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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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