By TJ Dietsch
Everybody's favorite Nazi-punching, shield-slinging hero to millions, Captain America, has become the star of his own daily comic strip, thanks to writer and artist Karl Kesel-but not on the printed page.
"Storylines back then went on for many, many weeks, sometimes as long as an entire year," explains Kesel in regards to the nature of newspaper strips from days gone by. "Since we're modeling this strip on classics like 'Terry and the Pirates' and 'Dick Tracy,' we're following their lead. In fact, the three-month duration of the strip was chosen because that was a very typical length of a storyline back then, give or take a few weeks. That's one of the great things about those strips: storylines could be as long or as short as they needed to be!"
|Art by Karl Kesel|
"There's a self-contained Sunday strip that tells Cap's Origin designed as an introductory piece that any newspaper of the time could run first to catch their readers up on who the newest addition to their comics page was," the writer/artist elaborates. "But after that we jump right into a rollicking adventure!"
Of course, you can't have a Captain America story set in World War II without including Cap's plucky, gun-sporting sidekick Bucky. Kesel also promises a few other familiar names and faces popping up throughout the series.
"There are two established Marvel Universe characters you play important roles: Betsy Ross, introduced way back in [1941's] CAPTAIN AMERICA #1, believe it or not, who's Cap's 'FBI Liaison' and another known figure whom I'm not going to say any more about," Kesel teases. "I also introduce one new character who's related to an established character in the Marvel Universe; I'll be interested to see if fans pick up on the connection."
|Art by Karl Kesel|
"Milton Caniff, who did 'Terry and the Pirates' and 'Steve Canyon,' is my idol, and I've often wished I was born 50 years earlier so I could have been part of the newspaper adventure strip during its heyday, so this strip really is a dream-come-true for me," he says. "But after tackling this job, I don't know how they did it! The amount of work they had to produce day after day, every single day of the year is pretty stunning. I get tired just thinking about it! But you know what? It's also a total blast! And I'd do it again in a heartbeat!"
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