Now I know this isn't a real movie, more of a documentary or a special but I've been dying to watch this since I missed it when it aired on TV and I finally found it so I wanted to talk about it.
They talked to the family of both Joe Simon and Jack Kirby the creators of Captain America. The character who sky rocketed Timely comics from a small start up to one of the biggest comic companies in the world.
America was avoiding the war, even as news of what Hitler was doing was spreading. Joe and Jack put Captain America hitting Hitler on the cover of their first issue. Believe it or not this caused a lot of problems for Timely comics. People saw them as trying to stir things up. After all Hitler was a head of state and we weren't at war.
When Pearl Harbor happened it changed everything. Captain America started selling over a million comics. War broke out and Jack and Joe had to go serve like most people. Unlike Stan Lee who served as a writer during the war in a unit with Dr. Seuss of all people, Jack had to go on the front lines. Not really fair but neither is life. Let's just be glad they both made it back in one piece and would go on to give us the Marvel universe we know and love today.
As the war came to an end superhero comics went out of fashion. Captain America more than most. After all Cap and Bucky no longer had Nazi's to fight. What were they to do? Well the book was cancelled.
It wasn't till Avengers #4 when Stan Lee decided to bring Captain America back. He more or less erased the 50's cap and reconned that Captain America was frozen in the ocean at the end of World War 2.
As the 60's went on race tension in America hit an all time high. Stan thought that Captain America should have a black partner, to help show America what could be. Enter the Falcon. The book itself made Nixon into a villain in the book. Changing Cap from a by the book government superhero into someone who cared more about the spirit of America instead of what America has become.