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Comic Legend Joe Simon Dies At 98

The co-creator of Captain America and the first Marvel Comics editor leaves a legacy behind him.

One of the greatest Golden Age comic book creators, Joe Simon, died earlier today and has left a legacy at Marvel comics. During his lifetime, Simon played the part of comic book writer, artist, editor and publisher and was responsible for creating some of the most important comic book characters for Marvel Comics. Without his efforts, Marvel would not be the powerhouse it is today.

Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

With the help of his partner Jack Kirby, Simon crafted some of comics' most important characters, including Captain America, one of the most popular comic book characters today. In the 1940's Simon became "Timely Comics'" very first editor. Timely would later become Marvel Comics. Simon oversaw the release of the very first Captain America comic book in December 1940 whose famous cover depicts Captain Steve Rogers punching Hitler in the jaw. The book went on to sell one million copies -- verifying that the hero would have a sure place in comics history.

== TEASER ==

Simon isn't just responsible for contributing to Captain America's success, but he also spent some time at National Comics which would later be known as DC. Simon was responsible for creating Captain Marvel, as well, and oversaw the release of Captain Marvel Adventures in 1941. He helped launch characters like Boy Commandos, Manhunter, Sand the Golden Boy, Newsboy Legion and Manhunter. He is considered a pioneer of both horror and romance comic books.

Joe Simon's influence on the comic book industry is inspiring, and without his hard work, many of the popular characters we know and love today would not exist. His legacy is great and he will be remembered as a pioneer for this industry.

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Posted by ReVamp

May he Rest in Peace.

Posted by sinful

RIP Joe..thank you for everything.

Posted by KRYPTON

One of the best

Posted by Comiclove5

May he rest in peace, my condolences to his family.

Posted by elayem98

man..to many legends dieing lately.. dwayne mcduffie, joker creator, and this guy..

RIP

Posted by batmanary

RIP Joe, you will be missed.

Posted by Decept-O

Condolences to his family. Thanks for giving comic book readers across the ages great characters and stories. Comic book fans have lost yet another legend yet his works live on.

Posted by lemontron

Rest in peace ):

Posted by Mr. Dead Pool

R.I.P.

I find this fitting

Posted by doordoor123

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY GREAT PEOPLE DYING! STOP IT! (tear)

Posted by higher_evolutionary

rest in peace

legend and thanks for everything

Posted by NightFang

R.I.P

Posted by MetallicMercury

RIP

Posted by ballisticbread

Thank you for gracing our lives with your legends of heroes and tales that embody the very essence of Truth, Justice, and the America Way. May your spirit live on in the people you have inspired and the Heroes that you have brought to life with your grand vision and imagination.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Simon

Posted by Superguy0009e

RIP Joe, God Bless You and All That You Have Done...You Made

An Impact Noone Will Forget

Posted by Gambit1024

Rest easy, Mr. Simon. Thanks for Captain America.

Posted by Herx

Rest in peace Joe. Your legacy lives on.

Posted by DMC

Thanks for Cap sir.

R.I.P

Posted by Video_Martian

R.I.P. Joe Simon

Posted by AlKusanagi

98 is a pretty darn good run. Farewell to a legend.

May you face-punch Hitler for eternity.

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Rest in Peace you wonderful man!

Please God don't you dare take Stan Lee away from us!!!

Posted by nszerdy

Jerry Robinson died, Sheldon Moldoff had a stroke and now Joe Simon passed away---NOooooooooOOOOOOoooooO!

I love them all---may Jerry and Joe rest in piece--what lives they have lived. They all got to see their characters really evolve and come to fruition in so many different mediums!

Posted by moywar700

so old, rip

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Rest in Peace fine sir, you will be missed.

Psst...Babs...did you mean to write Manhunter twice with regard to characters he was responsible for? Just curious really. :)

Posted by Nuec_Sol
@AlKusanagi said:

98 is a pretty darn good run. Farewell to a legend.

May you face-punch Hitler for eternity.


+1000
Posted by War Killer
Rest in peace, Mr. Simon
Posted by SpidermanWins

Rest in Peace. My Condolences to the Simons.Thank you so much for helping to make Captain America. Joe Simon, you were truly a man of the Golden Age...... This sucks. So many great men from the Golden Age have passed. IF STAN LEE DIES I SWEAR TO GOD! That will be the Beginning of the End.

Posted by Larkin1388

R.I.P Joe Simon. You will be missed.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

RIP Joe Simon. You will be missed

Posted by Samimista

R.I.P.

Posted by teoP_ehT

RIP

Posted by The Impersonator

R.I.P.

Posted by BritishMonkey

another one? the heck

Posted by conan2099

I hope he got a 21 gun salute.

Posted by BlackArmor

He made Cap Marvel and drew a guy punching Hitler in the face. We've lost a great man Rest In Peace

Posted by Miss_Garrick

wow. He contributed to both Marvel and DC?

98, man. He lived to see every important comic event from the 1930s to now! That is so mindblowing!

"May you face-punch Hitler for eternity." Indeed.

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Another legend lost so soon, RIP.

Posted by CaptainCockblock

Joe Simon was an industry legend, co-creator of icons and simply a good man. May he rest in peace.

Posted by tones28

R.I.P

I'm glad he lived a long full life.

Posted by Tigerstriper

R.I.P.

Thank you for everything.

Posted by ARMIV2

Truly a legend. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Pokeysteve

I was never a big Cap fan but I'm so happy this guy lived long enough to see his creation on the big screen in a great film. Can you imagine? I bet he was so proud. Honestly I thought the creator of CA died years ago. Sad times in the comic world.

Posted by jerfro23

may he rest in peace another comic book legend

Posted by Silkcuts

Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Posted by leokearon

Rest in Peace Joe, thanks for everything

Posted by DANCECATEXE

98 is a good age to go and in fact lucky. I'm glad he got to experience so much life, especially given what he gave ours.

Posted by Mokey

RIP

Posted by Loki9876

R.I.P. and thanks for Captain America.

Posted by Eyz

awww... :(

RIP.

Posted by Ulviar

R.I.P. Thank you for all your contribution into comics.

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