Same with Titans. Wolfman and Perez.
Not sure whats up with this forum. It used to be a lot more, not active, it still is, but...more opinionated?
I lurk this forum because it's fun, but rarely, rarely ever post. I'm just not interested in this whole "A vs B" thing anymore. Because any writer could come up with any way for any character to beat any other. And power displays are so all over the map... how do people even begin focusing on what to pick and choose to use?
Can't speak for anyone else but IMHO you take the average of a characters showings and use that to benchmark. Outlyer feats to the top end are usually feats that are either PIS or contextually due to the character extremely motivated. Outlyers to the low end is usually WIS or plot device. If the majority of a characters feats sit within a certain area of play then that is where you rank them.
If you additionally look at the number of times they display the highs and the lows it aids in this.
As an example my favorite character pre 52 is Alan Scot. At his high end we have him soling hell (when contextually his wife's soul has been taken there and he's as mad as hell - pun intended), and the feats of Blackest night (also blood lusted and starheart entity taking over). As A low we have him in the JSA not long after Blackest night unable to even heal himself from a broken back ( a guy who regrew an eye when he psychologically got over the guilt that made himself not heal it prior).
Do I consider him capable of the high end feats just mentioned as a norm ?? NO, not unless someone near and VERY dear to him is in deep deep do do. Just about every high end feat he's ever had was when one of his kids or someone very close to him was in a very bad way. So as a rule unless someone foolishly says bloodlusted, I don't take those feats into account as to what he can do.