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Captain America Co-Creator Joe Simon Dead at 98

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Joe Simon, who along with Jack Kirby created the superhero Captain America, reportedly has died at the age of 98 in New York City after a brief illness. 

As a Jewish New Yorker during the start of World War II, Simon dreamed up the idea of Captain America as a foil for Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. 

Captain America made his debut in Timely Comics in March 1941. The first issue's cover, titled Captain America Comics: No. 1, featured the red, white and blue superhero throwing a right hook at Hitler.

Simon was also Stan Lee's first boss before Timely Comics changed names and became what we now know as Marvel Comics.  Lee told the New York Daily News of Simon, "He was an incredibly talented artist as well as writer… I couldn’t have had a better mentor."

Captain America came to the big screen this year in a hit film that starred Chris Evans as the superhero.

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