Captain America co-creator dies
Early art of Captain America, by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
December 15th, 2011
03:58 PM ET

Captain America co-creator dies

The co-creator of "star-spangled" comic book hero Captain American has died, his family announced. Joe Simon was 98 and passed away late Wednesday in New York after a short illness.

Simon and Jack Kirby, who ran a studio, developed the character in the early 1940s.

"Together, the team created Captain America as well as long list of characters, including The Newsboy Legion and The Boy Commandos," a statement Thursday from his family said.

Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso shared this statement with CNN: "Among many accomplishments in the comic book field, Joe Simon co-created one of the most enduring super hero icons — indeed, American icons — of the 20th century. If there ever were a super hero who needed less explanation than the red, white and blue-clad Captain America, I’ve yet to see him."

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  1. gix

    What's with the early art of CA he looks like he's striking a pose or have a body language of "whatever"?!

    December 16, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  2. Buster Bloodvessel

    This won't last; they'll bring him back in about six months with a different costume and a new sidekick and have him fighting crime again.

    December 16, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  3. Nighthhaaawk

    R.I.P. Mr, Simon, you helped inspire this country during WWII, and 60 years later, create a movie icon.

    December 16, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  4. NuffSaid

    Kirby / Simon reunited again. RIP

    December 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
  5. Rene

    RIP Joe Simon.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  6. UltraNerd

    Don't worry, they always get resurrected after a couple issues.

    December 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm |