Joe Simon at the 2011 New York Comic Con

Joe Simon at the Panel with editor Steve Saffel and two of Joe’s grand-daughters

Joe Simon made an appearance at the New York Comic Con Friday. Joe has not made many public appearances in recent years so this was a special occasion. To be honest, I was not at all certain that he would actual show up. While he is in good health and he gets around his apartment very well, getting to the convention is a difficult and tiring effort for him. But I believe with the Captain America movie, his autobiography “My Life in Comics”, and the just coming out “Simon and Kirby Library: Crime” inspired Joe to make the attempt.

The panel was well attended and I believe all had a good time. Everyone sang Happy Birthday as Joe entered the room. I think the only problem was that one hour was not sufficient time for all the stories Joe was trying to tell.

Joe Simon signing at the Titan booth

After the panel Joe did a signing at the Titan booth. Not surprisingly there was quite a line of people wanting signatures. Joe was only supposed to be at the booth for one hour but it ended up going an extra half hour. Much effort was made to keep the line moving but in the end there were a number of disappointed people. This was regrettable but necessary so that Joe would have enough strength for the trip home. For those fans who did get something signed I trust they realize that they have something very special. For those who were disappointed I can only hope they understand the limitations of someone at the age of 98.

2 thoughts on “Joe Simon at the 2011 New York Comic Con

  1. Richard Dalessandro

    I would love to personally thank Joe Simon and his family for the opportunity to meet and ultimately signing my Captain America shield. I do have pictures from the other angle of Mr. Simon signing my sheild. What an honor and thrill. Cap’s shield is in a place of honor in my Avengers room. Thanks for giving back to the fans. I can’t wait to read his autobiography which I purchased at the Titan booth.
    My graditude to all envolved for this expierence
    Richard Dalessandro

  2. Michael Rapoport

    I was one of the people in line who weren’t able to meet Joe and get his signature before he had to leave. I was disappointed, but I understand – and I think it’s great that he was not only able to get to the convention, but stayed an extra half hour to do as much signing and meet as many people as possible. I hope I’m in as good shape as he is when I’m 98! At least I got to be one of the people at the panel singing “Happy Birthday” to him. Best wishes to Joe and his family.

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