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Captain America Creator Joe Simon Dies at 98

Joe Simoon, who created Captain America with Jack Kirby in 1940, died on Thursday at the age of 98.

The duo's legendary character first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 in the cover-dated March 1941 issue, which was actually released in December 1940.

When it came on to the scene, the character surprised young fans not only with its action and message of patriotism but because Captain America decided to directly take on Adolf Hitler before America joined the war.

After Pearl Habor was attacked months later, the character was often depicted fighting America's enemies. In fact, it was one of the most popular comic characters until the war ended.

His popularity waned by the 1950s until he was revived in issue #4 of The Avengers in March 1964.

But did you know that when Joe Simoon originally conceived the idea for the character he considered the name 'Super America'?

"I wrote the name 'Super American' at the bottom of the page," Simon revealed in his autobiography. "No, it didn't work. There were too many 'Supers' around. 'Captain America' had a good sound to it."

"There weren't a lot of captains in comics. It was as easy as that. The boy companion was simply named Bucky, after my friend Bucky Pierson, a star on our high school basketball team."

Over the years, an estimated 210 million copies of 'Captain America' comic books have been sold in a total of 75 countries.

December 16, 2011 |

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