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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Silk Spectre
Scaled height comparison illustration of Silk Spectre in relation to other DC Comics characters

Silk Spectre, also known as Laurie Juspeczyk, is a fictional vigilante in Watchmen and the extended DC Comics universe. Technically Silk Spectre the second, Laurie took up the mantel at the insistence of her mother: Sally Jupiter and the original Silk Spectre. She was raised on a strict training regimen to prepare her for a life of fighting.

Like her mother, she is an expert gymnast and skilled at hand-to-hand combat, both of which are critical in their crimefighting. Like her mother before her, she dressed in mostly lingerie for crime fighting, using it to distract her mostly male targets.

Silk Spectre, portrayed by Malin Åkerman in Watchmen (2009), has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Set of illustrations of Silk Spectre in various poses measured with overall height
Silk Spectre, also known as Laurie Juspeczyk, is a fictional vigilante in Watchmen and the extended DC Comics universe. Technically Silk Spectre the second, Laurie took up the mantel at the insistence of her mother: Sally Jupiter and the original Silk Spectre. She was raised on strict training.

Silk Spectre, portrayed by Malin Åkerman in Watchmen (2009), has a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Set of illustrations of Silk Spectre in various poses measured with overall height
Silk Spectre
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Malin Åkerman
First Appearance
Watchmen (2009)

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Silk Spectre front, side, fighting

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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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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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Superman (Christopher Reeve)
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Superman (Christopher Reeve) with other related DC Comics characters

Superman, also known as Clark Kent or his Kryptonian name Kal-El, is a fictional superhero and Kryptonian in the DC Comics universe and particularly the 1978 movie Superman and the ensuing series, where he was played by Christopher Reeve.

As in the comics, Christopher Reeve’s portrayal of Superman has a slew of superpowers, including invincibility, heat vision, flight, super strength, invincibility, freeze breath, x-ray vision, and super hearing, as well as having a weakness to Kryptonite. In contrast to earlier versions, Christopher Reeve brought a gentleness and humanity to the character, who had previously been known mostly for his strength and honor.

Superman, portrayed by Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978), has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Collection of drawings of Superman (Christopher Reeve) measured with overall height
Superman, also known as Clark Kent or his Kryptonian name Kal-El, is a fictional superhero and Kryptonian in the DC Comics universe and particularly the 1978 movie Superman and the ensuing series, where he was played by Christopher Reeve.

Superman, portrayed by Christopher Reeve in Superman (1978), has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Collection of drawings of Superman (Christopher Reeve) measured with overall height
Superman (Christopher Reeve)
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Christopher Reeve
First Appearance
Superman (1978)

Drawings include:
Superman (Christopher Reeve) front, side, running, flying (side), flying (front), flying (fighting)

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Rorschach
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Rorschach with other related DC Comics characters

Rorschach, also known as Walter Joseph Kovacs, is a fictional anti-hero and vigilante in Watchmen and the extended DC Comics universe. A believer in moral absolutism, Walter snaps when confronted with the horrors of humanity’s worst criminals, and shows his enemies no mercy.

When superheroes are required to register with the government, he refuses and continues his vigilante work, earning himself even more enemies. He has no superpowers, but is clever and in top physical shape, allowing him to think or fight his way out of most situations. He is also talented at lock picking.

Rorschach, portrayed by Jackie Earle Haley in Watchmen (2009), has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Collection of drawings of Rorschach measured with overall height
Rorschach, also known as Walter Joseph Kovacs, is a fictional anti-hero and vigilante in Watchmen and the extended DC Comics universe. A believer in moral absolutism, Walter snaps when confronted with the horrors of humanity’s worst criminals, and shows his enemies no mercy.

Rorschach, portrayed by Jackie Earle Haley in Watchmen (2009), has a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Collection of drawings of Rorschach measured with overall height
Rorschach
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Jackie Earle Haley
First Appearance
Watchmen (2009)

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Rorschach front, side, back, side (walking)

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