Captain America #215 (November 1977)

With this issue, the Captain America series launches an examination of "Who is Steve Rogers?", which unfortunately is not the sort of juicy existentialist dilemma that might interest us here, but merely a matter of Captain America being unable to remember anything about his life before Project Rebirth transformed him into the Sentinel of Liberty.... Continue Reading →

Avengers #164-166, Super-Villain Team-Up #14, Avengers Annual #7, and Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2 (October-December 1977)

Once again, this batch of six comics contains only patchy Captain America content—much less ethically interesting content—so I'm doing them all in one post. The three Avengers issues comprise a single story pencilled by John Byrne, who would soon begin his legendary run on The Uncanny X-Men with writer Chris Claremont, later to return to... Continue Reading →

What If? #4 (August 1977)

This comic—the only issue of What If? that takes place in the mainstream "616" Marvel Universe rather than creating new timelines with alternative versions of canonical stories—represents what may be the pinnacle of writer Roy Thomas's original sense of retroactive continuity (or retconning) at Marvel, filling in details in old stories to address inconsistencies and... Continue Reading →

Invaders #16-18 (May-July 1977)

  These three issues reintroduce another Golden Age Timely Comics hero to the book, and Captain America has a Superman/Captain Marvel moment when he discovers a comic book character with a strikingly familiar origin to his (and I'm not talking about his own portrayal in the Marvel Universe version of Timely Comics). All of this... Continue Reading →

Captain America Annual #4 (1977)

This annual, published between Captain America #212 and #213, contains a self-contained story that, similar to Kirby's last annual, focuses on a strange and mysterious creature, this time not an alien from space but a mutant—which brings in Magneto, whose devious plans are contrasted with Captain America's compassion. Apparently Cap keeps on eye on the... Continue Reading →

Invaders Annual #1 (1977)

In this issue (falling between issues #15 and #16 of the main series), writer Roy Thomas demonstrates his original concept of "retroactive continuity," filling in details in comics history to fill in gaps or explain current-day curiosities—this time, as he explains on the ending text page, correcting some goofs he admits he made in the... Continue Reading →

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