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The return of Captain America was one of the more unexpected events of the hurly-burly nascent days of the Marvel Universe. One of the company's original characters the World War II adventurer had been in limbo for years Now that super heros were popular again, though, the red white and blue superstar was revived and given new life suspended animation being cited as the caThe return of Captain America was one of the more unexpected events of the hurly-burly nascent days of the Marvel Universe. One of the company's original characters the World War II adventurer had been in limbo for years Now that super heros were popular again, though, the red white and blue superstar was revived and given new life suspended animation being cited as the cause of his continued youth years after the end of War World II. These adventures are now collected in Marvel's tremendously popular Essential format, 500-plus page volumes collecting over 25 issues worth of pulse-pounding action! See the Sentinel of Liberty take on some of the most fearsome foes of freedom, including Advanced Idea Mechanics, the sinister super-scientists responsible for the creation of the Super-Adaptoid android and the generically manipulated monster Modok. Also on hand is the French mercenary and master of the kick-fighting discipline of Savate, Batroc the Leaper, as well as Cap's long-time nemesis, the evil Red Skull. Over two-years worth of pricelss Captain America adventures are collected here in this accessible, affordable black and white format....

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Essential Captain America, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-04-17 02:27

    When I was 6 or 7 I was reading Superman and Batman. I read them in their various books for a while but when I was about 12 I found Captain America. It was 1964 or so and I had found my niche, my Comic book alter-ego. Other Marvel comics were great, I read Spiderman, I read the X-men, I liked Deardevil, but none of them (for me) approached Captain America.I recounted this in my review of the Essential Avengers, the Avengers was (were) my second favorite comic book, why? Because for a long time from issue #4 (or 5 actually) and then often later who led them? Captain America. (Cap is actually discovered floating frozen in the ice in Avengers #4 but he takes over as leader quickly thereafter when Thor,Ironman, and Giantman decide to "take some time off".)Anyway as I have recounted elsewhere, I at one time owned a nice collection of Silver Age Comics, then my family faced, a finical challenge. (It was called the Carter administration.) I had to sell my collection, and I have often since missed them.Why do adults (usually men) hearken back to comic books? Probably because they remind us of our youth, maybe they even carry us back to our youth. Also the heroes of that period were more sure, the threats they faced more clear cut. There was good and there was evil. Comic books (especially those of the Gold and Silver eras)carry the mythology our society is steeped in. It doesn't have to be a costumed Super Hero, it can be any of many examples of the "outside hero". The silent stranger who shows up unexpectedly, the gunslinger who turns out to be "the good guy", the U.S.Marshal, the detective, the swordsman warrior....or the super hero. With this book and others of the Essentials series we can relive those stories (even if only in black and white). I had to give it a 4 for lack of color but still it's a Marvel-ous book as are others especially for anyone who had or loved these books. This is Captain America. This one has black and white reprints of Tales of Suspense #59-99 and Captain America #100-102. Enjoy.

  • The_Mad_Swede
    2019-04-04 23:23

    I must admit that I am a fan of Marvel's Essential format, though it took me awhile to get there. I have always preferred my superheroes in colour, well comics in general to be honest, though the rare exceptions have always existed and grown more plentiful over the years I confess. But comics intended for colour format can get dull without the colour. However, having got over that barrier after a trip down memory lane with Claremont's X-Men and the fabulous Wolfman / Colan Dracula from the 70's (the latter of which is actually quite possibly even better in b/w since it brings out Colan's illustrations so much better), I have hit the Essential wagon hard (and DC's Showcase Presents is coming along nicely as well). It's a cheap way to get A LOT of story (especially in today's market when the rule of decompressed storytelling even when it is good leaves one with very little story per volume and for one's money).The volume at hand, the first collecting the early adventures of the revived Captain America (who re-appeared in the newly formed Marvel Universe in Avengers # 4 for those who did not know), includes all of Cap's adventures from Tales of Suspense #59–99 and Captain America # 100–102 and gives us both contemporary (read 60's) and WW2 tales about the red, white and blue wonder. Needless to say perhaps, but Cap solo (or with Bucky as in the WW2 tales) works best when battling evil Nazis like the Red Skull or Baron Zemo, or secret organisations like THEM or A.I.M. (later Hydra, which does not yet appear). The way these stories help to develop the concept of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Cap works with and for Nick Fury on occasion is also very interesting and I really hope to see an Essential collection of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the future (or at the very least that the Masterworks edition that has been solicited actually hits the market).All in all, the quality of the material vary in interest for me, but it definitely show how early Marvel's approach to superhero offered a broad palette of stories from the young life drama of Spider-Man and family squabbles of the Fantastic Four to the mysticism of Dr Strange, the technological tales of Iron Man and the much more action oriented stories of Captain America (with some clear spy thriller elements added into the mix). A fun read indeed.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-21 03:24

    It's impossible to rate this...probably because it's so bad it's good. Kirby's drawings pop of the page with incredible motion and force, and Lee's writing is exuberant. Sure the plotlines are weak, the heroes consistently and miraculously get out of tight spots to win it all, every time, and sure it's not convincing. I deeply dislike the insular nationalism (my own fault for reading Captain America I know), and that episode where the Viet Cong general is a giant sumo wrestler? Good god. But I like how the Cap's girl never listens to his ideas on what a girl should do, and I'll confess it's all rather satisfying on one level. The Wow! Kapow! Blam! and good wins the day against evil level. I like that level from time to time.And there was a Marvel villain named the Peerless Planner! Wow! Kapow! Urban Planners take note!

  • Angel
    2019-04-03 19:42

    If you are a fan of Captain America, you will probably like this. This is a compilation of early Captain America comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The only major drawback to the collection is that it is in black and white; however, you do get a lot of comic in this volume. I think for readers today this can be a voyage down the good old days of comics when plots were simple (and fairly cheesy at times) but usually fun. You knew clearly who the good guys and the bad guys were. And they often wrapped things up in an issue or two. Clearly these were comics for kids, but I found them good fun to read, usually one or two issues at a time. Overall, these were very entertaining, and I may look up other volumes.

  • Kate
    2019-04-15 03:36

    In a collection called "Essential" Captain America, I was hoping for something like the first issue where he made an appearance, the first time Bucky makes an appearance, some of the original World War II comics. This seems to be a collection from a later time, and was completely random, as far as I could tell. There was no over-arching theme, which would be fine, but there were many hints that these were a tribute to the original comics and not the originals. I read a few, looked at the size of the volume, and decided I'd had enough... It was amusing simply because the stories were so old-fashioned but I think I'll stick to the more modern comics.

  • Christopher
    2019-03-25 03:27

    Wow, this is some bad stuff.This was a gift and I'm trying to get a feel for the real silver-age comics, but this is bad. I know Stan Lee and Jack Kirby are comic legends. However, having your villain say how nigh-inviciable he is on EVERY page is not characterization. Kirby seems like he has to get a shot of one of his futuristic weapons or circuitry boards in every issue or he'll be fired.Maybe I'm just used to more modern stuff...and long-form comics at that.

  • Brent
    2019-04-08 03:34

    Bringing Captain America into the silver age was one of my favorite Marvel moves and shows how much imagination was alive in the infamous old bullpen! That being said the stories here were pretty standard for the time with a few highlights.

  • Jennifer Nelson
    2019-04-01 19:45

    Quick read. Doesn't quite match up to the way things are in the movie but still fun to read.

  • Jay Hancock
    2019-04-16 00:49

    If you skip the first 38 issues, total five star action. I didn't and I kind of hate myself for it.

  • Adam Graham
    2019-03-28 19:40

    In Avengers #4, Captain America, the hero of World War II was found floating in ice in Suspended Animation. In Tales of Suspense #59, Captain America got his own series as one of two stories in Tales of Suspense magazine opposite Iron Man. In addition, Captain America took over Tales of Suspense in Issue 100 and the book was renamed Captain America and this book has Issues 100-102 plus a story from Issue 10 of the 1940s Captain America magazine.The book goes through various stages. The first four 10 page Cap stories were set in the 1960s. These were just great stories of Captain America taking on contemporary challenges. Then from Issues 63-71, the book shifted to World War II flashbacks as writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby retold some classic Cap Stories including Cap's origin and early battle, and rewrote the first Red Skull story and several additional ones as well as inserting brand new story into the Golden age about Greymoore Castle.This was driven by Stan Lee's dedication to continuity and the thought that a hero couldn't be in one place in Tales of Suspense and another in the Avengers. At the same point in history, everyone with their own series left the Avengers except for Cap whose stories in Tales of Suspense were from the past. However, this didn't last and the 27 of the remaining 28 10 page stories are set in the present, as are all 3 of the Captain America Magazines.Perhaps the best to break this down is to look at the elements:The Captain: Captain America is a great role model hero. In battle, he's selfless, determined, and never gives up. He's plucky, courageous, and humble. He's always trying to do what's right. He's the most believable idealist in the Marvel universe. The hero could be a stereotype but Lee gives him some wrinkles. Everyone he knew is dead or much much older. He struggles with the regret of losing his late partner Bucky. He desires compassion, love, and normalcy. Even at one time, he hangs up the SHIELD. Unlike with Spider-man, you don't feel it's angst or uncertainty, but the tiredness of a fighter, who still finds the strength to do the right thing. So Cap is both thoroughly admirable and thoroughly human.The Villains: Modok and Applied Idea Mechanics feature in a few stories, as well as the Adaptoid, a robot created by AIM that can assume the identity and powers of Cap and the other Avengers. Batroc the Leaper was a Cap villain that appeared in three issues and Cap also faced off against an appaently resurrected Baron Zemo. In addition, Cap mixes it up a few times with Nazis, Commies, and with garden variety hoods. And then there is the Red Skull. Of 44 stories in the book, Cap faces the Red Skull twelve times and spends three more issues battling the Skull's sleeper robots when the Skull was believed to be dead. While I think most of the villains were good, it was the Skull that made the book.In so many ways, Skull is the perfect counterpoint to Captain America, an almost exact opposite. The two figures are perfect for a match up of good v. evil. They are polar opposites and they're battles are nearly perfect. His plans, ambitions, and arrogance know no bounds. Their's was a rivalry for the ages and its on full display here. We also get to see the introduction of the cosmic cube. The Supporting Cast, Guest Stars: Cap's fellow Avengers show up for a few cameos. The big recurring guest star is Nick Fury who helps get Cap into a few adventures. In addition, he meets Agent 13 a female Agent of SHIELD who isn't quite well-developed early on. They're both in love with each other, but she insists that SHIELD and their duty must always come first. So yeah that romance is doomed.The big highlight in terms of guest heroes is a team up with Black Panther in Tales of Suspense #97-Captain America #100 that led to the Black Panther joining the Avengers. The book is not perfect by any means. There are a few plot holes. For example, under the Red Skull, the Nazis built Doomsday robots (the Sleepers) that would devastate the Earth in 20 years if the Nazis lost. The last of these could literally destroy the Earth. My question. Why didn't they use this during the war? There's also the writer's not giving Agent 13 a name for the longest time. Maybe the coming ofGet Smart made them finally identify her as Sharon Carter so they wouldn't look like they were copying them.However, for the era, this is a minor point. When Cap stories were good, they were amazing, exciting, and inspiring. When they were off little. They still weren't that bad. Plus you have the art of Jack Kirby on most pages, plus Stan Lee wrote all of them making this just a great product for its time and a wonderful read for fans of the Shield-slinger.

  • Mark Short
    2019-04-15 01:42

    A really entertaining nostalgia fest.

  • Fizzgig76
    2019-04-08 20:44

    Reprints Tales of Suspense #59-99 and Captain America (1) #100-102 (November 1964-June 1968). Steve Rogers is a man reborn. Thawed from an icy grave by the Avengers, Steve finds himself trying to adjust to a world that is not his own. Returning to his guise of Captain America, Steve finds himself battling old villains like the Red Skull for the safety of the world and remembering his adventures during World War II with his old ally Bucky. The United States is threatened and both it and the world need Captain America!Written primarily by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby, Essential Captain America Volume 1 collects Captain America’s earliest solo appearances after his reintroduction to the Marvel Universe in Avengers (1) #4 (March 1964). The Tales of Suspense issues collected in this volume were shared with fellow Avenger Iron Man and these were collected in the Essential Iron Man volumes. Like all Essential collections, these issues are reprinted in black-and-white on rather cheap paper.Despite being a rather generic do-gooder, I like Captain America. He has to walk a thin line between being a tool of the government and a voice for the people. That being said, this is not really an issue in the issues presented in this volume, but the concept is still an underlying theme.These early issues like many early comics are a bit rocky. Marvel was leaps and bounds ahead of DC still at this point in developing more rounded characters with longer plotlines, but the issues are still very “comic book” oriented with simple adventures that wrap up really nice and neatly. The format of Tales of Suspense with the shared issues also lead to a compressed feeling to the comics that sometimes means a lot can happen in a page or two…something very different from today’s comics which sometimes struggle to have anything happen in an issue or two.Much of this volume is flashbacks to Captain America’s adventures in World War II with Bucky so this almost doubles as a war book for Marvel. The series did help restore the Red Skull as a prominent Captain America enemy but did also introduce some other characters. Batroc the Leaper first appeared in Tales of Suspense #75 (March 1966), the Adaptoid (later Super-Adaptoid) in Tales of Suspense #82 (October 1966), and M.O.D.O.K. appeared in Tales of Suspense #93 (September 1967). The Cosmic Cube which became a plot point for The Avengers movie first appeared in Tales of Suspense #79 (July 1966).These early adventures helped establish Captain America with an audience. With the character’s popularity Tales of Suspense ended with Tales of Suspense #99 in March of 1968 and Captain America’s solo comic premiered in April 1968 with Captain America (1) #100. If you are a Cap fan, this collection is a must, but also a general Marvel fan should check it out. Captain America’s solo comic is collected in the following volumes of Essential Captain America so this is a definite lead in to Essential Captain America Volume 2.

  • M
    2019-04-21 21:45

    Whereas the Golden Age Captain America comics were fun, these really weren't that good. There were some fun throw-back stories that recreated or expanded on Cap's WWII adventures, but the stuff set in the 60s was pretty disappointing. For one thing, plots are often similar or downright recycled. Cap fights three Sleepers, giant robots made by the Red Skull to destroy Earth as revenge for the Nazis' defeat. And then a couple of years later, Cap fights the fourth Sleep, which has exactly the same plan. Plus, the Red Skull here is kinda boring - divorced of his original Nazi context, he becomes yet another villain bent on conquering and/or destroying the world and there are enough of those already. He's also not yet the leader of Hydra, and he's just a guy in a mask. There are some fun bits with Batroc and Nick Fury, and the Black Panther shows up towards the end of this collection. But they aren't enough to save this. I think a big part of the problem is that in the Golden Age comics, Cap can talk to Bucky and there's some banter and interplay between them. But now, Cap has to monologue out loud in the typical goofy Silver Age style. Plus, the Agent 13 plot is perhaps the worst superhero romance I've read - which is saying something, given I've endured a ton of old Lois Lane comics. Cap doesn't even know what her real name is, and he's pining after her entirely because she looks just like a woman he knew in the second World War. It's all overwrought and melodramatic and just not very interesting. I do have some interest in reading more Captain America stories, since I know later material gets a lot better, but I'm not sure if I'll bother to get the next volume of this collection when I can probably just find a way to pick and choose the best bits.

  • Dan
    2019-03-30 22:37

    Good ol' Captain America. Evil ol' Red Skull. Silly ol' Nazi krauts. These Cap comics from the sixties may at first look and read like simple WWII propaganda for the kiddos--until you get a few issues into it, and you realize these are both a tribute and a criticism of the art form. That dynamite duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby add a level of complexity and imperfection to their hero in resurrecting Cap from his 1940s counterpart, when the propaganda effect was entirely intentional--the cover of the first issue featured Cap socking Hitler in the chin a full year before the US entered the war. But then Captain died gloriously in the final days of the war while bringing down a Nazi drone bomber heading for the United States--or so we all thought.You see, what REALLY happened (in the comic world's first truly great retcon), was that when the plane exploded, Cap's body splashed down into the English Channel, drifted towards the Arctic where it was preserved in ice (as the Super Soldier Serum flowing through his veins also acted as an antifreeze of sorts), where his frozen image was worshiped as a god by some gullible Eskimos and would have been destroyed by the jealous Prince Namor of Atlantis if not for the timely intervention of the newly formed Avengers super-team. Thus Cap was thawed out in 1964, nineteen years after his apparent death, screaming for his sidekick Bucky Barnes (who perished in the explosion), and eventually became the leader of the greatest superhero team the world has ever known.All while conveniently looking in the other direction during the Vietnam War.

  • Holden Attradies
    2019-04-08 01:45

    I usually have a hard time getting through the first volume of the really early Marvel stuff, but Captain America read more like a volume 2. And the more I've submersed my self in Marvel comics the more I've come to appreciate Cap and this volume helped that appreciation grow just a bit more. He's Marvel's paragon, but unlike superman his power comes more from raw skill than superhuman strength and powers.Sure it was a little ridiculous how he ALWAYS got out of trouble at the last minute in an a pretty unbelievable way, and his villains sure like to gloat and monolog instead of killing him way more than other Marvel villains. And boy was there a slight but steady stream of sexism and racist undertones, but knowing to expect it from the time it was easy to get past with the occasional groan. At least the girl he lusts after through the second half never puts up with his "your just a woman you can't fight next to me" shit and just goes ahead and fights anyway. And props for her not giving her career up for him.The best part, for me at least, was seeing the early evolution and introduction of so many great Marvel villains: Red Skull, A.I.M, MODOCK. those last two especially were great seeing, as I've seen to be running into them a lot in recent weeks in my comic readings. It was also pretty cool seeing Nick Fury and SHIELDS early evolution.

  • Rich Meyer
    2019-04-07 20:22

    One of the volumes that almost deserve the "Essential" moniker, this black-and-white reprint follows the early Silver Age solo adventures of Captain America. A good number of the stories (from Tales of Suspense) are set during World War II (done initially to alleviate any continuity problems in the Avengers and other Marvel Comics Cap was appearing). The art on all is excellent, with Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, and George Tuska handing some excellent work. The Red Skull is the prevalent bad guy in these tales, with Batroc the Leaper premiering in a couple. If you are a classic Marvel fan, and are a big enough fan of comic book art to appreciate it in black-and-white, this is definitely a collection worth getting, especially if you are on a budget.

  • John
    2019-04-23 03:43

    The recent Marvel Avengers movies piqued my interest in the origins of Cap, so I picked this up through interlibrary loan and began to read. Captain America starts out as a propaganda figure, but quickly morphs (through reboots) into a "man out of time." His heart is in the simple good guy v. bad guy battles of WWII, but he now lives in the 1960s, where friends become enemies and vice versa.There are a lot of missteps here, mainly with horrible villains (the Tumbler? Come on!), but the issues that deal with Red Skull are really good. I only wish that Cap's full origin story would have been included in this compilation, but apparently I have to get Essential Avengers for that (really?).

  • Jon Boon
    2019-04-11 20:27

    Picked this one up halfway through, where it carries on from Cap masterworks vol 1. It has the same issues with implausible heroic escapes and jingoism, but the writing and artwork is maturing nicely in the second half of this book. Overall I'd recommend the Masterworks series over the Essentials. It works out a bit more expensive, but the sometimes 'splodgy' black and white reproduction on cheap paper can make the Essentials a little hard to follow in places. The colour Masterworks are beautiful in comparison.

  • Andrewc Ehs
    2019-04-21 19:40

    Tales Of Supsense #59-99 are gathered in this book. This is when Cap first takes on A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) & reencounters some of his older enemies like HYRDA & Batroc the Leaper. Tales Of Suspense #67 is M.O.D.O.K.'s first appearance & I'm glad they included it in here. I like how the A.I.M. base is underwater, gives a fortress-like appearance. This book revies the elements that made Cap who he is: Awesome, heroic & the patriotic Avenger.

  • Jim
    2019-04-21 19:42

    Well, like the other Marvel Essentials this one has some old issues written by Stan Lee. You have to love Stan. He had a good thing and he knew how to use it. The writing is heavy, campy, adolescent and full of exposition. Yet, it's a lot of fun (in small doses).What I found most interesting was the development of Jack Kurby's artwork over the time period covered by this book.In general these books are fun to read, a bit at a time.

  • PJ Ebbrell
    2019-04-19 03:52

    Jack Kirby returns to the character he and Joe Simon created int the 40's. A masterstroke of a man out of time and worry at the death of Bucky. Initially, the art shows over the period how his 'classic' style emerges. Even in black and white, the art is still stunning. There are a lot of stories, I had not read, so it was great read.Fascinating to see how much of this history has been taken and then woven back into the Marvel's latest film.

  • William Tope
    2019-03-25 03:36

    I understand the nostalgia involved but most of the stories just don't hold up anymore. Bought mainly for the art but a combination of black and white coupled with the poor paper quality left me unable to enjoy it. Early Captain America just doesn't hold up like some of the others like Fantastic Four.

  • Shelley
    2019-04-08 21:23

    20+ straight issues of Captain America's return in the 1960s. It's super thick and the black and white makes the panels super dense, so it dragged. I mostly flipped through to dip in and out of stories. Loved seeing the introduction of Agent 13, was amused by the grand introductions of Stan Lee, Jack King and other writers/artists involved in each issue.

  • Bubba
    2019-04-01 21:40

    Cap's Silver Age reincarnation. There are flash backs to his Nazi-smashing days, but this volume also focuses on his early adventures with the adventures. He even shows up in Vietnam to slap around some Viet-Cong.

  • Christopher
    2019-04-06 20:23

    How many times can Stan Lee rephrase "Watch out! He fights like an Army!"?The action here is fast and ridiculous as Cap fights the forces of tyranny (Nazis mostly) and falls in love with a girl (Agent 13?) but never bothers to learn her name.

  • Adam
    2019-03-23 19:52

    Good stuff, lots of Lee/Kirby. The early issues set in WWII are interesting but nto as good as the later issues when SHIELD, Sharon Carter (sorry, "Agent 13"), and some elaborate plans from the Red Skull, AIM, and Baron Zemo get involved.

  • Steven
    2019-03-25 21:36

    about a third of the way through. finished the sleepers, starting 30 miniutes to live

  • Melissa
    2019-04-18 22:28

    Excitement, drama, heroics, romance--this book has it all!

  • Joseph
    2019-04-09 20:39

    kind of a let down.

  • Frank Taranto
    2019-04-16 02:43

    Since I read a lot of these when they first came out, this was a fun trip down memory lane. Captain America always made me feel sad for him, as he was a man out of time.