The Star-Spangled Avenger is raising his mighty shield in salute today as we honor the birthday of the great Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America with Jack "King" Kirby.
A legend in the comic book industry, Simon was born on Oct. 11, 1913 and was influential in also co-creating the Newsboy Legion, Boy Commandos, and Manhunter. Throughout his golden career, Simon dabbled in all areas of the business as an artist, writer, and editor on westerns, romances, and early horror titles like Black Magic. The native New Yorker passed away on Dec. 14, 2011, just two years short of the century mark.
To celebrate the occasion of Simon's birthday, Titan Comics is resurrecting one of Simon's more notable post-Captain America works, the seven-issue, 1954 series he did with Kirby for Prize Comics called Fighting American, created in retaliation over Captain America rights issues.
There's definitely a certain familiarity with the duo's previous red, white, and blue crusader, and the pages contain a rousing, old-fashioned sensibility with clear-cut heroes and Cold War villains clashing in conservative, flag-waving America.
The premiere issue of this resurrected series drops today, Oct. 11. It's written by Gordon Rennie with art by Duke Mighten, and retains the original book's brash style and wholesome tone, just transported into the 21st century.
Here's the official solicitation synopsis:
The Cold War superhero returns - originally launched in 1954 by the creators of Captain America, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby!
When the 1950s heroes find themselves trapped in the modern world, how will they handle what society has become, and what dangers will they face?
With new villains to contend with and enemies from their past pursuing them, what daring adventures could Fighting American and Speedboy find themselves in now?
Soar into this sweeping new 7-page preview and covers of Titan Comics' Fighting American #1, landing in comic shops today, then tell us if you'll be adding this patriotic revival series to your pull list.