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Friday, February 28, 2014

Captain America Key Issues Part 8

Welcome to Part 8 of the Captain America key issues list. Let's just cut to the point and get this on.

Captain America #176
  • Steve Rodgers quits being Cap
Although not the last time, this is the first time Cap quits being Captain America after being disillusioned by the corruption of the U.S. government. It is no coincidence that this comic was published in August, 1974, which is the same month and year Richard Nixon resigns because of the Water Gate scandal. 

Definitely a comic of the times. 

eBay - Much better selection for this issue concerning unslabbed copies. On the CGC front? Only one graded 9.4 copy I saw so far. 

ComicLink - One CGC graded 9.4 as well.

mycomicshop - One graded CGC 9.4 copy and a few lower grade unslabbed copies. 

NewKadia - Four copies available. Highest is a FN+. 2nd highest is a solid FN. Others are low grade copies. Extremely affordable. 

Captain America #180
  • First appearance of Nomad
  • First Viper
This is the first appearance of the character Nomad. Steve Rodgers is the first to become this character after he quits being Captain America. Rodgers, however, is not the last to take the name of Nomad. Jack Monroe, also known as the third Bucky is the third and most well-known character to become Nomad.

This issue also sees the first appearance of Madame Hydra as Viper.

Fans of the character of Nomad definitely have their sights on this bronze age key issue, but by all accounts it's still very much a sleeper.

eBay - Decent selection of unslabbed copies for this first appearance of Nomad. Pretty affordable copies as well. CGC is lacking. Only saw one 9.6 Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. CGC SS copies with his signature are becoming over-saturated. 

mycomicshop - More unslabbed choices. These are lower grade books if you don't mind. They are extremely affordable. 

NewKadia - Only one FN- minus copy left here.


Captain America #181
  • First appearance of new Cap
  • Origin of new Cap
Roscoe Simmons would be the next to take up the mantle of Captain America after Steve Rodgers quits and becomes Nomad. In this issue we see his origin. He is given Rodger's blessing as the new Cap and inherits the indestructible shield.

Roscoe does not under go the Super Soldier Serum process. He has the normal strength of a man his age, but is a very capable combatant. The Falcon ends up training the new Cap further.

eBay - Quite a bit of unslabbed copies worth checking out so far on the mighty eBay. Just click the blue eBay link to check out the search results for this key issue. CGC 9.2 copy was the only one I saw so far.

ComicConnect - If you're only into high grade investment comics, then ComicConnect delivers the goods. Two CGC high grade comics here. One's a beautiful 9.8 and the other a beautiful 9.6! Also two unslabbed options as well.

ComicLink - CGC 9.6 copy here if you're on the hunt for high grade copies. 

mycomicshop - If cheap, affordable unslabbed, raw copies are more your taste, here's more options for you. Three copies with the highest a VG+.  

NewKadia - Only one FN+ left.

Captain America #183
  • Death of new Cap
  • Steve Rodgers returns as Cap
Of course, Roscoe does not last long as the new Cap and is killed by the Red Skull in this issue. Inspired by Roscoe's sacrifice, Rodgers hangs up the mantle of Nomad and returns to being the rightful Captain America.

eBay - A few affordable unslabbed copies. Let me restate that: Extremely affordable unslabbed copies. No CGC at this time.

mycomicshop - More unslabbed, three copies here. Highest is a solid FN. 

NewKadia - VF+ and a VF- available for snagging at NewKadia. Also a FN+ copy here as well. These are total budget comics.

Captain America #186
  • True origin of Falcon
Wow, if this wasn't startling to find out, I don't know what else is. It seems that stereotypes were just too strong, even for those writing comics at the time.

In this issue, The Falcon gets retconned by writer Steve Englehart. In the earlier comics, Sam Wilson's origin was that of a social worker who sought to better the lives of inner city youths. In this new retcon, Sam Wilson's true past was that of a mob-connected thug and pimp. It was revealed in this issue that the Red Skull used the Cosmic Cube to alter the memories of Sam Wilson, and he was indeed a criminal before becoming The Falcon.

Sadly, this is known in the industry as the true origin of the Falcon. This is still a bronze age key issue to get concerning The Falcon, and it is a sleeper!

eBay - Only a few unslabbed copies available to get snagged. You will have to look for other places for CGC copies.

NewKadia - Two copies here, highest is a FN+. Other copy is a low grade copy. Cannot find any CGC copies at the time of this writing. You may have better chances getting a high grade copy at a Comic Con. 

Captain America #208
  • First appearance of Arnim Zola
We saw Arnim Zola in the first Captain America movie, and we'll most likely see him again in the sequel. Whether we see his famous ESP box headed body is a different story.

Unlike the movie, however, Zola is a genetic engineer who discovered how to project one's mind into a cloned body. He is a founding member of HYDRA.

Despite his appearance in the Captain America: The First Avenger and confirmation that the character will return in Captain America The Winter Soldier, demand for this key issue wasn't really affected. It's still very affordable even in high grade.

eBay - Lots of unslabbed copies at high grades. Only one CGC 9.8! It's a Signature Series and signed by Captain America creator Joe Simon.

Captain America key issues Part 9 is ready! Same drill, if you missed Part 7, just click the PREVIOUS link below.


  1. Part 8 ?!! Dang Dude, you are the most thorough person to research this far into Cap, and comics in general.....KUDOS TO YOU!! Can't wait to see Falcon in action on the big screen! And I just saw the new poster for Spidey it's a good time to be alive for us comic geeks! Thanks for kicking all the other websites asses with the BEST INFO on Comics & Investing...Keep The Faith. L.K.

    1. Thanks, L.K., just trying my best to make this as informative as possible. Cap sure does have a lot of continuity patches. This was harder than doing Superman and all that Earth One, Earth Two and Three jazz, but it was fun as hell. The Falcon looked pretty badass in that action clip in the trailer. That got me excited to see the Cap sequel alone.

      It is an awesome time! We get to see all of our favorite comic characters on the big screen like we were dreaming and hoping for back in the day. Sure, some don't pan out the way we want, but I have to admit, it's still cool to see them in live action.

      I think Spidey 2 is gonna be pretty awesome...I'm definitely looking forward to seeing that flick. Thanks for the kudos! Was just listening to some of your guys' tunes...I think my favorite is "Back of the Line" but it's hard to choose.