Use Captain America In Protest? No Problem

By February 2, 2017

One of the very first pieces of artwork the world got to see of Captain America was the superhero punching out Adolf Hitler.

While the days of World War II are long gone, some Americans and others around the world have opposed a new immigration policy from U.S. President Donald Trump have commandeered the image of Captain America.

And at least one descendant of the character’s creators, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, has absolutely no problem with that.

Melissa Groben, Simon’s daughter, told The Hollywood Reporter that while she can’t speak for her father’s estate, personally she has nothing against Captain America being used to represent something other than profits for Disney.

“Captain American has been around for a long time, so anytime there is any turmoil or unrest or disagreement, he pops up. We all find whatever we need in a particular character, whatever that may be. So I can’t say that the way anyone is using the character is wrong. If that’s what they see in the character, then that’s what works for them.”

In fact, while those protesting Trump might want to find a way to use the character, it’s also quite possible that those who support the president could want to do the same thing, Groben said. In fact, the original idea of Captain America was a protest in of itself – when the comic premiered in early 1941, the United States had not yet entered World War II, and some felt it was long overdue.

“Captain America was created while the Jews were being killed off in Europe, and my father being Jewish and Jack being Jewish were enraged that America was not over there with our military strength. They created Captain America to go after Hitler because our country wouldn’t go after Hitler. 

“My father was very, very, very pro-America, pro-Jewish, he was very traditional, and it was a different world back then.”

Simon died in 2011 at the age of 98, while Kirby died in 1994 at the age of 76.

The first modern Captain America movie was released in 2011 and earned $370.6 million worldwide, as part of a standalone franchise that has now collected $2.2 billion at the box office alone.

The character will next appear in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.