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!