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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!
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