Giving evidence that bad news comes in threes: Joe Simon, who co-created Captain America with Jack Kirby, has passed away at age 98.
For Timely, the duo created Captain America, debuting on the cover of “Captain America Comics” No. 1 with the champion of liberty throwing a solid right-hook at Adolf Hitler in December 1940, a year before the United States entered World War II.
“Jack and I read the newspapers and knew what was going on over in Europe. And there he was ? Adolf Hitler, with his ridiculous moustache, high-pitched ranting and goose-stepping followers. 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,” Simon told the AP.