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751654)

DILBERT!!!

Re:Greatest Engineer (2)

Jake Griffin (1153451) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751992)

+1

Easy (1)

guspasho (941623) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751664)

Forge [wikipedia.org]

Re:Easy (1)

Zen_Sorcere (1303425) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752054)

Hear hear. He was the first one I thought of.

Re:Easy (1)

Leekle2ManE (1673760) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752532)

Same here. TFA (or TFB? [blog]) states that Forge can make anything he can imagine and then says he only built a few things. Made me think the blogger just did a quick google search of Forge Inventions and left it at that. It's been ages since I collected, but I seem to recall Forge building items from practically nothing in a matter of moments to provide anything from simple structural supports to weaponry.

Dilbert is the closest to reality (5, Interesting)

Moof123 (1292134) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751672)

Just saying,

There are days i envy Dilbert, his company is better run than some I have worked at.

Re:Dilbert is the closest to reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751712)

Seriously, how could they not include Dilbert?

Re:Dilbert is the closest to reality (2, Interesting)

captjc (453680) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751830)

Plus all the insubordination has yet to cost anyone their job. I would love to call my boss and coworkers idiots to their face and deliberately sabotage them for my own amusement and face no consequences whatsoever.

Re:Dilbert is the closest to reality (1)

ShavedOrangutan (1930630) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751930)

I would love to call my boss and coworkers idiots to their face and deliberately sabotage them for my own amusement and face no consequences whatsoever.

Or have him stuffed by a taxidermist.

Re:Dilbert is the closest to reality (2)

ozmanjusri (601766) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752182)

I would love to call my boss and coworkers idiots to their face and deliberately sabotage them for my own amusement and face no consequences whatsoever.

You can call me an idiot later. [open.edu.au]

Re:Dilbert is the closest to reality (4, Interesting)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751856)

Dilbert is a corporate tool intended to placate all of the cubicle-drones because they can have a chuckle and identify with him and think "well, gosh, things aren't so bad!" and move on with the status-quo.

Re:Dilbert is the closest to reality (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35752096)

Dilbert is a corporate tool intended to placate all of the cubicle-drones because they can have a chuckle and identify with him and think "well, gosh, things aren't so bad!" and move on with the status-quo.

Sure, until Dilbert is as the OP stated a story describing something better than where you work. Sometimes, most of the time now, paranoia of the media is warranted...but Dilbert is a bit of an exception - large businesses hate the comic and the show was canceled for a reason. It's drawn by an engineer who wanted to mock corporate life - the fact corporate life is now worse than Dilbert makes it not only a sad view of reality, but definitely not to make office drones complacent. I mean the devil is a frequent character, the HR character routinely burns coworkers alive, and everyone is more or less the plaything for a dog's amusement - who routinely experiments on them and holds things they value over them in exchange for physical torture - its really sad that it is in fact a nicer glimpse of corporate life than reality - but not meant to make people complacent - he hasn't sold out completely yet.

Re:Dilbert is the closest to reality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35752406)

Intended as such by... Scott Adams? Really?

Calvin's Dad is a Slashdot superhero (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35752144)

Really, he's a patent lawyer. Where else could he be a hero?

I had only one thought when I read this. (4, Insightful)

eflester (715184) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751682)

It's probably Alice. Although Wally is my personal hero.

Re:I had only one thought when I read this. (2)

ShavedOrangutan (1930630) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751964)

Agreed.

"Why haven't you returned my calls?"
"I tried, but when I put the phone to my ear, it pressed my tragus over my ear hole and I couldn't hear a thing."

I'm going to use this someday.

Dilton Doliey (3, Insightful)

metlin (258108) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751684)

I know this sounds weird, but one of the first "geeky" comics character I was blown away by was Dilton Doiley [wikipedia.org] , part of Archie's crew, in the Strange Science editions [comicvine.com] .

  It was short, it was funny, and he was a geek who got the girl. All these other guys are great, but they had supernatural powers or wealth, or other things going for them. Dilton just... conducted home experiments! Of course, he had his own lab, but still, as a regular kid, you could aspire to be him.

The other character I remember from childhood, of course, was Tom Swift [wikipedia.org] . Amazingly inspirational -- although, not a lot of comics of him out there (I've seen a few, but not many).

Re:Dilton Doliey (2)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751726)

Until this day I never met anybody aspired to be Dilton.

I mean, even Jughead had a girl chasing him.

Re:Dilton Doliey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751900)

It could be worse. You could aspire to be the fucking Juggernaut, unable to procreate with beings smaller than an elephant.

Re:Dilton Doliey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751800)

Oddly enough, I know what you mean. Geeky or not, there were clear undertones of respect for his intellectual prowess here and there in the strip. I still remember (although lord knows I'll probably never find out where I saw it, given the amount of material out there for that strip) a story about a quiz contest where Doiley was considered a heavyweight star. (Of course, Moose had the "save the day" moment, but what else were they going to do to make it a story.)

Re:Dilton Doliey (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751996)

Pfft. Dilton wasn't a patch on Calvin.

Re:Dilton Doliey (1)

VolciMaster (821873) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752148)

I know this sounds weird, but one of the first "geeky" comics character I was blown away by was Dilton Doiley [wikipedia.org] , part of Archie's crew, in the Strange Science editions [comicvine.com] .

It was short, it was funny, and he was a geek who got the girl. All these other guys are great, but they had supernatural powers or wealth, or other things going for them. Dilton just... conducted home experiments! Of course, he had his own lab, but still, as a regular kid, you could aspire to be him.

The other character I remember from childhood, of course, was Tom Swift [wikipedia.org] . Amazingly inspirational -- although, not a lot of comics of him out there (I've seen a few, but not many).

Wow - somebody else who knows of Tom Swift.

Which series did you like more, the original, or the one with Tom Jr?

Repelletrons FTW!

Best comic engineer? None of the above! (4, Funny)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751686)

The correct answer is Wally, from Dilbert. He saved the Apollo 13 mission and invented the cursor [dilbert.com] . Easily, the answer to your question of

Which Comic Character Is The Greatest Engineer?

If including cartoons... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751692)

Dexter

Re:If including cartoons... (1)

master5o1 (1068594) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751766)

Mandark.

Re:If including cartoons... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752116)

Professor Hawk. [wikia.com]

Re:If including cartoons... (1)

Master Moose (1243274) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751912)

Its amazing the work that kid could do. Building the most advanced machines by seemingly only ever tightening a bolt with a spanner

Where's Gyro Gearloose? (1)

Doghouse Riley (1072336) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751708)

Along with a couple of posters at the linked site, I thought of him first before starting to read the article....

Re:Where's Gyro Gearloose? (1)

Required Snark (1702878) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752486)

Gyro is the epitome of unintended consequences. All geeks should keep Gyro in mind because our best laid plans oten go astray.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gyro_Gearloose [wikipedia.org]

Don't forget the terrorists! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751756)

Seriously. Have you ever noticed that a disproportionate number of terrorists are from an engineering background? My theory is that it is because, compared to others, an engineer has knowledge and aptitude to take matters into his own hands.

This is directly relevant to the current discussion, as one mans superhero is another man's terrorist.

Surely... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751762)

There is but one prophet and Dilbert is his name.

My favorites (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751768)

Gyro Gearloose and Ludwig Von Drake

and of course Rodney Copperbottom

Re:My favorites (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751958)

Gyro Gearloose and Ludwig Von Drake

and of course Rodney Copperbottom

Somewhere I have a Captain Marvel where he performs nuclear fusion to create an invulnerable material, with his bare hands.

Easy (4, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751774)

Girl Genius.

Re:Easy (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751866)

Military Intelligence!

Re:Easy (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751970)

Girl Genius.

Ah, but she's a shadow of her mother Lucretia Mongfish, Barry Heterodyne, Bill Heterodyne or Baron Wolfenbach .. well dang, there's buckets of geniuses in there!

Re:Easy (5, Insightful)

sapphire wyvern (1153271) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752428)

Nonsense. Agatha's far more powerful (albeit still less experienced) than Lucrezia Mongfish or the Heterodyne Boys. She made _mechanical Sparks_ as one of her very first projects! And she's clearly outclassing Gilgamesh and Tarvek, who are both first-rate Sparks in their own right.

None for me thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751840)

Comics have the fine tradition of using fictional technological invention as a little more than a convenient plot device. This makes it little more than a magic item replacement for the technological age.

Not just comics (1)

Master Moose (1243274) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751960)

Comics have the fine tradition of using fictional technological invention as a little more than a convenient plot device. This makes it little more than a magic item replacement for the technological age.

Since when was this the sole domain of the comic books?

Sonic Screwdriver anyone?

Also missing... (1)

QRDeNameland (873957) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751844)

Professor Butts...a name probably not as well known as his creator [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Also missing... (2)

jd (1658) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751892)

Rube Goldberg wasn't as good as Heath Robinson, in my honest opinion, and the best Professor of all time has to be Professor Brainstawm.

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751852)

I would like to nominate a european contestant: Professor Balthazar.
I know, cartoons are not the same as comic books but still...
http://youtu.be/fMZKky5LZl4

The Daily Chimpout (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751858)

Today, featuring Africans in Tel Aviv [youtube.com]

Tony Stark build this in a cave! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751860)

...out of scraps!

I would have to say... (1)

jd (1658) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751882)

Stone De Croze, the Original Guernseyman. The rest had the benefit of education, textbooks and suppliers. Stone De Croze invented stuff before inventing had been invented.

Scotty (2)

captjc (453680) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751884)

Star Trek has been a comic franchise since the 70's. It is only fair that Scotty should be on that list.

Now, if only MacGyver had a comic book...

Re:Scotty (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751980)

Star Trek has been a comic franchise since the 70's. It is only fair that Scotty should be on that list.

Nah, he kenna change the laws of physics.

There is only one answer. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751890)

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

Because he is the only one so awesome he has mastered both magic AND science. Not to mention politics. Did you know Latveria has a 100% literacy rate? Did you know that Doom enjoys 100% popular support? Did you know that there is no starvation, unhappiness or disease in Latveria?

It is all because of DOOM!

Re:There is only one answer. (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751976)

With stats like that, our next Republican President will be attacking Latveria before the bible is put away.

Obvious missing person. (4, Insightful)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751896)

My vote would have been for Alice. She's the top engineer in her company, she's developed patents that earned her company 2 billion dollars in revenue, and her fist-of-death is legendary. All this after she overcame the handicap of being a woman....

Not quite comics... (1)

thegrammarjedi (2036256) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751918)

But Dexter from Dexter's Lab is a contender.

Calvin and Hobbes FTW! (1)

furgle (1825812) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751940)

I vote for calvin and hobbes - more specifically hobbes. His ideas when playing calvin ball are excellent.

Re:Calvin and Hobbes FTW! (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752100)

Pfft!

Calvin made a transmogrifier, time machine *and* an instacloner out of the *SAME* cardboard box!

Re:Calvin and Hobbes FTW! (1)

furgle (1825812) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752212)

So he can create any machine out of a single cardboard box. What a Nerd! Hobbes can pick up chicks, or rather gets picked up by them, if you know what I mean.

Re:Calvin and Hobbes FTW! (1)

AaxelB (1034884) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752324)

Instacloner? What instacloner? I distinctly remember a duplicator with an ethicator (and built-in moral compromise spectral release phantasmatron, naturally), but instacloner isn't ringing a bell.

And don't forget about the transmogrifier gun! A great advance in the field of transmogrification.

Doc Savage (1)

MicroBiscuit (664940) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751944)

Doc Savage in the library with a pipe wrench, WINNING!

Re:Doc Savage (1)

TobinLathrop (551137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751974)

Doc even though there were a few comic books is more of a Pulp Hero. It amazes me that a lot of the fantastic gadgets and such in those stories are now commonplace technology.

Why the Western bias? (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751986)

Bulma from Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z!

The only woman Vegeta fears...

TMNT (3, Informative)

asylumx (881307) | more than 3 years ago | (#35751988)

Come on, can't forget Donatello!

Forge FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35751990)

It's not even close. It's Forge from the X-men. Building things is literally his superpower.

How about ... (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752076)

.... Doctor Impossible.

Easy (4, Insightful)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752084)

Gadget Hackwrench

http://rangerwiki.net/images/e/e9/Gadget_extra_parts.jpg [rangerwiki.net]

Yes, there is a Chip & Dale's Rescue Ranger's wiki site. God bless you, Intertoobs.

Re:Easy (1)

Hartree (191324) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752494)

You beat me too it.

Besides, what other cartoon engineer has her own religion in Russia.

Hey, I've seen far worse things worshipped.

Manhattan? (2)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752120)

I was going to say they left out Dr. Manhattan, but then they included Ozymandias.

(galactically huge spoilers here)

Hard choice there. They say Ozymandias out-smarted Manhattan, but really he merely got him out of the way long enough to succeed at his plan. And failed to kill him, which was part of his original plan. If Manhattan had known of the plan, and it had become a battle of wits, it's no question who'd win. But since by the time Manhattan knew of it it had already occurred, Manhattan merely had to accept it as logical. Which, in fact, he might have done anyway if Ozymandias had merely included him in on it. Manhattan wasn't emotional about humanity and didn't become concerned about humanity until Ozymandias displaced him, giving Laurie a reason to think Manhattan had to be convinced to come home.

So Ozymandias probably chose the wrong strategy with Manhattan. And not remembering that Manhattan was capable of reforming his intrinsic field was a massive joke.

Yup. Manhattan. If it's a matter of engineering, and not sneaky politics, he wins this whole thing without lifting a finger.

to bad macgyver is not a Comic Character as he (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752132)

to bad macgyver is not a Comic Character as he would top all of the people listed hear.

No Reed Richards/Mr Fantastic yet? (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752160)

Everyone in the Marvel Universe gets their cool stuff from him, even Tony Stark...

And what about Victor Von Doom/Dr Doom?

Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752164)

What other engineer can take a cardboard box, turn it into a transmorgifier, then make it into a time travel machine and then make it into a duplicator? Not to mention that, when he added an ethicator to his duplicator, he built in a moral compromise spectral release phantasmatron. Sheer genius!

http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/2011/04/05/

Tony still "only" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35752250)

The author states he choose Tony over Reed because Tony is "just" human. But I wonder... Is this still really true? Extremis literally rewrote his dna, giving him arguably superpowers. Sure it's man made but still....

Brainiac 5 (1)

ASDFnz (472824) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752280)

How could it possably be anyone else?

Phineas and Ferb (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35752326)

nuff said.

Dexter Boy Genius (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35752362)

A ten years old kid that has built with his own hands a secret lab, a super computer with the most adavanced IA, tons of robots and a freakin three story tall super robot should be the ONLY canditate here.

Hank Pym (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35752446)

When he's not busy raping people he tore up physics in the comic world by somehow shrinking and growing himself violating and raping every branch of physics possible.http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/11/04/07/2218220/Which-Comic-Character-Is-the-Greatest-Engineer?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot+%28Slashdot%29&utm_content=Google+Reader#

No Spidey? (2)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752462)

Specifically, his webbing, which is entirely Peter Parker's creation (regardless of what the movie suggested). I mean, that and all his playing around with advanced physics and chemistry.

Batman. There isn't even reasonable doubt. (1)

metrix007 (200091) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752510)

Batman is the more realistic of the lot due to actually training himself for over a decade in all the skills he is a master in. No one compares, to the extent he has trained his mind. Someone significantly weaker than his superpowered counterparts and can regularly beat them with ease. Making is not just physical objects, but look at what else he has made. He single handle changed Gotham and inspired a new generation of heroes.

Anyway enough mancrushing..., lets look at the competitors.

  • Lex Luthor
  • - A genius top be sure, but not so much a maker. He is much better at manipulating people....his powersuits and such don't often accomplish their goals....

  • Tony Stark (Ironman)
  • - A drunk with access to nice toys. That's it.

  • Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic)
  • - Impressive, but always just makes whats needed in the nick of time, doesn't compare to Batman.

  • Querl Dox (Brainiac 5)
  • - Access to 1000 years of technological progress, and should be disregarded.

  • Ted Kord (Blue Beetle) - Like Cyborg, benefitted from Technology, didn't really engineer it.
  • Victor Stone (Cyborg)
  • - Not really an engineer, someone who benefited from advanced technology.

  • Phineas Mason (The Terrible Tinkerer)
  • - No Idea

  • Jonathan Silvercloud Forge (Also called: The Maker, Genesis)
  • - No Idea.

  • Michael Holt (Mister Terrific)
  • - No Idea

  • Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias)
  • - Not really an engineer at all...nothing he made was particular impressive...unless you count the whole squid plan....

  • Angela “Angie” Spica (Engineer)
  • - No Idea

  • Paul Norbert Ebersol (The Fixer)
  • - No Idea

  • Victor von Doom (Doctor Doom)
  • - Relies on powers and political power more than engineering anything, at the most at reed's level.

Batman wins.

Guardians of Oa (1)

BearRanger (945122) | more than 3 years ago | (#35752538)

There are other aliens on his list, so this is fair game. First they created an army of super robots to enforce justice in the form of the Manhunters. Then they created the ultimate weapons and power sources in the Green Lantern rings and power batteries. And never underestimate the social engineering skill it takes in building an organization made up of hundreds of races, genders and species in the Green Lantern Corps.
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