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Captain America Is Laid To Rest In Arlington Cemetery

By KJ Mullins     Jun 30, 2007 in Entertainment
In the drizzle pallbearers Iron Man, the Black Panther, Ben Grimm and Ms. Marvel carried hero Captain America to his final resting ground. Thousands watched as the hero was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, his casket draped in an American flag.
Due out July 5th Marvel Comics have killed off Captain America. Felled by an assassin's bullet in New York the man that battled evil doers from Adolf Hitler to the Red Skull died a hero. He was on his way to sign the government's Superhero Registration Act which would have revealed his true identity. That will remain a mystery now that he was taken from us.
Writer Jeph Loeb is working through his grief as the rest of the massive audience of the comic character will soon be doing. There are parallels with the issue and current events.
"Part of it grew out of the fact that we are a country that's at war, we are being perceived differently in the world," Loeb said. "He wears the flag and he is assassinated - it's impossible not to have it at least be a metaphor for the complications of present day."
Loeb though said the death is more his dealing with the death of his seventeen year old son to cancer.
"So many people have lost their sons and daughters over the years, for the greater good or to cancer or other horrible things," said Loeb, an executive producer for NBC's "Heroes." "I wanted this to be something people would identify with."
Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America, was an early character in the world of Marvel Comics. His start was in 1941 nine months prior to Pearl Harbor. He took on Hitler in the first issue. It reminded Americans that a war was going on even if they were not involved in it.
Since his start Captain America comics sold over 200 million copies and offered in 75 countries.
"The question is, how does the world continue without this hero?" he said. "If that story of his return gets told further down the line, great. But everyone's still been dealing with his loss.
"They aren't going to wake up and it's a dream, like it's some episode of 'Dallas.' "
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