Captain America #255 (March 1981)

This issue marks the end of the run by Roger Stern and John Byrne and celebrates the 40th anniversary of Captain America by presenting the canonical version of his origin, reconciling previous versions (especially from Captain America Comics #1, Tales of Suspense #63, and Captain America #109) together with the history of young Steve Rogers... Continue Reading →

Captain America #251 (November 1980)

This issue and the next are a return to traditional superheroics after the presidential diversion of the last issue as two classic villains—at least one of them beloved on this blog—team up to face Captain America, who continues to adjust to his new life as Steve Rogers, freelance artist, with new friends and neighbors in... 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 #225 (September 1978)

In this issue, we finally learn the secrets of what is supposed to have been Steve Rogers's life before he underwent Project Rebirth, which we later learn are false details, explained away in issue #247 and replaced in issue #255 by the now-familiar ones. This issue starts with the aftermath from the last, a horrific... 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 →

Invaders #16-18 (May-July 1977)

  These three issues reintroduce another Golden Age Timely Comics hero to the book, and Captain America has a Superman/Captain Marvel moment when he discovers a comic book character with a strikingly familiar origin to his (and I'm not talking about his own portrayal in the Marvel Universe version of Timely Comics). All of this... Continue Reading →

Giant-Size Invaders #1 (June 1975)

We have finally come to the first extended treatment of Captain America's World War II adventures in writer Roy Thomas's brainchild series, Invaders, drawn by Frank Robbins and others. Please indulge me for a minute: my favorite comics series when I was a little nipper (and exclusively a DC Comics reader) was All-Star Squadron, in... Continue Reading →

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