Captain America #331 (July 1987)

In this issue, the ongoing storylines about the Power Broker, D-Man, and the U.S. government all collide as they lead into the game-changing next issue (#332). Plus, we learn a little more about Sharon Ventura (for those not familiar with her from The Thing and Fantastic Four) and meet the big fella on the cover,... Continue Reading →

Marvel Fanfare #31-32 (March and May 1987)

This two-part story is quite a curiosity: Written by longtime Captain America scribe J.M. DeMatteis and plotted with penciller Kerry Gammill, it functions as a team-up between the Sentinel of Liberty and Frog-Man, an offbeat character introduced by DeMatteis and Gammill in Marvel Team-Up #121. In issue #31, we first see Cap saving the man... Continue Reading →

Captain America #326 (February 1987)

This Halloween issue takes us out of the current storylines about Nomad, ULTIMATUM, and John Walker—for the most part—and instead returns us to Skullhouse, the setting of "the death of Red Skull" from issue #300, where Captain America will see some ghosts, revisit some memories, and engage in a lot of internal monologue. (A lot.)... Continue Reading →

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 →

New Mutants #40 (June 1986)

This issue sees the Avengers called in on a very special case dealing with Magneto, the mutant master of magnetism, but all is not what it seems—although Captain America didn't know that as of the time of the cover shoot! (It is a very striking cover by Barry Windsor-Smith, isn't it?) There's a lot going... Continue Reading →

Avengers #253-254 (March-April 1985)

This post brings the long "Absolute Vision" storyline to its conclusion, as the synthezoid Avenger finally kicks his plan for world control into motion. (See the last post for a quick recap, because Captain America had not been in the book for a while before issue #251.) In issue #253, we see Cap still addressing... Continue Reading →

Avengers Annual #13 (October 1984)

This Avengers annual, which reunites the team with former members Hank Pym, She-Hulk, and the Beast, is most notable for its art team: Steve Ditko on pencils and John Byrne on inks, which makes for a very interesting combination, especially with a script by the Avengers writer at the time, Roger Stern, which helps maintain... Continue Reading →

Avengers #244-245 (June-July 1984)

These two issues contain a fairly standard alien invasion story—just look at the cover to the right—one that, in terms of Captain America, serves mainly to show his growing concern over the Vision's odd behavior (which only gets worse, as we will see when Cap next appear in this title in issue #251). In issue... Continue Reading →

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