Marvel Comics is an American comic book publisher known for its vast library of superheroes and supervillains. Founded in 1961 by Martin Goodman and eventually growing into the vast media company Marvel Entertainment, which was purchased by the Walt Disney Company in 2009, Marvel characters appear in popular culture through their original comic book format, but also movies, television shows, cartoons, and toys. The Marvel roster of superheroes was primarily created by Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby. Marvel Comics occur within the Marvel Universe which places the major characters within the contexts of existing places and cities around the world.

Who is the most popular Marvel character?

Spider-Man is the most collected comic book character followed by the X-Men, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Incredible Hulk.

Who were the first Marvel characters?

Some of Marvel’s first superhero characters were Namor (1939), the Human Torch (1939), Black Widow (1940), Falcon (1940), Vision (1940, and Captain America (1941).

When was Marvel Comics founded?

Marvel Comics was founded on February 19, 1961 by pulp magazine publisher Martin Goodman.

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Black Widow
Illustrations of Black Widow standing and walking with height measured

Black Widow, real name Natasha Romanoff, is a trained female secret agent and superhero that appears in Marvel Comics. Associated with the superhero teams S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, Black Widow makes up for her lack of superpowers with world class training as an athlete, acrobat, and expert martial artist and weapon specialist. Black Widow was introduced by Marvel in Tales of Suspense #52 in April, 1964.

Black Widow has a height of 5’5” (1.64 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 5’7” (1.70 m) in the comics.

Drawings of Black Widow engaged in battle with jumping and crouching postures
Black Widow, real name Natasha Romanoff, is a female secret agent and superhero that appears in Marvel Comics. Associated with the superhero teams S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, Black Widow makes up for her lack of superpowers with world class training as an athlete, acrobat, and martial artist.

Black Widow has a height of 5’5” (1.64 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 5’7” (1.70 m) in the comics.

Drawings of Black Widow engaged in battle with jumping and crouching postures
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Name: Natasha Romanoff
Height: 5’5” | 1.64 m (MCU); 5’7” | 1.70 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #52 (April, 1964)
Powers: Secret agent; hand-to-hand combat specialist; slowed aging; master marksman and weapon specialist

First Appearance
1964

Drawings include:
Black Widow standing (batons), walking (front), jumping (fighting), crouched

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Star-Lord
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Star-Lord, real name Peter Quill, is an interplanetary superhero, starship pilot, and galactic protector that appears in Marvel Comics. Often the leader of the superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord is a master strategist and close-quarter combat specialist that often uses jet boots for flight, a helmet for space travel, and a pair of Element Gun pistols. Star-Lord was introduced by Marvel in Marvel Preview #4 in January, 1976.

Star-Lord has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also 6’2” (1.88 m) in the comics.

Illustrations of Star-Lord standing and running with blasters
Star-Lord, real name Peter Quill, is an interplanetary superhero, starship pilot, and galactic protector that appears in Marvel Comics. Often the leader of the superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy, Star-Lord is a master strategist and close-quarter combat specialist.

Star-Lord has a height of 6’2” (1.88 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also 6’2” (1.88 m) in the comics.

Illustrations of Star-Lord standing and running with blasters
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Name: Peter Quill
Height: 6’2” | 1.88 m (MCU); 6’2” | 1.88 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Marvel Preview #4 (January, 1976)
Powers: Master strategist; close-quarter combat strategist; marksman; flight via jet boots; helmet for space travel; Element Gun pistols

First Appearance
1976

Drawings include:
Star-Lord standing (front), standing (side, mask), standing (fighting), running (fighting)

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Nick Fury
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Nick Fury is a spy and veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. operative that appears throughout Marvel Comics. Typically assumed to be the leader of the superhero counter-terrorism agency S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury is a master military tactician with a mysterious past as a war soldier and member of the C.I.A. Nick Fury debuted by Marvel in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 released in May, 1963 and first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Iron Man (2008).

Nick Fury is portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the MCU at a height of 6’2” (1.88 m), but is 6’1” (1.85 m) in the comics.

Elevation illustrations of Nick Fury in side profile with his hands on his hips and aiming a pistol
Nick Fury is a spy and veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. operative that appears throughout Marvel Comics. Typically assumed to be the leader of the superhero counter-terrorism agency S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury is a master military tactician with a mysterious past as a war soldier and member of the C.I.A.

Nick Fury is portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the MCU at a height of 6’2” (1.88 m), but is 6’1” (1.85 m) in the comics.

Elevation illustrations of Nick Fury in side profile with his hands on his hips and aiming a pistol
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Name: Nicholas Joseph “Nick” Fury
Height: 6’2” | 1.88 m (MCU); 6’1” | 1.85 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May, 1963)
Powers: Military strategist; longevity; armed and unarmed combat

Actor: Samuel L. Jackson

First Appearance
1963

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Nick Fury standing (front), standing (side), dodging, shooting

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Mysterio
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Mysterio, real name Quentin Beck, is a master illusionist and supervillain that often faces off with Spider-Man in Marvel Comics. With origins as an actor and skilled special effects and robotics technician, Mysterio uses misdirection, holograms, and effects to disorient his enemies. Mysterio initially appeared as a villain to Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man #13 in June, 1964 and arrived in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019.

Mysterio has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) in both the MCU and the comics.

Pair of illustrations of Mysterio fighting in standing and flying positions
Mysterio, real name Quentin Beck, is a master illusionist and supervillain in Marvel Comics. With origins as an actor and skilled special effects and robotics technician, Mysterio uses misdirection, holograms, and effects to disorient his enemies.

Mysterio has a height of 5’11” (1.80 m) in both the MCU and the comics.

Pair of illustrations of Mysterio fighting in standing and flying positions
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Name: Quentin Beck
Height: 5’11” | 1.80 m (MCU); 5’11” | 1.80 m (Comics)
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (June, 1964)
Powers: Illusion expert; master hypnotist; roboticist; hand to hand combat

Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal

First Appearance
1964

Drawings include:
Mysterio standing, flying, flying (attack), standing (attack)

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Captain America
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Captain America, real name Steve Rogers, is a superhero World War II super-soldier that appears prominently throughout many Marvel Comics. Granted Peak Human strength, speed, agility, reflexes, and accelerated healing due to the effects of the Super-Solider Serum, Captain America is a skilled combatant and also the moral compass and leader of the Avengers. Steve Rogers combines his superhuman abilities with an iconic vibranium shield to further his battle skills. Captain America was introduced by Marvel in Captain America Comics #1 in March, 1941.

Captain America has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’2” (1.88 m) in the comics.

Illustrations of Captain America dashing from the front and from the side when in battle
Captain America, real name Steve Rogers, is a World War II super-soldier that appears in Marvel Comics. With superhuman strength, speed, agility, and healing from the Super-Solider Serum, is a skilled combatant and leader.

Captain America has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’2” (1.88 m) in the comics.

Illustrations of Captain America dashing from the front and from the side when in battle
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Name: Steve Rogers
Height: 6’1” | 1.85 m (MCU); 6’2” | 1.88 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Captain America Comics #1 (March, 1941)
Powers: Super-Soldier Serum granting super strength, speed, agility, reflexes; hand-to-hand combat expert; Vibranium-steel Shield

First Appearance
1941

Drawings include:
Captain America standing, walking, dashing (front), dashing (side)

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