U.S. Jewish Comics Icon, Co-creator of Captain America Dies at 98

Joe Simon, along with fellow comics giant Jack Kirby, helped create several comic icons for Timely Comics, the predecessor of what is now Marvel.

Joe Simon, the Jewish co-creator of Captain America and one of the comic book industry's most revered writers, artists and editors, died on Wednesday in New York City, his family said, following a brief illness.

Simon, along with artist Jack Kirby, who was also Jewish, helped create several comic icons, including Captain America for Timely Comics, the predecessor of what is now Marvel.

Jack Kirby and Joe Simon - AP
Jack Kirby, left, and Joe Simon, co-creators of the Captain America comic in an undated photo.AP

In his first appearance in 1940, Captain America gave Adolf Hitler a hard right hook.

The duo also created the Newsboy Legion, Boy Commandos and others for what is now DC Comics.

Besides heroes and villains, Simon also delved into horror, crime, humor and romance comics.