If you don't already know this about me, Captain America is my favorite super-hero. My attraction to him came from the fact that he was a super dude fighting the Nazi's during World War II.
With a comic book diet of Sgt. Rock, the Unknown Soldier and the Haunted Tank, Captain America could fit right in with those guys. But as the years went on, my love of Captain America became a little deeper, even though his comic book adventures left the battlefields of WWII.
All you need to do is look at his origin to see the heart of the hero. He was a scrawny kid (something I could relate too as a thin, blonde lil' guy myself) who hatted the fact that the Nazi's were just a bunch of bullies and wanted to help. As Steve Rogers he couldn't do anything but as super soldier Captain America... well, we know. This was played out with incredible passion in the Captain America film.
Years later his character became the classic 'man out of time', as he struggled trying to fit into a world he was not born to be in. His old school virtues conflicted with the times whether it was the 60's,70's or even today, but he never changed. In fact he would change those around him.
Over the past 70 years or so of Captain America in print he has had some incredible creators chronicling his adventures like Jack Kirby, Ed Brubaker and Roy Thomas. In that span he has had some amazing adventures and well...'Cap Wolf'!
We have seen Cap put on ice and thawed, killed and have to face the reality that his World War II sidekick Bucky never died. But during all this time Captain America remained a symbol of America and all that is good about humanity. He represents all of us and we all represent him.
Thank you Joe Simon and Jack Kirby for creating one of the most important men in my life.