In a better world, I would not have learned of Joe Simon’s 98th birthday today via Facebook at 8 PM.
In a better world, there would be multiple news articles streaming through Google News chronicling the amazing contributions Joe Simon has made to comics, an American art form.
In a better world, network news would report on how he co-created Captain America, how he helped pioneer the genres of romance and horror comics. There would be a slightly embarrassing picture of Brother Power the Geek and Prez.
In a better world, publishers of his work would celebrate his past work on their homepages. In a better world, comics news sites would offer week-long posts chronicling his achievements, lauding his influence on the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, and reviewing his latest creation.
Instead, the world is a bit imperfect. But superheroes show us that the world can be a better place, not because of fantastic superpowers, awesome weapons, or fancy costumes, but because the person underneath the union suit strives to be a better person, helping others to better themselves. Stories can inspire, stories can resonate, like mysterious Vita Rays which beam directly into a reader’s subconscious. The Grand Comics Database lists over 3100 credits for Joe Simon, and that’s a lot of inspiration, whether he wrote, drew, edited, or published comics. He still inspires, as seen recently.