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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Captain Marvel
Drawings of Captain Marvel in standing and flying postures with height dimensions

Captain Marvel, real name Carol Danvers, is a cosmically powered superhero and galactic protector that appears in Marvel Comics. Often appearing in relation to the superhero teams of the Avengers and the X-Men, Captain Marvel is one of the strongest heroes with powers that include energy projection and absorption, space flight, and superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability and reflexes. Captain Marvel was introduced by Marvel in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 in March, 1968.

Captain Marvel has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 5’11” (1.80 m) in the comics.

Illustrations of Captain Marvel in multiple flying postures
Captain Marvel, real name Carol Danvers, is a cosmically powered superhero that appears in Marvel Comics. Captain Marvel is one of the strongest heroes with powers that include energy projection and absorption, space flight, and superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability and reflexes.

Captain Marvel has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 5’11” (1.80 m) in the comics.

Illustrations of Captain Marvel in multiple flying postures
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Name: Carol Danvers
Height: 5’7” | 1.70 m (MCU); 5’11” | 1.80 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March, 1968)
Powers: Energy projection and absorption; flight; superhuman strength, speed, stamina, endurance

First Appearance
1968

Drawings include:
Captain Marvel standing (passive), flying (helmet), flying (fighting), flying (hover)

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Black Panther
Multiple illustrations of Black Panther standing casually with height measurements

Black Panther, real name T’Challa, is the superhero king of the African nation of Wakanda that appears in Marvel Comics. Through the usage of ancient Wakandan rituals and usage of a heart-shaped herb, Black Panther shares in the wisdom and experiences of past Black Panthers and possesses enhanced strength, speed, reflexes, durability, agility, and stamina. Additionally, T’Challa is a genius inventor and tactician that utilizes a custom vibranium suit for durability in battle. Black Panther was introduced by Marvel in Fantastic Four #52 in July, 1966.

Black Panther has a height of 6’ (1.83 m) in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the comics.

Pair of drawings of Black Panther in battle postures of standing and jumping
Black Panther, real name T’Challa, is the superhero king of the African nation of Wakanda that appears in Marvel Comics possessing enhanced strength, speed, reflexes, agility, and stamina. Additionally, T’Challa is a genius inventor and tactician that utilizes a vibranium suit for battle durability.

Black Panther has a height of 6’ (1.83 m) in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the comics.

Pair of drawings of Black Panther in battle postures of standing and jumping
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Name: T’Challa
Height: 6’ | 1.83 m (MCU); 6’ | 1.83 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Fantastic Four #52 (July, 1966)
Powers: Connection to the collective knowledge and experience of every previous Black Panther; enhanced strength, speed, reflexes, agility, durability; Vibranium suit; genius inventor and strategist

First Appearance
1966

Drawings include:
Black Panther standing (front), standing (side), standing (fighting), jumping (kick)

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Rocket Raccoon
Pair of dimensioned illustrations of Rocket Raccoon standing alone and with a large weapon

Rocket Raccoon is an anthropomorphic raccoon skilled in starship aviation, engineering, and marksmanship that appears in Marvel Comics. Typically a core member of the superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon possesses the enhanced speed, sight and climbing abilities of an Earth raccoon in conjunction with being a brilliant strategist and pilot. Rocket was introduced by Marvel in Marvel Preview #7 in Summer 1976.

Rocket Raccoon has a height of 3’1” (.95 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 4’ (1.22 m) in the comics.

Drawings of Rocket Raccoon in shooting and jumping battle postures
Rocket Raccoon is an anthropomorphic raccoon skilled in starship aviation, engineering, and marksmanship that appears in Marvel Comics and is typically a core member of the superhero team the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Rocket Raccoon has a height of 3’1” (.95 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 4’ (1.22 m) in the comics.

Drawings of Rocket Raccoon in shooting and jumping battle postures
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Name: Rocket Raccoon
Height: 3’1” | .95 m (MCU); 4’ | 1.22 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Marvel Preview #7 (Summer 1976)
Powers: Starship aviator and engineer; marksman and hand-to-hand combat; field commander and tactician; attributes of an Earth raccoon

First Appearance
1976

Drawings include:
Rocket Raccoon standing (passive), standing (weapon), standing (fighting), jumping (fighting)

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Hulk
Dimensioned drawings of Hulk standing casually and flexing

The Hulk, real name Bruce Banner, is a transformed green-skinned muscular superhero that appears in Marvel Comics. Created by accidental exposure to experimental gamma radiation, the Hulk is in constant conflict between being an uncontrollably strong superhuman and the intelligent and weak alter ego of Bruce Banner. Often teaming with the Avengers, the Hulk is nearly invulnerable and has superhuman strength, stamina, and anger. The Hulk was introduced by Marvel in Incredible Hulk #1 in May, 1962.

The Hulk has a height of 8’2” (2.5 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 7’-8’ (2.13-2.44 m) in the comics.

Pair of illustrations of Hulk leaping in front and side elevation views
The Hulk, real name Bruce Banner, is a transformed green-skinned muscular superhero that appears in Marvel Comics. Created by accidental exposure to experimental gamma radiation, the Hulk is in constant conflict between being an uncontrollably strong superhuman and the intelligent Bruce Banner.

The Hulk has a height of 8’2” (2.5 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 7’-8’ (2.13-2.44 m) in the comics.

Pair of illustrations of Hulk leaping in front and side elevation views
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Name: Bruce Banner
Height: 8’2” | 2.5 m (MCU); 7’-8’ | 2.13-2.44 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #1 (May, 1962)
Powers: Invulnerability and regenerative healing; superhuman strength and stamina

First Appearance
1962

Drawings include:
Hulk standing (passive), standing (flex), leaping (front), leaping (side)

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