Captain America Annual #6 (November 1982)

This is a wild story that brings together the four men who have served as Captain America at this point in time. It is a spiritual successor to Jack Kirby's magisterial Bicentennial Battles from 1976, in which the enigmatic Mister Buda sent Captain America on a time-traveling adventure; it also capitalizes on Roy Thomas's exercise... Continue Reading →

Avengers Annual #11, The Incredible Hulk Annual #11, and Marvel Two-in-One #92 and Annual #7 (October 1982)

This post is somewhat of a grab-bag, centered on Avengers Annual #11, written by then-regular Captain America and Defenders writer J.M. DeMatteis, followed by a few panels from assorted other Cap appearances that month, including two other annuals. (The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 from the same month—which introduced Monica Rambeau, the new Captain Marvel—is covered... Continue Reading →

Captain America #228 (December 1978)

This issue leads off a four-issue search for Captain America's former partner, Sam Wilson (aka the Falcon), but not before some soul-searching on the part of the Sentinel of Liberty... with help from an unlikely source. (Let's just say that when you need advice from this guy, you're know you're in trouble.) Our story opens... Continue Reading →

Captain America #226-227 (October-November 1978)

These two issues shift from the "Who Is Steve Rogers?" storyline that concluded in the last issue and launches into "Am I Still Captain America?" beginning from that issue's cliffhanger ending: Cap's super-soldier serum was apparently neutralized, leaving him no longer a perfect physical specimen, but rather the original scrawny Steve Rogers, as we see... Continue Reading →

Captain America #222 (June 1978)

In this issue, Captain America finally starts to get some answers to his quest, begun in issue #215, into his forgotten life before Project Rebirth... but those answers will sound strange, and for good reason. We also get some flattering exposition, and sound introspection on Cap's part, while he struggles against the villainous Corporation, acting... Continue Reading →

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 →

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