CAPTAIN AMERICA #241 (1980): Punisher!

In Captain America #241, Mike Barr signs on.

He turns Steve Rogers into a cartoonist.

Much like Jack Kirby was a war veteran whose talents were used to sketch enemy camps on scouting missions.

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He gets his first assignment–and it’s a bit tawdry.

While he’s working…

He hears a gunshot. Now, I mentioned Mike Barr is writing this. And if Barr–a major writer on DC’s Batman character–comes to Marvel to write a comic, who should be the guest star?

Why, Punisher of course–Marvel’s hardcore answer to Batman!

Of course, their morality clashes immediately…

Also, a Frank Miller cover never hurt anyone (see up top).

The gangbangers they fight are multiracial.

It’s not a great issue, but it’s not a terrible one.  A little bit of an island in a sea of lame issues.  I can’t wait until #247, when Roger Stern went from editing to writing the series, joined by a little-known artist named…John Byrne. It’s one of the best, shortest Captain America runs of all time.

Stick around, we’ll get there.

Ms. Marvel #2-4 (1977)

This issue starts with AIM taking interest in Ms. Marvel. They believe that her costume is the source of her power. Carol Danvers, having lunch with Mary Jane Watson, explains…

THOR #143-144 (1967)

Thor, Sif and Balder take on “The Enchanters,” who look a lot like most Kirby cosmic villains and act in a pretty generic way.  But it’s a fun story, and…