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6. Jack Kirby’s Captain America pirate boots
Maybe it was my early love of pirate movies, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Captain America’s calf-high, fold-over boots. They root him in the era he was created for and add a swashbuckling mood to his costume. Captain America could so easily be a dour sort of a hero, so earnest and well-meaning that he could be dull, but how can a man in bright red pirate boots be dull? Kirby’s often drew feet a little larger than other artists and with these cuffed boots encasing his calves, Captain America has that much more gravitas than his fellow superheroes.
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