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

Odin Borson is a fictional warrior, father of Thor and Loki and King of Asgard in the Thor movies and the extended Marvel franchise. He attacked the Frost Giants and adopted their prince, who he raised as Loki, which eventually became his downfall. Like all Asgardians, he has an incredibly long lifespan that makes him appear immortal to humans, as well as being stronger and more capable of withstanding force than humans. In addition, he also draws his power from the Odinforce, allowing him to manipulate magic, such as removing other people’s powers, reading minds, teleporting, and imbuing objects with magic.

Odin is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in the MCU with a height of 5’8” (1.73 m). The comic book height of Odin is 6’9” (2.06 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Odin in various postures
Odin Borson is a fictional warrior, father of Thor and Loki and King of Asgard in the Thor movies and the extended Marvel franchise. He draws his power from the Odinforce, allowing him to manipulate magic, such as removing other people’s powers, reading minds, teleporting, and imbuing magic.

Odin is portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in the MCU with a height of 5’8” (1.73 m). The comic book height of Odin is 6’9” (2.06 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Odin in various postures
Odin
Height:
5’8” | 1.73 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
6’9” | 2.06 m
Weight:
Area:

Portrayed by (MCU): Anthony Hopkins

Powers
Odin Force magical energy; longevity, strength, durability; dimensional travel; flight; astral projection; weather manipulation
Real Name
Odin Borson
First Appearance
Journey into Mystery #86 (November 1962)

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

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Thanos
Drawings of Thanos standing with the Infinity Gauntlet with measurements for height

Thanos, also known as the Mad Titan, is a powerful galactic supervillain that appears in Marvel Comics. A son of the Eternals with Deviant genes, Thanos possesses some of strongest natural superhuman powers and abilities in the galaxy which he pairs with his genius as a tactician and immortal being. Thanos was first introduced by Marvel in The Invincible Iron Man #55 in February, 1973.

Thanos has a height of 8’3” (2.52 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’7” (2.01 m) in the comics.

Multiple illustrations of Thanos in battle action with the Infinity Gauntlet
Thanos, also known as the Mad Titan, is one of the most powerful galactic supervillains that appears in Marvel Comics. A son of the Eternals with Deviant genes, Thanos possesses some of strongest natural superhuman powers and abilities in the galaxy

Thanos has a height of 8’3” (2.52 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’7” (2.01 m) in the comics.

Multiple illustrations of Thanos in battle action with the Infinity Gauntlet
Thanos
Height:
8’3” | 2.52 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
6’7” | 2.01 m
Weight:
Area:

Portrayed by (MCU): Josh Brolin

Powers
Superhuman physiology of Eternals granting strength, speed, durability, agility, longevity; genius tactician; plasma energy projection
Real Name
First Appearance
The Invincible Iron Man #55 (February, 1973)

Drawings include:
Thanos standing (passive), standing (gauntlet), standing (fighting), crouch (fighting)

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Peggy Carter
Collection of scaled height drawings of Peggy Carter and other MCU characters

Peggy Carter also known as Margaret Carter is a fictional British S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Agent Carter and the extended Marvel franchise. One of the first female agents in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (which later became S.H.I.E.L.D.), Peggy is a force to be reckoned with. She has no superpowers, but is a talented spy, sharp as a whip, and skilled in both hand-to-hand combat and marksmanship. She falls in love with Steve Rogers, but they are separated when he is cryogenically frozen. Her grand-niece, Sharon Carter, follows in her footsteps as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent.

Peggy Carter is portrayed by Hayley Atwell in the MCU with a height of 5'7" (1.70 m). The comic book height of Peggy Carter is 5’5” (1.65 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Peggy Carter in various postures
Peggy Carter also known as Margaret Carter is a fictional British S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Agent Carter and the extended Marvel franchise. One of the first female agents in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (which later became S.H.I.E.L.D.), Peggy is a force to be reckoned with even without superpowers.

Peggy Carter is portrayed by Hayley Atwell in the MCU with a height of 5'7" (1.70 m). The comic book height of Peggy Carter is 5’5” (1.65 m).

Set of dimensioned height drawings of Peggy Carter in various postures
Peggy Carter
Height:
5'7" | 1.70 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
5’5” | 1.65 m
Weight:
Area:

Portrayed by (MCU): Hayley Atwell

Powers
Tactician; marksman
Real Name
First Appearance
Tales of Suspense #75 (March 1966)

Drawings include:
Peggy Carter front elevation (assorted), side, fighting

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Nick Fury
Pair of drawings of Nick fury standing in relaxed and dodging postures

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
Nick Fury
Height:
6’2” | 1.88 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
6’1” | 1.85 m
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Area:

Portrayed by (MCU): Samuel L. Jackson

Powers
Military strategist; longevity; armed and unarmed combat
Real Name
Nicholas Joseph “Nick” Fury
First Appearance
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May, 1963)

Drawings include:
Nick Fury standing (front), standing (side), dodging, shooting

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Drax the Destroyer
Set of drawings comparing the height of Drax the Destroyer to other MCU characters

Drax, also known as Drax the Destroyer, is a fictional alien and ally to the Guardians of the Galaxy in Guardians of the Galaxy and the extended Marvel franchise. After Ronan the Accuser killed his wife and daughter on Thanos’s orders, Drax becomes singularly focused on avenging their deaths. After meeting the Guardians in prison, he joins forces with them to kill Thanos. His powers include increased invulnerability, healing and super strength, as well as being skilled in both hand-to-hand combat and use of dual knives and the Hadron Enforcer. Brave to a fault, he once jumped inside a giant thick-skinned alien to kill it from the inside.

Drax the Destroyer is portrayed by Dave Bautista in the MCU with a height of 6’3” (1.91 m). The comic book height of Drax the Destroyer is 6’4” (1.93 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Drax the Destroyer in assorted poses
Drax, also known as Drax the Destroyer, is a fictional alien and ally to the Guardians of the Galaxy in Guardians of the Galaxy and the extended Marvel franchise. After Ronan the Accuser killed his wife and daughter on Thanos’s orders, Drax becomes singularly focused on avenging their deaths.

Drax the Destroyer is portrayed by Dave Bautista in the MCU with a height of 6’3” (1.91 m). The comic book height of Drax the Destroyer is 6’4” (1.93 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Drax the Destroyer in assorted poses
Drax the Destroyer
Height:
6’3” | 1.91 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
6’4” | 1.93 m
Weight:
Area:

Portrayed by (MCU): Dave Bautista

Powers
Regeneration; superhuman strength, stamina, speed, reflexes
Real Name
Arthur Sampson Douglas
First Appearance
The Invincible Iron Man #55 (February 1973)

Drawings include:
Drax the Destroyer front elevation (assorted), side, fighting

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