"Captain America" Creators Names To Be Added To Statue

A fan petition to include the names of "Captain America" co-creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby on the 13-foot-tall bronze statue of the hero being unveiled in Brooklyn, NY has succeeded.

The petition, placed on Change.org by Simon's grandchild Jedd Countey, asked that Marvel recognize the creators in the statue, which is being built in honor the hero's 75th anniversary.

"Captain America was created to inspire people to live up to heroic values, to defend justice and what's right. Well before the United States entered WWII, Captain America could be seen on the cover of his first comic book punching Adolf Hitler," wrote Countey. "When people see this statue, they should not only be inspired by what the character fought for, but where Captain America came from. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, two Jewish American artists, created Captain America to defend the values and justice they always held out hope for, despite the discrimination they encountered growing up during the Great Depression."

The statue made its debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego in late July. The statue, including Simon and Kirby's names, will be unveiled on Aug. 10 in Prospect Park. The unveiling ceremony is free to the public, and attendees are encouraged to wear Captain America attire.

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