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Captain America co-creator Joe Simon dead at 98

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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2011 file photo, Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America comic, is shown at the New York Comic Con fan convention in New York. Simon's family said Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, that the 98-year-old artist and writer died Wednesday night in New York after a brief illness. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

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Updated: December 15, 2011 11:27PM

PHILADELPHIA — Joe Simon, the co-creator of Captain America and one of the comic book industry’s most revered writers, artists and editors, has died.

His family said Thursday that the 98-year-old artist and writer died Wednesday night in New York City after a brief illness.

Simon, along with artist Jack Kirby, helped create several comic icons, including Captain America for Timely Comics, the predecessor of what is now Marvel. In his first appearance in 1940, Captain America gave Adolf Hitler a hard right hook.

The duo also created the Newsboy Legion, Boy Commandos and others for what is now DC Comics.

Besides heroes and villains, Simon also delved into horror, crime, humor and romance comics.

Simon is survived by two sons, three daughters and eight grandchildren.

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