Joe Simon Shares His Thoughts On Captain America: The First Avenger And More!

The "Father of the First Avenger" himself shares his thoughts on the upcoming Captain America movie as well as the symbolic history of the character and his happiness with being credited for his role in creating Cap...

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By Josh Wilding - 7/8/2011
"Creating a patriotic hero was a natural thing to do," Joe Simon told MARVEL when asked about the creation at Captain America during the height of WWII in 1941. "And the villain came first. Hitler was the perfect bad guy - better than any we could have invented. Captain America was created to be his ultimate foil. Even then, he wasn’t meant to be a one-trick-pony, with nothing but patriotic stories. Many of his early adventures were mysteries and horror stories, putting him up against mobsters and monsters. We even had zombies before they became as popular as they are today."

"Jack Kirby and I both knew we had a great comic book character, but I don’t think we thought comic books were going to last this long, much less any one hero," he added. "Back then we had the Nazis coming after us for what we did to their Fuhrer, but the world is an even more dangerous place today, with the weapons out there and the threat of terrorism. So Cap is more important than ever, and the readers need him more than ever. They need a hero they can count on to do the right thing."

And what of upcoming movie adaptation, Captain America: The First Avenger? Well, sounds like he's just as excited to see it come July 22nd as the rest of us! "I’ve seen the trailers and the posters, and everything looks great. Stephen Broussard, the co-producer of the movie, has been keeping me up to date, and I really appreciate everything he’s done. It’s a real thrill to see the character looking so good on screen."

"Jack actually came back to the character years later, first with Stan Lee and then on his own, so I think he would have been especially thrilled, and so happy to see that they’re crediting us with what we did in creating the character and producing his origin."

With an all star cast which includes Chris Evans as Captain America, Sebastian Stan as Bucky, Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Tommy Lee Jones as Col. Chester Phillips, Stanley Tucci as Abraham Erskine and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Captain America: The First Avenger will be released in 3D on July 22, later this year!




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golden123 - 7/8/2011, 5:59 PM
It would be really cool to see him in a cameo.
nikgrid - 7/8/2011, 6:22 PM
Hmm...I doubt Jack Kirby would be thrilled that Marvel is making more money off his character, unless his family got a share.
SFCamerica - 7/8/2011, 6:24 PM
I would say both World Wars were more dangerous than today, what a knucklehead.
llezsirg - 7/8/2011, 6:44 PM
@ Sfcamerica , I dont think so. Back then you knew who you were fighting, they were crazy Germans who commited genocide. Now a days we dont know who we are fighting or how to stop them.
riddlemethis09 - 7/8/2011, 7:08 PM
i agree with llezsirg. wars today are often fought against philosophies as well, meaning that they most likely will not have a true end. but a little more cultural support from Cap never hurts the fight!
BIGBMH - 7/8/2011, 7:38 PM
@llezsirg, i agree. and there's the whole humanity having enough nuclear weapons to kill everyone on earth multiple times thing. not exactly comforting. those wars were more dangerous in the sense that it was a large scale major conflict with tons of young people fighting and dying, but the position the world is in now is pretty darn dangerous too.

Joe Simon seems like a pretty cool guy. I hope they at least offered him a cameo.
MGS - 7/8/2011, 7:40 PM
Simon is about to turn 98. Yeah, he's still around. Doubt he could travel or cameo in anything at that age. Though, he has been appearing at NY comic cons for the past several years.
kevberg - 7/8/2011, 7:49 PM
hey WEENEED AND SFCamerica----

You guys need to show a tad bit of respect. You come off like asses.

Amazing, you're disrespectful to a older guy on a post but friggin can't use a google search to find out who he is?
Goddamn, common sense is dying on the vine! If its meant as a joke its a poor one at best.



Simon is right in one respect, considering terrorists can get their hands on Nukes , Dirty bombs and suitcase nukes and Iran is going to get them , Simon has a point.

Yeah, Historically WW2 alone was brutal with unfathomable casualties,....If those terrorists get those nukes and use them in major cities , the casualities of ww2 would look pale in comparison.
superotherside - 7/8/2011, 8:39 PM
I love that he thinks it looks awesome too! makes me more excited for Cap! if that's possible :P
FlixMentallo21 - 7/8/2011, 9:40 PM
Geez louise, I didn't even know Joe Simon was still alive!

I found out a couple of years ago that my great-grandad once worked with him!
Areajerm - 7/9/2011, 1:06 AM
Man is almost 100 years old, talks about the Nazis like it was yesterday, yet still watches modern day blockbusters and is even familiar with the current zombie trend. Respect.
Dmon - 7/9/2011, 3:34 AM
@Xenix it was the way he worded it, with the word [frick] and with all caps and bold font. If you don't know that's disrespectful there is no hope for you kid.
marvel72 - 7/9/2011, 4:05 AM
joe simon,stan lee & ed brubaker should all get cameos.

joe & stan are obvious,but what brubaker has done for captain america over recent years he should get a cameo.

brubaker has made captain america one of if not the best marvel title.
LOL - 7/9/2011, 10:11 AM
@Xenix... so phrasing the question laced with profanity is in no way disrespectful with bold font and caps included? Strange views you have on what respect is and isn't.

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