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.
m.l. post said:
This takes me back. I was first introduced to Captain America as a young pup back in ’76, so I always liked this run. I remember back then trying to get this comic and some others on trade from a pal, but he said no way. So I had to wait a few years.
A lot of readers didn’t care for Kirby’s run on the title after Englehart, but as much as I liked Englehart’s work on this and other titles, to me this is classic Cap. Thanks, Mars.
Mars Will Send No More said:
Good to hear! We were surprised to find these classic Kirby adventures don’t cost all that much if you don’t mind a somewhat worn copy. The tone seems a lot like the tone of his Black Panther run, which people also criticize for not being true to the character. But it’s easy to see Kirby’s focus stayed on intense adventure and over-the-top action, propelled by forward-thinking, futuristic ideas. In this sense, these works have a lot in common with much of Warren Ellis’ work. In series like Global Frequency, Ellis focuses on action and cool concepts at the expense of character or story development in many cases – but they are still a good read!
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