Warning: Image-Heavy and Text-Heavy Post Ahead. This sucker is LONG.
And with no further ado, I present to you, Steve Rogers.
Steve Rogers was born in New York City to Joseph and Sarah Rogers, poor Irish immigrants. His father was an alcoholic who died when Steve was still a child, and his mother died of tuberculosis and/or pneumonia (depending on what universe you’re in and who you ask) when he was still a teenager. Growing up during the Great Depression, he was scrawny and sickly in general himself. He became an art student. In early 1940, he attempted to enlist in the army due to his horror at the atrocities being committed in Europe, but he failed to pass the physical requirements. Instead, he was invited to participate in Project Rebirth, the codename for a secret project that was intended to enhance US soldiers to the peak of human potential through a serum developed by Dr. Abraham Erskine (codename Reinstein).