Captain America #250 (October 1980)

This well-timed anniversary issue, published just several months before the 1980 United States presidential election, deals with an obvious hypothetical: Should Captain America be president? I actually dealt with this issue years ago when the Ultimate Universe version of Cap actually did become president in his world, but in a very different political context—there, the... Continue Reading →

Captain America #249 (September 1980)

This issue concludes Captain America's battle with Machinesmith that began in issue #247, finally bringing the Sentinel of Liberty face to face with his foe as well as a number of other familiar faces (kind of). We also touch base with Cap's new friend, Bernie Rosenthal, although you'll have to tell Cap about it, as... Continue Reading →

Captain America #248 (August 1980)

This issue continues Captain America's battle with Machinesmith from the last issue, with the addition of a Fantastic Four character, the robotic Dragon Man (seen both on the cover to your right and earlier, behind the scenes in Avengers #42). We also touch base with Steve Rogers's personal life, watching him as he looks for... Continue Reading →

Captain America #247 (July 1980)

This issue is a big deal for several reasons. In general, it launches the short run (nine issues) by Roger Stern and John Byrne, which not only remains one of the premiere runs on Captain America to this day, but also leads to a tremendously rich extended period on the book featuring writers such as... Continue Reading →

Captain America #246 (June 1980)

In this issue—a fill-in before the legendary run by Roger Stern and John Byrne begins in the next issue—Captain America once again encounters a villain with more to his story than he initially appreciates, emphasizing the theme of mercy made at the end of the last issue. The issue opens with a NYC school board... Continue Reading →

Captain America #245 (May 1980)

As you can guess from the cover, this issue elaborates on the backstory of Steve Rogers's neighbor Anna Kapplebaum, who survived the Holocaust (with the help of a young Captain America, as recounted in issue #237). However, much of what we'll cover in this post deals with Cap's interactions with his community, as drawn by... Continue Reading →

Captain America #243-244 (March-April 1980)

These two issues bring us back to Captain America's main storyline (after the last issue), in that it references Steve Rogers's burgeoning artistic career, while still having the feel of a fill-in story, this one about a fella named Adonis who definitely isn't. (No judgment... neither am I!) Issue #243 opens with Cap fighting unknown... Continue Reading →

Captain America #242 (February 1980)

This issue sees our hero manipulated by a fiend known as—wait, "the Manipulator," really?—who puts him through a series of set-ups and illusions to try to break him mentally. Although the Manipulator pushes all the right buttons, some of them enabled by Cap's innocent gullibility, it is no surprise that at the end Cap emerges... Continue Reading →

Captain America #241 (January 1980)

In this issue, Captain America meets Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, in one of Frank's earliest appearances outside of Amazing Spider-Man, two years before he appeared in Daredevil and six years before he got his first title. Accordingly, we get our first look at the differences between the two men, which we will see from... Continue Reading →

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