The Captain America/Puerto Rico pic AND Marvel’s majestic response. lol
One small problem with that argument — the Puerto Rican flag was designed in 1898.
It was outlawed until 1952 — Puerto Rico was forced to fly only Spanish flags until 1898, and then only American flags until 1952.
The Puerto Rican flag is actually based on the Cuban flag, designed in 1848:
Just reverse the blue and red in Cuba’s flag and you get the Puerto Rican flag (this similarity was intentional).
As for Cuba, before people start saying that they stole their design from the U.S., their design incorporates three blue stripes, representing the three parts that the country was divided during the independence wars, central, occidental, and oriental areas of the country, and two white stripes symbolizing the purity of the patriotic cause. The red triangle stands for the blood shed to free the nation, which is placed where the star is, symbolizing the sky turned red from the blood shed in battle. The white star in the triangle stands for independence.
In the U.S., the stars represent independence and the stripes represent the original 13 colonies. And of course we stole our 1977 design from the East India Company and this flag which dates back to 1707:
There’s just not a lot of creativity in flag making. Everybody just steals designs and ideas off of each other.
Incidentally, Marvel’s response is also incorrect. The first issue of Captain America went on sale on December 20, 1940 (with the cover date of March 1941), so there’s no way that the Captain’s look was designed the year after the comic was released.
And you’ll notice, on the cover, that Captain America has more than three red stripes. They wrap around him.
Everyone involved stole their design, but Puerto Rico stole theirs from Cuba, and Marvel stole theirs from the American flag.— who stole their design from the East India Company.
And as long as I’m posting a bunch of flag images, here’s how the U.S. flag, with its then-48 stars, looked when Captain America was designed (Alaska and Hawaii were not states until 1959):