First appearance “Captain America” #117 (1969)
Created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan
The Falcon was the second man to become the partner of Steve Rogers, ushering in a new era of racial awareness in mainstream comics when he debuted in the late ’60s. Throughout the decades, he stood on his own or as a member of the Avengers, equally comfortable tackling cosmic threats as he was street-level crime. Sam Wilson now proudly wears the mantle of Captain America in the comics, even while he continues to soar as the fan-favorite Falcon in Marvel Studios productions.