Before Steve Rogers's transformation, one character is addressed as "Senator Kirby". Jack Kirby (also known as King Kirby) co-created Captain America, as well as many other well-known Marvel characters.
They considered getting two different actors for the role of Captain America. One for the role of the weak pre-superhero Steve Rogers and another for the superhero Captain America, but decided to get an actor that could play both roles instead.
Before this movie was introduced, Marvel Comics head honcho Stan Lee insisted that it was good. He wrote, "Director Albert Pyun did it so well and so excitingly that everyone in the audience [at the screening] kept clamoring for more," to account for the film being scheduled for a re-shoot.
Advertisements in Variety magazine announcing the movie's production incorrectly credited the character as being "created by Stan Lee". This was corrected to credit Jack Kirby and Joe Simon in the actual movie.
In an online interview with the Planet Origo website, director Albert Pyun mentioned his experience with the Captain America (1990) movie. He said that the film was shelved for two years because "it wasn't the movie the studio wanted plus the producing studio was undergoing financial issues." He also said the most challenging part about shooting the film was that they lacked proper funding. Pyun recalled, "It's pretty difficult to make a film when there were times we actually had no money in the bank."
The film did not get a US theatrical release when first made in 1990, but was released internationally. It finally received a limited theatrical release in the United States in July 2011 (to promote the reboot Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)), when director Albert Pyun toured the country with his director's cut.
Melinda Dillon who plays Mrs. Rogers, and Darren McGavin who plays General Fleming were also in the movie 'A Christmas Story' together in 1983, playing Mother Parker and The Old Man Parker respectively.