Joe Simon, legendary Golden Age co-creator of such characters as Captain America, the Sandman, the Fly and hundreds more, has died at age 98, according to his son’s posting on Facebook.
Together with his partner Jack Kirby, Simon revolutionized the superhero, horror and romance genres — there pretty much wouldn’t be comics as we know them without the work of these two.
In recent years Simon made frequent convention appearances, despite his great age, a living connection to the Golden Age. He was also the subject of continued retrospective collection, including a series from Titan Books.
In this 2009 interview with Graphic NYC, Simon said:
“What happened is that it depended on the times. There were a lot of times when artists were unemployed in this business, and we had to make our own jobs by creating something off the beaten track, a new type of hero or something entirely different like Young Romance. We were the guys that were up to the task. We were good friends and we enjoyed working together. Jack was married about two years before he got out, and I had just gotten married after I had got out, so we decided we’d make it easy on commuting so we bought houses across the street from one another.”
Simon’s death follows by mere days that of Jerry Robinson. Please, if you haven’t already, take a moment to connect with one of the still living Golden Age men (and women.) The day when that will no longer be possible is within sight.
Photo by Seth Kushner.