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    To Better Know a Hero: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch

    Quicksilver Real Name Pietro Django Maximoff First Appearance X-Men #4, March 1964 Nicknames & Aliases Pietro Frank, Matheo Maximoff, Powers & Abilities Quicksilver possess the mutant ability to move and think exceedingly fast. He can run at speeds up to Mach 5, and his body is designed to survive the rigors of moving at such […] More

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    To Better Know a Hero: Daredevil

    Daredevil is a character more or less defined by two extended runs by two specific creators. Created in 1964 by Stan Lee and Bill Everett in a clear attempt to tap into the success of Spider-Man, Daredevil has one of the all time great superhero hooks: he’s a blind lawyer who puts on a superhero costume and takes the law into his own hands. Unfortunately, that hook only takes the character so far, and like the X-Men, Daredevil existed in his early years as something of an also-ran at Marvel More

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    To Better Know a Hero: Storm

    Storm, easily Marvel’s most high-profile female African-American character (and of the first such characters in superhero comics), is a character whose most prominent and well-executed storyline occurred nearly two decades ago. In the mid-80s, longtime X-Men scribe Chris Claremont crafted a long story arc for Storm, which found her shedding her ethereal, goddess-esque image in the face of the burden of leadership and a desire to experience life more fully in favor of a more striking punk look and sensibility. Then, she lost her mutant powers and was forced to prove her worth as leader of the X-Men on her non-superpowered skills alone, a feat she accomplished with aplomb, continuing to lead the X-Men through some of their darkest hours (including the massacre of the Morlocks) before ultimately finding a way to restore her superpowers. More

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    To Better Know a Villain: Ultron

    First Appearance Avengers #54, July 1968 (unnamed cameo), Avengers #55, August 1968 (full appearance) Nicknames and Aliases Crimson Cowl, Ultimate Ultron, Mark 12, Ultron Pym Powers and Abilities Ultron is an artificial intelligence capable of learning and evolving. To wit, he builds increasingly stronger and more powerful bodies for himself, usually comprised of some form […] More

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    To Better Know a Hero: Green Arrow

          Real Name Oliver “Ollie” Queen First Appearance More Fun Comics #73 (1941) Nicknames and Aliases The Emerald Archer, The Battling Bowman, The Arrow, The Hood. Powers and Abilities Green Arrow is a phenomenal archer, considered one of the best in the DC Universe, as well as an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant, swordsman, and detective. Weaknesses […] More

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    To Better Know a Hero: Flash

    Real Name Barry Allen First Appearance Showcase #4 October 1956 Nicknames and Aliases The Scarlet Speedster, Fastest Man Alive. Powers and Abilities Super-speed, including the ability to run up walls and over water, to create powerful updrafts of air by running in a circle, and to vibrate his molecules at such a speed as to […] More

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    To Better Know A Team: The X-Men

    First Appearance X-Men #1, September 1963 Roll Call Founding Members: Professor X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman and Angel Members: Mimic, Changeling, Polaris, Havok, Petra, Sway, Darwin, Vulcan, Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Banshee, Storm, Sunfire, Colossus, Thunderbird, Phoenix, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Phoenix II, Magneto, Psylocke, Longshot, Dazzler, Forge, Jubilee, Gambit, Bishop, Revanche, Cannonball, Joseph, Cecilia Reyes, Maggot, […] More

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    To Better Know A Villain: Magneto

    Real Name Max Eisenhardt First Appearance X-Men #1, Sept. 1963 Nicknames and Alias Erik Magnus Lensherr, Master of Magnetism, Erik the Red, Michael Xavier, Creator, Grey King, Buckethead Powers and Abilities Magneto has the ability to manipulate electromagnetic energy, principally magnetism, allowing him to move and control magnetic metals from small (the iron in blood) […] More

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    To Better Know a Hero: Professor X

    Real Name Charles Francis Xavier First Appearance X-Men #1 (September 1963) Nicknames and Aliases Chuck, Baldy, the Entity, Onslaught Powers and Abilities Xavier possess the foremost mutant mind on Earth, and is a telepathy of vast power and skill, including the ability to read minds and projects thoughts, even at great distances, take control of […] More

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    To Better Know A Hero: Spider-Man

    Real Name Peter Parker First Appearance Amazing Fantasy #15, Aug. 1962 Nicknames and Aliases Spidey, Webslinger, Scarlet Spider, Ben Reilly, Ricochet, Prodigy, Dusk, Hornet. Powers and Abilities Spider-Man has the proportionate strength, speed, agility, and reflexes of a spider. He can climb walls/most surfaces and possesses a “spider sense” that instinctively warns him of immediate […] More

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    To Better Know A Hero: Falcon

    Real Name Sam Wilson First Appearance Captain America #117, September 1969 Nicknames and Aliases Snap Wilson, Blackwing, Blackbird. Powers and Abilities Falcon possesses the ability to communicate telepathically with his trained falcon, Redwing, and with other birds as well, enabling him to see through their eyes, access their memories and, to a limited extent, control […] More

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    To Better Know a Hero: The Winter Soldier

    Real Name James ‘Bucky’ Buchanan Barnes aka The Winter Soldier First Appearance Captain America Comics #1, March 1941 Fun Fact Named after the 15th President of the United States, James Buchanan Powers & Abilities Advanced hand to hand combat skills. Advanced weapons training. Advance covert tactics. Fluent language skills. Equipped with a cybernetic arm granting […] More

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