This wiki aims to continue the work started by http://www.internationalhero.co.uk. The site contains tons of great information, but it hasn't been updated in 4 years. For now, I'm just porting over most of the pages and converting them to wiki-style. Once the baseline is up and running, I can start working on updating the content.
Most importantly, as it says on the source site:
All images and characters depicted are copyright their respective holders, and are used for informational purposes only. No infringement is intended and copyrights remain at source.
Welcome to the International Catalogue of Superheroes Wiki
The purpose of this site is to build up a database of information about various superhero characters from around the world. For decades American comics, and especially those from two prolific publishing houses, have dominated if not the market, then certainly the public's perception of it. There are few people in the world who would not recognise Superman, Batman, Spider-Man or the X-Men, and there are hundreds of websites devoted to those characters. That is not the focus of this site. One day, perhaps, I will start to index those famous characters, but that day, if it comes about, is some way off.
Instead this site is intended to cover less well known, but no less worthy, creations. In particular it aims to showcase some of the international diversity that exists in the superhero world. There are large sections devoted to heroes from Britain, France, Canada, Australia, Japan and many other countries, which continue to expand as I learn more about the heroes of each of those countries. From the U.S.A. I've tried to give coverage to characters who appeared in many Independent comics (e.g. non-Marvel or D.C.), as well as film and television.
It's an ongoing process and will never be finished, as there will always be new characters being created, old ones being unearthed, and further information on existing ones coming to light. The first thing I always do with any encyclopedia or "Handbook" is look for certain favourite, but obscure, characters, to see what has been missed out. If you do the same, and find that I am missing someone you think needs including, or have erroneous information (bear in mind that a lot of times, especially with older characters, I am going on second hand information) then please e-mail me. Contributions are always welcome.
While I've tried to go to the original source material as much as possible, nonetheless some of my information has, by necessity, been taken from on-line. Where this is the case I try to contact whatever site I've cribbed from for permission, and to give credit to the original source - if you see something here that you think has come from your site, and I haven't contacted or credited you or you wish me to remove it, please e-mail me so I can fix whatever I've done wrong. I'll state it below in a proper disclaimer, but for the record I intend this to be a work of reference so any copyrighted images I'm using are for those purposes only; copyright still belongs to the original holder; and if that copyright owner or their representatives want me to take something off the site I will do so upon request.
I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the many contributors who have helped by sending in pictures or information; many of the national pages in particular would be much less developed without their assistance. When the site was younger and smaller, I tried to list them here, but that has long since become impossible, so now the individual thanks tends to be on specific pages; that does not make me any less grateful for the help provided.