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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Rocket Raccoon
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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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Silk Spectre
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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).

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Malin Åkerman
First Appearance
Watchmen (2009)

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Silk Spectre front, side, fighting

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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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Shazam (Captain Marvel)
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Shazam, also known as William Joseph “Billy” Batson, is a fictional superhero in Shazam! and the extended DC Comics universe. Growing up an orphan, Billy’s life is suddenly turned upside down when a wizard grants him the power to transform from a gangly teen into a full grown superhero.

His powers include flight, super strength, superspeed, increased invulnerability, and the ability to control electricity. Though, as Shazam, he is physically an adult, he still has the decision making power of a teenager, which can result in more chaos than the original problem he was trying to fix.

Shazam, portrayed by Zachary Levi in Shazam! (2019), has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

Set of illustrations of Shazam in various poses measured with overall height
Shazam, also known as William Joseph “Billy” Batson, is a fictional superhero in Shazam! and the extended DC Comics universe. Growing up an orphan, Billy’s life is suddenly turned upside down when a wizard grants him the power to transform from a gangly teen into a full grown superhero.

Shazam, portrayed by Zachary Levi in Shazam! (2019), has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m).

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Shazam! (2019)

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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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