Yeah, the wiki I was looking at listed the first appearance of every character in every reality they appear in, and it took me a while to realize that.
Doing a more thorough search, for 1946, how about Crazy Quilt?
Probably fair. I just figured he transcended media to get to the TV show, where he’s one of the highlights in a cast full of them.
How about Mystek instead?
I was going to point out Chloe’s comic appearances until I noticed the “seriously” and the “mostly”. Fair enough. If this was about sheer quality instead of impact, I’d keep fighting this fight.
Okay, how’d I miss that? I thought I checked and saw Lex’s father had a variety of other names until the show settled on that one.
Since none of them can take 2001, how about Slobo?
Oh, I’m aware. At first I just thought there weren’t a lot of options for 2010, and at least the name transcended media.
But that’s what I get for doing it so late and expecting myself to recognize every character’s secret identity, because 2010 is when we got Kaldur’ahm! Yeah, I know, he’s not the first Aqualad, but he transcends media and is still a major enough character that this year alone he took over the Aquaman book for a couple months and got his own graphic novel, cementing his importance in representing the LGBTQ community.
I missed them for the same reason as above. You’re absolutely right, it should be Kenan. That book was excellent. Why haven’t you made it official yet?
He has since joined up with Young Justice, so I think he’s catching on, and I think he’s going to be known outside comics soon. But I definitely shot myself in the foot by realizing that was the year of the New Age of Heroes, then looking only at that line. Of the ones you mentioned, I’d give it to Crush, but that’s just me.