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July isn't quite over yet, so there's still time for a little more flag wavin' Captain America Longbox Junk. If you don't like a bit of "AMERICA $%&# YEAH!" in your comics for whatever reason, I can dig it. Just be sure to come back next month for whatever I pull out next. Fair?
The comic at hand is one of a series of seven Captain America one shots that came out through 2008 - 2010 under the collective banner of "Captain America - Theater of War". They tell single issue tales that cover a variety of time periods, styles and stories. . .everything from straight up WWII action to Captain America as the embodiment of the American Spirit. Most of them are good. A few are great. A couple are awful. This is one of the good ones.
It's Captain America vs. Ratzi flying saucers! Let's do it!
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So it's still July, and I'm still wavin' the flag a bit because I'm a guy who likes to wave the flag a bit in July. Don't read too much into it. It just means I'm looking at some Captain America comics this month. If you don't like a little "AMERICA, #$%&, 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!
Comic Book Realm. . .I love ya. But your word filter is a pain in my rear sometimes, especially in a review of a WWII comic with lots of N-azis in it. Oh well. . .guess I'll have to go back through and change them all to Ratzis (with credit to my grandpa - RIP- because that's what he always called them).
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I'm continuing my flag-wavin' month of July theme with another Captain America one shot. We started off with a mild bit of social justice (and there's nothin' wrong with a little of that), but this time out we get Cap in his full on wartime Ratzi-Punchin' mode.
Captain America was MADE to punch Ratzis and in this one, punch Ratzis he does. So fair warning: If you don't like Ratzi Punchin' stories, you might want to skip this one. . .but if you do, then travel back to the days of WWII with me for a look at Captain America's first field combat test.
Does everything go as planned? What do YOU think?
Let's do it!
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again. . .I'm a sort of patriotic guy. I come from a long line of military men, and as a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps myself, I tend to be a bit of a flag waver and I ain't ashamed to admit it. And with times the way they are, maybe we need to wave the flag just a little.
Wait! Wait. . .don't go! I'm not gonna get political. I'm just introducing the Longbox Junk "theme" for July! It's Captain America, okay? I'm going to be looking at some Captain America comics through this month.
BUT. . .
It IS Captain America, so if you aren't the kind to tolerate a little "AMERICA, %$#& YEAH!" in your funny books, then maybe you might want to skip the next few posts. But come back in August!
Okay, everyone in that's staying in?
Let's start this off by stepping outside of the usual Longbox Junk bargain bin finds with a little something brand new and on the shelves right now.
DC gets a bit of flak for squeezing every possible drop out of their seminal "Watchmen" series by constantly trying to add to something that doesn't really need anything added to it. But never let it be said that Marvel isn't just as guilty of the exact same thing with their own critically acclaimed series, "Marvels".
What we have here is the first of a new series of one shots trying to capitalize on what little magic is left in Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross' masterwork of seeing superheroes through the eyes of the common man.
The series is called "Marvels Snapshots", and the first one out of the gate features Captain America (and The Falcon) in a continuation of Jack Kirby's 1970's "Madbomb" storyline. . .the first issue of which (Captain America #193 from 1976) got a a fine Longbox Junk Retro Review HERE .
SO. . .
We've got a one shot walking the tightrope of adding to a fan favorite series that doesn't really need anything added to it AND trying to continue a classic Bronze Age story from one of the giants of the comic world. It's got some work cut out for it. Let's take a look!
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Once again, my apologies for the longer than usual gap between entries this time of year. As a hotel manager, the summer tourist season takes a pretty severe cut into my comic readin' and reviewin' since I do these at work in my down time.
As you can see from the title, this time out we're going to take a look at another handful of Captain America one-shots from my collection. The first part turned out pretty good. . .with 3 out of 4 being well worth hunting down in the bargain bin and 1 being. . .okay.- read more
Welcome back to Longbox Junk, home of comic reviews nobody ever asked for! Once again, my apologies for summertime delays.
I've admitted before that I'm not a very big fan of what many think of as traditional comic book superheroes. . .the "capes and tights" crowd, in other words. I like my heroes to be a bit more "grounded", even if they ARE inhabiting a comic book world. Lone Ranger, Zorro, Jonah Hex, Tarzan, Green Hornet, Rocketeer, The Spirit, Sgt. Rock, The Shadow. . .THOSE are the kind of heroes that I love.
BUT. . .- read more
Fair Warning: This is an "All Ages" series. Just bear with me. . .
I know that I'm writing toward an adult audience, but sometimes even adults just want to have a little fun in their comics, right? I know I do from time to time. So why not check out what's going on in some of those comics you might otherwise pass over as kiddy fare?
Allow me to explain. . .- read more
I really like The Falcon as a character. I'm gonna step outside the lines here and admit that I REALLY liked Sam Wilson as Captain America and was pretty disappointed that Marvel didn't have the guts to hold the line on keeping Steve Rogers an old man passing the shield on to a worthy successor.
THAT SAID. . .
The Falcon has always had a bit of a problem carrying a series. It's like Marvel feels like they HAVE to somehow keep him in the lane of literally being a Social Justice Warrior, and to me that's okay. . .in small doses. Eventually it breaks down because you can't have a character that only appeals to a certain way of thinking over the long term. I'm not being racist or any other kind of -ist. . .just telling the truth.- read more
Yeah, yeah. . .I know. I said Aliens vs. Predator was up next. I found out I don't actually have all 4 issues of that series. I'm missing the final issue. I have 2 copies of different covers for #1, so I saw 4 issues in the box.
ANYWAY. . .
After Marvel backpedaled on the "Death" of Captain America and put the character through a convoluted wringer to get him back into continuity, they seemed to have a bit of a problem deciding what to do next.- read more
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