BOOM! BANG!! BAFWOOM!!! I LOVE THE FORTH OF JULY!! Today we celebrate the birth of the world’s most wondrous nation! In honor of America’s birthday bash, this instalment of I’ve got some issues will be focusing on Marvel Treasury Special: Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles. Let’s get this parade rolling!!
Complete Arc: Single issue, oversized tabloid format
Year Released: 1976
Creative Team: Jack “The King” Kirby (writer and artist)
Heroes: Captain America, Mister Buda
Villains: None (brief cameo by Red Skull, Hitler along with various other ne’er-do-wells from history.)
Notable Quotable: “Yeah, he was a ghetto kid who wanted to make it!—and so is this one! He isn’t crying,…he’s trying! If he can’t get quality education, he’s got enough guts and brain matter to go out and find it…sure, that’s it! That’s truly America!”
During our county’s bicentennial, Captain America, star-spangled stalwart of patriotism, is mysteriously drawn to the abode of the enigmatic Mister Buda. (Mister Buda is the “brother” of the Collector as a member of the Elders of the Universe.) The stunted sorcerer tasks Captain America to discover why America is so great. To facilitate this, Buda sends Cap on a journey through time, both past and future. Will Captain America discover the reason his country is so amazing, or will he be lost in time FOREVER!!??
Jack “The King” Kirby (Hulk, Avengers, X-men) is a legend in the field. If you haven’t heard of him, hand in you comic fan card. He, along with greats like Ditko, Eisner and Everett, etc are the foundation that modern comic book artists build their house of images on. Kirby is at the peak of his game in this book. Everything one would expect of him, from dynamic, powerful poses to the Kirby Krackle, is present and accounted for. Not only is his art phenomenal, but Kirby is one of those rare breed of creators (like Starlin and Miller) who can write as well as draw. The yarn he spins in the giant-sized book is both entertaining and thought provoking.
I cannot tell you how fun this comic is! While it is a little corny, it is the best kind of corny. Each page is a delight to the eye, but the historical characters we meet on this roller-coaster ride through American history gives us an insight into who Kirby thought was important in the forming this great nation. Everyone from John Brown, Ben Franklin, Geronimo and General Halsted…the list goes on and on. Did I mention this story is FUN!? Not only is it a great ride, but it does say something meaningful about the people that made and continue to make America the greatest country to ever exist. If you need a shot of patriotism, read this book and bathe in its red, white and blue goodness!
On a side note: At the back of this issue are several entertaining Kirby pin-ups of Cap in uniforms inspired from different time periods. A final, bonus pin-up, on the inside back cover, is of Steve Rogers. Along the bottom of his image are various villains asking who he was in their own unique ways. In an ironic twist, considering recent events in Marvel Comics, the final words from inside the comic are of a Hydra agent saying “We’d never allow that type to join Hydra!”. Like I said…FUN!
That’s all for today! I wish each and every one of you (with the exception of the Red Skull) a safe and happy 4th of July!!!! Be sure to check out my novel, Tripping Over Reality: The Death and Origin of a Hero, on sale on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats. CAN YOU DIG IT!!!!????!!