Tuesday, June 16, 2009
CAPTAIN AMERICA is STILL dead.....Thanks, Marvel!
In what continues to be an obnoxious and predictable stunt, Marvel Comics killed off the original CAPTAIN AMERICA a couple of years back......and now the inevitable...he's baaaaack!
"Anything to sell books!" That's Marvel's slogan these days, right?
Here's Captain America as I remembered him.
This reprint from 1973 was the first comic book I ever read. My grandparents bought it for me after I picked it up off the spinner rack at Irving's Pizzeria in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Lee/Kirby Cap story, backed up by Lee/Colan Iron Man. Is there a better introduction to the Marvel Universe than this baby? I'll answer that...NO!
It was a bad move to kill him off to begin with (especially with a Captain America movie on the way, so nobody believed he'd stay gone for a minute), but still...it would've taken more balls to keep the character dead. Hey, you don't see T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent MENTHOR come back from the grave, do you?
Don't believe the hype...Steve Rogers is NOT back. Captain America has been dead since the late '80s or '90s when guys like STEVE ENGLEHART, JOHN BUSCEMA, SAL BUSCEMA, JOHN ROMITA, FRANK ROBBINS and original artist JACK KIRBY stopped working with the character, and artists such as Rob Liefeld and his understudies got their ham fists on him.
Don't worry, kids. Now that Marvel's brought Cap back, he'll be in good hands...