Co-creator: Gene Colan

Realizing that Fawcett Comics' trademark on the name Captain Marvel had lapsed, the House of Ideas quickly put out its own Captain Marvel in order to further push its brand name. Created by Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan, Captain Marvel was an intergalactic warrior that was originally sent to Earth by the Kree in order to observe the human race and determine if they were a threat.

But Captain Mar-Vell (which was his proper Kree name) soon became attached to the planet and its inhabitants and became a protector of Earth and its people. Since his creation, the character has had many reinterpretations, but the original Stan Lee version is still the most memorable incarnation.