List of Marvel Comics superhero debuts

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The following is a list of the first known appearances of various superhero fictional characters and teams from Marvel Comics.

Debuts[edit]

Golden Age[edit]

Character / Team Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Namor 1939 (April) Bill Everett Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1
Human Torch (Jim Hammond) 1939 (October) Carl Burgos Marvel Comics #1
Captain America 1941 (March) Joe Simon, Jack Kirby Captain America #1
Blazing Skull 1941 (March) Unknown Mystic Comics #5
Phantom Rider 1949 Gary Friedrich, Roy Thomas, Dick Ayers Tim Holt #11

1960s[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Groot 1960 (November) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers Tales to Astonish Vol .1 #13
Fantastic Four 1961 (November) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby The Fantastic Four #1
Henry Pym (a.k.a Ant-Man, Giant-Man, Goliath, Yellowjacket) 1962 (January) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Tales to Astonish #27
The Hulk 1962 (May) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby The Incredible Hulk #1
Spider-Man 1962 (August) Stan Lee, Steve Ditko Amazing Fantasy #15
Thor 1962 (August) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Journey into Mystery #83
Iron Man 1963 (March) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck Tales of Suspense #39
Nick Fury 1963 (May) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1
Wasp 1963 (June) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Tales to Astonish #44
Doctor Strange 1963 (July) Stan Lee, Steve Ditko Strange Tales #110
X-Men
(Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey and Professor X)
1963 (September) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby The X-Men #1
The Avengers 1963 (September) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers Avengers #1
Quicksilver 1964 (March) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby X-Men #4
Scarlet Witch 1964 (March) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby X-Men #4
Black Widow 1964 (April) Stan Lee, Don Rico, Don Heck Tales of Suspense #52
Daredevil 1964 (April) Stan Lee, Bill Everett Daredevil #1
Hawkeye 1964 (September) Stan Lee, Don Heck Tales of Suspense #57
Wonder Man 1964 (October) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Avengers #9
Hercules 1965 Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Journey into Mystery Annual #1
Ka-Zar 1965 (March) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby The X-Men #10
S.H.I.E.L.D. 1965 (August) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Strange Tales #135
Inhumans 1965 (December) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Fantastic Four #45
Silver Surfer 1966 (March) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Fantastic Four #48
Black Panther 1966 (July) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Fantastic Four #52
Banshee 1967 (January) Roy Thomas, Werner Roth X-Men #28
Ronan 1967 (August) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby Fantastic Four #65
Black Knight 1967 (December) Roy Thomas, John Buscema The Avengers #47
Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) 1967 (December) Stan Lee, Gene Colan Marvel Super Heroes #12
Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird) 1968 (March) Roy Thomas, Gene Colan Marvel Super Heroes #13
Vision 1968 (October) Roy Thomas, John Buscema The Avengers #57
Polaris 1968 (October) Arnold Drake, Don Heck The X-Men #49
Guardians of the Galaxy 1969 (January) Arnold Drake, Gene Colan Marvel Super-Heroes #18
Havok 1969 (March) Arnold Drake, Don Heck, Neal Adams Uncanny X-Men #54
Falcon 1969 (September) Stan Lee, Gene Colan Captain America #117

1970s[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Valkyrie 1970 (December) Roy Thomas, John Buscema The Avengers #83
Squadron Supreme 1971 (February) Roy Thomas, Sal Buscema The Avengers #85-86
Man-Thing 1971 (May) Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Gray Morrow Savage Tales #1
Morbius 1971 (October) Roy Thomas, Gil Kane The Amazing Spider-Man #101
The Defenders 1971 (December) Roy Thomas Marvel Feature #1
Werewolf by Night 1972 (February) Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Mike Ploog Marvel Spotlight #2
Adam Warlock 1972 (April) Roy Thomas, Gil Kane Marvel Premiere #1
Luke Cage a.k.a. Power Man 1972 (June) Archie Goodwin, George Tuska Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1
Ghost Rider 1972 (August) Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploog Marvel Spotlight #5
Tigra 1972 (November) Stan Lee, Marie Severin Claws of the Cat #1
Shanna 1972 (December) Phil Seuling, George Tuska Shanna the She-Devil #1
Thundra 1972 (December) Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway Fantastic Four #129
Moondragon 1973 (January) Bill Everett, Mike Friedrich, George Tuska Iron Man #54
Drax 1973 (February) Mike Friedrich, Jim Starlin Iron Man #55
Blade 1973 (July) Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan The Tomb of Dracula #10
Brother Voodoo 1973 (September) Len Wein, Gene Colan Strange Tales #169
Daimon Hellstrom 1973 (September) Gary Friedrich, Tom Sutton Ghost Rider Vol .2 #1
Shang-Chi 1973 (December) Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin Special Marvel Edition #15
Iron Fist 1974 (May) Roy Thomas, Gil Kane Marvel Premiere #15
Punisher 1974 (February) Gerry Conway, Ross Andru The Amazing Spider-Man #129
Wolverine 1974 (October cameo, November full) Len Wein, Herb Trimpe Incredible Hulk #180(cameo last panel) #181 first full appearance
Jamie Madrox 1975 (February) Len Wein, Chris Claremont, John Buscema Giant Size Fantastic Four #4
Gamora 1975 (June) Jim Starlin Strange Tales #180
Moon Knight 1975 (August) Doug Moench, Don Perlin Werewolf by Night #32
Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler and Thunderbird 1975 (May) Len Wein, Dave Cockrum Giant-Size X-Men #1
Champions 1975 (October) Tony Isabella, Don Heck The Champions #1
Star-Lord 1976 (January) Steve Englehart Marvel Preview #4
Rocket Raccoon 1976 (Summer) Bill Mantlo, Keith Giffen Marvel Preview #7
Eternals 1976 (July) Jack Kirby The Eternals Vol .1 #1
Nova 1976 (September) Marv Wolfman, John Buscema Nova Vol .1 #1
Captain Britain 1976 (October) Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe Captain Britain Weekly #1
Psylocke 1976 (December) Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe Captain Britain Vol .1 #8
Spider-Woman 1977 (February) Archie Goodwin, Marie Severin Marvel Spotlight #32
3-D Man 1977 (April) Roy Thomas, Jim Craig Marvel Premiere #35
Starjammers 1977 (April) Dave Cockrum Uncanny X-Men #104
Imperial Guard and Gladiator 1977 (October) Dave Cockrum Uncanny X-Men #107
Quasar 1978 (January) Donald F. Glut, Roy Thomas, John Buscema Captain America #217
Moon-Boy and Devil Dinosaur 1978 (April) Jack Kirby Devil Dinosaur #1
Heroes for Hire 1978 (December) Ed Hannigan, Lee Elias Power Man and Iron Fist #54
Ant-Man (Scott Lang) 1979 (March) David Michelinie, John Byrne Avengers #181
Alpha Flight 1979 (April) John Byrne Uncanny X-Men #120
Black Cat 1979 (July) Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard The Amazing Spider-Man #194

1980s[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Kitty Pryde & Emma Frost 1980 (January) Chris Claremont, John Byrne Uncanny X-Men #129
Dazzler 1980 (February) Tom DeFalco, Louise Simonson, Roger Stern Uncanny X-Men #130
She-Hulk 1980 (February) Stan Lee, John Buscema Savage She-Hulk #1
Elektra 1981 (January) Frank Miller Daredevil #168
Rachel Summers 1981 (January) Chris Claremont, John Byrne Uncanny X-Men #141
Rogue 1981 (November) Chris Claremont, Michael Golden Avengers Annual #10
Cloak and Dagger 1982 (March) Bill Mantlo, Ed Hannigan Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64
New Mutants 1982 (December) Chris Claremont The New MutantsMarvel Graphic Novel #5
Beta Ray Bill 1983 (November) Walt Simonson Thor #337
Venom 1984 (May) David Michelinie, Mike Zeck The Amazing Spider-Man #252
Power Pack 1984 (August) Louise Simonson, June Brigman Power Pack #1
Silver Sable 1985 (June) Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz, Josef Rubinstein The Amazing Spider-Man #265
Demolition Man 1985 (October) Mike Carlin, Ron Wilson The Thing #28
X-Factor 1986 (February) Bob Layton, Jackson Guice, Josef Rubinstein X-Factor #1
Excalibur 1987 Chris Claremont, Alan Davis Excalibur: The Sword is Drawn
Jubilee 1989 (May) Chris Claremont, Marc Silvestri Uncanny X-Men #244
New Warriors 1989 (December) Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz Thor #411

1990s[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Cable 1990 (March) Louise Simonson, Rob Liefeld New Mutants #87
Gambit 1990 (August) Chris Claremont, Jim Lee Uncanny X-Men Annual #14
Deadpool 1991 (February) Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza The New Mutants #98
Darkhawk 1991 (March) Danny Fingeroth, Mike Manley Darkhawk #1
X-Force 1991 (April) Rob Liefeld The New Mutants #100
Bishop 1991 (November) Whilce Portacio, Jim Lee Uncanny X-Men #282
Domino 1992 (June) Fabian Nicieza, Rob Liefeld X-Force Vol .1 #11
Midnight Sons 1992 (August) Ghost Rider Vol .3 #28
Infinity Watch 1992 Jim Starlin, Angel Medina Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1
War Machine 1992 (September) Len Kaminski, Kev Hopgood Iron Man #281
Nightstalkers 1992 (November) D. G. Chichester, Ron Garney, Tom Palmer Nightstalkers #1
Generation X 1994 (November) Scott Lobdell, Chris Bachalo Uncanny X-Men #318
Scarlet Spider 1994 (November) Terry Kavanagh, Steven Butler Web of Spider-Man #118
X-Man 1995 (March) Jeph Loeb, Steve Skroce X-Man #1
The Thunderbolts 1997 (January) Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley The Incredible Hulk #449
Big Hero 6 1998 (September) Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau Sunfire and Big Hero 6 #1
Winter Guard 1998 (October) Kurt Busiek, Sean Chen Iron Man Vol .3 #9

2000s[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Noh-Varr 2000 (August) Grant Morrison, J. G. Jones Marvel Boy #1
Sentry 2000 (September) Paul Jenkins, Jae Lee, Rick Veitch The Sentry #1
Exiles 2001 (August) Judd Winick, Mike McKone Exiles #1
Ultimate Marvel characters 2001 various Ultimate Spider-Man #1
X-Statix 2001 (July) Peter Milligan, Mike Allred X-Force #116
Jessica Jones 2001 (November) Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos Alias #1
Fantomex 2002 (August) Grant Morrison, Igor Kordey New X-Men #128
Runaways 2003 (July) Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona Runaways vol. 1 #1
Phyla-Vell 2003 (December) Peter David, Paul Azaceta Captain Marvel Vol. 4 #16
X-23 2004 Craig Kyle NYX #3
Winter Soldier 2005 (January) Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting Captain America Vol .5 #1
Young Avengers 2005 (April) Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung Young Avengers #1
Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady) 2006 (September) Robert Kirkman, Phil Hester The Irredeemable Ant-Man #1
Agents of Atlas 2006 (October) Jeff Parker, Leonard Kirk Agents of Atlas #1
Bob, Agent of HYDRA 2007 (May) Fabian Nicieza Cable & Deadpool #38
Hope Summers 2007 (November) Mike Carey, Chris Bachalo X-Men #205
Victoria Hand 2008 Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato The Invincible Iron Man #8
Red Hulk 2008 (January) Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness Hulk Vol .2 #1
Skaar 2008 (January) Greg Pak, John Romita, Jr. World War Hulk #5
A-Bomb 2008 (April) Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness Hulk Vol .2 #2
Guardians of the Galaxy 2008 (May) Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning Guardians of Galaxy Vol .2 #1
Secret Warriors 2008 (July) Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev Mighty Avengers #13
She-Hulk (Lyra) 2008 (August) Jeff Parker, Mitch Breitweiser Hulk: Raging Thunder #1
Blue Marvel 2008 (November) Kevin Grevioux Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1
Red She-Hulk 2009 (September) Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness Hulk Vol. 2 #15

2010s[edit]

Character / Team / Series Year Debuted Creator/s First Appearance
Avengers Academy 2010 (June) Christos Gage, Mike McKone Avengers Academy #1
Future Foundation 2010 (July) Jonathan Hickman, Steve Epting Fantastic Four #579
Annihilators 2011 (January) Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning The Thanos Imperative: Devastation #1

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