In 1941, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon created Captain America. Though he has changed over the years (hellooooo Chris Evans), he continues to keep his appeal, even under questionable recent story lines. To kick off a year-long celebration of 75 years of Captain America, Marvel, Disney and San Diego Comic Con are honoring the First Avenger.
Marvel has teamed up with collectibles maker Comicave Studios to create a Captain America status, currently on display at the Marvel booth (#2329) at Comic Con this weekend. The statue is over 13 feet tall and weighs 1 ton. It will be available for photo ops all this weekend, with 1/12 scale bronze replicas available for purchase.
Following SDCC, the status will travel by truck to Steve Roger’s hometown- Brooklyn, NY. Fans will be able to track the progress of the truck through Marvel’s social media. It will be displayed at the Children’s Corner of Prospect Part for two weeks.
“To the rest of America and the world, he’s Captain America; to us, he’ll always be Steve Rogers, ‘just a kid from Brooklyn,’” said Borough President Adams. “Brooklyn is proud to be the base of celebrations for Cap’s 75th anniversary, which will be capped by a larger-than-life statue traveling around our borough — befitting of this larger-than-life character. Prospect Park is the place to be this summer to enjoy the Captain America!”
After the park, the statue will travel to the Barclay Center, and then end the year in front of the Bed Bath & Beyond in Sunset Park, Brooklyn…because somewhere in the world that makes sense to someone.
“Since 1941 Captain America has remained one of the most influential Super Heroes in comic book history,” said Paul Gitter, senior vice president, licensing, Marvel at Disney Consumer Products. “He has evolved as a character throughout the years, but remains constant as a moral compass within the Marvel Universe and leader of the Avengers. The tribute statue and other activations are the perfect way to honor 75 years of this iconic Super Hero and to celebrate the borough of Brooklyn in New York City.”
For those spending the weekend at SDCC, there will be a TON of merchandise that is Cap-themed. Happy Birthday Captain America!