Captain America #134 (February 1971)

This issue sees the start of the "Captain America and the Falcon" period of the first volume of Captain America, lasting until issue #222 in June 1978, and appropriately it features Cap helping Sam with a personal case in Harlem (and, in general, it befits the increasingly social aware direction of the title that began... 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 →

Captain America #120 (December 1969)

This issue begins an on-and-off period of self-questioning for Captain America along several angles, including continued angst about his own identity and purpose in life, as well as more outward-looking concern with the state of American society (befitting the time and the increasing social consciousness of comics). You have to hand it to Stan Lee,... Continue Reading →

Avengers #13-14 (February-March 1965)

We’ll tackle these two issues together because they are actually linked in a way unusual to the Avengers (or any Marvel Comics) at this point—with an actual cliffhanger (which, to be honest, is the only truly interesting thing to happen in the first issue). TWO FUNNY THINGS IN ISSUE #13 During a battle, Iron Man... Continue Reading →

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