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13He Is The First African-American Superhero

Sam Wilson as the Falcon in Marvel Comics

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.”

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