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Earth Day Heroes: Six Comic Book Characters Protecting The Planet While Saving The World

So, in celebration of Earth Day 2009, here are some of comics' most prolific protectors of the planet -- heroes who put Earth first when it comes to saving the world:

Whether it’s a slash-and-burn operation or a supernatural menace, Swamp Thing will use the forces of nature itself to stop the threat.

A vegetarian and animal rights activist, Animal Man has used his super-hero fame to bring attention to many issues such as animal experimentation and the illegal hunting of endangered species.

With the power of hypnotism and the ability to merge any two animals into a stronger, hybrid creature, Freedom Beast has not only fought for justice by himself but also as a member of the international team of heroes called the Global Guardians.

His kingdom is roughly 2/3 of the Earth, which is part of why he has no patience for anyone who doesn’t take him seriously. Call him “Fish-Man” and he’ll punch you in the face.

(Click here to read our past coverage of Aquaman in movie, television and game projects.)

With her mind connected to wild life itself, Vixen is very protective of Earth’s creatures and has used her fame as a both a hero and model to bring awareness to their plight and has sponsored animal rights causes.

Trained to know every inch of the jungle he calls home, and trained since childhood to be a stealthy fighter, the Phantom is a formidable warrior even without any super-powers.

(Click here to learn more about the upcoming movie and television projects involving The Phantom.)

Who did we miss? Any other Earth-friendly superheroes you'd add to the list? Sound off in the comment section!

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