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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Ant Man
137000
5’10” | 1.78 m (Variable)
Tales to Astonish #35 (September 1962)
Ant Man
178.000
1962.00
137000
3D
Ant Man
10.25” | .26 m
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Baby Groot
26.000
2017.00
130000
3D
Baby Groot
6’0" | 1.83 m
Fantastic Four #52 (July, 1966)
Black Panther
183.000
1966.00
2300000
3D
Black Panther
5’5” | 1.64 m
Tales of Suspense #52 (April, 1964)
Black Widow
164.000
1964.00
238000
3D
Black Widow
6’1” | 1.85 m
Captain America Comics #1 (March, 1941)
Captain America
185.000
1941.00
422000
3D
Captain America
5’7” | 1.70 m
Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March, 1968)
Captain Marvel
170.000
1968.00
1900000
3D
Captain Marvel
6’2” | 1.88 m
Infinity: Free Comic Book Day (May 2013)
Corvus Glaive
1.880
2013.00
13000
3D
Corvus Glaive
Deadpool
385000
6’2” | 1.88 m
The New Mutants #98 (February 1991)
Deadpool
1.880
1991.00
385000
3D
Deadpool
6’0" | 1.83 m
Strange Tales #110 (July 1963)
Doctor Strange
183.000
1963.00
154000
3D
Doctor Strange
Drax
17000
6’3” | 1.91 m
The Invincible Iron Man #55 (February 1973)
Drax
1.910
1973.00
17000
3D
Drax
5’9” | 1.75 m
New Avengers #8 (September 2013)
Ebony Maw
1.750
2013.00
27000
3D
Ebony Maw
Falcon
84000
5’10” | 1.78 m
Captain America #117 (September 1969)
Falcon
178.000
1969.00
84000
3D
Falcon
Gamora
91000
5'7" | 1.70 m
Strange Tales #180 (June 1975)
Gamora
170.000
1975.00
91000
3D
Gamora
Ghost
1600
5’6” | 1.68 m
Iron Man #219 (June 1987)
Ghost
1.680
1987.00
1600
3D
Ghost
Groot
97000
7’10” | 2.39 m (Variable)
Tales to Astonish #13 (November 1960)
Groot
239.000
1960.00
97000
3D
Groot
Hawkeye
92000
5’8” | 1.73 m
Tales of Suspense #57 (September, 1964)
Hawkeye
173.000
1964.00
92000
3D
Hawkeye
Hela
32000
5’9” | 1.75 m
Journey into Mystery #102 (March 1964)
Hela
1.750
1964.00
32000
3D
Hela
2’7” | .79 m
Adventure into Fear #19 (Dec. 1973)
Howard the Duck
0.790
1973.00
90000
3D
Howard the Duck
Hulk
184000
8'2" | 2.5 m
Incredible Hulk #1 (May, 1962)
Hulk
250.000
1962.00
184000
3D
Hulk
Iron Man
383000
6’1” | 1.85 m
Tales of Suspense #39 (March, 1963)
Iron Man
185.000
1963.00
383000
3D
Iron Man
6’0" | 1.83 m
Jungle Action #6 (September 1973)
Killmonger
1.830
1973.00
44000
3D
Killmonger
Korg
36000
7’7” | 2.31 m
Journey into Mystery #83 (1962)
Korg
2.310
1962.00
36000
3D
Korg
Loki
141000
6’2” | 1.88 m
Journey into Mystery #85 (October 1962)
Loki
188.000
1962.00
141000
3D
Loki
Mysterio
111000
5’11” | 1.80 m
The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (June, 1964)
Mysterio
180.000
1964.00
111000
3D
Mysterio
Nebula
144000
5’11” | 1.80 m
The Avengers #257 (July 1985)
Nebula
180.000
1985.00
144000
3D
Nebula
6’2” | 1.88 m
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May, 1963)
Nick Fury
188.000
1963.00
54000
3D
Nick Fury
Odin
106000
5’8” | 1.73 m
Journey into Mystery #86 (November 1962)
Odin
1.730
1962.00
106000
3D
Odin
Okoye
25000
5'7" | 1.70 m
Black Panther #1 (November 1998)
Okoye
1.700
1998.00
25000
3D
Okoye
5'7" | 1.70 m
Tales of Suspense #75 (March 1966)
Peggy Carter
170.000
1966.00
49000
3D
Peggy Carter
5’9” | 1.75 m
Tales of Suspense #45 (September 1963)
Pepper Potts | Rescue
1.750
1963.00
41000
3D
Pepper Potts | Rescue
5’5” | 1.64 m
New Avengers #8 (September 2013)
Proxima Midnight
1.640
2013.00
25000
3D
Proxima Midnight
5’11” | 1.80 m
The X-Men #4 (March 1964)
Quicksilver
1.800
1964.00
89000
3D
Quicksilver
6’2” | 1.88 m
Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)
Red Skull
1.880
1941.00
43000
3D
Red Skull
3’1” | .95 m
Marvel Preview #7 (Summer 1976)
Rocket Raccoon
95.000
1976.00
60000
3D
Rocket Raccoon
6’5” | 1.96 m
Fantastic Four #65 (August 1967)
Ronan the Accuser
1.960
1967.00
22000
3D
Ronan the Accuser
5’6” | 1.68 m
The X-Men #4 (March 1964)
Scarlet Witch
168.000
1964.00
146000
3D
Scarlet Witch
Shuri
29000
5’5” | 1.64 m
Black Panther #2 (May 2005)
Shuri
1.640
2005.00
29000
3D
Shuri
5'7" | 1.70 m
Amazing Fantasy #15 (August, 1962)
Spider-Man
170.000
1962.00
147000
3D
Spider-Man
Stan Lee
271000
5’11” | 1.80 m
December 28, 1922 (Birthday)
Stan Lee
180.000
1922.00
271000
3D
Stan Lee
6’2” | 1.88 m
Marvel Preview #4 (January, 1976)
Star-Lord
188.000
1976.00
80000
3D
Star-Lord
5’4” | 1.63 m
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Teenage Groot
163.000
2017.00
2300
3D
Teenage Groot
Thanos
1100000
8’3” | 2.52 m
The Invincible Iron Man #55 (February, 1973)
Thanos
252.000
1973.00
1100000
3D
Thanos
Thor
518000
6’3” | 1.91 m
Journey into Mystery #83 (August, 1962)
Thor
191.000
1962.00
518000
3D
Thor
Ultron
48000
7’7” | 2.31 m
The Avengers #54 (July 1968)
Ultron
2.310
1968.00
48000
3D
Ultron
Valkyrie
153000
5’4” | 1.63 m
The Avengers #83 (December 1970)
Valkyrie
163.000
1970.00
153000
3D
Valkyrie
Venom
389000
5’9” | 1.75 m (Variable)
The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984)
Venom
1.750
1984.00
389000
3D
Venom
Vision
85000
6’3” | 1.91 m
Avengers Vol. 1 #57 (published August, 1968)
Vision
191.000
1968.00
85000
3D
Vision
Vulture
117000
5’9” | 1.75 m
The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (May 1963)
Vulture
1.750
1963.00
117000
3D
Vulture
6’1” | 1.85 m (Armor); 5’8” | 1.73 m (Actor)
Iron Man #118 (January 1979)
War Machine
185.000
1979.00
65000
3D
War Machine
Wasp
121000
5’6” | 1.68 m (Variable)
Tales to Astonish #44 (June 1963)
Wasp
168.000
1963.00
121000
3D
Wasp
6’0" | 1.83 m
Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)
Winter Soldier
183.000
1941.00
117000
3D
Winter Soldier
Wolverine
253000
6’3” | 1.91 m
The Incredible Hulk #180 (October 1974)
Wolverine
1.910
1974.00
253000
3D
Wolverine
Wong
6400
5’10” | 1.78 m
Strange Tales #110 (July 1963)
Wong
1.780
1963.00
6400
3D
Wong
Ant Man
Set of drawings comparing the height of Ant Man to other MCU characters

Ant-Man, also known as Scott Lang, is a fictional superhero in Ant-Man and the extended Marvel franchise. A brilliant MIT graduate, Scott Lang turned to petty crime in an attempt to Robin Hood a corporation, but when he was caught and sent to jail he lost everything. He is recruited by the Ant-Man suit’s creator, Pym (who was the original Ant-Man in the comics) to become the new Ant-Man. The suit gives him the ability to shrink to the size of an ant (and further) and his training allows him to use the size changing in a fight and to control ants when tiny.

Ant Man is portrayed by Paul Rudd in the MCU with a human height of 5’10” (1.78 m) and the ability to shrink or grow to almost any size. The comic book height of Ant Man is 6’0" (1.83 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Ant Man in assorted poses
Ant-Man, also known as Scott Lang, is a fictional superhero in Ant-Man and the extended Marvel franchise. A brilliant MIT graduate, Scott Lang turned to petty crime. He is recruited by the Ant-Man suit’s creator, Pym (who was the original Ant-Man in the comics) to become the new Ant-Man.

Ant Man is portrayed by Paul Rudd in the MCU with a human height of 5’10” (1.78 m) and the ability to shrink or grow to almost any size. The comic book height of Ant Man is 6’0" (1.83 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Ant Man in assorted poses
Ant Man
Height:
5’10” | 1.78 m (Variable)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
6’0" | 1.83 m
Weight:
Area:

Portrayed by (MCU): Paul Rudd

Powers
Size-shifting (giant to microscopic); leading scientific researcher; maintains srength when shrunken; insect control
Real Name
Scott Lang
First Appearance
Tales to Astonish #35 (September 1962)

Drawings include:
Ant Man front elevation (assorted), crouching, running

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Groot
Collection of scaled height drawings of Groot and other MCU characters

Groot is a fictional alien tree with the intelligence of a human in Guardians of the Galaxy and the extended Marvel franchise. He is Rocket’s teammate and, later, a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. A being of few words (three, to be precise), all of his dialogue consists of “I am Groot”, spoken with varying tone and inflection to convey meaning. He is able to grow weapons, flowers and shields, and regrow his entire body from a twig if necessary. His voice actor for the film, Vin Diesel, was able to voice many of the languages the film has been translated into, since every line is a variation on “I am Groot”.

Groot is portrayed in the MCU with a typical height of 7’10” (2.39 m) with the ability to grow at will. The variable comic book height of Groot is 23’ (7 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Groot in various postures
Groot is a fictional alien tree with the intelligence of a human in Guardians of the Galaxy and the extended Marvel franchise. He is Rocket’s teammate and, later, a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. A being of few words (three, to be precise), all of his dialogue consists of “I am Groot."

Groot is portrayed in the MCU with a typical height of 7’10” (2.39 m) with the ability to grow at will. The variable comic book height of Groot is 23’ (7 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Groot in various postures
Groot
Height:
7’10” | 2.39 m (Variable)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
23’ | 7 m (Variable)
Weight:
Area:

Voiced by (MCU): Vince Diesel

Powers
Immortality; regenerative healing; plant manipulation; elasticity; super strength, durability, senses
Real Name
First Appearance
Tales to Astonish #13 (November 1960)

Drawings include:
Groot front elevation (assorted), side, fighting

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Vulture
Series of scaled illustrations of Vulture compared to various related Marvel characters

Vulture also known as Adrian Toomes is a fictional villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming and the extended Marvel franchise. Once a small business owner, he becomes a weapons dealer instead after the Battle of New York leaves Chitauri technology discarded across the city, ripe for the taking. His daughter is dating Peter Parker, which makes his rivalry with Spider-Man slightly awkward. His suit, built from Chitauri technology, provides body armor and protection, allows him to fly, grip and puncture objects with his talons, and keeps him supplied with oxygen at high altitudes.

Vulture is portrayed by Michael Keaton in the MCU with a height of 5’9” (1.75 m). The comic book height of Vulture is 5’11” (1.80 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Vulture with labeled height
Vulture also known as Adrian Toomes is a fictional villain in Spider-Man: Homecoming and the extended Marvel franchise. His suit, built from Chitauri technology, provides body armor and protection, allows him to fly, grip and puncture objects with his talons, and keeps him supplied with oxygen.

Vulture is portrayed by Michael Keaton in the MCU with a height of 5’9” (1.75 m). The comic book height of Vulture is 5’11” (1.80 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Vulture with labeled height
Vulture
Height:
5’9” | 1.75 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
5’11” | 1.80 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Michael Keaton

Powers
Electromagnetic body-harness suit; flight; genius engineer
Real Name
Adrian Toomes
First Appearance
The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (May 1963)

Drawings include:
Vulture front elevation (assorted), side, fighting

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Stan Lee
Series of scaled illustrations of Stan Lee compared to various related Marvel characters

Stan Lee, full name Stanley Martin Lieber, propelled Marvel Comics into the powerhouse it is today. He worked his way up from an assistant at a comic book publishing company (then called Timely Comics), to a writer and then Editor-in-Chief. He is generally thought of as the creator of the Marvel we know and love, as well as the creator of hundreds of beloved characters. A fan favorite Easter egg, he made a cameo in every Marvel Cinematic Universe film until Avengers: Endgame, which was released after his death in 2018.

Stan Lee had a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Stan Lee with labeled height
Stan Lee, full name Stanley Martin Lieber, propelled Marvel Comics into the powerhouse it is today. He worked his way up from an assistant at a comic book publishing company (then called Timely Comics), to a writer and then Editor-in-Chief. He is generally thought of as the creator of Marvel Comics.

Stan Lee had a height of 5’11” (1.80 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Stan Lee with labeled height
Stan Lee
Height:
5’11” | 1.80 m
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Death: November 12, 2018

Powers
Real Name
Stanley Martin Lieber
First Appearance
December 28, 1922 (Birthday)

Drawings include:
Stan Lee front elevation (assorted), posing, side

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Killmonger
Series of scaled illustrations of Killmonger compared to various related Marvel characters

Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, born N’Jadaka, is a fictional villain, Wakandan, and black-ops solider in Black Panther and the extended Marvel franchise. Raised in Oakland, California, Erik Killmonger challenges his cousin T’Challa for the right to rule Wakanda. He wants marginalized groups to overthrow their government and sends Wakandan weapons to various organizations to help. He is skilled in combat with a variety of weapons, and gains superhuman strength and stamina from Wakanda’s herb. In using T’Challa’s Black Panther suit, he becomes bulletproof as well. He choses to die rather than accept imprisonment.

Killmonger is portrayed by Michael B. Jordan in the MCU with a height of 6’0" (1.83 m). The comic book height of Killmonger is 6’6” (1.98 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Killmonger with labeled height
Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, born N’Jadaka, is a fictional villain, Wakandan, and black-ops solider in Black Panther and the extended Marvel franchise. Raised in Oakland, California, Erik Killmonger challenges his cousin T’Challa for the right to rule Wakanda. He is skilled in combat.

Killmonger is portrayed by Michael B. Jordan in the MCU with a height of 6’0" (1.83 m). The comic book height of Killmonger is 6’6” (1.98 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Killmonger with labeled height
Killmonger
Height:
6’0" | 1.83 m
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Height (Comics)
6’6” | 1.98 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Michael B. Jordan

Powers
Vibranium suit; expert tactician; hand-to-hand combatant; enhanced speed, strength, agility, durability
Real Name
N’Jadaka; Erik Killmonger
First Appearance
Jungle Action #6 (September 1973)

Drawings include:
Killmonger front elevation (assorted), side, fighting

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