Archive for the ‘Donna Maria’ Category

Captain America & the Falcon #212

August 25, 2012

Jack Kirby
August 1977
****
Cap, helped by his superspy sweetie & a Latina revolutionary, blows up his archenemy & a bioengineer in a living Nazi castle—but it costs him his eyesight! In any other hands, this long, 7-issue arc would simply be surreal fun, but Kirby’s dynamic artwork adds strum und drang to the hand-to-hand climax.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #211]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #213]

Captain America & the Falcon #211

August 24, 2012

Jack Kirby
July 1977
****
#211 has so much action, it can’t spare a panel for the Falcon. Arnim Zola hooks his robo-head to an ESP booster to manipulate the biomechanical walls of his castle! Funded by the Red Skull, the madman has saved Hitler’s brain for placement in Cap’s body—the ultimate Kirby horror in will negation!
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #210]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #212]

Captain America & the Falcon #210

August 23, 2012

Jack Kirby
June 1977
****
The Red Skull himself bankrolls Dr. Zola, that mad scientist w/ a face in his chest & camera for a kopf! But #210’s real juice is the doc’s bizarre monsters. Last ish introed a flying blob of dough, this has a surreal eye/ear guard, a roc, & a cyborg who argues that his sentience merits his liberty.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #209]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #211]

Captain America & the Falcon #209

August 22, 2012

Jack Kirby
May 1977
****
The King retains his crown w/ a fantastic new villain: Arnim Zola, a Moreau-like bioengineer w/ a Blemmyes body & psi-camera head! But Zola’s only the greatest creative burst of several in this ish, like his freakish protoplasmic blob. Meanwhile, SHIELD redrafts Agent 13 to assist on an X-File.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #208]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #210]

Captain America & the Falcon #208

August 21, 2012

Jack Kirby
April 1977
***
This jungle arc runs concurrent w/ Kirby’s offbeat run on Black Panther—prob’ly no coincidence, tho’ his Cap work feels less feverishly imaginative. In the rainforest of C. America, on the shores of the Rio de Muerto, Cap earns a female sidekick as he wrestles w/ one of Kirby’s rough-hided monsters.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #207]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #209]

Captain America & the Falcon #207

August 20, 2012

Jack Kirby
March 1977
***
Kirby re-examines his fave  theme of despotism & its annihilation of the spirit. Unlike the Madbomb Affair, this long arc in Central America doesn’t emulate an earlier classic; it’s a grindhouse flick w/ Monroe Doctrine undertones. Far from America protection, Cap serves justice to a Hispanic warden.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #206]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #208]

Captain America & the Falcon #206

August 19, 2012

Jack Kirby
February 1977
****
Kirby plots #206 well, mirroring a romantic dinner w/ a banquet of torture. The former, a rocky double-date w/ his partner, has Cap trying to repair his relaish w/ Sharon Carter. The latter occurs in Central America, where a banana dictator works men to death (shades, most currently, of Pinochet).
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #205]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #207]