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An actor dressed as comic book character Captain America walks on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, July 11, 2011. Representatives from Marvel Comics and the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger' rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES

Marvel says the next Captain America will be an African American

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An African American character will soon strap on the star-emblazoned shield and step into the red, white and blue uniform of Captain America in the pages of Marvel Comics.

The character of Captain America first appeared in 1941, as a super soldier fighting the Nazis. He was revived by Marvel in the 1960s and became an icon among Marvel's lineup of heroes.

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