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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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
Aquaman
778000
6’4” | 1.93 m
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Aquaman
193.000
2016.00
778000
3D
Aquaman
10.25” | .26 m
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Baby Groot
26.000
2017.00
130000
3D
Baby Groot
6’2” | 1.88 m
Batman (1966)
Batman (Adam West)
188.000
1966.00
640000
3D
Batman (Adam West)
6’0” | 1.83 m
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman (Christian Bale)
183.000
2005.00
638000
3D
Batman (Christian Bale)
5’9” | 1.75 m
Batman (1989)
Batman (Michael Keaton)
175.000
1989.00
25000
3D
Batman (Michael Keaton)
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
Deadpool
385000
6’2” | 1.88 m
The New Mutants #98 (February 1991)
Deadpool
1.880
1991.00
385000
3D
Deadpool
5’9” | 1.75 m
Watchmen (2009)
Doctor Manhattan
175.000
2009.00
18000
3D
Doctor Manhattan
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
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
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
5’11” | 1.80 m
Watchmen (2019)
Hooded Justice
180.000
2019.00
17000
3D
Hooded Justice
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
Korg
36000
7’7” | 2.31 m
Journey into Mystery #83 (1962)
Korg
2.310
1962.00
36000
3D
Korg
6’2” | 1.88 m
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May, 1963)
Nick Fury
188.000
1963.00
54000
3D
Nick Fury
6’1" | 1.85 m
Watchmen (2009)
Nite Owl
185.000
2009.00
9100
3D
Nite Owl
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
5’11” | 1.80 m
The X-Men #4 (March 1964)
Quicksilver
1.800
1964.00
89000
3D
Quicksilver
3’1” | .95 m
Marvel Preview #7 (Summer 1976)
Rocket Raccoon
95.000
1976.00
60000
3D
Rocket Raccoon
Rorschach
104000
5’5” | 1.65 m
Watchmen (2009)
Rorschach
165.000
2009.00
104000
3D
Rorschach
5’6” | 1.68 m
The X-Men #4 (March 1964)
Scarlet Witch
168.000
1964.00
146000
3D
Scarlet Witch
Shazam
21500
6’4” | 1.93 m
Shazam! (2019)
Shazam
193.000
2019.00
21500
3D
Shazam
Shuri
29000
5’5” | 1.64 m
Black Panther #2 (May 2005)
Shuri
1.640
2005.00
29000
3D
Shuri
5’8” | 1.73 m
Watchmen (2009)
Silk Spectre
173.000
2009.00
21000
3D
Silk Spectre
5'7" | 1.70 m
Amazing Fantasy #15 (August, 1962)
Spider-Man
170.000
1962.00
147000
3D
Spider-Man
6’2” | 1.88 m
Marvel Preview #4 (January, 1976)
Star-Lord
188.000
1976.00
80000
3D
Star-Lord
6’4” | 1.93 m
Superman (1978)
Superman (Christopher Reeve)
193.000
1978.00
338600
3D
Superman (Christopher Reeve)
6’1" | 1.85 m
Man of Steel (2013)
Superman (Henry Cavill)
185.000
2013.00
357000
3D
Superman (Henry Cavill)
5’4” | 1.63 m
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Teenage Groot
163.000
2017.00
2300
3D
Teenage Groot
Thor
518000
6’3” | 1.91 m
Journey into Mystery #83 (August, 1962)
Thor
191.000
1962.00
518000
3D
Thor
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
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
5’10" | 1.78 m
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)
178.000
2016.00
531000
3D
Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)
5’11” | 1.80 m
Wonder Woman (1975)
Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter)
180.000
1975.00
530000
3D
Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter)
Wong
6400
5’10” | 1.78 m
Strange Tales #110 (July 1963)
Wong
1.780
1963.00
6400
3D
Wong
Doctor Manhattan
Scaled height comparison illustration of Doctor Manhattan in relation to other DC Comics characters

Doctor Manhattan, also known as Jonathan Osterman, is a fictional nuclear physicist and pseudo-god in Watchmen and the extended DC Comics universe. After an accident in a nuclear test chamber, Jon is disintegrated and then slowly reassembles himself, gaining power but losing his humanity.

His powers include the ability to reconstruct himself, endless energy, teleportation, telekinesis, phasing through solid objects, duplicating himself, and flight, among others. He can even manipulate time. He is more powerful than even fifth dimensional imps, making him one of the most powerful beings in the DC Comics universe.

Doctor Manhattan, portrayed by Billy Crudup in Watchmen (2009), has a typical height of 6’5” (1.96 m) although Crudup has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m). Doctor Manhattan's height can be transformed at anytime.

Set of illustrations of Doctor Manhattan in various poses measured with overall height
Doctor Manhattan, also known as Jonathan Osterman, is a fictional nuclear physicist and pseudo-god in Watchmen and the extended DC Comics universe. After an accident in a nuclear test chamber, Jon is disintegrated and then slowly reassembles himself, gaining power but losing his humanity.

Doctor Manhattan, portrayed by Billy Crudup in Watchmen (2009), has a typical height of 6’5” (1.96 m) although Crudup has a height of 5’9” (1.75 m). Doctor Manhattan's height can be transformed at anytime.

Set of illustrations of Doctor Manhattan in various poses measured with overall height
Doctor Manhattan
Height:
5’9” | 1.75 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Actor
Billy Crudup
First Appearance
Watchmen (2009)

Drawings include:
Doctor Manhattan front, side, side (pointing), side (sitting)

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

Nite Owl II, also known as Daniel Dreiberg is a fictional vigilante in Watchmen and the extended DC Comics universe. Having looked up to the first Nite Owl since early childhood, and having served as something of a sidekick to Nite Owl in his teenage years, Daniel became Nite Owl II after the original Nite Owl’s retirement.

Lacking superpowers, he uses a variety of owl-themed gadgets in his fights. Though he prefers not to begin with hand-to-hand combat, in a pinch he can hold his own. Much like batman, all of his gadgets are named after his signature animal.

Nite Owl, portrayed by Patrick Wilson in Watchmen (2009), has a height of 6’1" (1.85 m).

Collection of drawings of Nite Owl measured with overall height
Nite Owl II, also known as Daniel Dreiberg is a fictional vigilante in Watchmen and the extended DC Comics universe. Having looked up to the first Nite Owl since early childhood, and having served as something of a sidekick to Nite Owl in his teenage years, Daniel became Nite Owl II after.

Nite Owl, portrayed by Patrick Wilson in Watchmen (2009), has a height of 6’1" (1.85 m).

Collection of drawings of Nite Owl measured with overall height
Nite Owl
Height:
6’1" | 1.85 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
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Actor
Patrick Wilson
First Appearance
Watchmen (2009)

Drawings include:
Nite Owl front, side, fighting

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Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)
Scaled height comparison illustration of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in relation to other DC Comics characters

Wonder Woman, also known as Princess Diana of Themyscira, or Diana Prince in her civilian identity, is a fictional superhero and warrior princess in the DC Comics universe. She is played by Gal Gadot in the 2017 film adaptation Wonder Woman.

Like in the comics, this version wields a lasso of truth and indestructible bracelets capable of deflecting bullets. Though the movie begins on Themyscira, it focuses primarily on Diana adapting to the ‘world of men’ and losing her naiveté as she fights for peace. The movie was critically acclaimed and upheld as a feminist icon.

Wonder Woman, portrayed by Gal Gadot in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), has a height of 5’10" (1.78 m).

Set of illustrations of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in various poses measured with overall height
Wonder Woman, also known as Princess Diana of Themyscira, or Diana Prince in her civilian identity, is a fictional superhero and warrior princess in the DC Comics universe. She is played by Gal Gadot in the 2017 film adaptation Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman, portrayed by Gal Gadot in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), has a height of 5’10" (1.78 m).

Set of illustrations of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) in various poses measured with overall height
Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot)
Height:
5’10" | 1.78 m
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
Area:
Actor
Gal Gadot
First Appearance
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Drawings include:
Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) front, side, back, front (running), side (lasso), front (lasso)

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Ant Man
Set of drawings comparing the height of Ant Man to other MCU characters

Ant-Man, also known as Scott Lang, is a fictional superhero in Ant-Man and the extended Marvel franchise. A brilliant MIT graduate, Scott Lang turned to petty crime in an attempt to Robin Hood a corporation, but when he was caught and sent to jail he lost everything. He is recruited by the Ant-Man suit’s creator, Pym (who was the original Ant-Man in the comics) to become the new Ant-Man. The suit gives him the ability to shrink to the size of an ant (and further) and his training allows him to use the size changing in a fight and to control ants when tiny.

Ant Man is portrayed by Paul Rudd in the MCU with a human height of 5’10” (1.78 m) and the ability to shrink or grow to almost any size. The comic book height of Ant Man is 6’0" (1.83 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Ant Man in assorted poses
Ant-Man, also known as Scott Lang, is a fictional superhero in Ant-Man and the extended Marvel franchise. A brilliant MIT graduate, Scott Lang turned to petty crime. He is recruited by the Ant-Man suit’s creator, Pym (who was the original Ant-Man in the comics) to become the new Ant-Man.

Ant Man is portrayed by Paul Rudd in the MCU with a human height of 5’10” (1.78 m) and the ability to shrink or grow to almost any size. The comic book height of Ant Man is 6’0" (1.83 m).

Dimensioned elevation drawings of Ant Man in assorted poses
Ant Man
Height:
5’10” | 1.78 m (Variable)
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Length:
Depth:
Height (Comics)
6’0" | 1.83 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Paul Rudd

Powers
Size-shifting (giant to microscopic); leading scientific researcher; maintains srength when shrunken; insect control
Real Name
Scott Lang
First Appearance
Tales to Astonish #35 (September 1962)

Drawings include:
Ant Man front elevation (assorted), crouching, running

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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
Captain Marvel
Height:
5’7” | 1.70 m
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Height (Comics)
5’11” | 1.80 m
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Portrayed by (MCU): Brie Larson

Powers
Energy projection and absorption; flight; superhuman strength, speed, stamina, endurance
Real Name
Carol Danvers
First Appearance
Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (March, 1968)

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

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