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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 174

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 take a look at Roger Stern, John Byrne and Joe Rubinstein’s great (and sadly fairly short) run on Captain America in issues #247-254!


Stern, Byrne and Rubinstein set the high level of action and excitement with their Cap run in their first issue, as Cap, Dum Dum Dugan and Nick Fury take on Baron Strucker (or IS it Strucker?). Dugan is showing Cap some of his old belongings, hence the old shield being there…

Isn’t that a wonderful action sequence by Byrne? Simply remarkable stuff.

The next issue, Stern and Byrne introduce one of the more successful love interests for Captain America – Bernie Rosenthal!

Early into their run, Stern and Byrne produced the landmark Captain America #250, where they explore the idea (an idea first developed by an earlier Cap creative team) of what if Captain America DID run for President – and they handle it with great class…

After an enjoyable two-parter with Mr. Hyde and Batroc, they head off to England for a classic two-parter with the vampire villainy of Baron Blood. There’s a classic sequence in #254 that I won’t ruin for you here – go get these issues! But for a teaser, here’s the end of #253…

Their run comes to a close in #255 with the then 40th anniversary issue of Cap, as they explore Cap’s origins in probably the strongest re-do of Cap’s origin ever (well, at least done in one issue)….

What a remarkable run.

And now there’s news of Stern doing a new Captain America mini-series! Huzzah!


I loved these issues when I read them growing up. I’m gonna have to pull them out and reread them now!

Loved, loved, loved this run – my favorite Captain America stories ever (during the voting for the Roger Stern stories last month, I think half of my picks were stories from this run). Stern really set the standard for how Captain America should be done – and nothing really needs to be said about Byrne’s splendid art.
As for the trade, I was so happy a few years back when I managed to find a used near-mint copy of War & Remembrance about $5.
And the only thing that could top the good news about a new Cap mini-series by Stern would be that Byrne is drawing it!

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

June 25, 2010 at 9:56 am

Meestair ‘yde and Ze Cobra? Non, monsieur! Monsieur ‘hyde and BATROC ZE LEAPAIR! Ze Cobra ‘ad abandoned ‘yde een Monsieur Stern’s run of Spectaculair Spider-homme! ‘Oo could compair wiz ze great Leapair?

Meestair ‘yde and Ze Cobra? Non, monsieur! Monsieur ‘hyde and BATROC ZE LEAPAIR! Ze Cobra ‘ad abandoned ‘yde een Monsieur Stern’s run of Spectaculair Spider-homme! ‘Oo could compair wiz ze great Leapair?


Byrne’s choreography in that first issue is indeed amazing. I especially love the sequence with Fury waking up and throwing Cap the shield–the camera keeps pulling back and to the right.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

June 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Vous-etes pardonnez, Breeean! Ohn ohn ohn ohn!

Nick slinging Cap’s shield into Strucker is totally a Missed Moment of Awesome.

Felipe de Amorim

June 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm

This was indeed a very amazing Captain America run. Nice to see it remembered here.

Also, its a good subject for your new Abandoned n´ Forsaken column… I remember that first Baron Stryker story was all about retconning some earlier retcon about Cap´s origin. I never knew much about that however, and I bet a lot of other readers also ignore the fact that Captain America was once supposed to be… what, the son of a senator, or something like that?

French class is on.



“Vous-etes pardonnez (…)”

Vous êtes pardonné.

Batroc speaks bad english, not bad french! But you guys are forgiven (“vous êtes pardonnés”).

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

The major flaw is Rubinstein. He makes Kaus Janson look like Terry Austen.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

June 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Actualy, Pedro, Stan Lee gave him some terrible French back in the day, butchering simple grammar even when using incredibly stale cliches. “Nom du chien!” stands out in the early stories, as does the hilarious gender mistake with Batroc’s “You shall pay for this un mille fois!” And those are all from just one issue, Tales of Suspense #76.

Batroc’s really not much of a native French speaker. Stan gave him the usual “Zut alors”/”Sacre bleu” and borrowed Hercule Poirot’s signature line “nom d’un nom.” That’s about it, though.

Thankfully I was spared from that on the brazilian portuguese translations I’ve read as a kid then. They also cleaned up Batroc’s bad accent.

Maybe that’s why I take the villian more seriously than most US readers…

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

The New Captain America Movie needs an homage to “Full Metal Jacket’s” Bootcamp scene with Gunnery Sgt. Hartman. That would be awesome.

capt usa(jim)

July 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Those that don’t take Batroc seriously really need to wake up, yes his costume is garish, and the bad accent was all types of silly, but Batrocs competence as a villain is a different story. When written well, he has a code of honor, is still a mercenary and a very formidable hand to hand combatant, yes Cap kicks his butt most of the time, but we are talking a normal human vs Captain America, it’s expected that Cap would wipe the floor with him, yet it’s almost always a decent fight. And contrary to opinion, Batroc is not just a dumb enforcer and in hand to hand he can hold his own against Daredevil, Moon Knight and others of that caliber.

Rog and John played to each other’s strengths, and may have made for a pairing equal to Englehart’s and Rogers’ Detective issues.

At that time, Josef Rubinstein was one of the premier inkers of his time. I always got a chuckle when he’d misspell Kevin Maguire’s last name on those JLI covers.

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