Captain America Co-Creator Joe Simon Passes Away
Joe Simon, an iconic name in the world of comic books, and the co-creator of Captain America, has passed away at the age of 98.
Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Simon worked at the Rochester Journal-American, the Syracuse Herald and Fox Feature Syndicate before arriving at Timely Comics, which later became Marvel Comics. His work with Jack Kirby is among the most renowned in the history of the comic book medium. In 1940, the duo created Captain America for Timely. The first issue, which featured the title hero punching out Adolph Hitler, sold nearly a million copies. Simon also worked on Captain Marvel Comics, Sandman, Boy Commandos and Newsboy Legion before enlisting in the US Coast Guard during World War II.
In 1953, Simon and Kirby co-founded Mainline Publications, which produced western, romance and war comics. In 1954, they created The Fighting American, one of the first creator-owned properties the comic book industry ever saw. Simon founded a satirical magazine called Sick, which competed with Mad magazine for two decades.
This past summer, Captain America was featured in his own major motion picture, which grossed over $300,000,000 worldwide.
Simon image from syracuse.com.