Captain America 70th Anniversary Special #1
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Captain America 70th Anniversary Special #1

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Marcos Martin Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 1, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7
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Leading off a series of celebratory specials commemorating Marvel’s 70th Anniversary, James (STARMAN, SUPERMAN) Robinson and Marcos (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) Martin bring you an untold story of the living legend. In the days before he becomes Captain America, a scrawny kid from Brooklyn named Steve Rogers shows the world that you don’t need a super-soldier serum to be a hero. Plus a classic Captain America tale from the Golden Age by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. One-Shot/All-New & Reprints/Rated A…$3.99

  • 9.0
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Apr 2, 2009

    I haven’t spent all this time singing this book’s praises to give it a bad grade. Due to the fact that it’s “just an anniversary issue” and the previously mentioned mild cheese factor of the main story, I might’ve given it a B. However… Martin & Rodriguez, baby. If you don’t like Cap, just buy the book and look at it without reading the captions or word balloons. It’s gorgeous! And if you do like Cap, you’re in luck because it’s a pretty cool story too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Apr 1, 2009

    Captain America, as a metaphor for strength of conviction, be it moral, ethical or spiritual, is still a vital character today and excellent vehicle for conveying those ideals. Steve Rodgers may be dead but his spirit and example of heroism still lives on. While his tales have gone from black and white, good vs.evil tales to complex battles between ideals and ethical stances, the premise remains the same. Cap tries to do the right thing and inspire others to as well. Happy 70th Anniversary Steve. We miss ya. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 3, 2009

    Oh, and Happy Birthday, Marvel! You don't look a day over 47! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Keith Dallas Mar 31, 2009

    The villain of the story is a parody of the then-owner of the Chicago Cubs, William Wrigley Jr., who dressed up in a bad Batman costume to murder players on his team (the Brooklyn Badgers)--including an analog of Joe DiMaggio. I wonder what the real Wrigley and DiMaggio thought about this story (if they were ever made aware of it). Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 1, 2009

    Sorry, Marvel. I enjoyed the 65th Anniversary Special much more. Better luck in five years. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Apr 3, 2009

    Maybe this 70th Anniversary celebration is leading somewhere or setting the stage for things to come, as teased in an advertisement in this book. A black page bearing a star and the single word "July" has already caused a bit of a stir. Maybe this 70th Anniversary comic is just good reading. Either way, at least Marvel knows how they should try to celebrate milestones. This issue, however, could have done with more Captain America for the cover price. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Apr 9, 2009

    To appease readers who mightn't be happy about the inflated $3.99 US cover price, Marvel has opted to include a Golden Age Cap/Bucky reprint story. I would have expected the original version of the Cap origin story, but instead, editor Stephen Wacker opts for a somewhat goofy baseball story. I like that the reprint material isn't redundant or familiar, and the oddball nature of the plot was entertaining. Still, it seems an odd choice, and I would have rather paid $2.99 US for the comic without the reprint. (Actually, I wish I hadn't forked out any money for it in the first place.) Read Full Review

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