The Perfect Patriot When Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created Cap for Timely Comics in 1940, they couldn't have been timelier! The image of the square-jawed, starred-and-striped Cap wielding what would become one of comic book superheroes' most famous accessories while slugging Hitler with his other hand made his significance clear.
While he began as a paragon of war-winning spirit, Captain America is no jingoistic flag-waver. He gave up his costume briefly in the 1970s, for example, to fight for the right as Nomad, who pledged allegiance to no country. In the film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Cap battled corrupt government officials and questioned America's direction.
Captain America is the perfect patriot: His love for his nation drives him to hold it to its own highest values.
Fighting Freedom's Foes No collection of Captain America bobbleheads, action figures, vinyl and wooden figures, or other items would be complete without including some of his notable nemeses.
The Red Skull towers over them all. He is the monstrous embodiment of everything Cap opposes. In the comics, the supremely sadistic fascist survived World War II thanks to Hydra's machinations, and now struggles for a Fourth Reich. "Freedom is only for the one who rules!" he claims. "All others must be slaves!" (Captain America #119, 1969).
Will Captain America let that dangerous nonsense stand? Don't bet on it! Certainly, his fans don't, as they keep demanding collectibles that honor the most consistent superheroic defender of freedom!
What It Means to Wear Captain America's Colors Over the years, many other characters - including the redeemed Bucky; Danielle Cage (in an alternate timeline); and fellow Avenger Sam Wilson (better known in his own superheroic identity of Falcon) - have worn the Captain America costume. Cap is an ideal combination of the best that America and humans have to offer. He's bigger than any one person, even Steve Rogers.
Still, it's Steve who's packed the biggest punch, literally and figuratively, as the Star-Spangled Avenger. An estimated 210 million-plus comic book issues worldwide have sold that feature him, and a string of MCU movies starring Chris Evans in the role have been box office blockbusters.
Cap's fans can grab a screen accurate prop replica or a framed film cell from his movies, and can collect back issues of his comics - whether Simon and Kirby's Golden Age originals; Kirby, Stan Lee and Jim Steranko's Silver Age revival of "Capsicle;" Mark Gruenwald's definitive run from the mid-'80s to the mid-'90s; or Ed Brubaker's critically acclaimed, sprawling storylines from the early 2000s. And Entertainment Earth offers enough Pin Matesâ„˘, plush toys, drinkware, wall art, jewelry, and other fun and creative collectibles to satisfy even the biggest Cap booster!
But the best way to celebrate Captain America is to join him - as he said in Mark Waid's 1998 "Capmania" miniseries - in choosing and fighting "the battles that matterâ€¦ Battles against injustice... against tyranny... against intolerance."
So "suit up" and make Cap, and America, proud!