A superhero often looks like a normal person, like me and you, but there is usually something secret about them. They often have an extraordinary skill, or characteristic, that makes them really strong or powerful. Superheroes are usually good; they often want to use their skills for the betterment of humanity. But sometimes they can go bad. The most famous superhero franchise is Marvel Comics. There are whole worlds dreamed up in comics that describes the adventures of superheroes. These include Spider-man, Captain Marvel, Wonderwoman, and Batman to name a few.

What makes someone a superhero?

A superhero is considered to be a person who does heroic actions and has the ability to do them in a way that a normal person couldn’t. Superheroes have a super power that a normal human doesn’t have and use that superpower to create a more peaceful society. Superheroes are characters that are believable and live realistic lives, the only difference are their superpowers.

Why do superheroes wear capes?

Superheroes wear capes to signal the direction of where they are moving. Superheroes don’t wear capes as much anymore as capes can be dangerous, catch onto objects in different environments, and can become a safety hazard. Besides Superman and Batman it is rare to find superhero with a cape. Villains are more likely than superheroes to wear capes as they strive to show that they are powerful and prepared.

Who was the first superhero?

The first modern superhero is Mandrake the Magician who debuted in 1934. He debuted 4 years before Superman who is considered the first popular superhero. Mandrake was able to make people believe anything by hypnotizing them. He was the first comic strip character to use his special superpowers to fight crime. Gilgamesh may be considered the first superhero in recorded history as he is demigod who defended his people from threats in 2500 BCE.

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Captain America
Multiple drawings of Captain America standing with height measurements

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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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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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

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

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Star-Lord
Multiple drawings with height measured of Star-Lord standing and firing his 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 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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Spider-Man
Pair of drawings of Spider-Man standing in his standard and Iron Spider suit

Spider-Man, real name Peter Parker, is a superhero with enhanced strength, speed, agility, and various spider-like skills after being bitten by a radioactive spider in Marvel Comics. A genius scientist and morally responsible hero, Spider-Man uses his web-shooting, climbing, and spider-sense powers to protect New York City alone or alongside superhero teams such as the Avengers. Spider-Man was introduced by Marvel in Amazing Fantasy #15 in August, 1962.

Spider-Man has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 5’10” (1.78 m) in the comics.

Drawings of Spider-Man climbing the side of a surface and hanging upside down from a web
Spider-Man, real name Peter Parker, is a superhero with enhanced strength, speed, agility, and various spider skills after being bitten by a radioactive spider in Marvel Comics.

Spider-Man has a height of 5’7” (1.70 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 5’10” (1.78 m) in the comics.

Drawings of Spider-Man climbing the side of a surface and hanging upside down from a web
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Name: Peter Parker
Height: 5’7” | 1.70 m (MCU); 5’10” | 1.78 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15 (August, 1962)
Powers: Genius intellect; superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, agility; spider-sense; clings to surfaces; web shooters

First Appearance
1962

Drawings include:
Spider-Man standing (passive), standing (active), climbing wall, upside down on web

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