Friday, December 16, 2011

RIP: Joe Simon, Creator of Captain America Has Died at 98

Joe Simon with fan @ NY comic con  
Airlock Alpha reports that Joe Simon has passed at 98. Along with Jack Kirby, Simon created, during the years leading up to WW2, one of the most iconic comic book heroes to date, Captain America.

Joe Simon was born in 1913 in Rochester, N.Y under the name Hymie Simon.

His partner Kirby, who died in 94, interestingly enough often partnered with Stan Lee at Timely comics, the forerunner to today's Marvel to create such characters as, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the Hulk. Simon however moved to the company that would later become DC comics, for the balance of his prewar years.

Captain America was the first comic book hero to move to other medias with a film serial created in 1944.

Simon's last public appearance was in October at New York Comic-Con.

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