Avengers #235 (September 1983)

This issue once again sees the Avengers facing a foe traditionally associated with the Fantastic Four, in this case the Wizard (after dealing with Annihilus in issue #233). The underlying theme of this issue, though, is Wasp's leadership of the team, which Captain America has always supported. As we see here, though, this does not... Continue Reading →

Captain America #284 (August 1983)

This issue is the first of two "day in the life" issues, with Captain America dealing with more down-to-earth problems in both his professional and personal lives. But this shouldn't be taken to suggest that these are easy days for him—this is an incredibly heavy issue of Captain America, with plenty of emotional turmoil for... Continue Reading →

Iron Man #172 (July 1983)

This issue comes soon after two pivotal events in the life of Tony Stark: falling off the wagon in issue #167, then giving up the Iron Man armor and identity to his pilot Jim Rhodes at the end of issue #169. Both lead into a protracted story, lasting through issue #200 and inspiring much of... Continue Reading →

Captain America #283 (July 1983)

This issue concludes the three-part story of Captain America's battle against Viper and Constrictor, fighting alongside Jack Monroe, originally the Bucky of the 1950s but now operating as Nomad (Cap's brief identity after the Secret Empire episode), as well as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Gail Runciter, looking an awful lot like Sharon Carter in the issue and... Continue Reading →

Captain America #282 (June 1983)

This issue continues Captain America's battle with Viper and Constrictor alongside Jack Monroe, the Bucky from the 1950s, who reappeared in the last issue after having presumably been killed by his former partner in issue #236. Not only is Jack alive, but in this issue he once again adopts someone else's identity, as seen on... Continue Reading →

Avengers #231-232 (May-June 1983)

As is typical during this period of Avengers, these two issues have spotty Captain America content, especially of the ethically interesting variety, but we nonetheless find things to talk about, usually in the form of meaningful interpersonal moments between Cap and his teammates. In issue #231, Avengers past and present are gathered in memory of... Continue Reading →

Captain America #281 (May 1983)

With this issue we begin a three-part storyline featuring Captain America fighting the menace of Viper—originally known as Madame Hydra when introduced in issue #110—and the return of an old enemy who wants to turn over a new leaf, which is the more important aspect of these issues as far as we're concerned. (Oh, and... Continue Reading →

Marvel Team-Up #128 (April 1983)

This issue of Spider-Man's team-up book ties into the current storyline in the Captain America title even more than usual, thanks to J.M. DeMatteis having written both. Specifically, Cap has a heart-to-heart talk with S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Gail Runciter that will be referenced in his own book, making this comic an important part of DeMatteis's run... Continue Reading →

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