He's the leader of the Avengers. He's one of the most iconic comic book characters of all time. He is the sentinel of liberty. He even punched Hitler in the face! For almost 75 years, Captain America has been showing us nothing less than complete and total awesomeness.
Although cover dated for March 1941, his initial appearance went in the racks on December 20th 1940. Somewhat of a crystal ball, it precisely predicted that the United States would enter the conflict of World War II nearly a full year before the Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor. Although conceived as a patriotic symbol, and one that has surpassed that means indeed, he has also taught us so much more about life in general.
The break for Steve came when he caught the eye of Dr Abraham Erskine, who was in charge of Project: Rebirth. Erskine had searched high and low for a suitable candidate. In Rogers, he finally found the man he was looking for. He saw what everyone else didn't. He saw potential. In this life, where someone currently stands is of little importance. Where they are going is the true measure.
Erskine also recognized the power of power itself. Power is not necessarily something unto itself. No. Power is actually nothing more than a catalyst. Give a good person power and you make them even better, by allowing them to exert their efforts to better their world in even new and stronger ways. A bad person? Well, it gives them even more ways to exploit and further enhance their more nefarious intentions. Erskine knew that if the super soldier project was a success, it would give more power to its subject than should be wielded by those who would use it for the wrong reasons.
Over the years, Captain America has been on many adventures and fought many adversaries. But, he always stands for what he feels is right, even when it is not the popular choice. We all saw this during the Civil War storyline. But, he sticks to his guns and Cap has always been Cap.
Captain America stands for so many things that are good in this world. When we see more and more negativity and problems to overcome mounting each and every day, he is a welcome addition. He has always been my favorite character. I learned to read in his pages. I hope everyone has a good appreciation for him, and what he represents.