Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Captain America Comics #1 was a blockbuster in a host of ways. While not technically the first patriotic hero (i.e.draped in the flag -- that honor goes to MLJ's The Shield), he was the first one who changed the hearts and minds of the readers. I was genuinely surprised to learn that many publishers were quite nervous about a cover such as the one above by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby showing a hero knocking Adolph Hitler in the jaw. They saw it as too provocative, but in the year 1941 Hitler's war had been raging for a few years and his intentions were clear. It seems odd that so many would be so reluctant to showcase a scene like this iconic one.
The image has become so ingrained in the comic book psyche that it's been homaged and swiped many times. Below are just a few.