29 Facts About Joe Simon


Joseph Henry Simon was an American comic book writer, artist, editor, and publisher.


Joe Simon, who went on to work in advertising and commercial art, founded the satirical magazine Sick in 1960, remaining with it for over a decade.


Joe Simon briefly published with DC Comics in the 1970s.


Joe Simon was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1999.


Joe Simon was born in 1913 as Hymie Simon and raised in Rochester, New York, the son of Harry Simon, who had emigrated from Leeds, England, in 1905, and Rose, whom Harry met in the United States.


Harry Joe Simon moved to Rochester, then a clothing-manufacturing center where his younger brother Isaac lived, and the couple had a daughter, Beatrice, in 1912.


Two years later, Joe Simon took an art job at the Syracuse Herald in Syracuse, New York, for $45 a week, supplying sports and editorial cartoons there as well.

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Shortly thereafter, for $60 a week, he succeeded Liederman as art director of a paper whose name Joe Simon recalled in his 1990 autobiography as the Syracuse Journal American, although the Syracuse Journal and the Syracuse Sunday American, were the separate weekday and Sunday papers, respectively.


Joe Simon found freelance work at Macfadden Publications, doing illustrations for True Story and other magazines.


That day, Joe Simon received his first comics assignment, a seven-page Western.


Joe Simon asked if we could do some freelance work together.


Joe Simon published the story in the 2003 updated edition of his autobiography, The Comic Book Makers.


Kirby and Joe Simon spent their first weeks at National trying to devise new characters while the company sought how best to utilize the pair.


Joe Simon enlisted in the US Coast Guard during World War II.


Joe Simon said in his 1990 autobiography that he was first assigned to the Mounted Beach Patrol at Long Beach Island, off Barnegat, New Jersey, for a year before being sent to boot camp near Baltimore, Maryland, for basic training.


Joe Simon was stationed there in 1944 when he met New York Post sports columnist Milt Gross, who was with the Coast Guard Public Relations Unit, and the two became roommates in civilian housing.


Pursuant to his unit's mission to publicize the Coast Guard, Joe Simon created a true-life Coast Guard comic book that DC agreed to publish, followed by versions syndicated nationally by Parents magazine in Sunday newspaper comics sections, under the title True Comics.


At the urging of a Crestwood salesman, Kirby and Joe Simon launched their own comics company, Mainline Publications, in late 1953 or early 1954, subletting space from their friend Al Harvey's Harvey Publications at 1860 Broadway.


Bitter that Timely Comics' 1950s iteration, Atlas Comics, had relaunched Captain America in a new series in 1954, Kirby and Joe Simon created Fighting American.


Joe Simon recalled, "We thought we'd show them how to do Captain America".


Joe Simon "wanted to do other things and I stuck with comics," Kirby recalled in 1971.


In 1968, Joe Simon created the two-issue DC Comics series Brother Power the Geek, about a mannequin given a semblance of life who wanders philosophically through 1960s hippie culture; Al Bare provided some of the art.


Superman editor Mort Weisinger harbored an admitted dislike for the hippie subculture of the 1960s and felt that Joe Simon portrayed them too sympathetically which helped to bring a quick end to the title.


That same year, Joe Simon returned to the romance genre as editor of Young Romance and Young Love and oversaw a Black Magic reprint series.


Joe Simon appeared in various news media in 2007 in response to Marvel Comics' announced "death" of Captain America in Captain America vol.

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Joe Simon is among the interview subjects in Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, a three-hour documentary narrated by Liev Schreiber that premiered posthumously on PBS in October 2013.


Joe Simon's grandchildren attended the Los Angeles premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger and called Joe Simon from the red carpet when his name was announced as creator of the character.


Joe Simon was married to Harriet Feldman, with whom he lived on Brown Street in Mineola, New York, on Long Island.


Joe Simon died in New York City on December 14,2011, at the age of 98, after a brief illness.