Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Falcon is an important member of the Marvel comic universe. Often appearing as a founding member of the Avengers, and sometimes the member of the Fantastic Four, he has become an icon in his own right. There are several versions of the Falcon in the comic books, with varying histories and skills. One of his many aliases is Fagin, but he is most commonly known as the pilot of the Falcon.
In the early days of the comics, the Falcon was an actor on television. cartoons, and one book featured him as well. The TV show, of course, changed to Captain America. There are many versions of the character that have appeared in comics over the years, including Sam Wilson, now known as the new Captain America, as well as Falcon, who appeared in several storylines in the late sixties and early seventies.
Early in the history of the comics, the Falcon was a World War II veteran who flew fighter planes. He was a decorated combat pilot, and received numerous awards. He later joined the Peace Corps, teaching it to be more environmentally aware. One of his many nicknames was "The Red Baron," and he was often shown flying in red fatigues. Aiding the resistance against the Nazis during World War II, he saved the lives of many German Jews and Polish Jews while flying over enemy territory.
During the 1950s, he went into space and became the pilot of the "ails" and " Falcon 3000." This was a spin-off of the popular series, "Starship Command." Although it lasted only a few issues, it established the modern version of the Falcon as an international airline pilot. There have been other spin-offs, most notably "Star Wars," " Wolverine," and "X-Men." Most modern incarnations of the Falcon will use some variation of the design that first appeared in Marvel Comics.
There have also been many incarnations of the super hero as a member of the Fantastic Four. As a member of the team, he has been given the codename "Fancy Pants," and is often portrayed as a wimp. Many fans disagree with this characterization, believing that he is a boisterous and arrogant bad boy. He often flies into battle without any weapons other than a high-speed jet.
In some different versions of the Falcon's history, he was a young boy who was captured by the Gestalt, and placed inside a robotic body. The machine was programmed to believe that he was still a boy, so that he would learn how to fight. The Gestalt then brainwashed him, giving him a new identity in which he served the criminal organizations that made up the Marvel Universe. While serving the evil organization, the Falcon was presumed dead, due to the extreme radiation around him. He was discovered years later, by the Secret Avengers, and given the life of an elite athlete.
The Falcon is well known for his daring, spontaneous adventures, as well as his often-improvised weapons. Most notably, he used a claw on one of his fist during one battle with Spiderman. Additionally, he was also able to build and use a makeshift aircraft called the Falcon, which he uses to go into space, and to battle the dreaded Kangaroid. During the series' many crossover events, the Falcon was sometimes either a member of the Avengers or the Secret Avengers.
The Falcon is perhaps best known for his starring role in the animated TV series, of course, and has been featured in many of the cartoons and video games that Marvel has produced over the years. The TV show has gone through many different directors, but the most recent run has been overseen by Frank Miller and Craig Bolotin. The comic book super hero will continue to be a staple of the Marvel Universe for many years to come. As a result, many younger readers have grown up loving the comic, and seeing the original Falcon in action.