USA Today spotlights The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived, a new book that chronicles, “How characters of myth, legends, television, and movies have shaped our society, changed our behavior, and set the course of history.”
On the list, alongside the likes of Robin Hood, Romeo & Juliet, J.R. Ewing and Archie Bunker, are comics characters Batman (No. 60), Superman (No. 64) and Dick Tracy (No. 77).
So, who’s No. 1? “The most famous killer of the last two hundred years,” The Marlboro Man.
Other notables: Santa Claus (No. 4), Sherlock Holmes (No. 8 ), Mickey Mouse (No. 18), Dracula (No. 33), Alice in Wonderland (No. 34), Godzilla (No. 38), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (No. 44), Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock (No. 50), James Bond (No. 51), HAL 9000 (No. 66), Sam Spade (No. 68), King Kong (No. 74), Buck Rogers (No. 84), and Dorothy Gale (No. 91).