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Captain America Lives On: Joe Simon’s Granddaughter On Marvel’s Films, Credits, and the Great Comic Book Creator

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The following was authored by Megan Margulies, granddaughter of the late Captain America co-creator Joe Simon.

Today Marvel Studios releases Captain America: The Winter Soldier. These movies are not only a cause for celebration by comic book fans, but also for the artists who created the superhero decades ago. In 1941, Jack Kirby and my grandfather, Joe Simon, dreamt of Captain America in an attempt to keep their heads above the turbulent waters of the comic book industry. Much to their surprise and joy, the character went on to receive worldwide fame.

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10 Essential Eras of Captain America Comic Books

Captain America 10 Essential Comic Book Runs

You might have heard that there's a new Captain America movie coming out on April 4. If Marvel's marketing department has gotten its way, this news may very well be tattooed on the inside of your eyelids in phosphorescent ink. Let's say, however, you've never read any Captain America comics before, but now that he's been legitimized as a multi-million dollar film franchise, you're suddenly very interested in that dude with little wings on his head carrying around one of Uncle Sam's rims.

Since being created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon all the way back in 1941, the hero also known as the Sentinel of Liberty has passed through the hands of some eminently talented writers, artists and editors. Some of these creative teams depicted Cap's adventures for a few months -- some of them for a few years -- before passing the torch to the next creators to keep the flame (or trademark) alive. In comic books, these tenures are called "runs," "series"  or "eras," and they're the readers' way of distinguishing one era of a character's saga from the next. Chances are you're not sure where to dive into a a publishing legacy that's spanned more than 70 years, so here is a list, in chronological order, of the Sentinel of Liberty's 10 most interesting and influential comic book runs.

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Read A Complete 8-Page Comic From ‘The Simon & Kirby Library’ Horror Collection

Dead Man's Lode by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

Most comics readers are pretty familiar with Jack Kirby and Joe Simon from their work in superhero comics -- they were, after all, the team that created Captain America and gave Marvel its first and most enduring hit character -- but in the period between the Golden Age and Kirby's work building the Marvel Universe with Stan Lee, they dabbled in all sorts of different genres. Working as a team, Simon and Kirby not only created the first romance comics, but they also tried their hand at classic comic book horror -- and if you've never read any of that stuff, today is your lucky day.

While the 1950s Simon and Kirby stories are often overlooked, Titan Books is putting the spotlight back on them in a series of beautiful hardcovers under the banner of The Simon and Kirby Library. To mark release of the volume focused on their horror stories, they've offered CA the chance to bring you eight pages of sheer terror (or at least rad artwork of Kirby drawing creepy skeletons) in a complete story with the slightly unfortunate title "Dead Man's Lode!"

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IDW Says Happy Halloween With Complete Pre-Code Jack Kirby and C.A. Winter Horror Comics [Exclusive]

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Craig Yoe is the venerable author, designer and comics archeologist behind such works as Dan DeCarlo's Jetta, Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman's Co-creator Joe Shuster, and Bob Powell's Terror: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics. Many of Yoe's works are released

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Fantagraphics Valentine’s Day Giveaway: Win ‘Young Romance’ and ‘Celluloid’ [Contest]

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As part of our Valentine's Day Giveaway, two lucky ComicsAlliance readers can win a pair of romantic titles from well-respected comic book publisher Fantagraphics: Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's Romance Comics and Celluloid. Young Romance is a collection of c

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R.I.P. Joe Simon: Remembering One of Comics’ Most Iconic Creators

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Joe Simon, the comic book writer, artist and editor best-known as the co-creator of Captain America, died yesterday at the age of 98.

The Rochester, New York-born Simon began working in the just-emerging field of comic books in 1939, the dawn of the Golden Age, after first working for several New York newspapers and for Paramount Pictures in New York. He began freelancing with Fox and Funni

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Hitler-Punches: Paolo Rivera’s Movie Poster Tribute to Classic Captain America and More

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After 70 years of countless published illustrations, the most famous image of Captain America remains his very first appearance on the cover of Captain America Comics #1 in 1941. Created by Joe Simon and

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The Strange History of Jack Kirby’s Three Thors

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With Thor hitting movie theaters this week, there's been a recent surge of interest in Marvel's Mighty Avenger, but one of the most interesting pieces of information about the character was uncovered this week by the Jack Kirby Museum. It goes without saying th

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Jack Kirby and Joe Simon BUY YOUR DREAMS

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Long before Jesse Reklaw was turning people's dreams into comic strips in Slowwave, Captain America creators Jack Kirby and Joe Simon were actually BUYING PEOPLE'S DREAMS and turning them into comic books for 'The Strange World of Your Dreams.' Issues 1-4 are available for download here, and if y

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