Good day all the Geek Enthusiasts and Nerd Aficionados!
Today is Independence Day in the United States of America. The 4th of July marks a holiday where we celebrate our independence as a country and getting together with family and friends. Whether it be BBQs, drink some brews, and watching fireworks, it’s a great time. But, there is also a very nerdy thing attributed to the 4th. Today marks the B-day of our favorite star spangled comic book hero.
Happy Birthday Cap!
We aren’t celebrating the first appearance of Cap in comics (March 1941). Actually it’s Steve Roger’s birthday in the storyline. Steve Rogers AKA Captain America was born on July 4th, 1920 to poor Irish immigrant parents. A family that sought out the American dream and had a child that would become one of Earth’s greatest heroes. It was Steve Roger’s destiny to be something great.
Captain America first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941). In an age where the world was going through war and looking for heroes. He was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Along side his partner Bucky Barnes, Cap fought against USA’s enemies in the war. He gained quick popularity and even had his own fan club, The Captain America’s Sentinels of Liberty. If you signed up you got a badge and a identification card.
While a prominent character through World War 2, afterward, comic sales were not what they once were. In the 1950’s the Captain stopped appearing in comics.
In Strange Tales #114 (Nov. 1963) it appeared that Captain America had returned to Marvel Comics. A story created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The title character of the comic Johnny “The Human Torch” Storm comes across Captain America. Cap disappeared from the public eye for a long time. In fact, it was an impostor using the outfit and name to throw people off of his nefarious deeds. The comic was created as a test to see a response for the characters return, and the response was a very enthusiastic one.
Months later, in March 1964, Captain America was re-introduced to the world in Avengers #4 (1964). We learned what happened to him after World War 2, in addition to why he was missing all those years. Captain America was now a prominent character in comic books again, and there would be no looking back.
The Captain in Media
Captain America has been very prominent in the mainstream for a loooong time. Ever since appearing in serials in the 1940’s (Using a character based on Cap) up to the current Marvel Studio Films. The character has dipped his toes everywhere: television, movies, video games, and animated features. Wikipedia has a list of all the media projects he appeared in. In films of the past, he has been portrayed by actors Reb Brown on TV and Matt Salinger in Film. Most recently, Captain America is portrayed by Chris Evans. I in my opinion, Evans is the best version we’ve had depicted of him. Infinity War may be the last time we see Chris don the stars and stripes, and that will be a sad day indeed.
You can wish Captain America Happy Birthday on twitter as so many have been doing. The other ways to celebrate would be doing a movie marathon of the current Cap films or even reading some Captain America comics. Marvel Unlimited has all the Captain America comics from his first appearance on in a digital format.
However you decide to celebrate, first and foremost, have a safe and fun July 4th.
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