Captain America is turning 75, and he's getting a 13-foot bronze statue

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Jul 7, 2016, 11:49 AM EDT

We all know Steve Rogers is just a kid from Brooklyn but Captain America is turning 75 this year. And to celebrate his birthday, he’s getting his own statue. 

To celebrate Cap's 75th anniversary, Marvel will be unveiling a 13-foot-tall, one-ton bronze statue of Cap at San Diego Comic-Con in a few short weeks, before it goes on a cross-country trip to land in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for a dedication ceremony on Aug. 10.

The statue was designed by Comicave Studios alongside Marvel artists and will feature the “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn” quote from Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans in the titular role.

Here’s what Paul Gitter -- senior vice president of licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media -- had to say: “For the past 75 years, Captain America has inspired generations of fans serving as the ultimate global icon for freedom, strength and doing the right thing.”


The statue’s pose was “symbolically chosen to showcase the impressive strength of Captain America and his stoic form. Captain America’s signature shield also takes prominence, paying homage to his heroism, indestructible power and determination.”

The monument will also serve as a tribute to those who’ve kept Steve Rogers’ story alive since the Marvel character was first created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon back in 1941. “We hope that when fans see the statue, they will think back to a favorite comic book, treasured action figure or even be transported back to a special time and place in their lives where Captain America’s values played influence.”

Check out the sketched design of the new Captain America bronze statue:


Fun fact: Cap won't be the first fictional character in history to get his own statue. Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa was immortalized in bronze back in 1980 and can be found at the bottom of the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. 

What do you think of Captain America being honored with his own statue on his home turf of Brooklyn?

(via USA Today)