Captain America #272 (August 1982)

This issue welcomes Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, back into the book that for several years bore his name, in a story that features him and Captain America on separate adventures that test both heroes' resolve and composure in similar ways. We begin with our title hero riding in the rain through "the black heart... Continue Reading →

Avengers #221-222 (July-August 1982)

These issues are heavy on humor but light on ethically interesting content regarding Captain America, so we'll dispense with them fairly quickly. Issue #221 is a recruitment drive story, as made obvious by the cover and the opening splash page. After declaring their optimal number of members to be six, Janet asks "the boys" what... Continue Reading →

Captain America #271 (July 1982)

This issue—written by David Kraft, who wrote the Spider-Man team-up in issues #265-266, and featuring similar over-the-top dialogue and exposition—is situated in the world of professional wrestling, which turns out to be a passion of Bernie Rosenthal's but is completely alien to Steve Rogers. (Whether you're more like Bernie or Steve in this respect, you'll... Continue Reading →

Captain America #270 (June 1982)

In this issue, we learn the identity of the man we saw briefly in issue #268, who actually represents a milestone in Marvel Comics history, and has a fascinating connection to Captain America. Also, we see Bernie Rosenthal being a hero in her own right (and in her own way). We begin with Steve and... Continue Reading →

Avengers #219-220 (May-June 1982)

These two issues see Captain America and the rest of the Avengers in space for the first time in quite a while, summoned by their former teammate Moondragon to help her and her father Drax (later to be a Guardian of the Galaxy) deal with some strife on the planet Ba-Bani. But all is not... Continue Reading →

Captain America #269 (May 1982)

On the surface, this issue seems like an editorially-mandated lead-in to a series based on a toy line—which it most certainly is—but there is still plenty to talk about in terms of Captain America's ethics, thanks to masterful writing on the part of J.M. DeMatteis (complementing the beautiful line-work of Mike Zeck). We start our... Continue Reading →

Avengers #217 (March 1982)

This issue is centered around the downward trend in Hank Pym's life, but also contains some interesting moments for Captain America, as well as two significant changes for Janet van Dyne, aka the Wasp. (Normally I wouldn't have dedicated an entire post to this issue, but it fell between two more significant ones, so I... Continue Reading →

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