Captain America: Burial at Arlington National Cemetery

July 1, 2007

Captain AmericaAmerica’s comic book hero of nearly 70 years, Captain America, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in the Marvel Comics Fallen Heroes issue, which appears on newsstands on 5 July. Always a political animal, a fact which the public strangely seemed to overlook, Captain America made his debut nine months before Pearl Harbor, in the March 1941 issue when he delivered a punch to Hitler on the cover and conveyed a not-so-subtle message about U.S. isolationism in World War II.

Our hero exits under equally political circumstances, assassinated by a rooftop sniper while entering a Federal court house in New York, having refused to sign the government’s Superhero Registration Act which would have revealed Steve Rogers’ true identity as Captain America.

The latest twists and turns in Rogers’ life came when he was arrested for refusing to register as a Superhero, considered to be a metaphor for the Patriot Act. Writer Jeph Loeb said: “Part of it grew out of the fact that we are a country that’s at war, we are being perceived differently in the world.”…[Captain America] wears the flag and he is assassinated — it’s impossible not to have it at least be a metaphor for the complications of present day.”

So far, Captain America has sold over 200 million comic books for Marvel. Thousands of mourners will watch as pallbearers including Ms. Marvel, the Black Panther, Iron Man and Ben Grimm carry Captain America’s flag-draped casket to its final resting place. Perhaps he’ll return from beyond the grave, to boost sales yet higher. Stay tuned.

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Photo credit: Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

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