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Witness one of Cap's most awe-inspiring runs, as Roger Stern and John Byrne turn their considerable talents to the Sentinel of Liberty. Along with battling a host of villains including Batroc the Leaper, Baron Blood and Cobra, this volume also includes the pair's definitive take on Cap's incredible origin story. Collecting Captain America #247-255


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Witness one of Cap's most awe-inspiring runs, as Roger Stern and John Byrne turn their considerable talents to the Sentinel of Liberty. Along with battling a host of villains including Batroc the Leaper, Baron Blood and Cobra, this volume also includes the pair's definitive take on Cap's incredible origin story. Collecting Captain America #247-255

30 review for Captain America

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Considered by many to be one of the best Cap runs of all time, this still holds up 31 years later. It's got that classic comics style that takes a bit to get used to (for instance, try finding a sentence that does not end in an exclamation point), but the stories are pure, good-natured fun with a couple of twists I genuinely didn't see coming. It's nice to see a comic written with such joy, embracing the adventure the medium is capable of.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    This was entertaining. Pretty par for the course for classic Captain America. Steve's dialogue was snappier than the issues previous and I liked the cast of characters with Mike, Bernie, and Josh. I liked seeing more of Steve's life outside of the stripes. Honestly, it seemed as though the presidential candidacy storyline would go on for a bit longer but it was over and done with rather quickly. Anyway, I like the art, Steve's a doll and this kept my attention pretty well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Simone

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah-Jayne Briggs

    (This review may contain spoilers). Captain America was another one I got into originally from watching his movies (mainly Avengers Assemble and The Winter Soldier). It was cool to see him in one of these comic books... though there were more volumes in this one than I was used to. It was really good to see a variety of different storylines in this comic book. Although a few of them were connected to each other, it was good to see a couple of standalones in there, such as the comic where Steve run (This review may contain spoilers). Captain America was another one I got into originally from watching his movies (mainly Avengers Assemble and The Winter Soldier). It was cool to see him in one of these comic books... though there were more volumes in this one than I was used to. It was really good to see a variety of different storylines in this comic book. Although a few of them were connected to each other, it was good to see a couple of standalones in there, such as the comic where Steve runs for president. There wasn't a great deal of difference in the artwork in the different comics, I have to say. I think I would have been interested in seeing at least one of the original comics from Captain America's time at war, just to see how different the artwork was. I was a little disappointed not to see much of the other characters in this comic book. There were references made to various friends and allies, but I didn't see much of the usual superheroes. (Though the rest of the Avengers' reactions to Steve running for president were really amusing...) The first couple of comics really resonated with me at the end. It was good to see Nick Fury, but I can't help thinking that he should have been pretty old by the 'modern' day if he knew Steve back during the war. It was also really interesting to see the use of paranormal in the comics, with Baron Blood. Every word I read by him somehow ended up sounding like Igor in my mind when I was reading it, though. It was pretty cool to see that the normal vampire myths were respected and to meet some of Steve's original team of superheroes. One of the things I really liked in these comics as well was the fact that Steve didn't just get everything - he had to work and struggled with paying his bills. I felt that made him a superhero much easier to relate to. This volume does make me interested in reading other Captain America comics in the future. I'm particularly intrigued to see Steve and the winter soldier and how that's played out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The_Mad_Swede

    This volume collects Roger Stern and John Byrne's short but somewhat legendary run on Captain America (# 247–255) from the early 80s. Not having read the material previously this felt as a fresh and really great run, portraying the good Captain in the best possible way. In fact, if I should recommend anyone to read one volume of Captain America material, this would be it. We are treated to Cap interacting with S.H.I.E.L.D. (Nick Fury and Dumdum Dugan both make appearances) and jointly fighting B This volume collects Roger Stern and John Byrne's short but somewhat legendary run on Captain America (# 247–255) from the early 80s. Not having read the material previously this felt as a fresh and really great run, portraying the good Captain in the best possible way. In fact, if I should recommend anyone to read one volume of Captain America material, this would be it. We are treated to Cap interacting with S.H.I.E.L.D. (Nick Fury and Dumdum Dugan both make appearances) and jointly fighting Baron Strucker, which only brings on a two parter involving the villain Machinesmith and the Dragon Man whom is used by the former to attack Cap (and Byrne's rendtion of the Dragon Man is really good). After the full on action, we are treated to some down time in the Cap for President story in which Sterne and Byrne really delve into the character really nicely. Another two parter, involving the notorious Mr Hyde and the French mercenary and old Cap villain Batroc the Leaper, once more picks up the pace with a vengeance (and the opening shot from # 252 is to die for). And that pace is definitely kept up in the two parter that follows, where Cap returns to England to reunite with old and sick Lord Falsworth, the original Union Jack of Invaders fame, in order to battle the good Lord's evil brother Baron Blood, who had been presumed dead. The volume closes with a 40th anniversary celebratory retelling of Cap's origin (with Frankling D. Roosevelt doing a lot of the narration). As an addition there are a few pencil pages by Byrne intended for the 10th Stern / Byrne issue that was never to be, due to various factors. A sad thing indeed as I would have loved to read the planned Red Skull story by that creative team. All in all, this is Captain America at his greatest. If you are interested in the character and only want to pick up one volume, this is it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Graham van der Made

    Captain America is one of Marvel’s iconic heroes. In recent years, we’ve learnt more about him through his silver screen appearances, Captain America, The Winder Soldier, and The Avengers. Chris Evans does an amazing job of bringing this character to life, but what about his comic book version? Captain North America – because somehow the word America seems to only encapsulate the North – is an old-fashioned character. He started off as an experimental solider and poster boy for the US during Worl Captain America is one of Marvel’s iconic heroes. In recent years, we’ve learnt more about him through his silver screen appearances, Captain America, The Winder Soldier, and The Avengers. Chris Evans does an amazing job of bringing this character to life, but what about his comic book version? Captain North America – because somehow the word America seems to only encapsulate the North – is an old-fashioned character. He started off as an experimental solider and poster boy for the US during World War II. During a mission he was frozen in ice for twenty years before being recovered again. This book doesn’t recount his origin story, but rather issues 247 – 255 of his Bronze Age of Comics run. We’re treated to nine issues of Captain America fighting robots, a dragon man, running for presidents, a servant of Dracula, and finally his old enemies: Nazis. These may sound like generic-run-of-the-mill comic stories, but each of them holds a little more to it. The issues gives us more depth to Captain America, his morals, and values. Steve Rogers aka Captain America isn’t just a character clad in the American flag, but rather someone who tries to uphold human life and the belief in freedom for all. Most of the stories contained here are interesting and told at a decent pace. It did take me a few tries to get into the opening arc, but the ending was worth it. I was quite fond of Cap’s team-up with Union Jack to take down one of Dracula’s minions – an excellent gothic tale. What can I really say about the artwork? It’s standard 1980s flair, which means a text-box in every frame. Long-time comic fans will read it, but I’m not sure it’ll captivate younger or newer audiences. I’d recommend this book for long-time Captain America fans. Those of you familiar with the movies I’d advise rather picking up something in the Ultimate Marvel universe line.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Relstuart

    One of the great past Captain America runs. Probably deserves to be called "Classic". Lots of classic villains make an appearance. Cap's origin is briefly retold and we get to see some of his private life and the story of Cap flirting with the idea of running for President. In the forward the writer Roger Stern givens a recommended reading list of history books that discuss the time period that Steve grew up in. He used this background to understand Steve Rogers the man and used that info as a b One of the great past Captain America runs. Probably deserves to be called "Classic". Lots of classic villains make an appearance. Cap's origin is briefly retold and we get to see some of his private life and the story of Cap flirting with the idea of running for President. In the forward the writer Roger Stern givens a recommended reading list of history books that discuss the time period that Steve grew up in. He used this background to understand Steve Rogers the man and used that info as a baseline in understanding who Cap was inside the costume. Stern got the man right and wasn't above studying to make sure he understood what a man out of time would be like. Props to Stern. A great example I can only hope other writers take to heart. I have and read the hardback version ISBN: 978-0-7851-4966-8.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Max

    Before reading this, I was basically completely unfamiliar with Captain America. Now, I really want to read more of the character. This book includes a series of well written stories in which Cap fights old villains while reflecting on his past and adjusting to the present and his new second identity as a freelance artist. He also meets a potential love interest, which makes me interested to read further to see how their relationship progresses. The story about Cap running for President is a bri Before reading this, I was basically completely unfamiliar with Captain America. Now, I really want to read more of the character. This book includes a series of well written stories in which Cap fights old villains while reflecting on his past and adjusting to the present and his new second identity as a freelance artist. He also meets a potential love interest, which makes me interested to read further to see how their relationship progresses. The story about Cap running for President is a brilliant idea and perfectly shows his character in a single issue. The final issue is also great as it has a retelling of his origin story, which is very useful since knowing the details of that means I can jump into any Cap story with a good understanding of who he is and what he can do.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eric Godfrey

    I have recently found myself addicted to Ed Brubaker's Captain America and have been looking to dive further back into the characters history. I found a copy of Roger Stern and John Byrne's run on the book and I must say that I read it with stars in my eyes. I instantly fell in love with this book. Having been so used to the dark spy-like feel that Brubaker's Cap is all about, it was a nice change of pace to look back at a much more hopeful and happier Steve Rogers. It's a fun read that really s I have recently found myself addicted to Ed Brubaker's Captain America and have been looking to dive further back into the characters history. I found a copy of Roger Stern and John Byrne's run on the book and I must say that I read it with stars in my eyes. I instantly fell in love with this book. Having been so used to the dark spy-like feel that Brubaker's Cap is all about, it was a nice change of pace to look back at a much more hopeful and happier Steve Rogers. It's a fun read that really shows how much comics have changed over the decades. Add to that the fantastic art from John Byrne and you have one of the legendary runs of Cap that still holds up even today.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Devero

    Sono nove le storie che Roger Stern scrisse per John Byrne su Capitan America, e sono raccolte in questo volume. Un volume decisamente buono, per quanto solo in parte dedicato alla Guerra che Cap combattè. Sono storie importanti, in particolare due: la prima rinarra le origini di Cap, unificando le diverse versioni e donandole una prospettiva definitiva. La seconda è puro metafumetto, e definisce la differenza tra il Sogno Americano e la Realtà Americana nella corsa per la Presidenza verso la qu Sono nove le storie che Roger Stern scrisse per John Byrne su Capitan America, e sono raccolte in questo volume. Un volume decisamente buono, per quanto solo in parte dedicato alla Guerra che Cap combattè. Sono storie importanti, in particolare due: la prima rinarra le origini di Cap, unificando le diverse versioni e donandole una prospettiva definitiva. La seconda è puro metafumetto, e definisce la differenza tra il Sogno Americano e la Realtà Americana nella corsa per la Presidenza verso la quale la massa spinge Capitan America. Consigliato a tutti gli amanti di buone storie.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David

    Love this book, it really develops who Steve Rogers is. It’s a look underneath the red/white/&blue, revealing Steve’s less heroic talents and passions. Stern, the writer, creates stories that span from low level crime fights, all the way up into mass murdering terrorism attempts masterminded by super villains. Cap’s run in with the Machinesmith lands a well executed plot twist, and his adventures in England provides gothic suspense as he tangles with a vampire. All in all, this is classic comic Love this book, it really develops who Steve Rogers is. It’s a look underneath the red/white/&blue, revealing Steve’s less heroic talents and passions. Stern, the writer, creates stories that span from low level crime fights, all the way up into mass murdering terrorism attempts masterminded by super villains. Cap’s run in with the Machinesmith lands a well executed plot twist, and his adventures in England provides gothic suspense as he tangles with a vampire. All in all, this is classic comic book goodness with stories that will hold up for years to come.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Horalka97

    Captain America se oficiálně stává mým oblíbeným Marvel hrdinou. Je statečný, odhodlaný a nebojácný. Nebojí se za Ameriku položit svůj vlastní život. Toto byl můj historicky první komix a zamilovala jsem se. Wham, bam, krak :D Prostě paráda!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    My first Captain America comic is collected in here. Also my second and third. This was before comic book stores and I didn't have a subscription, but something about that first issue made me come back for more and seek out Captain America comics on the drug store spinner racks. It had a lot to do with John Byrne's art (though I didn't yet know who he was), but the stories grabbed me as well. In that first one, Cap wraps up a fight with Dragon Man and battles his way through an army of eerily ha My first Captain America comic is collected in here. Also my second and third. This was before comic book stores and I didn't have a subscription, but something about that first issue made me come back for more and seek out Captain America comics on the drug store spinner racks. It had a lot to do with John Byrne's art (though I didn't yet know who he was), but the stories grabbed me as well. In that first one, Cap wraps up a fight with Dragon Man and battles his way through an army of eerily half-finished robots (designed to look like Spider-Man, The Thing, Magneto, etc.) to get to the mastermind behind what's clearly been several issues of plot development. In the second issue I remember, Cap goes to England to team up with some of his former Invaders teammates to fight the vampire Baron Blood in an old manor house. It's like Hammer horror meets Marvel superheroes. The third issue I remember was Stern and Byrne's last on the series, in which they retell Cap's origin and history, leading up to the (then) current day. That was my first exposure to Cap's origin and the definitive one as far as I'm concerned. It was super cool to read this and finally get the background to that Machinesmith story (although it actually started even before the Stern/Byrne stories in this collection) and the other issues that I missed back in the day when I was randomly checking spinner racks for things to read. Like a lot of comics from the time period, the dialogue and narration can be a bit much, but the plots and settings of the stories and Byrne's art have aged extremely well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    War & Remembrance struggles with the same issues that for years would typically challenge Captain America writers. The character's nature is so inherently good that, without teammates complimenting him and acting as foils to his personality, he can come across as bland. And as old as Captain America tales are, his is a surprisingly thin rogues' gallery. But Captain America's solo adventures can still work, as Roger Stern demonstrated in penning this run. I wasn't initially sold, but I came around War & Remembrance struggles with the same issues that for years would typically challenge Captain America writers. The character's nature is so inherently good that, without teammates complimenting him and acting as foils to his personality, he can come across as bland. And as old as Captain America tales are, his is a surprisingly thin rogues' gallery. But Captain America's solo adventures can still work, as Roger Stern demonstrated in penning this run. I wasn't initially sold, but I came around over the course of the book. It helps that we get a good dose of Steve Rogers' personal life here in a very grounded slice of New York City. Steve is surrounded by friends and potential romantic interests who react appropriately to someone who is very kind, oddly old-fashioned, and generally unreliable due to his alter ego's responsibilities. The book's closing stretch, which sees Captain America travel to London to investigate a series of murders at the behest of an old friend, is the strongest section. That it's considered a classic run probably says more about the dearth of quality Captain America solo books, but this is definitely worth pursuing for anyone specifically interested in the character.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    As I was reading these stories, I mostly found myself thinking that they were solidly put together but not overly memorable. They're somewhat over-written, and all of Cap's civilian moments were a little bland. I liked the Baron Blood story, and the Hyde/Batroc pairing was okay. The final issue, the extended origin story, was painfully tedious, unfortunately. I never understand why origins must be revisiting so often.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marco Antonio di Forelli

    Una muy corta etapa de mi amado John Byrne a los dibujos y su gran amigo Roger Stern a los guiones. Esta fue mi primera toma de contacto con el personaje y me encantó. Fuera del factor nostalgia, este pequeño tomo ayuda mucho a entender que el personaje, a pesar de vestir con la bandera americana, está muy lejos de ser el patriota descerebrado que la gente suele pensar que es. Lectura recomendada a todos los que quieran hacer una primera toma de contacto con este mundillo.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rozachcz

    My first time with Marvel. People were right- DC heroes are who we could aspire to be, while those from Marvel could actually be us. It was a goofy ride, nice to just read something and relax and have a laugh or two.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tânia

    Antes de ler esta colectânea, tudo o que sabia do Capitão América derivava dos filmes. O Cap tem mesmo um coração de ouro. Tânia @MyLovelySecret Antes de ler esta colectânea, tudo o que sabia do Capitão América derivava dos filmes. O Cap tem mesmo um coração de ouro. Tânia @MyLovelySecret

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hamish

    Entertaining enough, but not really worthy of its status. Rubinstein's inks are not a great fit for Byrne's pencils (see Byrne's contemporaneous work with Terry Austin inking; the difference is pretty extreme) and Stern hadn't totally hit his stride as a writer.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    3.5 stars. I liked the last few comics better than the first few I read in this.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    A Marvel Pocket Book collecting issues of Captain America from the early 80s. Celebrating 40 years of Steve Rogers' adventures, this book sees the shield-wielding Avenger face foes such as Dragon Man, Mr. Hyde and Batroc the Leaper as well as encounter enemies from his past like Baron Strucker and the vampire Baron Blood. Also included is a 40th anniversary retelling of the Captain's origin story. Most of this book is standard 80s comic book fayre, with Cap foiling plots involving robot duplicate A Marvel Pocket Book collecting issues of Captain America from the early 80s. Celebrating 40 years of Steve Rogers' adventures, this book sees the shield-wielding Avenger face foes such as Dragon Man, Mr. Hyde and Batroc the Leaper as well as encounter enemies from his past like Baron Strucker and the vampire Baron Blood. Also included is a 40th anniversary retelling of the Captain's origin story. Most of this book is standard 80s comic book fayre, with Cap foiling plots involving robot duplicates and exlosive gas tankers, whilst simultaneously trying to juggle life with a secret identity. The latter element provides one of the book's most surprising and amusing elements wherein it turns out that super-athletic, super-hunk superhero Steve Rogers is also working as a freelance artist on the side. Wish fulfillment on the part of the comic book creators perhaps? Representing the run-up to Captain America's 40th anniversary, this book also has a very retrospective feel about it, with themes like Cap exploring his recently rediscovered memories of his true childhood. As mentioned above, there's also returns for old Cap foes added into the mix, two of which stand out. Firstly, I was pleasantly surprised by the moral complexity of the otherwise ridiculous villain Batroc the Leaper and, secondly, I was fascinated to see Cap go toe to toe with a Nazi vampire. The story involving the latter, Baron Blood (I know the name's ridiculous, but the book also references far dafter villains like Master Man or Asbestos Lady), also sees the return of Cap's WWII British ally Union Jack. Overall, this isn't a remarkable book, but it has enough interesting elements to keep you turning the pages. * More reviews here: https://fsfh-book-review2.webnode.com/ *

  22. 5 out of 5

    Johnny Andrews

    Some of those early stories where they reinvented Steve as the man out of time. More angst as Cap really tries to find his place in the world. This collection even has the issue where the people want Captain America to run for presidency. Granted in some places it is very old fashioned and very patriotic but that I suppose is what drew people first to the character and why he has struggled to fight for what he believes in over his 70+ years entertaining us. I really like the few issues here where Some of those early stories where they reinvented Steve as the man out of time. More angst as Cap really tries to find his place in the world. This collection even has the issue where the people want Captain America to run for presidency. Granted in some places it is very old fashioned and very patriotic but that I suppose is what drew people first to the character and why he has struggled to fight for what he believes in over his 70+ years entertaining us. I really like the few issues here where Cap travels to England to take on a vampire like character called Baron Blood, that's a lot of fun.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Reuben Thomas

    As with the others I've read so far in the Marvel's Mightiest Heroes series, this was a good introduction to Cap's comics. They picked some nice issues which gave enough back story to start you off if you literally knew nothing about him, but would also satisfy seasoned Cap fans, and had a lot of fun elements like fighting Baron Blood, running for president and the weird frenemy relationship that seems to exist between him and Batroc.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mr.

    This is good clean wholesome fun, with the odd Nazi robot sprinkled in. Steve Rodgers is just a wholesome aspiration hero throughout these stories and it is so refreshing. This is Captian America, not a clone, or Hydra Agent but the hero adventurer. The dialogue does read a little bit twee and the villain list is a little B grade. However the art is really great and the stories are just fun. Freedom prevails.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Haggerty

    This story is a good compilation of the Captain America books. It is about Captain America fighting many villains including the mechsmith, cap goes on many great adventures in this one! I would recommend this to anyone who is new to reading comics or just would like to start. I give this book a three out of five stars, it wasn’t awful but it wasn’t the best I have ever read and also it didn’t have as much action as I desired. But it was overall an ok book. I would definitely recommend it!

  26. 5 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brady

    Stern and Byrne. Why aren't these guys working?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mell

    a compilation of selected stories. lucky to have stumbled upon this,not that easy to find Captain America comics here.either that,or I haven't tried hard enough

  29. 4 out of 5

    Juan Jose

    I expected many years to get the chance to own this one...is excellent!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Reyel2107

    a great john byrne and roger stern work !!!!!!

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