9 tech superstars as comic book characters

Ever wonder what superpowers Steve Jobs or Bill Gates would have in a comic book? Check out our slideshow of what-if tech superheroes (and supervillains).

By Patrick Miller, with art by Neil McAllister and Tony Talbert, PCWorld |  IT Management, Bill Gates, linus torvalds

Bill Gates 

Much like a certain ironclad superhero, Bill Gates once made billions by exploiting the world's markets--except instead of selling weapons, he sold a horribly bloated operating system and a ubiquitous office suite. Shamed by the horrors that he had inflicted upon the world's productivity, he decided to give back by fashioning his own superpowered suit to fight injustice (and malaria in Africa). Fun fact: His suit's optical technology eventually found its way into the Kinect.

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