Joe Simon, 1913-2011


?Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America and a true comics legend, has passed away at the age of 98. He was best known for his work with Jack Kirby, with whom he wrote the first issue of Captain America in 1941 for Timely Comics. Besides introducing one of the most popular, recognizable comic characters of all time, Captain America is also recognized for its cover depicting Cap punching Hitler, a bold statement for Simon and Kirby to make when America had not yet entered World War II. He was one of many comic creators who fought with Marvel over the rights to his characters, but I hope he gained some measure of satisfaction from knowing his beloved character finally came to the big screen earlier this year, gaining Cap a new generation of fans. Comic Book Resources has a more thorough career retrospective and eulogy here.