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Captain America Gets 75th Anniversary Special on ABC in January

Captain America will celebrate his 75th anniversary in style: ABC will air the "Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years" one-hour special on Tuesday, Jan. 19, celebrating Marvel Comics' patriotic icon right before the "Marvel's Agent Carter" second season premiere. Along with toasting Cap, the special is also promised to include "an exclusive announcement from Marvel Comics."

Here's the official description of the special: "This special one-hour event follows the history of Captain America from 1941 to present and explores how the character has been a reflection of the changing times and the world he has existed in throughout the years. Fans will hear from various Marvel luminaries including Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Jeph Loeb, Louis D'Esposito, Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell, as well as family members of Cap's creators. 'Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years' will also unveil an exclusive announcement from Marvel Comics."

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Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Captain America debuted in 1941's "Captain America Comics" #1, as a superheroic symbol of America's fight in World War II. The character experienced a renaissance with 1964's "Avengers" #4 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, which brought the character into the contemporary era but kept his WWII origins.

Directed by Zac Knutson, "Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years" is scheduled to air 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 on ABC, before the two-hour "Agent Carter" season premiere. Marvel Studios' next Captain America film, "Captain America: Civil War," is scheduled for release on May 6.

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