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Follow Falcon's Journey from Sidekick to Sentinel Of Liberty

Before Sam Wilson picks up the shield, learn how he's grown since his debut in 1969!

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45 years after he made history as the first African American super hero, the Falcon will once again kick off a new era in Marvel Comics when he takes on the title of Captain America in ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 by Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen. While this promotion may be the biggest change Sam Wilson has made in his lengthy career, it's far from the first.

Sam's been growing and evolving ever since his debut, and now you can follow his evolution with this rundown of some of his biggest moments!

Falcon first appeared in this issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA from 1969. You can get a full run-through of the events depicted in this monumental issue from our recent Wish Falcon A Happy 45th Birthday article. With his introduction into the Marvel Universe complete—wearing his original green and orange get-up—Falcon began his journey to picking up the shield.

After a period of time partnered with Captain America, Falcon wished to make more of a name for himself. Sam's new costume, a striking red and white number, acted as a declaration of independence from the star-spangled Avenger and helped him establish his own identity. This issue features the Falcon striking off on his own to do battle against a group of drug pushers.

It's hard to believe that it took the Falcon almost five years and over 50 issues to acquire his trademark accessory: his red glider wings! The wings made their debut in this issue as a costume upgrade courtesy of the Black Panther. The genius inventor's gift enabled the Falcon to finally live up to his namesake.

Falcon first flew solo in this back-up feature wherein he tangled with an all-new enemy—one whose biggest crime just so happened to be his costume's color scheme. Okay, the bad guy also kidnapped Sam's pet falcon Redwing, something that he immediately regretted once the winged hero jumped into action.

Said winged hero became the winged Avenger in this issue. The Avengers needed Falcon's assistance so badly that he had to jump into action before filling out his stack of Earth's Mightiest Paperwork. Falcon's career as an Avenger elevated his status in the Marvel Universe even higher.

Sam Wilson sought to elevate his civilian identity's status as well starting in this series of back-up stories in CAPTAIN AMERICA. Already a well-regarded social worker in Harlem, Wilson launched a congressional campaign so that he could be a force for positive change on a whole new front. His campaign didn’t run smoothly, however, as tabloids and political enemies set about damaging his reputation by exposing aspects of his past.

After years serving on a number of different Avengers line-ups, the Falcon recently paid a visit to Manhattan's Gem Theater—home of Luke Cage and his team of mighty Avengers. Sam Wilson offered to help the team in their mission to be the people's Avengers, signing up to answer hotline calls and protect New York City neighborhoods usually neglected by super heroes. Sam Wilson will be taking on a whole new relationship with the mighty Avengers, though, just as soon as he gets that new title. CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS will see the team's dynamic shifted and profile raised as Sam Wilson becomes the all-new Captain America!

Check out Sam Wilson's new adventures this fall in ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 and CAPTIAN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #1!

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arc_salvo
arc_salvo member

Eh, Steve will be back soon.  I'm guessing Falcon'll end up like Bucky-cap.  Too bad, I liked Bucky as Captain America.

thor20001
thor20001 member

Hi all, Sam's going to make a great Captain America, and the real cap will be back in a few year's :]

Cissro916
Cissro916

I JUST DONT LIKE TYE AUTHORS REASON FOR THIS CHANGE. THE AUTHOR (ONE THAT WORKS FOR MARVEL) SAID, "CAP IS FROM A DIFFERENT ERA AMD TO RIGGID FOR TODAYS SOCIETY" "SAM HAS DONE LOTS OF SOCIAL WORK AND CAN RELATE TO TODAYS MAN." OR WORDS TO THAT EFFECT. WELL I LIKE CAP JUST THE WAY HE IS. THATS WHAT MAKE CAP WHO HE IS AMD WHY HE ACTS THAT WAY HE DOES. HE IS FROM A DIFFERENT ERA. HE DOES HAVE AN OLD FASHION SET OF VALUES. SAM DOES NOT. HE LEANS MORE TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. THATS THE OTHER RESON THE AUTHOR WANTS TO MAKE THE CHANGE. HE STATES CAP IS TOO HARD TO WRITE FOR. I THOUGHT THAT WAS WHAT CHALLENGED AN AUTHOR. BEING ABLE TO WRITE FOR A CHARTER THAT WAS HARD. IF CAP WAS AN EASY COMIC THEN HE WOULD NOT BE SO POPULAR. I REALLY DONT SEE ME FOLLOWING CAP AFTER HE CHANGES OVER TO SAM. AND TO ALL THE RACIST THAT THINK THATS MY REASON FOR DUMPING THE TITLE SORRY. ITS HAS TO DO WITH THE AUTHORS REASONS FOR THE CHANGE TO CAP. I DONT WANT A CAP THAT IS LIKE THE GUYS WE SEE EVERYDAY. WHEN I LOOK AT MY GRANDFATHER AND HEAR HIS STORIES I ALWAYS THINK OF CAPTAIN AMERICA. CAP IS FROM A DIFFERENT TIME AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WORLD NOW THROUGH THOSE EYES YOU GET TO SEE WHAT WE LOST. FREEDOM FOR SOCIAL SERVICES THAT KEEP YOU CONFINED. BUT HEY THATS SAMS AREA HE DID ALL THE SOCIAL WORK JUST LIKE BO. IS DISNEY AND MARVEL TRYING TO LAY THE STONES FOR SOMETHING ELSE. WHO KNOWS. I DO KNOW I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THE DIRECTION OF CAPTAIN AMERICA BEING REPLACED. I DONT LIKE THE REASON IT IS BEING DONE. PERIOD. PLEASE STOP WITH THE PC. IF CAP IS TOO HARD FOR THE AUTHOR FIND SOMEONE ELSE WHO THINKS IT NOT AND ACTUALLY A GOOD CHALLENGE TO DO THE STORY.

specprof1857
specprof1857

Come on!  Does any one doubt that Steve will be back?  We've seen other Captain America's after all.  However, if the present is too disturbing I suggest reading Lee & Kirby initial run with Cap as reprinted in Marvel Masterworks.  Make Mine Marvel!

rj155500
rj155500 member

Let me give you Falcons journey from sidekick to sentinel of liberty:  Disney says: Hey we want to cover more demographics .  Marvel says:  Let's make Capt. America black.  Ta dah!!!!

wsouth
wsouth

@Cissro916 Why are you typing in ALL CAPS? is this your first day on the internet.

wsouth
wsouth

@specprof1857 Exactly. People are panicking for nothing. 2 years, he will be back. Enjoy the ride.