Comic Book Tales Episode 4 - The First Avenger - March 13, 2015

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1) First appearance:

Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941) Created by
Joe SimonJack Kirby -

2) First Book

Created in the Golden Age (one of the few Marvel characters to make this claim). There were flashback imposters and replacements through to cover the post-WWII up through the early 1960's. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revived him in Avengers #4 (March 1964)

Tales of Suspense became Captain America with issue #100 (April 1968)

3) Who has worn uniform:

Steve Rogers; Bucky Barnes; William Naslund; Jeffrey Mace, William Burnside, John Walker and Johann Schmidt (the Red Skull) as a body possession.

4) Jumping off point:

Captain America No More Issue #332 (begins a 19 issue arc as The Captain) -

5) Top Villan:

Red Skull - Captain America Comics #7 (Oct 1941) Created by Joe Simon,
Jack Kirby and France Herron

6) Movies like comics:

Actually, the movies are more like the comics than any other Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie. Not completely accurate, but you can get there in a much easier fashion than any other character thus far.

7) Why I like him

He is a tactical leader. He has the heart of a hero and rarely loses hope that he can overcome. He is enhanced human, but still quite normal. He is well trained and appears to be enhanced, but he simply pushes himself to maintain his peak abilities. He is also flawed. He is a man out of time. He has old-fashioned sensibilities, but that makes it harder for him to adapt. He doesn't have a lot of close people with him that he has to protect, but he does struggle with a changing America. He has struggled with this since his revival in 1964.

He sometimes fails to take the steps necessary to end a threat. Wolverine was willing to kill to end a threat. Captain America does not kill and claims Avengers do not kill. He makes the name Avengers something to be proud of, but it is really not the correct name. Nothing is ever avenged as the criminals always escape. This keeps battles constantly being fought with the same baddies over and over again. No end in site.

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