Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the first Avenger with Captain America, an exclusive Folio edition collecting classic Captain America stories by comic book legends including Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Jim Steranko.
Commencean exclusive journey with Folio and Marvel Comics, celebrating the 80th anniversary of a truly flagship Super Hero. The first ina new series,Captain Americacollects ten star-spangled tales in one spectacular hardback edition. This ultimate comic-book chronicle ofthe Sentinel of Libertyalso featuresa replica issueof 1941’sCaptain America Comics#1.Former MarvelEditor-in-Chief Roy Thomas selects key stories from Cap’s 80-year career – from wartime battles with the Red Skull to his Reagan-era resignation – presenting the ultimate portrait of Marvel’s shield-slingingSuper Hero. Award-winning Marvel illustrator Michael Cho provides inspiring coverart of Cap himself in glorious red, white and blue, as well as asapphire slipcase design stamped with the Super Hero’s iconic shield emblem. With an authoritative introduction by Thomas, Captain America offers an unrivalled view of one of the most enduring characters in American comic books.
Bound in blocked cloth and paper printed with a design by Michael Cho
Prelims set in Miller with Benton Sans display
288 pages printed in 4-colour throughout
Endpapers printed with a design by Michael Cho
Cloth slipcase blocked with a design by Michael Cho
Few embody the spirit of wartime Super Heroes quite like Captain America. Conceived by Jewish creators Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, the character famously punched out Hitler on the cover of Captain America Comics #1 months before America officially entered the Second World War.This iconic piece of comic bookhistory has been reproduced in its entirety as a meticulous replica issue and is included with this edition. Every page has been painstakingly scanned from an authentic copy, includingall original promos and vintage ads. The tenmilestonetales collected within the hardback book itself have been carefully curated by Stan Lee’s editorial successor Roy Thomas. They showcasethe galaxyof comic book talent – from writers Lee and Ed Brubaker to artists Frank Miller and Gene Colan – whochronicled Cap’s adventures throughout the modern era.
‘Simon and Kirby produced the first ten issues of Captain America Comics before they split Timely for other challenges. But they left behind one of the most powerful templates ever devised for portraying a Super Hero.’
Roy Thomas, from his introduction
As Roy Thomas explains in his expert introduction, these storiesreveal the evolution ofone of Marvel’s longest-running characters –a weakling army recruit turned All-American Super Hero by way of Dr Erskine’s Super-Soldier serum. You’ll discoverCap’s exuberant early battles against the nefarious Red Skull and others, aided by his faithful ally and future ‘Winter Soldier’ Bucky Barnes.The war herofinds himself a man out of timeduring assignment to the Avengers in 1964,andfaceseven greater uncertainty in tales from theWatergateera and beyond.This collection also includes the fan-favourite 1976 story 'Screamer in the Brain!', written and drawn by Jack Kirby himself following his return to Marvel.Marvel: Captain America is the ultimate account of an American icon.
‘Red Skull’s Deadly Revenge!’ – Captain America #16 (July 1942)
‘The Hour of Doom’ – Captain America #78 (September 1954)
‘Captain America Joins . . . The Avengers!’ – The Avengers #4 (March 1964)
‘The Cosmic Cube’ – Tales Of Suspense #79–81 (July–September 1966)
‘No Longer Alone!’ – Captain America #110 (February 1969)
‘Two into One Won’t Go!’ – Captain America #156 (December 1972)
‘Screamer in the Brain!’ – Captain America #193 (January 1976)
‘The Living Legend’ – Captain America #255 (March 1981)
‘The Choice’ – Captain America #332 (August 1987)
‘Red, White and Blue-Blood’ – Captain America #601 (September 2009)
Roy Thomas has been a writer and often editor in the comic book field since 1965, when he gravitated to Marvel to become Stan Lee’s assistant and protégé. He succeeded Stan Lee as Marvel’s editor-in-chief in 1972, and was only the second person to script a Spider-Man story. He has been at the forefront of the comics industry for much of his life and is credited with co-creating, amongst other characters, Wolverine, Vision, Carol Danvers, Ultron, Iron Fist, Red Sonja, Ghost Rider, Nighthawk, Banshee and Valkyrie. Thomas is currently editor of the fanzine Alter Ego, and in 2011 was elected to the Will Eisner Hall of Fame.
Jack Kirby (1917–94) – born Jacob Kurtzberg – was born and raised in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the son of Austrian-Jewish immigrants. Self-taught, he began working in animation and comic books and co-created Captain America (with regular collaborator Joe Simon) for Marvel Comics’ predecessor Timely in 1940. Following service in the Second World War, Kirby worked at various comic book publishers before returning to Marvel, where he co-created the Fantastic Four in 1961. Several more iconic co-creations followed, among them Thor, the Hulk and Iron Man. A pivotal figure of the so-called Silver Age of American Super Hero comics, Kirby developed an explosively kinetic art style that continues to influence comic book culture the world over. He was aptly nicknamed ‘The King’.
Joe Simon (1913–2011) – born Hymie Simon – was raised in Rochester, New York. After graduation, he worked as an editor, cartoonist and illustrator. While working as an artist and writer on Super Hero comics for Timely, he met long-time collaborator Jack Kirby. Simon became Timely’s first editor in 1939 and co-created Captain America with Kirby a year later. Following service with the US Coast Guard during the Second World War, Simon re-joined Kirby to work on projects for various publishers. In 1953 they formed their own comic book company, Mainline Productions. The company was short-lived and he and Kirby parted ways soon after, but Simon continued to work in comics, as well as commercial art, for the rest of his career. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1999.
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