Captain America, one of Marvel Comics oldest and most iconic characters, was killed in the latest issue of his self-titled comic book. He was 66 years old.
The legendary crime fighter was shot by a sniper’s bullet while exiting the Federal Courthouse.
Captain America came on the scene in 1941 as a patriotic crime fighter who battled Nazis in World War II. Also known as Steve Rogers, the superhero served his country by signing up for a “super soldier serum,” which enabled him to become the ultimate fighting machine for the U.S.
After the war, Captain America went on to battle Cold War Communists before entering suspended animation so that he may serve his country in the future. He returned to action decades later where he helped set up the Avengers and continued the good fight in his own line of comics.
In the last seven decades, Jack Kirby and Joe Simon’s creation has sold 210 million comic books and has been printed in over 70 different countries.
Rogers was never married and has no known living relatives.