Friday, March 10, 2006

Captain America Lives!



I just noticed that according to the 1977 Marvel calendar, this weekend marks the anniversary of the Avengers re-discovery of Captain America in 1963. Not sure if that's supposed to be the date it happened, the date that AVENGERS # 4 hit the stands or just some thoroughly arbitrary date made up by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and/or Archie Goodwin, the chief authors of said calendar. The whole thing may well have been just an excuse to run this cool (if poorly colored) Kirby/Sinnott illustration (with what looks to me like a Romita-retouched face on Cap). Still, one can't deny that Cap's revival was the single most successful super hero revival of them all and changed the Marvel universe as we knew it. I don't really know the guy running around in Cap's togs in the comics these days, Ultimate or otherwise, but the original Cap, the REAL Cap, with his acrobatics, strong management skills and long windedness will always be a favorite! We salute you Captain! (and I don't care what anybody says, Bucky is STILL dead!! I mean seriously, what's next? "Uncle Ben's Revenge.")

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

'Single most successful superhero revival?' Hmm... I don't know about that. One could argue for The Flash ushering in the Silver Age - but people would counter that it isn't the same character as the Golden Age Flash.

Todd Frye

Michael Kronenberg said...

I really loved these Marvel calendars when I was a kid. Great art by the best artists and cool info on most of the dates.

By the way, I actually like THE ULTIMATES. Cap (one of my favorite characters) is portrayed quite well by Mark Millar. As far as the new Cap series from Marvel, it's the best monthly comic being put out by the big two. Ed Brubaker really gets Cap, the way Steve Englehart did.