Captain America #174-175 (June-July 1974)

These two issues close out the "Secret Empire" storyline, as all is revealed, including the identity of the evil organization's leader. This leads to a different kind of existential crisis for Captain America that culminates in the next issue and will be traced out throughout the next extended storyline. At the end of issue #173,... Continue Reading →

Captain America #155 (November 1972)

In this installment of the current storyline (which began in issue #153), we finally learn the identity and origin of the "impostor" Captain America and Bucky. Aside from the insights we get into the other Cap's character—as well as "our" Cap's reaction to him, on which more in the next issue—this story is a classic... Continue Reading →

Captain America #132 (December 1970)

This issue wraps up the storyline involving the Hood (actually Baron von Strucker, actually a robot) and the supposedly reborn Bucky Barnes (who seems, based on the cover, to have grown considerably upset since the last issue). It also manages to introduce yet another level of WTFery to this already convoluted tale, courtesy of everybody's... Continue Reading →

Captain America #131 (November 1970)

Well, the cover really spoils it, doesn't it? In this issue, James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes is apparently "reborn," decades before he was reborn (for real) as the Winter Soldier to the manic glee of shippers everywhere. Plus, we "learn the true identity of the Hood" (not Parker Robbins, the modern Hood), a mystery that has... Continue Reading →

Avengers #78-79 (July-August 1970)

These two issues feature the Man-Ape, introduced in Avengers #62 as T'Challa's chosen regent M'Baku who wants to supplant him permanently (and have Wakandans worship the white gorilla rather than the panther god). Man-Ape returns here to face more Avengers, and this time he's not alone. Issue #78 opens with Cap landing on a rooftop... Continue Reading →

Captain America #121 (January 1970)

This standalone issue lets us see Captain America through someone else's eyes; reveals the compassion of an accidental villain; and gives Cap his first exposure to an alternative, version of himself—a man similarly modified by science but with less benevolent intentions and successful results. The issue opens with Silas X. Cragg, one of the "nameless... Continue Reading →

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