Thirteen years after the debut of Captain America, comics legends Joe Simon and Jack Kirby collaborated again to create the Fighting American, a character that satirized the superhero genre and the anti-communist paranoia of the 1950s. While the original series only lasted for seven issues, Titan Comics announced in April that they would be reviving the character with Gordon Rennie (2000 AD) writing and Duke Mighten (Judge Dredd) on art. Now, The Hollywood Reporter reports the new series has a release date of October 11th.
The news also gave some indication of the revival’s plot. “It’s been great working on a character created by two such legendary comic talents, especially in this, Jack Kirby’s centenary year,” Rennie said. “Hopefully, he and Joe Simon would enjoy finding out how their Fighting American from the 1950s fits into our modern and more cynical world.” Kirby — who died of heart failure in 1994 — would have turned 100 this year; Simon, who passed away in 2011 after a short illness, would have turned 104 on October 11th, the series’ release date.
While the original announcement revealed that the revival would pick up where Simon and Kirby’s series ended, Rennie’s statements allude to the possibility of a time jump for the character. The series is expected to keep Simon and Kirby’s satirical tone. The report also revealed the first issue’s cover, which was illustrated by Terry and Rachel Dodson.
Titan’s series isn’t the first attempt to revive the character, who has had something of a complicated publishing history. While the character was originally published with Crestwood Publications’ Prize Group imprint, he has appeared in comics from several publishers, including Harvey, DC, Marvel and Rob Liefeld’s Awesome Entertainment.
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