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 →

Captain America Annual #4 (1977)

This annual, published between Captain America #212 and #213, contains a self-contained story that, similar to Kirby's last annual, focuses on a strange and mysterious creature, this time not an alien from space but a mutant—which brings in Magneto, whose devious plans are contrasted with Captain America's compassion. Apparently Cap keeps on eye on the... Continue Reading →

Invaders #14-15 (March-April 1977)

    Roy Thomas is up to his old tricks again. These two issues introduce the British WWII team the Crusaders, who bear a striking resemblance to the Freedom Fighters, DC's team that, like the Invaders themselves, was retroactively formed from 1940s characters—in this case, Quality Comics heroes that DC acquired the rights to, including... Continue Reading →

Invaders #7-10 (July-November 1976)

These four issues of Invaders introduce several characters who will become important elements of the book going forward (as well as the broader Marvel Universe). As I explained in the first Invaders post, these World War II-era stories feature a younger, less experienced Captain America, with the same virtues that we know well, albeit less emphasis... Continue Reading →

Avengers #72 (January 1970)

With this issue, we catch up with what Rick Jones has been doing since we last saw him in Captain America #118, and also get a fright concerning Nick Fury. Last time Rick "saw" Cap, he was actually the Red Skull, who had used the Cosmic Cube to switch appearances with the Sentinel of Liberty,... Continue Reading →

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