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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 38

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we finish our second day of a two-day look at a classic issue of Steranko’s Captain America.


When last we left Captain America #113, Captain America has just revealed himself dramatically to a bunch of Hydra bad guys who had captured the Avengers and Nick Fury in a beautiful Jim Steranko double-page spread.

Steranko followed that by a battle with Cap and Bucky (Rick Jones) and the Hydra agents including one of the most beautiful full-page fight scenes that you’re ever going to see (click to enlarge)!

No wonder Steranko could not keep up the book on a regular basis, when you’re putting this much detail into your work…wow.

The end result of this issue was that Captain America once again had a secret identity (although, of course, Roy Thomas and Steve Englehart years later came up with a retcon explaining that there was something else involved in Cap’s identity becoming hidden again other than “Hey, here’s a Steve Rogers mask! Cap must not really be Steve Rogers!”).

Steranko was amazing.


Those Steranko issues were some of the first Cap stories I ever read about 15 years ago and the reason I still love the character today despite being Irish!

They were collected in a hardcover “annual” for the UK market that I picked up in my early teens.

Randomly, those were the first Captain America issues I ever read. And they remain my favorite to this day.

Random Stranger

February 7, 2009 at 8:00 am

I absolutely love those Steranko issues. Though for raw awesome moments I prefer the double page spread that’s in the graveyard. If you’ve seen it then you know what I’m talking about immediately.

Aw but who can complain about Steranko splash pages. By definition they’re all “cool comic book moments”.

Steranko needs to come back to comics, man. It’s been too long.

Also: is this, like, Steranko week for A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments? Because he definitely deserves the praise.

My favourite Captain America run is still Mark Gruenwald’s but you can’t argue with full-page spreads like these!
Brian, are you planning on showing some moments from Steranko’s run on Nick Fury?

What was the Roy Thomas/Steve Englehart retcon on Cap’s secret ID? ‘Cause honestly the Steve Rogers mask never made a lick of sense to me.

Steranko was the absolute master. The perfect blend of Romita/Adams/Buscema’s sleek beauty and Kirby ‘s explosive grandeur. Everything was over the top in the way that only comic books can be. In the best ways.

Steranko also loved the rubber mask conceit, whether it was numerous Hydra villains, Yellow Claw, Baron Von Strucker, or Nick Fury himself. Sure, it was goofy, but that WAS a popular ridiculous super-spy story device – Mission:Impossible, for example – and Lee/Ditko used the “leave a rubber mask behind to plant doubt re: one’s identity” with the Terrible Tinkerer way back in ASM. THAT, alone, gives it comic book precedence…so, you either accept the crazy Marvel world or not.

oh…and CA #113 is one of my all-time favorite covers. Ever.

One hopes that another Steranko moment comes in the list.

The Nightmare splash page from Captain America 111


He may be as crazy as a loon, with that Ayn Rand stuff, but the man could draw better than most of the artists out there.

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