CAPTAIN AMERICA #109 (1969): The Final Kirby Issue!

Jack Kirby leaves Captain America with a retelling of his origin story–and it’s great.  It’s expanded, we get a lot more details, and it’s like Jack Kirby’s farewell loveletter to a character he created without Stan Lee.  Cap is one of the few major character in Marvel’s staple that predated Stan Lee. (Others include Namor and Human Torch–robot version.)

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One thing, though: “Deadly experiment?”  If they haven’t done it yet, how do they know it’s deadly?  And of course he didn’t die.  Stan overdoes the ham hype, but that’s part of his charm.

And on the letters page, Don McGregor, future Marvel editor and author.

In less than 10 years, he will provide some of the most interesting Black Panther stories of all time.

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