Falcon-Samuel Wilson

Falcon-Samuel Wilson

Created by: Stan Lee and artist Gene Colan

1st appearance: Captain America #117 (Sept. 1969)

Facts: The Falcon is best know as the OTHER sidekick of Captain America but he also happens to be the 1st African American superhero and the second Black Superhero the first being Black Panther (debut 1966)

Aliases: Samuel Thomas Wilson, Abraham Wilson, Abe Wilson, Abe, Blackbird, Snap, Sam Wilson, Captain America, Wingman For Hire

Team Affiliations: Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., Heroes for Hire

Legal Status: U.S citizen with no criminal record

Height: 6’2              Weight: 240 lbs

Eyes: Brown                   Hair: Black

Relatives:Paul Wilson (father, deceased), Darlene Wilson (mother, deceased), Sarah Wilson Casper (sister), Gideon Wilson (brother), Jody Casper (nephew), Jim Wilson(nephew, deceased)

Skills and Abilities:  Falcon has an affinity for training birds in addition to martial arts and gymnastics training from S.H.E.I.L.D and Captain America.

Powers: Sam can telepathically command and control birds, he also has a special link with his bird Red Wing.

His costume is Wakandan designed and allows him to fly and offers a degree of resistance to injury. The cowl allows him to see into the infra red spectrum, night vision and telescopic vision. The wings of his costume are hard light constructs.


Samuel Wilson was born to a minister and his wife and was the youngest of three children. As a boy growing up in Harlem he had a natural affinity for birds and was reported as having the “largest Pigeon home in Harlem” at the time.  As a teen he experienced Racism and all it’s trappings, which made him doubt his “faith”. His parents however were very supportive and provided him with alternatives to their own religion. Soon after this his father died breaking up a fight and his mother died two years later after being gunned down.

Angry but wanting to lead a change, he became a social worker and community volunteer to better those around him. Around this time he was involved in a plane crash which landed him in the hands of the red skull who used the cosmic cube to grant him telepathic power over birds. The Skull then trained him to combat captain America. They clashed but he was freed of brainwashing and returned to America with Cap where he became a costumed fighter. A chance meeting with Black Panther granted him his “winged suit” and he joined Shield. This eventually led to a spot on the avengers. As a renewed symbol of hope for community he continued to be a very strong activist there in Harlem and as a civilian remained a social worker.

In modern Marvel he joined the Anti Registration heroes during Civil War where he briefly led the group when Captain America was injured. He was also a pallbearer at Cap’s funeral.

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About Ryn Fraser

Caribbean born college teacher with a degree in Philosophy, founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for Wikipedia, Comicvine, Independent comics, IGN, Gamespot, and Islandstage.net. View all posts by Ryn Fraser

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