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Captain America Comics

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Publisher: Timely

Captain America Comics With the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there isn't a whole lot we don't know about Captain America. As with most adaptations, however, there are some incongruities and “dressing up” done for the modern times. A brief synopsis of Captain America's comic series will make any comic fan appreciate the Cap even more than they already do. Steve Rogers, at first, was a scrawny and sickly kid who couldn't enter the military due to his frailty. His resolve to fight in WWII is noticed by an Army General named Chester Phillips who brings him in on “Project: Rebirth.” The project consists of an intensive training regimen followed up with powerful injections and exposure to a device known as the Vita-Ray. The result is the near perfect human specimen soon to be named Captain America. From there Steve Rogers helps the government design his Captain America persona and enters into WWII as a counter-intelligence agent against the Red Skull. During this time he meets James Barnes, a teenager that learns of Cap's identity, and the two become best friends. While Red Skull remains Cap's arch nemesis, it isn't the Nazi mascot that closes out Captain America's WWII run in the comics. Baron Zemo is the one who launches a missile toward America and its Captain America along with Bucky who attempt to defuse the weapon. The plan all along had been to kill the two heroes as Zemo detonates it, causing both Bucky and Cap to fall into the ocean where they're thought to be dead. Beyond that, its decades before the Avengers locate Steve's frozen prison and free him. After joining the Avengers, he eventually comes to lead the team and works alongside S.H.I.E.L.D in special covert missions. It's in S.H.I.E.L.D that Steve reunites with Nick Fury, whom he fought alongside with in WWII, and learns that Fury received a similar formula to Cap's. S.H.I.E.L.D is where Steve meets his main love interest: Sharon Carter. The special agent and Cap have a number of missions together that lead to some of the amazing stories in Captain America's history. A few key events that happen in his main run is Steve realizes the American government isn't the same government he once fought for and following the Watergate-scandal he hangs up his costume. After spending time as Nomad “The Man without a Country”, Steve returns and makes it clear that he does not stand behind America, but behind the ideal America once held. It's this moment that Steve Rogers develops as his own man and becomes the Captain that we all love today. Notable details of the Captain America series are: First appearance of Captain America and of Bucky in Captain America #1, 1941; first appearance of Sam Wilson (The Falcon) in Captain America #117 in 1969; and Steve Rogers abdicates his role as Captain America and becomes Nomad in Captain America #332, 1987.

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