is for Falcon.
The Falcon was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colon in 1969 and holds the distinction as the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics.
Samuel Wilson was born and grew up in Harlem. A rebellious youth, it took the death of his parents to make him leave New York and move to Los Angeles. There he becomes "Snap" Wilson, an up and coming criminal.
While on his way to Rio De Janeiro for a "big deal", his plane crashes on a place called Exile Island. The island isn't deserted, though, it's been taken over by the Nazi supervillain....The Red Skull. Sam comes across the natives, who are in hiding, as well as large falcon he calls Redwing. Sam develops a good bond with Redwing and they meet up with a certain Star Spangled Avenger....Captain America.
In the ensuing showdown with the Skull, Sam is blasted by the Cosmic Cube (a device of considerable power) and is mentally 'fused' with Redwing. The fusing effect strengthens the connection they two already had and, eventually, would give Sam wide power over any bird.
With help from the Wakandan king T'challa (also known as the Black Panther), Sam gets a 'flying harness' which....you guessed it....allows him to fly. With combat training from Captain America, he fashions a costume and becomes Cap's crime fighting partner.
Thanks to Captain America, Sam is a trained hand to hand combatant as well as a natural trainer of birds. A natural leader and free thinker, Falcon also is just as comfortable in a team dynamic.
Sam is still flying high in the Marvel Universe, as far as I know. Guest starring in various other books and even getting his own mini-series back in the 90s.
Rumor has it that the Falcon will be in the next Captain America movie and played by Anthony Mackie. We'll have to wait and see about that one...
Head on back over here Monday for a hero of colossal proportions!