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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 43

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Jim Steranko and Stan Lee’s Captain America “run”…

Enjoy!

Jim Steranko drew only three issues of Captain America with scripter Stan Lee, #110-111 and 113. #112 was a fill-in issue by Jack Kirby.

The issues were classic Steranko – in just three issues he drew some of the most iconic pages in Marvel Comics history.

#110 guest-starred the Hulk, but #111 and 113 told the story about how Captain America got his secret identity back (Lee had had Cap reveal his secret identity to the world a few years earlier) – the way he did so was faking his death.

First, we had a classic Steranko opening page…

Later in the issue there’s a beautiful sequence where we see Rick Jones dealing with the pressures of being the new Bucky…

At the end of the issue, Cap seemingly dies (and “Steve Rogers” is now presumed to be an alias)…

In #113, after the Avengers are captured by Hydra at Cap’s wake, we see Cap’s return…

You can click on the double-page spread to enlarge.

Each issue of Steranko’s run has at least ONE double-page spread. #113 had TWO!

These are great issues that have been reprinted a number of times. I don’t know which reprints of it are currently in print (color ones, that is). Anyone know?

It’s too bad Steranko couldn’t stay on the book, but boy was it great while it lasted!

16 Comments

That was great

damn,that last splash page is the definition of “iconic”.

all it needed was a scantily-clad blonde around Cap’s knee for it to be a Frank Frazetta painting :-)

I miss the (real) Avengers

February 13, 2010 at 6:48 am

Dear Marvel, please study closely. This is the way to do Captain America.

I read the three Steranko issues obsessively when I was a kid, starting when I was about 4 or 5. That run is certainly “my” Captain America, and it made Steranko one of my favorite artists of all time. Just three issues! But what an impact.

It really is fantastic comics, and probably the stuff that made and still makes Cap one of my favourite characters. As a kid I had a random bunch of Marvel UK b&w Super Spider-man reprint comics that as well as Amazing Spider-man would chop up Cap, the Invaders, Thor & Avengers stories so I read and re-read page 9 to the end of #110, and the double page spread of Cap and Rick storming the underground HYDRA base is still seared into my brain, albeit in black and white, along with parts of the cosmic cube/Red Skull Storyline from #115-120, especially Gene Colan’s car chase scene from #116.

As to availability, there’s a masterworks collection published July of last year collecting #101-113 in colour and it appears in glorious black and white in Essential Captain America vol. 2. I think both are still in print.

Dear Marvel, please study closely. This is how to make an enjoyable comic.

People complain about Stan’s overblown or juvenile scripts, but this is a great illustration of how his writing matured as the sixties progressed, especially when he had a great artist co-writing the story.

another classic run of cap. which Given how Steranko seemed to make his scenes look like the characters were close to tripping on something. still classic too bad his run was not ment to be a long one.

Same as Anun. Some of the first comics I read and I was around 5 y.o. Boy, was it strange and scary….Got me hooked on CA.

Terrible anatomy. Look at Cap’s leg at the final page, haha. It looks like he got an extra knee there. I thought that was something only Liefeld would pull off.

[...] Lee, CAPTAIN AMERICA, Vol. 1, No. 111, "Tommorow You Live, Tonight I Die!" [...]

Does anybody know which book collects reprints of these issues?

The montage effect from the boardwalk is extremely cool.

Terrible anatomy. Look at Cap’s leg at the final page, haha. It looks like he got an extra knee there. I thought that was something only Liefeld would pull off.

Yeah that leg’s a bit long, but it’s not too bad. Personally most of those old school artists bore me to tears (John Bescuma, Jon Romita Sr even Steve Ditko) but there is something really appealing about Jim Steranko’s work.

(that above bit should read “old school Marvel artists”. I have plenty of time for Will Eisner, Alex Toth, Frank Frazetta, Bernie Wrightson etc…

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