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Review by C.J. Bunce

Generations of comic book readers have loved the star-spangled superhero and actor Chris Evans made him popular for yet another generation in the 21st century.  Created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon in March 1941, Steve Rogers and his alter ego Captain America are being celebrated this month in a new decade-by-decade chronology of the influence and impact of the character in Titan Magazines’ Captain America: The First 80 Years, a look at the characters, creators, and multiple incarnations of Cap in the comics.  It’s being released in three editions, one via newsstands, one via comic shops, and a hardcover version you can pick up here at Amazon and brick and mortar bookstores.  Enjoy a preview for borg readers below.

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The book is a guide to the creation of the character by the likes of Simon and Kirby, Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, John Romita, Steve Englehart, Jim Steranko, Gene Colan, Sal Buscema, J.M. Dematteis, Mark Gruenwald, Mark Waid, and more, through World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, Vietnam, Watergate, assassinations and terrorism, all those comics events like Secret Wars and Civil War, and different companies: Timely, Atlas, Marvel, and Disney.  Readers will meet or revisit Cap’s pal Bucky, the Falcon, Peggy Carter, and Nick Fury, and his great enemies Red Skull (and Nazis, and Communism), Hydra, and M.O.D.O.K.  High points include reprints of actual comic page panels that tell Cap’s story across the ages, comic book cover art, and stories including the several “retcons” that revamped the past to keep up with the tastes of each new generation of readers.

Here is a look at Captain America: The First 80 Years, courtesy of Titan:

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A must-have for Captain America fans, Captain America: The First 80 Years is available for pre-order now here at Amazon, or order one of the other editions from Elite Comics or your local comic shop.  It’s street date is July 13.