10 Sep 2020
#ComicBytes: Essential Captain America comics for every fan
Written byRashi BhattacharyyaEntertainment
Since his World War II days, Steve Rogers has been involved in all kinds of adventures.
From space wars to spy thrillers, Captain America comics deliver a great reading experience.
Now, if you are a relatively new fan, you need to do some essential reading to become a mega-fan.
Some of the following books have also been the inspiration behind Captain America movies.
Captain America Comics #1: Where it all began
Both Captain America, and his young ally, Bucky, appear for the first time in this volume in 1941.
Starting off with Steve Rogers' origin story where he gets his powers and Bucky becomes his partner, it explains everything you need to know about Cap in 8 quick page-turns.
With Joe Simon on the script and Jack Kirby on art, it also introduces Red Skull.
The Winter Soldier saga: Bucky's reintroduction as a villain
Issues: Captain America #1-9 & #11-14.
Ed Brubaker's Winter Soldier saga is the definitive modern Captain America tale. Winter Soldier reintroduces Rogers' long lost partner Bucky as a brainwashed Soviet super-assassin.
This storyline defines the modern Captain America, in terms of his character and the stories told with him.
Surprisingly, it also turned the prominent side-kick, Bucky Barnes, into a fan-favorite.
Cap and Red Skull in Operation: Rebirth
Issues: Captain America #444-448 & #450-454.
Captain America briefly dies but is brought back to the forefront of the universe.
Rogers is rescued by his presumed dead ex-girlfriend Sharon Carter, who now takes orders from his arch-nemesis, Red Skull!
This series examines the antagonistic dynamic between Captain America and Red Skull as they seek to restore reality in an epic adventure.
Man Out of Time: Steve Rogers wakes up
Issues: Captain America: Man Out of Time #1-5 & Avengers #4.
This series covers the time between the movies Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
It deals with the huge shock Rogers faces as he wakes up in the modern world after disappearing during World War II.
The plot makes the character more human and realistic.
The Secret Empire: The man without his costume
Issues: Captain America: Steve Rogers #17-19, Captain America: Sam Wilson #22-24.
Not to be confused with the comic book crossover event of the same name, here Captain America and the Falcon find themselves dealing with Watergate Scandal.
In this story, Rogers gives up the mantle of Captain America for the first time. This portrayal of Captain is underrated yet quite perfect.