Capt. America co-creator passes away at 98
Joe Simon - who co-created Captain America with Jack Kirby - has passed away at the age of 98.
Simon also created or co-created a number of important characters such as Blue Bolt during the Golden Age of Comic Books (1930s-1940s) and served as the first editor of Timely Comics, which eventually morphed into Marvel.
"I had a suit and Jack thought that was really nice. He'd never seen a comic book artist with a suit before. The reason I had a suit was that my father was a tailor. Jack's father was a tailor too, but he made pants," Simon told a Comic-Con panel back in 1998.
"Anyway, I was doing freelance work and I had a little office in New York about ten blocks from DC [Comics]' and Fox [Feature Syndicate]'s offices, and I was working on Blue Bolt for Funnies, Inc. So, of course, I loved Jack's work and the first time I saw it I couldn't believe what I was seeing. He asked if we could do some freelance work together. I was delighted and I took him over to my little office. We worked from the second issue of Blue Bolt."
It was at Timely Comics that Simon and Kirby created Captain America, with the first issue hitting stands in December 1940 - a year before the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
"Jack and I read the newspapers, and knew what was going on over in Europe. And there he was - Adolf Hitler, with his ridiculous mustache, high-pitched ranting and goose-stepping followers," Simon told the Associated Press earlier this year.
"He was the perfect bad guy, much better than anything we could have made up, so what we needed was to create his ultimate counterpart. Cap is one of the great comic book icons, and as dangerous as the world is today - more than it was in the 1940s - we need him around more than ever to act as our moral compass."
Joe Simon - born October 11, 1913 - was raised in Rochester, New York, by Harry and Rose Simon.
A poor Jewish family, the Simons lived in a first-floor flat which doubled as his father's tailor shop. Joe Simon is survived by two sons, three daughters and eight grandchildren.