325 – Mr. Rogers’ Classroom

Timely (Marvel) Comics tries to flesh out Captain America’s back story in Captain America #59 (August 1946), with a re-telling of his origin, an updating that Steve and Bucky have been recently honorably discharged from the Army, and then Steve choosing to go back to his role as a school teacher. I blame Stan Lee, […]

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323 – All-Winners Squad

Maybe the reason that Batman had sloppy writing is that Bill Finger was moonlighting for Timely (Marvel) Comics in 1946? Timely introduces their first real superhero team, the All-Winners Squad, in All-Winners Comics #19 (July 1946). The team includes Captain America, Bucky, Miss America, Human Torch, Toro, Namor, and The Whizzer. It’s an interesting mix […]

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316 – Stan Lee wants you to Write

In Captain America #57 (April 1946), we see the editor of the comic (one legendary Stan Lee) requesting feeedback from its readers. This kind of feels to me like the precursor to the letters column, which no comic book seems to have introduced at this time.

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305 – Steve Rogers in Civilian Garb

In Captain America #54, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes appear out of their army uniforms (for the first time, I believe) though they are both still working for the army. Speaking of civilian garb, I got a big kick out of the ad at the end of Captain America #54 for a “trick tie”. By […]

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260 – Marvel-ous Violence

Throughout 1944, Timely Comics (Marvel) featured increasingly vicious covers as its heroes were shown battling Nazis and Japanese soldiers in surprisingly violent ways. Here, Captain America is shown simultaneously punching, kicking and shooting three different Japanese soldiers, while Bucky Barnes uses a flamethrower on another in an effort to prevent a bridge from being blown […]

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252 – Agony and Torture

The stories in Timely (Marvel) Comics seem to veer off into the grotesque more than other comic book companies of the time. I found this particular Captain America panel of artwork by Syd Shores and Al Alvison pretty shocking and gratuitous from February 1944.

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237 – Early Vultures and Moles

I picture Stan Lee in the 1960s poring through old Marvel comic books in search of new villain ideas and coming across Captain America #32 (Sept 1943). In that issue, Captain America faces off against two new Nazi villains in two separate stories: The Mole Man and The Vulture. Not to be confused with their […]

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222 – Captain America Two-Parter

Captain America has a “continued next month” story in February 1943. I’m starting to notice this more now so it seems like some comic book companies feel comfortable enough with their readership to pull this stunt. The next issue even has a “previously” panel:

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200 – Bucky Balls

Just your average innocent thought bubble from an adventure that Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers (Captain America) had in a Nazi-infested bowling alley.

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193 – Captain America Unmasked!

In Marvel Mystery Comics #32 (April 1942), the Red Skull unmasks Captain America and discovers his secret identity as Steve Rogers. I believe this is the first time a villain learns the secret identity of a costumed hero and survives.

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