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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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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Batman (Christian Bale)
Series of scaled illustrations comparing the height of Batman (Christian Bale) with other related DC Comics characters

Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne, is a fictional brooding vigilante in the DC Comics universe. He is played by Christian Bale in the 2008 The Dark Knight trilogy. Darker than any of its preceding adaptations, Christian Bale’s Batman is widely regarded as one of the best portrayals of the character in film.

As with its predecessors, billionaire Bruce Wayne uses technology such as the Batsuit to fight crime. In this version, however, Bruce Wayne has spent much of his life traveling the world to learn to fight crime, so he can prevent others from suffering the loss he has suffered.

Batman, portrayed by Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005), has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Collection of drawings of Batman (Christian Bale) measured with overall height
Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne, is a fictional brooding vigilante in the DC Comics universe. He is played by Christian Bale in the 2008 The Dark Knight trilogy. Darker than any of its preceding adaptations, Christian Bale’s Batman is widely regarded as one of the best portrayals of the character.

Batman, portrayed by Christian Bale in Batman Begins (2005), has a height of 6’0” (1.83 m).

Collection of drawings of Batman (Christian Bale) measured with overall height
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Christian Bale
First Appearance
Batman Begins (2005)

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Batman (Christian Bale) front, side, fighting (side), fighting (front), flying (front), crouching

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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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Iron Man
Multiple dimensioned drawings of Iron Man standing casually and firing his hand blasters

Iron Man, real name Tony Stark, is a genius scientist and engineer who uses his wealth and intelligence to create the superhero Iron Man armored suit in Marvel Comics. One of the founding members of the superhero group the Avengers, Tony Stark constantly enhances and improves upon the powers, strength, durability, and weaponry of his Iron Man suits through many specialized iterations. Iron Man was introduced by Marvel in Tales of Suspense #39 in March, 1963.

Iron Man has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’6” (1.98 m) in the comics.

Illustrations of Iron Man in multiple flying postures
Iron Man, real name Tony Stark, is a genius scientist and engineer who uses his wealth and intelligence to create the superhero Iron Man armored suit in Marvel Comics. Iron Man is one of the founding members of the superhero group the Avengers.

Iron Man has a height of 6’1” (1.85 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’6” (1.98 m) in the comics.

Illustrations of Iron Man in multiple flying postures
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Name: Tony Stark
Height: 6’1” | 1.85 m (MCU); 6’6” | 1.98 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (March, 1963)
Powers: Genius intellect; powered armor suit with super strength, flight, durability, weapons

First Appearance
1963

Drawings include:
Iron Man standing (passive), standing (fighting), flying (angle), flying (hover)

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Thor
Pair of dimensioned drawings of Thor standing and walking

Thor, real name Thor Odinson, is the Asgardian god of thunder who wields the magical hammer, Mjolnir, in Marvel Comics. A founding member of the superhero team the Avengers, Thor possesses Asgardian traits of long-life and superhuman strength, speed and durability. Using Mjolnir, Thor gains the ability to fly, manipulate the weather, and can channel the power of electricity into the hammer. Thor was introduced by Marvel in Journey into Mystery #83 in August, 1962.

Thor has a height of 6’3” (1.91 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’6” (1.98 m) in the comics.

Multiple illustrations of Thor engaged in battle with standing and flying poses
Thor, real name Thor Odinson, is the Asgardian god of thunder who wields a magical hammer in Marvel Comics. A founding member of the Avengers, Thor has superhuman longevity, strength, speed and durability and is able to fly with the assistance of his hammer, Mjolnir.

Thor has a height of 6’3” (1.91 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 6’6” (1.98 m) in the comics.

Multiple illustrations of Thor engaged in battle with standing and flying poses
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Name: Thor Odinson
Height: 6’3” | 1.91 m (MCU); 6’6” | 1.98 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Journey into Mystery #83 (August, 1962)
Powers: Longevity; superhuman strength, speed, durability; wielding Mjolnir grants flight, control of electricity, manipulation of the weather

First Appearance
1962

Drawings include:
Thor standing (front), standing (side), walking (front), flying (attack)

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