Captain America: Avenger, Hero, Icon

An engaging insider’s celebration of Captain America’s seminal comic book stories over the comic book’s 80 year run, including all things Cap: his character’s origin; various significant storylines over the decades; and his importance as a cultural icon in today’s wildly popular superhero climate. 

Captain America explores the phenomenon of one of Marvel Comics’s most popular superheroes with the 30 most significant and influential Captain America stories and includes relevant spinoffs and ancillary comic book events. Framed by longtime comic book industry insider Rich Johnson, the story is told using countless comic book images, film stills, and story-boards: how Steve Rogers origin story as Cap began as a WWII hero and where his story took him further into the twentieth century and beyond; costume and character story changes over the decades; the influence of Captain America on all other comic book characters since Cap’s inception; and how Captain America is even powerful and relevant in today’s comic book (and superhero film) culture. The book contains more than 200 Captain America illustrations, including covers, interior comic art, and sketch treat-ments, beginning with his inception in the early 1940s to present-day treatments of the character. Captain America will appeal to the fans looking for a great place to start learning about Cap, to megafans, and to Marvel collectors alike.

About The Author

Rich Johnson is a longtime comic book industry main-stay. Johnson spent time as a VP with DC Comics, a VP of Lion Forge Press, and has been an Eisner Awards judge. He writes for comics website The Beat, and founded and was co-Publishing Director of manga imprint Yen Press. Johnson is also an adjunct professor at Drexel and Pace Universit

  • Publish Date: June 07, 2022
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Comics & Graphic Novels - Superheroes (See Also Fiction - Superheroes)
  • Publisher: Universe
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • Pages: 224
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $67.50
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-3778-8


"...takes a deep dive into the phenomenon and meaning of Captain America by examining 30 different stories from throughout the character's 80-year history." —ICV2

"...offers a kind of guide to the best Cap stories out there." —FORCESOFGEEK.COM

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