He Was Almost Called “Super American”. The character was originally created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1940 as a response to World War II. The United States had not yet become involved in the actions of the War, and Simon and Kirby wanted to create a character with a strong political slant who emphasized their feelings on why the country should become involved. Patriotic superheroes were extremely popular at the time.
When Simon drew the original sketch of the character, he wrote “Super American” beneath it. He quickly realized it wouldn’t work because there were already too many “Super” characters in publication, so the name “Captain America” was chosen instead. In a rare instance for a new superhero, Cap debuted with his own comic in March of 1941, the cover of which depicted him punching Hitler in the face. That was nine months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Though the comic quickly sold over a million copies, there were also protests against the pro-war sentiments that the comics stood for, which became so intense the offices of Timely Comics received police protection from the Mayor of New York City.
After eight years of Cap fighting his nemesis Red Skull with his sidekick Bucky Barnes (both of whom appeared in the original issue), superhero comics went out of fashion, and the comic itself was turned into a horror-suspense anthology before folding. But before Cap made his official return, audiences would be tested later in a 1963 issue of Strange Tales involving the Human Torch to see if they would be interested in having Captain America back again.
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