When I was a little lad, reading Mighty World of Marvel in the 1970s, I thought Roy Thomas must be the coolest man alive, Stan Lee’s hep & groovy young assistant & since then, it’s Thomas’s work that has made him one of my fave comics writers, & subsequently, one of my favourite editors.
In the window of the old location of Gosh Comics there was a cartoon that depicted a bloated Captain America serving the needs of US agribusiness. I think this idea of Captain America is completely wrong.
I can see why a £35/$50 price tag might put people off, but I found a copy in almost perfect condition for £9 on Amazon, so maybe you can too. Not that it’s such bad value even at full price: nearly 500 pages of beautifully reproduced old comics by one of the medium’s key teams, almost all of it new to me.
We don’t generally think of this as one of Kirby’s more notable works. When the character came back in the ’60s Earth-2 revivals, it was with the earlier gasmask costume, rather than the more conventional superhero outfit on show here. This work was just after S&K created Captain America. But it was a genuine hit…