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So it's still July, and I'm still wavin' the flag a bit because I'm a guy who likes to wave the flag a bit in July. Don't read too much into it. It just means I'm looking at some Captain America comics this month. If you don't like a little "AMERICA, #$%&, YEAH!" in your comics. . .fair enough. Come back next month and I'll be on some other random tangent.
This time out, I'm taking a look at a strange little relic from the edge of the Bronze Age. A 1985 Captain America story from the Marvel Anthology series, Marvel Fanfare.
Marvel Fanfare is sort of an interesting series. It was intended to appeal directly to comic collectors by being sold in the direct market only and featuring non-code-approved stand-alone stories by a wide range of comic talent. It was printed on glossy paper usually reserved for comic covers of the time, without ads, and cost more than twice the price of the average comic in 1982 ($1.50 compared to .60).
I've pulled a handful of these comics from the bargain bins over the years, and I'm always impressed by the quality of both the physical presentation of the comic and what's inside. But in an ironic twist, a comic series designed specifically to appeal to collectors is basically 60 issues of Longbox Junk, as far as collector "value" goes.
The stories from Marvel Fanfare have been reprinted in various collections, and there is a collected trade of the first seven issues as well. But THIS story seems never to have been reprinted anywhere else for some reason. A bit strange, considering this is the only Captain America story illustrated by Frank Miller.
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT THAT. . .
It's Captain America vs. Homegrown Terrorism tucked away in a random issue of a somewhat interesting experiment in targeting comics directly at collectors. Let's do it!
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