NO SHAVE NEWSARAMA1 of 12It's officially "No Shave November," and those of us here at Newsarama who can grow beards are looking for inspiration in the comic book world. Just this week, longtime X-Men Colossus debuted a new look in Extraordinary X-Men that features a full beard, stoking the fiery furnace of our Movember ambitions.
Additionally, a photo has surfaced from what appears to the Doctor Strange movie set with Benedict Cumberbatch sporting a particularly thick beard.
But just two beard – even one as fresh as Piotr Rasputin’s or Stephen Strange's – just isn’t enough for us. So we set about plumbing the depths of comic books to find as many magnanimous mustaches and beards as we could.
In doing so, we realized there is some truly magnificent facial hair in the world of superheroes, and being the hard-hitting journalists we are, we decided it’s high time we talked about it. So here you go, ‘Rama Readers. It’s our list of the most glorious facial hair in comic books!
SINESTRO2 of 12Normally, it’s all about a big, bushy beard, or a mighty mustache. But Sinestro here proves that, sometimes, less is more.
While he’s supposedly visually based originally on British actor David Niven, Sinestro’s pencil-thin pushbroom places him in the Snidley Whiplash category of evil masterminds.
So while the scourge of Korugar may not have as much lip-fur as some of the folks on our list, he makes up for the lack of substance with a whole hell of a lot of style.
AQUAMAN3 of 12Aquaman first had a beard for about a decade, from the mid-‘90’s to the early ‘00’s – but what a beard. His recent return to the unshaven look couldn't even compare.
Back then, after getting his hand gnawed off by piranhas, ol’ Arthur went full on Viking, growing not just luxurious, blonde locks, but also the kind of beard that most lumberjacks can only dream about.
Though Aquaman has since gotten a haircut and a shave (quitter!) it seems like actor Jason Momoa is bringing back the briny beard and long hair look for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
DUM DUM DUGAN4 of 12Nick Fury’s right hand man used to be a circus strongman, and it shows in his magnificent handlebar mustache. Just look at that thing – it practically wraps around his whole head.
Dum Dum Dugan is braver than most, not just because he has no fear in rocking that epic ‘stache. We’re just thankful he’s back in action with the new Howling Commandos, who are just as monstrous as his mighty mustache.
HERCULES5 of 12The Prince of Power has what could possibly be the oldest facial hair in the Marvel Universe. Though he’s kept it trim at times, Hercules has rarely been spotted without his trademark beard, which he’s sported for, oh, centuries now.
In his most recent series, Herc’s embraced the modern age, which means adding a man-bun to go with his beard, even though that’s a little more Brooklyn than Queens, where Herc now lives.
But Hercules isn’t the only mythical Marvelite to have sported a beautiful soup-catcher over the years. His pal and rival Thor also grew his out while going through a bit of an existential crisis in the ‘80’s – and that’s saying nothing of Thor’s fellow Asgardians such as Volstagg and Odin, who have kept their beards strong since time immemorial.
BATROC6 of 12OK, OK. So Batroc is best known for leaping around like the 11th day of Christmas, but what we should all really be focused on here is that lovely beard and its accompanying handlebar mustache.
But what else could you expect from a guy who made the bold choice of not only fighting Captain America time and time again, but also doing it in a costume that looks like Hawkeye washed his clothes with a mustard colored sock?
All we’re saying is, maybe we should all be taking Batroc and his beard a little more seriously.
DOOMSDAY7 of 12Doomsday’s got kind of a non-traditional beard, it being made of bone and all, but we here at Newsarama embrace all body-types, so here he is.
The least favorite son of Krypton isn’t exactly known for his bone-beard, but it’s still a pretty iconic element of his menacing appearance.
All the same, the less said about his unfortunate spiny skullet the better.
VIOLET8 of 12Violet here is notable for being the only bearded woman on our list. And before anyone gets all weird about it, she’s a dwarf, and we couldn’t be happier that she finally decided to embrace her heritage and stop shaving her beautiful, bounteous birthright.
There are lots of gorgeous beards in Rat Queens – we couldn’t let this entry go by without bringing up Orc Dave and his magical blue birds – but Violet’s is something special.
J. JONAH JAMESON9 of 12Who in the Marvel Universe, besides I guess the Hate Monger, could rock the butterfly ‘stache as well as J. Jonah Jameson? Just look at that thing, sitting there on his lip, practically begging to flap about while he berates poor, pathetic Peter Parker.
Honestly, getting dressed down by a man with a mustache like that is just adding insult to injury, because you know he’s got to have the utmost confidence in himself to even think about wearing facial hair that ridiculous.
GREEN ARROW10 of 12DC’s most iconic mustache and beard combo belongs to none other than Oliver Queen – at least, it did before the "New 52" crushed all of our hopes and dreams by doing away with the iconic Van Dyke in favor of some sad five o’clock shadow.
But those of us who loved that mustache still believe that someday the universe will be righted and Ollie will come to his senses and bring back the beard.
Anything is possible after Convergence, right? And it is Movember, right???
Help us out, Stephen Amell!
STAN LEE11 of 12Who could top this list but the mustachioed minister of Marveldom himself, Stan Lee? Lee hasn’t been seen without his iconic lip-warmer since the Marvel Universe launched way back in the ‘60’s. It’s almost as much a symbol of modern comic books as Lee is himself.
Of course, there’s one other iconic comic book creator with epic facial hair. We speak of course of the mystical Alan Moore. But his wizardly beard frightens even us.
Lee has one more edge over Moore – he’s a comic book character himself, having appeared in numerous Marvel Comics (some of which he didn’t even write) over the years.
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