Captain America #132 (December 1970)

This issue wraps up the storyline involving the Hood (actually Baron von Strucker, actually a robot) and the supposedly reborn Bucky Barnes (who seems, based on the cover, to have grown considerably upset since the last issue). It also manages to introduce yet another level of WTFery to this already convoluted tale, courtesy of everybody's... Continue Reading →

Captain America #131 (November 1970)

Well, the cover really spoils it, doesn't it? In this issue, James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes is apparently "reborn," decades before he was reborn (for real) as the Winter Soldier to the manic glee of shippers everywhere. Plus, we "learn the true identity of the Hood" (not Parker Robbins, the modern Hood), a mystery that has... Continue Reading →

Captain America #130 (October 1970)

Although this issue has a tremendous statement about Captain America's position on law and order versus protest and dissent, on the whole it's more a set-up for the next two installments, introducing a mysterious new villain and what I'm sure was a very shocking re-introduction of a beloved character in the next issue. In fact,... Continue Reading →

Avengers #80-82 (September-November 1970)

  This three-part tale is very interesting, not for the actual story, but for the fact that it features a significant disagreement amongst the Avengers regarding their role as "Earth's mightiest heroes." (Plus, we're introduced to Red Wolf and we see Red Batman Daredevil, always a welcome sight at this blog.) When we join our... Continue Reading →

Captain America #127 (July 1970)

Captain America wrongly felt betrayed by Sharon Carter and Nick Fury in issue #124, due to his own impatience and misunderstanding, but after the events of this issue, his feelings are truly justified (even if Sharon doesn't seem to appreciate them). Is this the final straw for Cap's romance with Sharon (and bromance with Nick)?... Continue Reading →

Avengers #78-79 (July-August 1970)

These two issues feature the Man-Ape, introduced in Avengers #62 as T'Challa's chosen regent M'Baku who wants to supplant him permanently (and have Wakandans worship the white gorilla rather than the panther god). Man-Ape returns here to face more Avengers, and this time he's not alone. Issue #78 opens with Cap landing on a rooftop... Continue Reading →

Captain America #126 (June 1970)

This issue sees the return of Sam Wilson, a.k.a the Falcon, who will soon join the book as a co-title character. The story is fairly light on ethical content about Cap, but does deal with the intentional fomenting of racial tension and hatred that, like Avengers #32-33, has all-too-clear echoes today. As the issue opens...... Continue Reading →

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