Seventy-five years after punching Adolf Hitler in the face, Captain America has been immortalized at San Diego Comic-Con. As we previously reported, Marvel Comics commissioned a bronze statue of Captain America to celebrate the character's milestone anniversary. Earlier today the statue was unveiled to the public — and it certainly didn't disappoint.
This 2,000-pound monument features Steve Rogers posing heroically, towering at 13-feet, with his iconic shield raised aloft. The statue will be on display at SDCC's Marvel Booth before making its way to Steve Rogers' hometown of Brooklyn, where it will take its proud place at Prospect Park to honor Cap's history and his timeless beliefs.
Debuting in 1941, Captain America hit the shelves during the onslaught of World War II. At a time when the United States Army was looking for all the help it could muster, the story of a skinny, down-on-his-luck kid from Brooklyn becoming a national hero was a fitting metaphor for young people eager to support their country. The tenacity and perseverance of Steve Rogers gave thousands of baby-booming comic book fans the spirit to do the right thing and never give up.
Over the years, Captain America has battled the evils of Hydra, uncovered deadly conspiracies and even fought his own contemporaries in a bid to defend the values he holds so dear. Yet despite all the resistance he's encountered, Steve Rogers has always insisted that he can fight evil all day, persevering in his endless quest for justice.
Inscribed with the words "I'm just a kid from Brooklyn," much like Rocky Balboa's statue in Philadelphia, Captain America's effigy is sure to inspire an entire generation to keep fighting against the odds. Who would have dreamed that a supposedly niche art form like comic books could leave such a cultural impact?
If you're in San Diego, you should definitely get your picture taken with this bronzed beauty before it heads to Brooklyn. You can also pick up an exclusive comic featuring the statue (seen below). What more could a Captain America fan ask for?
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