Captain America #319 (July 1986)

This issue continues the current storyline focusing on the Scourge—see the last post for more details—but it's more notable, at least as far as I'm concerned, for the first extended interaction between Captain America and Rachel Leighton, a.k.a. Diamondback, a member of the villainous Serpent Society that has been a regular presence in this title... Continue Reading →

Captain America #318 (June 1986)

This issue is the first of three that focus on the story of the Scourge of the Underworld, a mysterious individual who has been killing minor villains across various Marvel titles for the last few months, including Captain America #311, in what was actually an editorial "housecleaning" mechanism designed by editor and current Captain America... Continue Reading →

Captain America #316 (April 1986)

This is the first of two self-contained issues that share two features: They both feature Captain America's "favorite" former Avengers teammate, Hawkeye, and they both highlight the precarious state of Cap's relationship with his fiancée, Bernie Rosenthal. Also, this issue marks the return of the Armadillo, last seen breaking into (coincidentally) the West Coast Avengers'... Continue Reading →

Captain America #315 (March 1986)

Similar to issue #308 featuring a reluctant Armadillo (who returns in issue #316), this issue highlights a villain who's had enough with the criminal lifestyle, tries to get out, but finds it more difficult than it should be—even with the help of Captain America. Plus, we see more of the Serpent Squad (who should share... Continue Reading →

Captain America #313 (January 1986)

This issue brings Captain America in contact with several more members of the Serpent Society—including one that he will get to know much better in later issues. It also lands him a new teen sidekick of sorts, one very much up-to-date with the computer lingo of 1986 (which the editors kindly explain). After a few... Continue Reading →

Captain America #312 (December 1985)

This is a significant issue for a couple reasons. First, we see Captain America get his latest idea for serving the American people off the ground. Second, a new ideologically-based villain name Flag-Smasher is introduced—yep, that's him on the cover—who will be a presence in the book for some time, prompting interesting discussions about nationalism... Continue Reading →

Captain America #311 (November 1985)

Judging from the cover, you'd think this issue centers on Captain America fighting the Thinker's Awesome Android, but that is almost an afterthought, at least as far as we're concerned. After a glimpse of a killer targeting supervillains across the Marvel Universe (no, not him), we will focus primarily on Steve Rogers' latest artistic gig:... Continue Reading →

Captain America #310 (October 1985)

In addition to ramping up the Serpent Society storyline that has been slithering behind the scenes of Captain America since Mark Gruenwald took over as writer with issue #307, this issue also features a new development in the artistic career of Steve Rogers, which will comprise most of the coverage in this post (and the... Continue Reading →

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