by Jesse Marinoff Reyes ( Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design, Maplewood, N.J. )
Only five days after the passing of fellow-Golden Age of Comics great, Jerry Robinson, we are again saddened by the news of the passing of Joe Simon (1913-2011), who along with his long-time partner Jack Kirby, were the bedrock of the entire comics industry—in addition to creating or co-creating many important characters, single-handedly introducing the field of romance comics. Simon luckily lived to see his most enduring creation brought back to life—twice. Brought back from publishing obscurity in the pages of the Avengers in 1964, and brought back from an idiotic death by assassination in 2007, rejuvenated in print and the big screen as the first avenger, Captain America.
March 1941 issue, #1
Illustration: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (1917-1994) pencils, Joe Simon, inks