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Over seven decades ago, history occurred with the debut of Captain America in 1941. 70 years later, Steve Rogers and his star-spangled alter ego have grown to iconic status, remaining a mainstay of the Marvel Universe while also expanding into the realms of television, film and more.
On April 4, 2014, the Sentinel of Liberty returns to the big screen in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” from Marvel Studios. As the countdown to Chris Evans picking up the shield once more heats up, we present the definitive comics history of Cap, from his debut to the modern day.
The death of Bucky Barnes, Captain America’s wartime partner, stood as the worst moment in the hero’s life, a tragedy he struggled for years to move on from. In 2005, that event came into sharp focus as a mysterious assassin entered Cap’s life and shattered his memories of Bucky forever.
The Red Skull possessed a new Cosmic Cube in CAPTAIN AMERICA #1, but lost it to a Russian named Lukin when an assassin’s bullet cut him down. Meanwhile, Cap experienced strange dreams of his days in World War II. In CAPTAIN AAMERICA AND THE FALCON #9, the U.S. government wanted to press charges against the increasingly-erratic Falcon, and Cap himself witnessed the birth of a new team of Earth’ Mightiest Heroes in NEW AVENGERS #1.
Cap learned of the Skull’s murder in CAPTAIN AMERICA #2, and threw down with Crossbones, now the field commander for a splinter A.I.M. group known as R.A.I.D. The Falcon’s conflict with our hero grew in CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #10, and a quest for M.O.D.O.K. began while a restored Anti-Cap took center stage again through the machinations of Sam Wilson as a weapon against the Rivas drug cartel. Cap’s wartime flashbacks worsened in CAPTAIN AMERICA #3, but he flew to London to stop the city from utter destruction at the hands of his foe, Mother Night.
Finding M.O.D.O.K. in CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #11, Cap realized the organic weapon didn’t recognize him. Meanwhile, the Falcon went AWOL. Lukin arrived in New York City with the half-powered Cosmic Cube in CAPTAIN AMERICA #4 while Cap battled Crossbones and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Agent 13 sought out Jack Monroe, aka Nomad. The Sentinel of Liberty then found himself between a rock and a hard place when the Hulk sought some smashing on M.O.D.O.K. in CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #12.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #5 brought memories of Cap fighting alongside the Invaders during World War II, which also revealed that the young Bucky could be as lethal as any soldier—or worse. Our hero finally dissolved his association with the seemingly-unhinged Falcon in CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #13, and the Anti-Cap went on a bloodthirsty rampage, forcing Falc to go after him in CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #14, leading into the final showdown between Cap and the Anti-Cap.
In CAPTAIN AMERICA #6, Cap investigated the former castle of Baron Zemo, the original spot from where the drone plane that killed Bucky launched during the last days of the war. There, Lukin’s dark assassin almost shot the Star-Spangled Avenger until the Russian stilled his hand. CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 revealed the fate of Jack Monroe, gunned down by the mysterious Winter Soldier.
Cap’s suspicions over the Winter Soldier’s identity increased in CAPTAIN AMERICA #8, a situation that also brought much anxiety and dread to the hero. Crossbones recovered Sin, the Red Skull’s daughter, in CAPTAIN AMERICA #9, and began to “unbrainwash” her back to the side of evil. Meanwhile, Cap almost captured Lukin, but Nick Fury intervened, citing political red tape behind his reasoning.
The insane Scarlet Witch’s hexes caused a radical shift of realities in CAPTAIN AMERICA #10, creating an alternate world wherein Steve Rogers joined the U.S. Air Force after World War II, became the first man to walk on the moon, and watched as that world crumbled under anti-mutant hysteria.
Cap and Fury read a secret file that turned up on the hero’s doorstep in CAPTAIN AMERICA #11, confirming his worst fears: Bucky survived the explosion of Zemo’s drone plane and operated in the present day as the Winter Soldier, a Russian assassin.
In grief and disbelief, Cap looked around for answers in CAPTAIN AMERICA #12, but found little that made sense to him.
, As February departs and March roars in, we’ve got a spooky storm striking! Detective Tom Fraley has finally located his killer just in time to see him become a powerful, murderous spirit in Ghost Cop #3 by VJ Boyd, Justin Boyd, and Christian DiBari. The digital undead invade home consoles with a new 16-bit resolution: “Kill everything in sight”, in 16-Bit Zombie by Fred Perry and David Hutchison! For more old-fashioned zombie gaming, score the Ultimate Zombie Deck playing cards, with art by Brian Denham. And true connoisseurs will want the Zombie Deck uncut sheets, both in regular and signed editions!
Captain America challenges Iron Man, Falcon and Hawkeye to spend a day in the Savage Land without any tech in this Sunday’s all-new episode of “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” but when a stampede of dinosaurs comes stomping through their campsite Cap may …
All year long on Marvel.com, we’re celebrating Marvel’s 75th anniversary, and to fully appreciate the scope of that history, you need to go back to where it all began.
In 1939, Timely Comics entered the Golden Age of comics with MARVEL COMICS #1, debuting the Sub-Mariner and original Human Torch among other soon-to-be-stars and others who would be quickly forgotten. Over the next decade-plus, what would later become the Marvel Universe expanded with dozens of characters making their mark or falling by the wayside.
This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel characters to debut during the Golden Age. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!
2. CAPTAIN AMERICA
First Appearance: CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
Why He’s #2: “This legendary leader made his debut in spring 1941 on a cover depicting the star-spangled super hero knocking Hitler out cold. With that patriotic punch, Captain America took charge of the fight against the Nazis and their global menace. Beneath the blue chainmail, however beat the heart of a man once deemed unfit for service. Uncle Sam’s best brains used science to strengthen Steve Rogers’ body to match the stalwart champion that resided within his frail frame. Alongside his sidekick, Bucky, and his super powered allies, the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch, this Sentinel of Liberty fought for freedom all across the world.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight: CAPTAIN AMERICA 65TH ANNIVERSARY #1
1. NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER
First Appearance: MARVEL COMICS #1
Why He’s #1: “In every way, Namor the Sub-Mariner qualifies as a true original. He existed before the X-Men, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and Captain America. He emerged as one of comics’ first superhumans, one of the first anti-heroes, and the very first character to boast the classic super-power trifecta of strength, speed and flight, even before that distinguished character in the cape.
“Namor made his first published appearance in MARVEL COMICS #1 in a story by writer-artist Bill Everett. The same issue introduced the world to the original Human Torch, but Sub-Mariner’s story had also appeared in a giveaway comic that never got distributed, so technically he’s Marvel’s oldest hero.
“In what we might now call the Mighty Marvel Manner, Namor has never been a typical hero. The half-human, half-Atlantean ‘Avenging Son’ remains arrogant, belligerent, and about as likely to team up with Doctor Doom as to fight alongside the FF. From the 30’s and through every decade since he’s fought in every corner of the Marvel Universe as Avenger, a Defender, an Invader, an X-Man, and as part of both the secretive Illuminati and the manipulative Cabal. You could say the Marvel Universe was built on his broad shoulders.” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Comics Spotlight: SUB-MARINER: THE DEPTHS #1
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