Did you know that yesterday was comic creator Joe Simon’s 98th birthday? This legendary writer/artist/editor is most known for the creation of Captain America with his longtime collaborator Jack Kirby, but that only scratches the surface of his career.
Here are some Joe Simon facts that you may (or may not) know about!
- Joe was the first head editor of Timely Comics, which evolved into what we now call Marvel Comics!
- Joe and Jack at one point were neighbors, living across the street from each other out on Long Island!
- Joe’s wife Harriet also had a career in the comics industry as well; she worked as a secretary for Al Harvey (founder of Harvey Comics)!
- Joe was an influential force in the development of both romance and horror comics!
You can learn more about his career and the Gold and Silver Ages of comics in the recently released Joe Simon: My Life in Comics. He will also be appearing at this weekend’s New York Comic Con.