This past Thursday, Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America, passed away at age 98.
|Timely's Captain America Comics #1 from March 1941|
Now, there are many, many more comic bloggers and journalists who can give a better explanation of Simon’s importance to the industry. But while reflecting upon Captain America this morning, I couldn’t help think about how novel it was to personify national values and turn them into a super-hero. National personification as a concept goes back years: John Bull, Uncle Sam, Marianne are probably the most famous examples of this. But the idea of taking a national character and turning him/her into an action star: that was novel and different.
|Canada's Vindicator (Alpha Flight) and Captain America (Avengers) meet up in Marvel's Alpha Flight #39, October 1985|
|The origins of Captain Britain explained in Marvel's Excalibur #40, August 1991|
|Captain Canuck from Comely Comix Captain Canuck #1, July 1975|
|Canada's Guardian in Alpha Flight #1, August 1983|