First Appearance: Captain America #117 (1969)
Creators: Stan Lee, Gene Colan

Falcon is Marvel’s first African-American superhero, and ever since his debut in 1969, the character has grown in popularity with each passing year. Originally introduced as Captain America’s sidekick, the Falcon soon became a fixture in Cap’s solo title, with the name of the book itself eventually changing to Captain America and the Falcon.

Where'd the Falcon come from? There was a man named Sam Wilson, who had his mind melded with a falcon named Redwing by the Red Skull while he was using the cosmic cube. Not only can he communicate with Redwing, he can also “see” through the eyes of nearby birds and fly, thanks to the use of a winged harness.

Falcon might not have found his own voice in the form of a long-running solo series, but as a part of Cap’s supporting cast, he's indispensable. In the upcoming movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the character will make his big screen debut, played by The Hurt Locker’s Anthony Mackie.