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Can Captain America Save The America
Created in 1941 and successfully revived in the 1960s, Captain America may be a Marvel Comics character, but he actually wasn’t created by Stan Lee.
Captain America was conceived by writer Joe Simon and was refined by his partner, artist Jack Kirby, in 1941.
Captain America was a consciously political creation by Simon and Kirby, who were Jewish and morally repulsed by the actions of Nazi Germany in the years leading up to the United States' involvement in World War II.
Captain America had a distinguished run during the 1940s, two decades prior to the creation of the Marvel Universe, which officially began with the publication of Fantastic Four #1 in 1961.
Captain America's actual first appearance was in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941), published by Timely Comics, as Marvel Comics was previously known.
There was a significant period during the 1940s (during World War II) when Captain America was the most popular, best-selling comic book character in the United States.
Captain America's only weapon is his shield, a concave disk 2.5 feet in diameter, weighing 12 pounds.
It is made of a unique Vibranium-Adimantium alloy that has never been duplicated. The Shield was cast by American metallurgist Dr. Myron MacLain, who was contracted by the U.S. government to create an impenetrable substance to use for tanks during World War II.
During his experiments, MacLain combined Vibranium with an Adamantium-steel alloy he was working with and created the disc-shaped shield.
MacLain was never able to duplicate the process due to his inability to identify a still unknown factor that played a role in it.
The shield was awarded to Captain America by the government several months after the beginning of his career.
In the post-war era the popularity of superheroes faded but Captain America led Timely/Marvel's first superhero team, the All-Winners Squad, in its two published adventures, in All Winners Comics #19 & 21 (Fall-Winter 1946; there was no issue #20).
After Bucky was shot and wounded in a 1948 Captain America story, he was succeeded by Captain America's girlfriend Betsy Ross, who became the super-heroine Golden Girl.
Captain America was formally reintroduced in The Avengers #4 (March 1964), which explained that in the final days of WWII, he had fallen from an experimental drone plane into the North Atlantic Ocean and spent decades frozen in a block of ice in a state of suspended animation.
He quickly became leader of that superhero team. Following the success of other Marvel characters introduced during the 1960s, Captain America was recast as a hero "haunted by past memories, and trying to adapt to 1960s society".
By the 1980s Marvel Comics had turned Captain America into something of a neoconservative and had caught the rah-rah spirit of the Reagan years.
Gunned down by a mysterious sniper in the latest issue as he's entering a Manhattan federal courthouse to be arraigned, Captain America symbolizes the death of the American dream.
Can he and it come back? Captain America will no doubt be resurrected as soon as the country has recovered from its current situation.
In fact, Marvel Comics has almost always had a perfect feel for America and its moods.
But death is not a reality in comic books..
Captain America has a movie in development (tentatively planned for 2010), and a possible Avengers film is also in the works.
So expect him to return soon enough.
Maybe someone will find a time portal and will go back to stop the big battle that caused all this nonsense.
The Faux Bronze Captain America Statue
Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the outstanding Marvel statues and busts created by Bowen Designs.
These high-quality, detailed collectibles feature your favorite Marvel characters as they appear in a wide range of comics.
The Faux Bronze Captain America Statue stands over 12 inches tall and comes with an additional base for alternate display.
Product Type: Polystone Statue
Product Size: 12" H (304.8mm)*
Product Weight: 6.00 lbs (2.72 kg)*
Est. Shipping Weight: 8.00 lbs (3.63 kg)*
* Product size and weight are approximate values. Est. Ship Weight is an estimated value for U.S. shipping calculated by item, box and shipping materials. US shipping costs may be estimated in DIM weight if oversized warning appears above. click here for additional information. International (non-EU) shipping costs are only based on dimensional weight, click here for more information.
Manufactured by: Bowen Designs Due: Sept / Oct, 2008
Limited Edition: 500
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