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Joe Simon, the co-creator of Captain America and a widely-respected comic book writer, editor and artist, died on Wednesday in New York City after a brief illness.
The AP reported the 98-year-old writer, along with artist Jack Kirby, helped create several comic icons, including Captain America for Timely Comics, the predecessor of what is now Marvel.
“The people out in Hollywood know what they’re doing, and what they got from me and [Jack Kirby] is the most important part—the origin story and the comic books we produced," he told the AV Club in July, according to MTV. “Marvel sent a crew to interview me, and I’m sure everyone will see that before long, but otherwise, I’m happy to let them do their thing."
The original Captain America comics were produced in the 1940s and were a mix of nationalism and stylized action, boosting national and overseas morale for the war.
Simon, who is credited as one of the creators of the comic book world, also wrote horror, crime, humor and romance comics. In 2011, he released his autobiography, My Life in Comics, and was a vital supporter of the Captain America film. He is survived by two sons, three daughters and eight grandchildren.