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captain america 211 - (4)

Captain America meets Nazi X in this fourth of a five-issue arc by Jack Kirby. This tale continues our first introduction to Kirby’s mad creation Arnim Zola. A genetic engineer gone bad, he has teamed up with the Red Skull here. The Skull has of course brought Zola on board for the resurrection of Hitler, and many of the sub-plots get dropped in Kirby’s wildly chaotic dash to the finish line.

Kirby lets his outrageous and visually-striking Zola steal the show, however, and the arc is worth checking out just for his performance. The story runs from #208-212. We would have missed it if not for the review at Longbox Graveyard, so thank you, Paul! This was a real treat to discover.

Collector’s Guide: from Captain America #211; Marvel, 1977. Reprinted in the Captain America by Jack Kirby Omnibus; Marvel, 2011. Script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Mike Royer.