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Friday, February 28, 2014

Captain America Key Issues Part 7

Here's Part 7 to this Captain America key issues list. A lot of more great Captain America key comics and thanks for being patient. Much appreciated. We're still in the bronze age and moving along. If you came upon this post before reading the previous parts I do suggest you start at the beginning with Part 1. You can just click the blue link. 

If you've been following along with this series, enjoy Part 7 and thanks for reading!





Captain America #153 comic
Captain America #153
  • First appearance of Steven Rodgers II/Captain America 4
  • Origin of Jack Monroe
We get even into more confusing retcons with this issue. Two Captain Americas? Yes, sir! Here's where we actually see the first appearance of William Burnside as Steven Rodgers II and Captain America 4. However, this issue doesn't explain why there are two Caps. This issue starts the story arc that would explain how the Captain America of the 1950s came to be.

This issue also tells Jack Monroe's origin story.

eBay - A pretty small selection. A few unslabbed, raw copies and only two CGC copies I saw. One's a 9.6 and the other a 9.4. The 9.6 is a very good deal, and only a few bucks more than the 9.4. Definitely worth taking a look if you're on the hunt for bronze age key issues. 





Captain America #154
  • First full appearance of Jack Monroe
Jack Monroe's first full appearance here. This is the same Jack Monroe who is Bucky of the 50s and later becomes the character Nomad, but I'm getting ahead of myself here. This issue continues the strange story of two Caps.

Pretty much still a sleeper. Not too many know there were so many different Captain Americas and Buckys. Still a key issue and under the radar for now.

eBay - Surprisingly limited selection for both CGC and unslabbed copies. There are two CGC 9.8s, however. Too expensive for my blood for this bronze age key issue, though. There's also some 9.2s as well.




Captain America #155 comic book
Captain America #155
  • Origin of Steven Rodgers II
  • Origin of Captain America 4
  • Confirms Burnside as 1950s Cap
  • Confirms Monroe as 1950s Bucky
 This issue explains just how there are two Steven Rodgers and two Captain Americas. Apparently, William Burnside was a huge Cap fan while growing up. He graduated with a PhD in American History and desiring to study Captain America from the viewpoint of the Nazi's took a trip to Germany. There he found the formula to the Super Soldier Serum. 

Taking it back to the U.S., he offered it to the U.S. Government to create a new Captain America (Jeff Mace had just retired from service) with the condition that the new one be him. The U.S. Government agreed or relented, seeing that they needed a patriotic symbol during the height of the Korean War. 

Along with taking the Super Soldier Serum, William Burnside also legally changed his name to Steve Rodgers and went reconstructive surgery to look and sound like the original Steve Rodgers as well.

NewKadia - Only one copy left here. It's a VF- (low very fine) and ridiculously affordable. For those more on a budget, this comic could be for you. 

eBay - Wow, surprisingly no CGC copies at the time of this writing. There is a small selection of unslabbed copies for this under the radar key Captain America comic from the bronze age.





Captain America #161
  • First published appearance Peggy Carter 
Okay, when I mean first published appearance, I mean when the character was first introduced to comic fans and by name. Peggy Carter's face is not revealed in this issue, but this is the issue that puts the character on the radar of comic fans.

It would not be until the next issue when her retconned first appearance would point to the unnamed World War 2 love interest seen in Tales of Suspense #77

eBay - Extremely limited selection for both unslabbed and CGC copies. I did spot a 9.6 graded copy, though. This could very well change as time goes on, especially after the new Captain America sequel comes out. Oh, yes, they are planning a television show featuring the further adventures of Peggy Carter. Hayley Atwell will star!

NewKadia - Only one GD copy here.






Captain America #162
  • Peggy Carter revealed as Sharon Carter's sister
Uhmmm...yeah! In her early comic development, Peggy Carter was introduced as Sharon Carter's older sister. Of course, Peggy was later retconned to be Sharon's aunt. I guess you could say that this is technically her 2nd real published appearance, and in this issue, Cap finds out the truth about Peggy Carter and how she is the unnamed love he met and lost in Paris, France during World War 2. 

I should note that a television show entitle Agent Carter is in the works. Hayley Atwell confirmed she will star in this major television show. The show has a lot of potential in sparking a large interest in Captain America key comics feature the character. This would be one of them.

eBay - Can we say sleeper? Not much of a selection as of yet. There are a very limited amount of unslabbed copies. Even more limited for CGC, but there are two CGC 9.8s that I saw so far. This will definitely change once the television show hits production.

NewKadia - VF+ copy available here. Highly affordable and at least it is high grade.




Captain America #168
  • First appearance of Helmut Zemo
Back to Baron Zemo. This is Helmut Zemo's first appearance as the Phoenix.  Not to be confused with Heinrich Zemo, the previous Baron Zemo.

Heinrich founded the Masters of Evil and was killed in Avengers #15 while battling with Cap. Helmut Zemo would end up replacing Heinrich as Baron Zemo, but not in this issue. Yes, Helmut Zemo is the son of Heinrich Zemo and won't be making his first appearance as Baron Zemo until much, much later. 

Demand is low for these bronze age keys. Best time to snag them if you're a Captain America fan.

eBay - eBay is lacking on selection for this Cap issue as well. Only saw less than a handful of unslabbed copies. CGC so far is pulling a Claude Rains. Well, at least, during the time of this writing. You may have a better chance of picking this issue up in a comic lot auction. However, pretty chancy that you'll get a high enough graded copy in a lot. 


More Captain America key issues is ready in Part 8, so be sure to click NEXT to see more Captain America key comics you should be keeping an eye out for! Same drill, if you missed Part 6, just click the PREVIOUS link below.




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