6 Things You Never Knew About Captain America
6. He Has An Unauthorized Turkish Film
Turkey once made an unauthorized film based on Captain America. This film actually also featured Spiderman, who is apparently a villain in this movie. The film, titled Three Mighty Men featured Captain America teaming up with a luchador wrestler named Santo against Spiderman.
5. The First Issue Generated A Lot of Hate Mail
The first issue of Captain America featured the hero going up against German soldiers. Considering the era it was released, this likely doesn’t surprise many people. The problem was that America had not yet gone to war with Germany and there were plenty of people in the US who felt they weren’t our enemies. This led to hate mail and eventually Marvel had armed guards patrolling outside its building.
4. He Was Slated To Die In The 1960’s
While Captain America dying, or almost dying has been a plot point in this comic franchise for many years, the first time Marvel planned to do this was in the 1960s. The story was that in issue number 300, the Captain would turn against his hero status and look for other ways to save the world, including teaming up with Dr. Doom. The world would turn against him in kind and he would be killed. Eventually, Marvel decided this would go against the entire premise of Captain America.
3. He Had The World’s First Superhero Movie
Timely Studios was the first to produce a superhero movie and it was indeed a Captain America flick. Instead of a big blockbuster, this film, produced in 1944 was the last superhero film produced for four decades.
2. His First Issue Recently Sold for $343,000
Comic books can be big money these days. While the first ever issue sold for a whopping 10 cents when it first hit stands, a copy of this issue sold for more than $340,000 at auction back in 2011.
1. He Wasn’t Really The First Avenger
While Captain America is usually referred to these days as the First Avenger, it turns out the character in the comic books wasn’t a member of the team until that group’s fourth comic book. He replaced the Hulk who was actually one of the first Avengers.