The legendary Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America, has just published an autobiography.  The fine folks at Comic Book Resources caught up with Joe to talk to him about the book and his life.  Here’s an excerpt of their talk:


The Titan book reprints of the work that you and Jack Kirby created together is really amazing, especially the colors, which are striking. Is this how you wanted it to look when you originally worked on the pages?
Definitely. When my editor brought me the first copy of “The Best of Simon and Kirby,” the first thing out of my mouth was, “Oh, look at the color!” It’s the sort of thing we would have loved to have seen in the original comic books, had the printing been better. Harry Mendryk has done a wonderful job with the restorations, and I know the production staff at Titan has worked hard to support everything he’s done.
What was your working relationship with Jack Kirby like and how did it vary depending on the project?
Jack was one-of-a-kind — I knew that even before Al Harvey introduced us. As soon as we started working together, he and I were determined that when we worked together on a story, you wouldn’t be able to see where one of us left off and the other started. We worked so closely together that, after the war, we moved into the same town on Long Island. That way, all we had to do was cross the street to get to the other’s studio. It wasn’t until the late 1950s, after Mainline, that we started working on separate projects, but even then, we collaborated on features like “The Fly” and “Private Strong.” When Jack moved to California, we talked a lot on the phone. First, I would talk business with Roz, then she would hand me over to Jack so we could reminisce. We were friends until he passed away, and I still miss him.

via Comic Book Resources

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