It occurred to me randomly the other day that most of the all-time greatest comic book people (U.S.-based, anyway) have first names that start with the same letter. I started jotting down some names, and the list kept getting longer and longer, to the point where it became obvious that there couldn't possibly be another letter of the alphabet that has more all-time greats whose name starts with that letter. Your mileage may vary, but I doubt that any of the other 25 letters would have as impressive a roster of Hall of Famers.

Okay, so take a shot at it, and I'll post my own list of the all-time-greats-whose-name-starts-with-the-letter [?] once the guessing slows down.

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"S" is a good one. These aren't all A-listers, but that's sometimes a debate. I hope I don't repeat any:

Superman

Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)

Streaky the Super-Cat

Superboy (Clark Kent)

Superboy (Jonathan Kent II)

Superwoman (Lana Lang)

Super-Man (China)

Super Chief

Skrulls, the

Supreme Intelligence

Supreme (Image)

Spartan (Wildstorm)

Savage Dragon (Image)

Swamp Thing

Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Spider-Man 2099

Spider-Man (Miles Morales)

Spider-Ham

Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon)

Spider-Girl (May Parker)

Spider-Woman I (Jessica Drew)

Spider-Woman IV (Spider-Gwen)

Space Ghost

Sargon the Sorcerer

She-Hulk

Spy Smasher

Spider, The (pulps)

Solar, Man of the Atom

Solomon Grundy

Scorpion 

Shadow, The

Spirit, The

She-Hulk

Shang-Chi

Sub-Mariner

Spectre, The (Jim Corrigan)

Shade the Changing Man

S.H.I.E.L.D.

Sinestro

Star Sapphire

Shaggy Man

Saturn Girl

Shadow Lass

Sun Boy

Star Boy

Starman I

Star-Spangled Kid

Stripesy

S.T.R.I.P.E.

Steel (John Henry Irons)

Steel (Hank Heywood)

Steel Sterling

Slam Bradley

Shield, The

Sarge Steel

Sgt. Fury

Sgt. Rock

Stargirl

Skyman

Star Brand

Star-Lord 

Starbolt (Shi'Ar)

Stardust (herald of Galactus)

Starfox

Starhawk 

Starjammers

Starro the Conqueror

Starfire

Starfinger

Star Sapphire

Starr, Karen (Power Girl)

Son of Vulcan

Squirrel Girl

Sandman (Kirby, DC)

Sandman (Gaiman, DC)

Sandman (Marvel)

Sun Girl ('50s Atlas)

Sabra

Spiral

Shatterstar

Stranger, The

Storm

Snowbird

Selene

Sabretooth

Strong Guy

Stryfe

Sage 

Sunfire

Sunspot

Sasquatch 

Shaman

Satana

Sauron

Shi'Ar

Skeletor

Shaw, Sebastian

Shaw, Shinobi

Scalphunter (DC)

Scarecrow (DC)

Scarecrow (Marvel)

Scarlet Witch

Swordsman

Scarlet Centurion

Sif

Silk Spectre

Silent Knight

Scourge

Secret Warriors

Secret Six

Suicide Squad

Sentry, The 

Serpent Society

Sersi

Shadow King

Shadowcat

Silver Surfer

Shalla-bal

Scarlet Spider 

Silk

Shanna the She-Devil

Smasher (Izzy what's her name)

Shiva

Shocker 

Silver Sable

Silver Samurai

Sinister Six

Sister Grimm (Runaways)

Skaar

Skrulls

Slapstick

Sleepers (robots)

Sleepwalker

Siren

Streak the Wonder Dog

Solo 

Songbird

Sons of the Tiger

Steel Serpent

Speed Demon

Speedball 

Spencer Smythe

Sphinx 

Spitfire

Squadron Sinister

Squadron Supreme

Super-Adaptoid

Super-Skrull

Sentinels (robots)

Sentry #459 (Kree robot)

Stature

Stick

Skurge the Executioner

Stilt-Man 

Sue Storm/Richards

Savage, Vandal

Stacy, Gwen

Stone, Victor (Cyborg)

Storm, Johnny (Human Torch)

Strange, Stephen

Strange, Adam

Saunders, Speed

Saunders, Kendra

Stagg, Simon

St. Coud, Silver

Salem's Seven

Stingray

That's an awesome list, Captain, but I guess I must have been too ambiguous. I meant real-life comic book creators -- the guys and gals who write, draw or otherwise are involved in the creation of comic books. For comic book *characters* I think I'd probably agree with you that "S" is a pretty clear winner, assuming we change the rules to just be the first letter of the character's name, not his/her actual first name (in other words, Spider-Man and Superman wouldn't really count as a character's first name).

So I'll restate: There's a letter of the alphabet that, to me anyway, is the first letter in the first name of a lot more famous, Hall of Fame comic book creators than any other.

I guess "J."  Starting with Joe and Jerry. 

Hoy

Of course, Jack.  And then Jim and John, of which there are many, maybe not all HoF but many well known creators nonetheless.

And the “J”s would of course include Julie.

Yep, it's J. Here's the list I came up with, in no particular order, of just the all-time greats:

Joe Simon

Jack Kirby

Joe Shuster

Jerry Siegel

Jack Cole

Jerry Robinson

Julius Schwartz

John Romita

Jack Davis

Jack Kamen

Joe Kubert

Johnny Craig

John Buscema

John Severin

Jim Shooter

Jim Mooney

Joe Quesada

Jenette Kahn

Joe Orlando

Jim Starlin

Jim Steranko

John Byrne

Jim Aparo

Joe Staton

Jeff Smith

Jay Lynch

Jules Feiffer

Jim Lee

Other worthies but maybe not quite as luminary as those above include the likes of:

Jerry Iger

Jerry Ordway

John Forte

John Ostrander

Jaime Hernandez

Joe Maneely

Jack Abel

Jill Thompson

Just ponder what EC alone would've been like without their J-Squad!

I can't imagine there's any other letter of the alphabet with such representation on the list of comic book titans!

A couple of others just off the top of my head.  Joe Sinnott.  John Broome. 

And he deserves some recognition for the sheer number of stories:  Joe Gill.

Not a huge body of comic book work per se but Jeffrey Catherine Jones (Jeff Jones).  Certainly influential.

There have to be others.

Now what letter is second?  Oh, no, I went and asked it (I really don’t have a guess).

I had Joe Sinnott on my list, too, but forgot to type him in. But John Broome!!! Aaauuggghhhh! How could I have forgotten him? Oh man, for a Silver Ager like me to forget Broome! Thanks for the save, Dave!

And yeah, like Jeff Jones, there were a bunch of other J's that I didn't include because they didn't really qualify as all-time-greats, as we loosely define the term. Joe Gill, though, just for his sheer productivity, needs to be on the list, too.

As for what letter would be in second place? My first guess would be "B," but I haven't really researched it yet.

Other Js include Jack Oleck, Jay Gavin (Werner Roth), Jay Scott Pike, Jack Miller, Jim Lawrence, John Warner, Jose Delbo, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, John Wagner, John Ridgway, John Bolton, June Brigman, Jose Ortiz, José Muñoz, Jordi Bernet and Jeff Lemire.

Newspaper strip Js include Jim Holdaway, John McLusky, Jim Edgar, John Dixon, John Prentice, Jim Raymond, Jimmy Hatlo and Jack Williamson (Beyond Mars).

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