13He Is The First African-American Superhero
Black Panther might be the first black superhero, but when The Falcon made his comic debut in September of 1969, he became the first African-American superhero to enter into the Marvel world. In fact, some say he was also the first black superhero to not have his
race directly reflected in his superhero name — he has never been “The Black Falcon,” for example.
Created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, the Falcon made his first appearance in Captain America #117, and has been a consistent presence in the Captain America comics ever since. Eventually, the Falcon earned top billing alongside Cap, making him more of a partner than a sidekick. And, according to Marvel Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort, he was “the first super hero of color to get his own action figure back in the 1970s.”