That’s not JUST a picture—it’s the cover of Cap’s very first issue, published in December 1940! Written by Joe Simons and illustrated by Jack Kirby, it sold a million copies in its first month and Marvel hasn’t looked back since. And you read that date right, Cap was beating up Hitler a full year before America declared war on Germany after Pearl Harbor. That’s what happens when your creators were Jewish, feeling both enraged and helpless towards the anti-Semitism and massacres in Europe (no one knew the extent of the Holocaust until after the war), and wanted desperately for America to get involved and end it all—but I believe that in the end, the two really created Cap not as a political mouthpiece but as a force that unified, not divided, all Americans for a greater purpose—justice. The recent film did a brilliant job capturing that essence. Happy 4th everyone! And if you’re interested in the history of the comic book industry, it’s all in Bradford Wright’s fantastic book Comic Book Nation.
(Source: im-gonna-wreck-it, via themarysue)