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Captain America & the Falcon #198

August 10, 2012

Jack Kirby
June 1978
****
Kirby modulates his tone for this episode in the Madbomb Affair. Cap helps SHIELD capture the WMD’s inventor by romancing the man’s fatally ill daughter. Lovely scenes in moonlit room & on a secluded beach, plus some delicate emotions & sensitive expressions, imply Kirby’s past in romance comics.
[see also Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles #1 of 1]
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #197]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #199]

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Captain America & the Falcon #197

August 9, 2012

Jack Kirby
May 1976
***
Artwise, Kirby’s return to Cap is cool. But storywise, he digs up the most preposterous tropes of the super-spy subgenre, incl. a secret HQ populated by thousands of conspirators. Cap doesn’t find the “madbomb” maguffin nor does he snare his shadowy foe, but he does help the US army seize the base.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #196]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #198]

Captain America & the Falcon #196

August 8, 2012

Jack Kirby
April 1976
***
Less of a storyteller than an idea man, Kirby delivers a high-concept setpiece. To win back his shield, Cap skateboards in a deathmatch derby run by a burly black gal named Tinker Belle! Kirby may be idiosyncratic but he’s an alternative to Marvel’s dull house style, plot-heavy & Romita-based.
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #195]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #197]

Captain America & the Falcon #195

August 7, 2012

Jack Kirby
March 1976
***
Kirby’s first Cap arc is one of his standard 1970s anti-fascist “It Can Happen Here” plots. From a bunker out west, latter-day aristos plan to enslave the populace w/ thought slogans, demagoguery, & lobotomies! It may lack subtlety, its plotting may be formulaic, but wow what art!
[last issue: Captain America & the Falcon #194]
[next issue: Captain America & the Falcon #196]