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Maxim's "Who Played It Best?" Entertainment Awards

In our highly scientific rankings of Hollywood's greatest icons—from the Man of Steel to the Caped Crusader—we answer the big question for once and for all (with a little help from our readers).

Best Superman

Illustrated for Maxim by John Euland | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2014
The late, great Chris­topher Reeve made us believe a man could have X-ray vision, reverse Earth’s orbit, straighten the Leaning Tower of Pisa, fly, and make a legitimate career in journalism. Which is no small feat when you only have special effects from 1978 at your disposal.

1. Christopher Reeve, Superman I-IV
2. Henry Cavill, Man of Steel
3. George Reeves, Adventures of Superman (TV)
4. Tom Welling, Smallville (TV)
5. Dean Cain, Lois & Clark (TV)
6. Brandon Routh, Superman Returns
Best Darth Vader
Which filled fans with more giddy dread, the asthmatic baritone or the leather thigh-highs? It definitely wasn’t Jake Lloyd’s whining or Hayden’s rattail, that’s for shit sure.

1. James Earl Jones, The Voice of Darth Vader
2. David Prowse, The Body of Darth
3. Sebastian Shaw, Old Anakin
​4. Jake Lloyd, Young Anakin
​5. Hayden Christensen, Wooden Anakin

Best Hulk

1. Lou Ferrigno, The Incredible Hulk (TV)
2. Mark Ruffalo, The Avengers
3. Edward Norton, The Incredible Hulk