Captain America #295 (July 1984)

This issue continues the ongoing plot of the Red Skull, Mother Superior (his daughter), and Baron Zemo—as well as their new compartriots, the Sisters of Sin, seen on the cover to the right—against Captain America and his amazing friends. Their techniques take a distinctly psychological turn, building on what they did to Dave Cox in... Continue Reading →

Captain America #294 (June 1984)

This issue continues from the last, which ended with Captain America having been subdued by the Slayer—a.k.a. Captain America's pacifist friend Dave Cox after being transformed radically by Mother Superior and Baron Zemo—who has now turned his sights to Nomad. If that's not enough pulse-pounding action for you, Steve and Bernie have the talk after... Continue Reading →

Secret Wars #1-12 (May 1984-April 1985)

In this post, we're looking at the entire 12-issue Secret Wars series, the first major line-wide crossover event in comics, which expanded significantly on the model of 1982's Contest of Champions and cast the mold for the subsequent annual crossover event comics at both Marvel and DC. (You can read more on the origin and... Continue Reading →

Captain America #292 (April 1984)

This issue follows up on the final panels of issue #290, when a strange bird surprised Captain America and Nomad; here, we learn the secret behind the bird as we are introduced to a new character who, for a short time, was poised to assume a prominent role in the Marvel Universe. Whether he does... Continue Reading →

Captain America #284 (August 1983)

This issue is the first of two "day in the life" issues, with Captain America dealing with more down-to-earth problems in both his professional and personal lives. But this shouldn't be taken to suggest that these are easy days for him—this is an incredibly heavy issue of Captain America, with plenty of emotional turmoil for... Continue Reading →

Iron Man #172 (July 1983)

This issue comes soon after two pivotal events in the life of Tony Stark: falling off the wagon in issue #167, then giving up the Iron Man armor and identity to his pilot Jim Rhodes at the end of issue #169. Both lead into a protracted story, lasting through issue #200 and inspiring much of... Continue Reading →

Marvel Team-Up #128 (April 1983)

This issue of Spider-Man's team-up book ties into the current storyline in the Captain America title even more than usual, thanks to J.M. DeMatteis having written both. Specifically, Cap has a heart-to-heart talk with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Gail Runciter that will be referenced in his own book, making this comic an important part of DeMatteis's run... Continue Reading →

Captain America #280 (April 1983)

This issue sees Captain America take on the Scarecrow, whom he last fought in Captain America Annual #6, and also confront the mysterious Coalition for an Upstanding America, who have been placing posters with his image on them around the city for the last few issues. After we see Scarecrow kill a man in his... Continue Reading →

Avengers #228-230 (February-April 1983)

These three issues wrap up the tale of Hank Pym's struggles since issue #212, and even if Captain America is only tangentially involved in this, we still see plenty of him, especially as he gives emotional support and encouragement to his fellow Avengers. Here's the opening splash page of issue #228, just to remind you... Continue Reading →

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