Real Name: Carl Burgess
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Assistant District Attorney
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unknown - probably New York
First Appearance: Human Torch Comics #2 (Timely Comics, Fall 1940)
Powers/Abilities: Good fighter. He is usually armed with a .45 automatic.
History: (Human Torch Comics #2, ga) Apparently distressed by the crime he saw daily, Assistant D.A. Carl Burgess created the costumed identity of the Falcon, so that he could fight them outside the system as well as within it.
(Daring Mystery Comics #5-6, ga) No synopses available.
Comments: The creator of the Human Torch was Carl Burgos, so considering where the Falcon first appeared, the similarity in names was unlikely to be coincidence.
Thanks to Jess Nevins for allowing me to use information from his excellent Golden Age Heroes Directory and his Guide to Golden Age Marvel Characters. Thanks also to Richard Boucher & Darrin Wiltshire @ PR-Publications for permission to use information from their equally brilliant collection of Golden Age Sites, PR Publications. Their knowledge of Golden Age characters far outstrips my own.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
The Falcon, from Radio Fun
The Falcon, from Archie Comics
Falcon 7, boss of Birdman
Falcon, his successor at Marvel Comics and partner of Captain America
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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