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

Ghost, aka Ava Starr, is a fictional villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp and the extended Marvel franchise. After a quantum accident killed her parents and left her with powers, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited her as an agent. Without enough quantum energy, however, Ava is slowly dying. Ava is forced to battle Hank Pym for the quantum energy from the quantum realm. She fails, but  Janet van Dyne transfers just enough of the quantum energy to stabilize Ava, saving her. Her powers include the ability to fire energy blasts and walk through solid objects (like a ghost would).

Ghost is portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen in the MCU with a height of 5’6” (1.68 m). The comic book height of Ghost is 5’11” (1.80 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Ghost in various postures
Ghost, aka Ava Starr, is a fictional villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp and the extended Marvel franchise. After a quantum accident killed her parents and left her with powers, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited her as an agent. Without enough quantum energy, however, Ava is slowly dying.

Ghost is portrayed by Hannah John-Kamen in the MCU with a height of 5’6” (1.68 m). The comic book height of Ghost is 5’11” (1.80 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Ghost in various postures
Ghost
Height:
5’6” | 1.68 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
5’11” | 1.80 m
Weight:
Area:

Portrayed by (MCU): Hannah John-Kamen

Powers
Invisibility; intangibility; high intellect and hacking skills
Real Name
Ava Starr
First Appearance
Iron Man #219 (June 1987)

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

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

Nebula, is a fictional assassin, and mercenary in Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War and the extended Marvel franchise. Adopted by Thanos after he murdered her family, and raised alongside Gamora, Nebula was tortured with cybernetic enhancements to turn her into a fierce combatant. Thanks to a combination of training and bio-mechanical enhancements, Nebula is able to withstand more damage, heal easier, and fight even Gamora and Thanos. Her favorite weapon is her electroshock batons, which can be transformed into one electroshock staff. Although she resents Gamora for their childhood, she resents Thanos more and teams up with the Avengers to kill him.

Nebula is portrayed by Karen Gillan in the MCU with a height of 5’11” (1.80 m). The comic book height of Nebula is 6’1” (1.85 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Nebula with labeled height
Nebula, is a fictional assassin, and mercenary in Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War and the extended Marvel franchise. Adopted by Thanos after he murdered her family, and raised alongside Gamora, Nebula was tortured with cybernetic enhancements to turn her into a fierce combatant.

Nebula is portrayed by Karen Gillan in the MCU with a height of 5’11” (1.80 m). The comic book height of Nebula is 6’1” (1.85 m).

Collection of elevation drawings of Nebula with labeled height
Nebula
Height:
5’11” | 1.80 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
6’1” | 1.85 m
Weight:
Area:

Portrayed by (MCU): Karen Gillan

Powers
Assassin; weapons specialist; wrist blasters; bionic enhancements; regeneration; superhuman agility, strength, and durability
Real Name
First Appearance
The Avengers #257 (July 1985)

Drawings include:
Nebula front elevation (assorted), side, fighting, crouching

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

Quicksilver, also known as Pietro Maximoff, is a fictional superhuman and avenger in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the extended Marvel franchise. He is Wanda’s brother and, like her, Pietro gained his powers as a volunteer for Hydra’s experimentation. His power is primarily super speed, though he is also a talented fighter. He dies in the Marvel universe in saving Hawkeye from Ultron. Since he and his sister are both mutants in the original comics, there was debate over whether Disney or Fox owned the rights to the characters and they agreed both could use them. Thus, he is also featured in Fox’s X-Men franchise.

Quicksilver is portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the MCU with a height of 5’11” (1.80 m). The comic book height of Quicksilver is 6’0" (1.83 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Quicksilver in various postures
Quicksilver, also known as Pietro Maximoff, is a fictional superhuman and avenger in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the extended Marvel franchise. He is Wanda’s brother and, like her, Pietro gained his powers as a volunteer for Hydra’s experimentation. His power is primarily super speed.

Quicksilver is portrayed by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the MCU with a height of 5’11” (1.80 m). The comic book height of Quicksilver is 6’0" (1.83 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Quicksilver in various postures
Quicksilver
Height:
5’11” | 1.80 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
6’0" | 1.83 m
Weight:
Area:

Portrayed by (MCU): Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Powers
Advanced superhuman speed; healing; creation of winds and tornadoes
Real Name
Pietro Django Maximoff
First Appearance
The X-Men #4 (March 1964)

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

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Pepper Potts | Rescue
Set of drawings comparing the height of Pepper Potts to other MCU characters

Pepper Potts also known as Virginia Potts is a fictional CEO of Stark Industries, ally to the Avengers, and Tony Stark’s significant other in Iron Man, The Avengers and the extended Marvel franchise. Originally Tony’s assistant, she rises through the ranks to CEO as she proves herself more than knowledgeable enough to run the company. Her and Tony slowly fall in love and have a daughter named Morgan. Usually without physical powers (though brilliant at problem solving), she dons a powered suit to give her the same abilities as Iron Man in the final battle against Thanos.

Pepper Potts is portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow in the MCU with a height of 5’9” (1.75 m). The comic book height of Pepper Potts is 5’4” (1.63 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Pepper Potts in assorted poses
Pepper Potts also known as Virginia Potts is a fictional CEO of Stark Industries, ally to the Avengers, and Tony Stark’s significant other in Iron Man, The Avengers and the extended Marvel franchise. Originally Tony’s assistant, she rises through the ranks to CEO as she proves herself.

Pepper Potts is portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow in the MCU with a height of 5’9” (1.75 m). The comic book height of Pepper Potts is 5’4” (1.63 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Pepper Potts in assorted poses
Pepper Potts | Rescue
Height:
5’9” | 1.75 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
5’4” | 1.63 m
Weight:
Area:

Portrayed by (MCU): Gwyneth Paltrow

Powers
Rescue (Iron Man armor); flight; energy projection
Real Name
Virginia Potts
First Appearance
Tales of Suspense #45 (September 1963)

Drawings include:
Pepper Potts front elevation (assorted), side, fighting

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