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					 TIMELY COMICS	                                                          	                                                      MARCH 1941

 	           Captain America is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Early Years
and WWII
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.

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?

Universe: Marvel

Name: Steven Rogers

Citizenship: U.S.A.

Place of Birth: NY, NY

Occupation: Adventurer,
formerly WPA artist, soldier,
police officer, teacher,
freelance illustrator, special
S.H.I.E.L.D. operative.

Education: High school
graduate; one year of art
school; military basic
training; private tutoring in
hand-to-hand combat,
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
First Appearance:
                                  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. (