But, due to all the hubbub around Captain America lately, I felt like I needed to do something special.
The special part?
I found Alex Ross' Facebook page.
He paints comic books. His artwork is in the Smithsonian. You want to know why?
Because this is his version of the above cover.
Do you need to ask why?
And now, for a brief history of Captain America, all around bad ass.
What makes Captain America the perfect American icon? Because he started out as the little guy who just wanted to stand up to injustice. He always wants to do the right thing, he always tries to do the right thing, and always has faith in people -- not governments, people.
He's everything Americans would like to be when they grow up -- if he isn't good, he's doing his damnedest. He will fight against oppression and tyranny until he wins or until he's dead.
It's what we want to be when we grow up. Thirteen colonies fighting against one of the best armies in the world, trying to create a new country out of nothing but ideas and the right chunk of land. When only a decade later, France would try something similar, only to have it end in a bloody disaster and twenty years of warfare, you can see just how dangerous an idea it really was. Having a republic without having mob rule? Cute trick.
Captain America -- what the country would like to become eventually.