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Captain America secrets; Man of Steel cast grows; favorite Transformers

by Matthew Price Published: July 1, 2011

News on “Man of Steel,” secrets of Captain America and a “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” report are on this week’s Planet 46/NewsOK comics podcast.

TRANSFORMERS 3 IS OUT
With the release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the Planet 46 comics crew asks: Who is your favorite Transformer?
GENERAL STEEL
“Man Of Steel,” Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Superman movies, adds Christopher Meloni to the film.
Deadline first reported that “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” actor Christopher Meloni would have a role in the film; Meloni later told Vulture he would play a military general.

CAPTAIN AMERICA CO-CREATOR HAS NEW BIOGRAPHY

This illustration provided by Marvel Comics shows the cover of the first issue of Captain America, created in 1941 to incarnate patriotic feeling during World War II. In the latest issue, which hits the stands Wednesday, March 7, 2007, Captain America is shot down by a sniper as he leaves a courthouse. (AP Photo/Marvel Comics) **NO SALES** ORG XMIT: NYR101
This illustration provided by Marvel Comics shows the cover of the first issue of Captain America, created in 1941 to incarnate patriotic feeling during World War II. In the latest issue, which hits the stands Wednesday, March 7, 2007, Captain America is shot down by a sniper as he leaves a courthouse. (AP Photo/Marvel Comics) **NO SALES** ORG XMIT: NYR101

The 97-year-old co-creator of Captain America tells his life story in “Joe Simon: My Life in Comics” by Titan Books.
In his book, Simon writes about how the Captain America first came to life in 1940. Simon wrote that he was outraged by the Nazis, and wanted to cast Adolf Hitler as a villain.
“We thought it was a good time for a patriotic hero,” Simon writes in “My Life in Comics.” “I did a sketch of him with a chain mail tunic, and wings on the side of his mask like Mercury, the god from Roman mythology. I gave him a shield, like the ones the knights had carried.”

REVIEW FILE: Iron Age #1, Rocketeer #2, Marvel Universe vs Wolverine #1, Flashpoint: Project Superman #1
Comics read in 2011: 881 Still to go: 1130

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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