Joe Simon and Captain America

Comic book writer and artist Joe (Hymie) Simon, who co-created Captain America with Jack Kirby and served as the first editor of Timely Comics, which would later transform into Marvel, was born in Rochester, New York on this date in 1913. Simon worked with Kirby for more than two decades before turning to advertising and […]

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February 9: The Bubblegum-Card Maestro

Woody Gelman, co-creator of Bazooka Joe for Bazooka Bubble Gum, the Mars Attacks card series of 1962, and numerous other cartoons, comics, and other collectibles, died at 62 on this date in 1978. Gelman was a Brooklyn boy who attended City College, Cooper Union, and Pratt Institute, then worked with Max Fleischer’s studio, DC comics, […]

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December 20: Captain America

The first issue of Captain America, a comic book written and drawn by Joe (Hymie) Simon, with illustration help from Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg), hit the newsstands on this date in 1940 (the cover date was March, 1941). Published by Timely Comics under the leadership of Martin Goodman, Captain America was about a super-warrior […]

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December 28: Stan Lee

Stan Lee (Stanley Martin Lieber), the founder of Marvel Comics and co-creator of Spiderman, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and other modern comic book heroes, was born in New York City on this date in 1922. Lee worked most notably with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko in the 1960s to create a stream […]

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February 6: The Comic Book King

Comic book artist Jack Kirby (Jacob Kurtzberg), co-creator (with Joe Simon) of Captain America in the 1940s  and (with Stan Lee) of the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk in the 1960s, died on this date in 1994. A self-taught artist from the Lower East Side (his parents were immigrants from Austria), Kirby worked […]

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