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RIP Captain America 1941- 2007

Comic Fodder bids Godspeed to Steve Rogers (aka: Captain America).

Our prayers go out to his family, friends, fans and even his foes. May we always look to the Sentinel of Liberty as the best in all the Marvel Universe.


For those late to the game, Marvel Comics has decided to "kill" Captain America.

With a movie in the works, Cap's face splashed across dozens of licensed products and a successful comic series, if Cap is dead, I shall eat my hat (yes, I wear hats made of marshmallows and jelly beans, but that's hardly the point). However, someone at Marvel must have noted how well the "Superman is Dead" bit played back in the early 90's, because today's press took this one hook, line and sinker.

Brubaker's work on the Cap title has received good notices in the comic community, but short of killing off an American Icon, it's a bit tough to push sales beyond a certain point. When I grabbed my copy of Captain America #25 at my local comic shop, I was amazed to see that it was the last copy on the shelf less than two hours after the store opened.

Well done, Marvel PR. You're very lucky that you have the talent onboard the title to back up this kind of attention.

Now, if only someone had thought to release Marvel's "The Initiative" a week or two later...

In my opinion, Ed Brubaker has been doing a great job writing Captain America. I have never been into Cap much but everyone kept telling me that it was great. So I picked up the trades. Wow. Great stuff. He writes Captain America like he is Jack Bauer or someone in a Tom Clancy Novel.

And yes, The Punisher will be Captain America. He picked up Cap's cowl.

I think Marvel is trying to make a statement about America today. If Steve Rogers was a mirror of America in World War II. Are they saying that Frank Castle is a mirror of America today?


-- Posted by: Richard at March 9, 2007 1:34 AM

I don't usually try to speculate too much on specifics of what I think might happen with a comic, but I don't disagree.

This was a first, post-Civil War pass:

I can appreciate the media buzz over "killing the Spirit of America", but as far as a direct allegory for today's climate, I confess to finding it clunky, if that's indeed the intention. That said, without recent events, it might not have occured to Marvel to approach the situation at all.

-- Posted by: ryan at March 9, 2007 2:24 AM