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.
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.