When it comes to superheroes, is there anyone more patriotic than Captain America? It sounds like he literally has freedom built right into the name. The character of Captain America has been around since 1941 when he was created for Timely Comics (which predated Marvel) by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Cap ended up being the most popular superhero during WW2, and it is easy to see why. With several front covers that feature him getting down and dirty with the Nazis, it's no surprise that people looked to him as a character to rally behind.
Despite a short discontinuation of the character in 1950, Captain America returned strong in 1953 and has remained one of the most prominent superheroes for Marvel. The character is praised not only for his physical skills, but his tremendous leadership that has helped make him a vital part of the superhero group The Avengers (which you may have heard of).
One of the biggest forces behind the latest surge of superhero films has been the role of Chris Evans in portraying Steve Rogers in the Captain America films. With Captain America: Civil War slated to come out in 2016, there is perhaps more excitement now than ever before towards the star spangled superhero.
Thankfully, with a history that has over 50 years of facts and trivia, there is no shortage of amazing and interesting things that Captain America has experienced throughout his run. Here are only 15 of the facts that you didn’t know about Captain America: The First Avenger.
If you are interested in learning more about Superman, feel free to check out 20 facts that you may not know about the Man of Steel.
15 Stan Lee Invented The Idea Of Throwing The Shield
14 He Was Going To Be Called Super American
Part of what makes Captain America so awesome is his name. There is just something commanding about having captain built right in, and the nickname ‘Cap’ is also top-notch. There would be nothing wrong with Super American, but it hardly holds the awesomeness that is expressed by the name Captain America. Thankfully, creator Joe Simon agreed and changed it to Captain America, citing
“No, it didn't work. There were too many "Supers" around. "Captain America" had a good sound to it. There weren't a lot of captains in comics. It was as easy as that. The boy companion was simply named Bucky, after my friend Bucky Pierson, a star on our high school basketball team.”
13 Somebody Bought Chris Evans' Superhero Suit
12 There Was Lots Of Hate Mail For The First Captain America
11 Jonathan Frakes Dressed Up As Him
10 Captain America Was Going To Die In The 60s
With the emergence of Captain America #300, current writer J.M. DeMetteis had the idea for a storyline that involved Captain America being assassinated. In the storyline, the world was going to turn against Captain America, who was going to stop being a superhero and instead focus on different ways to find world peace.
Who better to explain the line of thinking, than the man who was going to create the comic himself;
"The only allies he was going to find in his quest for global change would be the Sub-Mariner and Doctor Doom. This was the period when Jack Monroe-aka Nomad, the Bucky of the 50’s-was Cap’s partner…and Jack, with his cold war mentality, would be manipulated by Cap’s enemies. In the climax, as Cap speaks at a rally of his few remaining supporters, Nomad (perched on a roof across the way) assassinates him. Only then, with Cap dead, would the world realize what they had. In tribute to Cap, all nations of the world would lay down their weapons for one hour. One hour of peace on Earth."
9 He Had The First Superhero Film
8 There Could Have Been A Cartoon Series In The '90s
7 There Could Have Been A New Costume
6 Captain America: Civil War Will Feature Spider-Man
5 Captain America Comics #1 Sold For $343,000
4 He Was Not An Original Avenger
3 There Was A Story Where He Thought About Becoming The President
As if being a superhero was not a busy enough job, there was a storyline written in 1980 that involved Cap running for office. To make things even easier, Beast offered to be his campaign manager! Despite the support of most of his friends, Cap ends up declining the position.
“Cap considers his position and calls a press conference. He explains his duty is to uphold the American Dream, but being President of the United States would require him to preserve the reality of the country. Since the two objectives are at odds. Cap must decline the candidacy.”
2 The Falcon Is The New Captain America
1 He Has An Unauthorized Turkish Film
If you want to see Captain America throwing down with Spider-Man, look no further than the 1973 film Three Mighty Men. The film features Captain America, Spider-Man and the Mexican luchador wrestler Santo. The film takes an odd turn when it has Spider-Man become evil, even murdering a woman in her shower. The film was not authorized by Marvel (shocker), but that doesn’t make the film any less real. Thankfully, whether in English or Turkish, Captain America can still lay down the law and he alongside Santo defeat Spider-Man at the climax of the film. The film exists, but good luck trying to find a copy of it.
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