Monday, July 4, 2011

the origin of Captain America

here's to Independence Day!

since I'm sure the new movie won't be that close to the "real" origin.  this is just the serum, no "vita rays" or whatever the shot is called.  that was added a few years later.  it's great to see Kirby artwork "animated". 

and all a kid had to do was find out the hero's secret ID and he got to be a sidekick.  hopefully if the movie is smart, they won't bother with Cap coming to the present until the sequel, if there is one.


Cory Gross said...

They ain't that smart... Captain America ends with him in modern Times Square meeting Nick Fury. Pictures from the shoot were leaked earlier this year. And the sequel is The Avengers coming out next year.

Something that always struck me as interesting about Cap was how he basically is the Nazi ubermensch. That was either intentionally ironic on the part of the fictional Americans or unintentionally ironic on the part of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

Xenorama said...

of those two nice Jewish boys? LOL I wonder if anyone ever asked them. blond hair, blue eyes, I've thought of that myself before.

C. Elam said...

Cap's origin changes in every retelling. Have you ever read the first Golden Age one? It is surprising both in the details that have stayed exactly the same and the ones that have been altered.

Xenorama said...

I really enjoyed (and still do) Byrnesie's take on Cap's origin, which I thought got it all right, the potions, rays and serum, the helmet and shield change, even Bucky if I remember correctly. good story, good run on the title.

C. Elam said...

Well, you can credit Roger Stern for that. That was an effort to create a definitive version of the story, and to make up for the story from a few years earlier (when he was editor) where Steve became Cap after WWII and had a brother who was never mentioned before or since. Think that had gotten chalked up to false memories a few issues earlier, hence the lack of brother in this story.

I have to agree that Byrne did a bang-up job illustrating it. I have a distinct memory of buying All-Star Squadron #30 and Captain America #255 at the same time. It was all World War II day! Ha!

(And that story is mostly shot from Byrne's pencils, which was an interesting choice even then.)

Xenorama said...

yeah, they made a big deal about it just being his pencils. his whole run on the series, short as it was, was pretty good.