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Call for Comments: The Captain America Birthday Special | Vox Populorum
From Abby: The Fourth of July is nearly upon us and so that means it's time to discuss Captain America because it's his birthday. In the late 1930s and early 1940s there were plenty of Star-Spangled heroes running around in comics, but we don't hear much about American Ace or Mr. America these days. And sure, there are comic superheroes that are still around from then and are still very popular, but the fact that Captain America has survived and remained popular is genuinely surprising given how most World War II themed superheroes diminished or flatly disappeared after 1945. Captain America is one of the few that didn't have a new character take over the same mantle when reintroduced, whose storyline didn't abandon or retcon his war time origins and history, and lastly remained visually obvious as an American-centric superhero. For a long time, analysis and assumptions of Captain America as a character focused solely on his function as a propaganda tool in a nationalist context. And I