Witches are a staple of the Halloween season, and have been a part of pop culture since “pop culture” was just sharing campfire stories. They appear in books, movies, television… and comic books. But who are comicdom’s witchiest witches? And by that, we mean witches that they follow at least a few of the most well known traditional witch tropes we celebrate during Halloween: Flying on broomsticks, pointed hats, casting spells, bubbly cauldrons, the works. We’ve boiled it down to nine ladies who fulfill our criteria.
And for the purposes of this list, no comic book witches that first appeared in other media appear. Apologies to
The Sea Hag
Nowadays, witches in pop culture are usually portrayed in a stereotypically sexy way. But once upon a time, they were almost always shown as the withered old hags of folk tales. In the
Chalk this one up to another “old lady and her cat” witch stereotype. Introduced in the pages of
Here’s a character who has two distinct iterations at the big two. Marvel’s Enchantress came first, appearing in 1964. Amora was an ancient Asgardian who had honed many magical powers aside from her own innate Asgardian abilities. She became a thorn in the side of Thor’s for decades. She fought not only the Odinson, but also the Avengers. Her powers range from the typical glamour spells to those resurrecting the dead.
DC Comics introduced their own Enchantress two years later. June Moon was a more stereotypical looking witch, complete with pointed hat and broom. And like her Marvel counterpart, she loved the color green. Her classic ’60s origin story was
Wendy the Good Little Witch
This witch was aimed at a much younger audience than most of the more well known superhero characters, but nevertheless is a pop culture icon. For decades, she’s been a part of the Harvey Comics universe, along with characters like Caspar the Friendly Ghost and Hot Stuff. She fits almost all the traditional witch tropes, and even has a hoodie that looks like a witch’s hat. Although not around as much these days as her ’60s heyday, she nevertheless held her own title for decades. Thus making her one of comics’ longest running witch characters.
Every big superhero team needs their resident magic user, and the Justice League’s is Zatanna. Although she poses as a top hat-wearing stage magician, Zatanna is actually a powerful sorceress in reality. Like her famous father Zatara, her incantations are of a very specific kind. as she has to say the words of what she desires backwards for the spell to work. As a member of a magical branch of humanity called the Homo Magi, her mystical abilities have been a great asset to the League over the years.
The Scarlet Witch
She’s maybe the most famous superhero with the word “Witch” as part of her name. But did you know she wasn’t originally a real witch at all? When she was introduced in 1964’s
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
The most famous witch in comics isn’t from Marvel or DC, but from Archie Comics. Sabrina the Teenage Witch is known in the mainstream mostly due to her various popular TV series, but she started out by causing all kinds of magical mischief on the printed page. She first appeared in a 1962 issue of