TIMELY COMICS MARCH 1941
Captain America is a ﬁctional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics.
Steve Rogers was a scrawny ﬁne arts
student specializing in industrialization in
the 1940's before America entered World
War II. He attempted to enlist in the army
only to be turned away due to his poor
constitution. A U.S. ofﬁcer offered Rogers
an alternative way to serve his country by
being a test subject in project, Operation:
Rebirth, a top secret defense research
project designed to create physically
superior soldiers. Rogers accepted and
after a rigorous physical and combat
training and selection process was
selected as the ﬁrst test subject. He was
given injections and oral ingestion of the
formula dubbed the "Super Soldier Serum"
developed by the scientist Dr. Abraham
Erskine. Rogers was then exposed to a
The Golden Age of Comics
controlled burst of "Vita-Rays" that
activated and stabilized the chemicals in
his system. The process successfully
altered his physiology from its frail state The Golden Age of Comic Books among them Superman, Batman,
to the maximum of human efﬁciency, was a period in the history of Captain America, and Wonder
including greatly enhanced musculature Woman.
American comic books, generally
and reﬂexes. After the assassination of Dr.
thought of as lasting from the late The period saw the arrival of the
Erskine. Roger was re-imagined as a
1930s until the late 1940s. During comic book as a mainstream art
superhero who served both as a counter-
intelligence agent and a propaganda this time, modern comic books form, and the deﬁning of the
symbol to counter Nazi Germany's head of were ﬁrst published and enjoyed a medium's artistic vocabulary and
terrorist operations, the Red Skull. Rogers surge of popularity; the archetype creative conventions by its ﬁrst
was given a costume modeled after the of the superhero was created and generation of writers,
American ﬂag, a bulletproof shield, a deﬁned; and many of the most artists, and editors.
personal sidearm and the codename famous superheroes debuted,
Captain America was a consciously political Superman has fascinated scholars, with cultural Along with Superman and Batman, Wonder
creation. Simon and Kirby were morally theorists, commentators, and critics alike Woman is one of three characters to have
repulsed by the actions of Nazi Germany in the exploring the character's impact and role in the been continuously published by DC Comics
years leading up to the U. S.' involvement in United States and the rest of the world. The since the company's 1944 inception (except for
World War II and felt war was inevitable. character ﬁrst appeared in June 1938. a brief hiatus in 1986).
“CAP” Captain America is Dead! Who’s
left to inspire the American Dream?
Name: Steven Rogers
Place of Birth: NY, NY
formerly WPA artist, soldier,
police ofﬁcer, teacher,
freelance illustrator, special
Education: High school
graduate; one year of art
school; military basic
training; private tutoring in
gymnastics, military strategy, Captain America is dead.
piloting, demolition, and
other disciplines. If, like me, you grew up loving comic books — and those published by Marvel Comics
in particular — then you already know the name of Captain America. And even if you
didn't, the image of the red, white, and blue clad superhero should be a familiar one.
Captain America Comics #1 From the time of the ﬁrst Captain America book — published in 1941, just nine
(1941) months before Pearl Harbor was attacked — Captain America has been an
unmistakable part of America's cultural landscape.
Like other comic book superheroes who emerged during the time of World
Captain War II — such as DC Comics' Superman — Captain America symbolized
patriotism, virtue, and everything that was supposed to be good about
America America. His character was both a reminder and a reassurance to an
America struggling with its own place in a world that was spinning out of
Physical Information control, and into war.
6’2” But it was the theme of patriotism that was most central to this character.
From his red, white, and blue costume and matching shield to the enemies
220 lbs. he faced down in issue after issue — they included everyone from the evil
Red Skull to Adolf Hitler himself, who was sometimes under a hooded mask
as the villainous Hate Monger — Captain America was the original go-to guy.
Whether battling for the causes of truth and justice as a solo act, or with the
Blonde group of superheroes he sometimes led called The Avengers, Captain
America was a guy who had the entire country's back. And he certainly never
Shield questioned the actions of his president or his government.
But that was then, and this is now. (http://blogcritics.org/books/article/rip-captain-