Marvel is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Captain America by erecting a 13-foot bronze statue of the superhero, according to USA Today.
Marvel plans to showcase the larger-than-life sculpture at San Diego Comic-Con, happening July 20-24. From there, it will head to the East Coast for a commemorative ceremony in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, where it will stay. The designs for the statue show Captain America with his shield in the air, including an inscription at the base of the statue that reads, “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.”
As a character created in 1941 by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, Captain America has inspired generations of comic book fans. Paul Gitter, senior vice president of licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer products and Interactive Media, told USA Today that the statue is to remind fans of the character’s history. He stated:
“We hope that when fans see the statue, they will think back to a favorite comic book, treasured action figure or even be transported back to a special time and place in their lives where Captain America’s values played influence.”
Marvel will be documenting the bronze Captain America as he makes his hometown trek via their social media, updating fans along the way.
Revisit the 14th installment of Fuse podcast Back of the Class, as the hosts discuss the latest film in the character’s franchise, Captain America: Civil War. The segment starts at the 20:50 mark: