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Robert Weiner <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 9 Oct 2007 17:42:01 -0700
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    To Honor America : Essays Devoted To Over 65 Years Of  Captain America 
  Edited by Robert G. Weiner 
   Captain America , who was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941,  has 
  been a flagship Superhero of Marvel comics for over 65 years. He was the 
  first Superhero to blatantly call attention to the Nazis and Hitler, almost 
  a year before the United States entered World War II; the first issue of 
  Captain America Comics showed him slugging Hitler. Captain America quickly 
  became Marvel’s first real super star with millions of his comics selling 
  every month. He quickly became a stable character, and was even featured 
  in other titles like All Select Comics and All Winners Comics. Although he 
  was published regularly during the 1940s, by the end of the decade, 
  Superheroes were in decline. He was revived briefly during the 1950s when 
  he became a fighter against Communism. He was revived again in 1964, and 
  has been a major part of the Marvel Universe since that time. Every month 
  since 1964, a Captain America comic has been published. 
              Captain  America , who was dressed up in an America Flag, was 
  one of the first Superheroes that had a patriotic slant. Far from just 
  being a stooge of the U.S. Government, Captain America represents all that 
  is noble, good, and just about America and its history. He represents the 
  honest ideals of America : democracy, freedom, justice, and the desire to 
  do what is right. He has never been a self-serving Superhero, and in fact 
  is probable the only Hero who never has been accused or written about in 
  that way. Every writer who has used Cap as a character has portrayed him 
  as a Hero who does what is right. In this way, I think one could argue 
  that Captain America is the most noble of all Superheroes, even more noble 
  than Superman, because he does represent the American Ideal. Papers dealing 
  with the Red Skull (as the perfect Nazi?) or Cap villians/Bucky etc., will 
  be considered as well. 
      The topics below are topics that are left for someone write about.  If there is a unique topic related to the good Captain, please email and we can  discuss it.
  Please send abstracts for paper topics by November 27th
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      ome of the following topics could be addressed. 
  Hitler as seen through the pages of the Captain America Comics 
  The role of Captain America in the All Winners Squad 
  Captain America and Atomic Power 
  Captain America Comics after the war and the “new” female Bucky 
  The Red Skull as the perfect Nazi 
  Other Nazi villains in Cap’s life. 
  Hydra: Captain America ’s terrorist nemesis. 
  Captain America ‘s relationship to his partners in the 1970s the Falcon. 
   Captain America almost partner Rick  Jones (A Bucky wanna be). 
  Captain America and Wolverine: Strange Bedfellows: Not always Seeing 
  Eye to Eye. 
  Joe Simon and Jack Kirby: Creators of an Icon of Truth Justice and the 
  American Way Timely (Marvel) comics style. 
  The Fighting America : Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s 1950s response to 
  “commie smashers” and a “new” Captain America 
  Bucky and the Young Allies: Dead End Kids/Bowery Boys in support of the 
  War Effort. 
  Bucky and the Liberty Legion. 
  Baron Zemo and his hatred of Captain America 
  Captain America ’s relationship to S.H.E.I.L.D. and Nick Fury. 
  Captain America Fan Fiction: An Analysis from the Internet. 
  Captain America portrayed in prose novels. 

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