Tonight: “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” on ABC

“When Captain America throws his mighty shield!!!!!” Oh wait, I’ve used that one a couple of times before already so I apologize. Still, its a great rallying song to let you readers know that ABC Studios will be presenting a one-hour special called “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” and its going to air right before the second season debut of “Agent Carter”. I searched for a classic Jack Kirby rendition of Cap for this posting and snagged the whole press piece from for your edification but I will return at the close to talk a little bit more. Check it out.

Photo - Captain America by Jack Kirby

The Press Release:
From his first appearance in 1941 through the 75 years that would follow, Captain America has been one of–if not the most–influential comic book characters ever to be created. Take a look back at the history of this beloved Marvel character and see how his influence continues to have impact today in the original special, “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years,” airing Tuesday, January 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET) on the ABC Television Network.

New York, 1940. A new era on the horizon. Little did the world know then that this decade would shape the course of history in ways never before seen. Though two men who walked those New York streets, a pair of artists and creators, had a strong feeling of what was to come. They were Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, two first generation Jewish-Americans who believed in their country, believed that the atrocities taking place in Europe needed to be answered, and most importantly, they believed in freedom. And it was an image of freedom that they would create…

Captain America has been the moral compass that has inspired generations to do better and believe in more than themselves. Whether it be leading the Avengers or fighting for his beliefs, even when it meant taking sides against those closest to him during Marvel’s Civil War, “Cap” has been a beacon of light in the Marvel Universe and a central figure in the vast and dynamic world that Marvel fans know and celebrate today.

This special one-hour event follows the history of Captain America from 1941 to present and explores how the character has been a reflection of the changing times and the world he has existed in throughout the years. Fans will hear from various Marvel luminaries including Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Jeph Loeb, Louis D’Esposito, Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell, as well as family members of Cap’s creators. “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” will also unveil an exclusive announcement from Marvel comics. “Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years” is directed by Zak Knutson and produced by Bow and Arrow Entertainment.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Having been a fan of the “Captain America” comic series for decades I am very interested in this show. Granted my reading has slowed down in the past years based on too many other financial demands but I generally catch up with a good trade paperback edition now and then. There are at least two long comic boxes in my collection with a good ten years straight of the title that’s for sure. I’ve always loved the integrity of the character as he was presented on the printed page and while its long been destroyed, his was one of my very favorite Mego action figures growing up. Yes he came with a little shield as well. I loved the films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and can hardly wait for the third chapter with “Captain America: Civil War” in May. This show actually will air prior to the just posted news about “Agent Carter” and if you are a fan of this kind of stuff you should tune in or program that DVR. Will you watch?

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