Like Friends repeats on TV and Pharrell songs on the radio, superhero flicks are now a permanent feature of the world of cinema. But the phenomena hasn't snuck up on us overnight, as the following infographic attests.
Compiled by the cape-loving designer Dave Columbus, this extensive graphic charts the points at which superheroes have transitioned from their comics to the screen - be it with a camp TV adaptation or budget-blowing blockbuster.
From 1930's Shadow to the explosion of '80s cheesy adaptations, superheroes have appeared on our screens without fail since 1974 - with this year seeing more mutants, aliens and do-gooders than ever before.
With additional facts on which characters have appeared the most, to the profits and pitfalls of different series, click on the infographic to enlarge and prepare to lose yourself in a world of stats.
(Image: Dave Columbus; Rex)