“Even though the United States wasn’t in the war, we read the newspapers. We knew what was happening in Europe, and we were outraged by the Nazis — totally outraged. We thought it was a good time for a patriotic hero.” — Joe Simon, Joe Simon: My Life in Comics

Bit of a stunner in the comic book world today, as Marvel has revealed in the first issue of its new series, Captain America: Steve Rogers, that Cap is, and always has been, an agent of Hydra. Hydra is a terrorist organization closely associated with the Red Skull, Captain America’s nemesis and one of the greatest villians in the Marvel Universe. Oh, and he’s a Nazi. A Nazi trained by Adolf Hitler. So yeah, bit of a shocker, considering in the comics Captain America was created by the U.S. government to fight the Red Skull and, you know, this:

Cap clocks the Fuhrer, Captain America #1, March 1941.
Captain America delivers the mic drop to end all mic drops in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

“But most of all, the pleasure that Joe derived from administering this brutal beating was intense and durable and strangely redemptive. At odd moments over the past few days, he had consoled himself with the thought that somehow a copy of this comic book might eventually make its way to Berlin and cross the desk of Hitler himself, that he would look at the painting into which Joe had channeled all his pent-up rage and rub his jaw, and check with his tongue for a missing tooth.” — Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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