C2E2 2010

C2E2 2010: Captain America: Patriot

Karl Kesel and Mitch Breitweiser shine a spotlight on Jeff Mace in CAPTAIN AMERICA: PATRIOT

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By TJ Dietsch

History lesson time! Everyone knows Steve Rogers became Captain America during World War II and got frozen in ice for decades, but that didn't mark the end of Cap's adventures, as other tried to fill those red boots.

First William Naslund, the former Spirit of 76, died wearing the star-spangled costume, then came Jeff Mace, once The Patriot, who ended up walking away from the suit. Writer Karl Kesel and artist Mitch Breitweiser will be exploring Mace's history in the four-issue limited series CAPTAIN AMERICA: PATRIOT, hitting shelves beginning in July.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: PATRIOT #1 preview art by Mitch Breitweiser
"The story starts with his origin, which means it starts with him meeting the first Captain America, since Cap inspired Jeff to become a costumed hero," Kesel previews. "Of course, it's not quite as simple as that, but then, it never is, is it?"

Adding further complications to Mace's life will be mountains of conflict between him and America's enemies, but also with Fred Davis, his Bucky at the time.

"Some new villains, some established villains," Kesel teases in regards to who Jeff will face off against. "But the focus of the story is about Mace trying to be a living legend, and the real conflict in that situation is with the people who know he's not the original Cap. For instance, this Bucky, Fred Davis, has been Bucky longer than Mace has been Cap, and he's not too thrilled to be teaching Mace the finer points of being the symbol of America. Let's just say he thinks they should be referred to as 'Bucky and Captain America.'"

With so much heat around the recently-returned Steve Rogers, it seems like the perfect time for Kesel, who also currently works on the CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE 1940'S NEWSPAPER STRIP digital comic here on Marvel.com, to explore Mace's past.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: PATRIOT #1 preview art by Mitch Breitweiser
"I first thought hard about Jeff Mace as Cap when I was writing the ALL-WINNERS COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL last year," Kesel recalls. "I thought the idea of someone trying to fill Cap's boots was really interesting; Jeff Mace clearly had what it took to be Patriot, but did he really have what it took to be Captain America? That Jeff had no powers, that he wasn't a super-soldier, said to me that filling Cap's boots would be damn difficult for him. And then there was the fact that he actually retired from being Cap-he walked away from being the top super hero in the Marvel Universe at the time. I found that very intriguing. I mean, as a fan I wanted to know the story behind that. So I wrote it!"

Thankfully, unlike Mace's relationship with his partner Bucky, Kesel and Breitweiser have been getting along famously.

"This project was kicked up about 10 notches by Mitch Breitweiser coming on-board as the artist," Kesel boasts. "His stuff is outstanding! Some of the most dynamic, exciting, yet subtle and emotional stuff I've ever seen. Every single page is a work of Art with a capital "A". PATRIOT wouldn't be half of what it is without Mitch."

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John_Holstein
John_Holstein

KARL,you should look at MARVEL PREMIERE#29(4/76)[BUCKY,PATRIOT,RED RAVEN,THIN MAN,MISS AMERICA,WHIZZER,BLUE DIAMOND & JACK FROST's FIRST APPEARANCE as the LIBERTY LEGION ] as there version of GIANT-SIZE X-MEN#1(5/75)--the FIRST APPEARANCE of the NEW X-MEN( WOLVERINE,BANSHEE,SUNFIRE,STORM,NIGHTCRAWLER,THUNDERBIRD and COLOSSUS ).

John_Holstein
John_Holstein

KARL,if AVENGERS#71(12/69) can be an INVADERS appearance when only 3 FOUNDERS APPEAR( Captain America,Human Torch & Sub-Mariner ) does the TIMELY COMICS appearance of 4 or 3 FOUNDING INVADERS count as an earlier appearance? [YOUNG ALLIES COMICS#1(sum/41)--CAPTAIN AMERICA,BUCKY,HUMAN TORCH & TORO,YOUNG ALLIES vs. RED SKULL(--chapter 6; though this should be counted as a LIBERTY LEGION & YOUNG ALLIES Team-Up )]&[ Young Allies Comics#2(win/41)--CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY,HUMAN TORCH & TORO,YOUNG ALLIES vs. BLACK TALON & BARON BOCHE( chapter 6 ) ]&[Young Allies Comics#4(sum/42)--CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY,HUMAN TORCH & TORO,YOUNG ALLIES vs. RED SKULL(2nd story )]&[ Young Allies Comics#5(fall/42)--CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY,HUMAN TORCH & TORO,YOUNG ALLIES vs. the OWL ]&[Young Allies Comics#6(1/43)--CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY,HUMAN TORCH & TORO,YOUNG ALLIES vs. PROFESSOR KRAUT; and a second story where they battle TOGO and NAZIS ]&[Young Allies Comics#7(4/43)--CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY,HUMAN TORCH & TORO,YOUNG ALLIES vs. the SERPENT and IMPERIAL JAPANESE]&[Young Allies Comics#9(fall/43)--CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY,TORO,YOUNG ALLIES vs. HERR EXECUTIONER ]and a possible "appearance" of CAPTAIN AMERICA in the Young Allies story in Young Allies Comics#12(spr/44) vs. the MAD MECHANIC---- www.comics.org say yes but the profile[ www.marvunapp.com/Appendix4/madmechanicy... ] doesn't mention Cap.

John_Holstein
John_Holstein

KARL,this TIMELY COMICS story can be turned into a FIRST APPEARANCE of another TIMELY COMICS UNNAMED SUPER GROUP:---USA COMICS#2(11/41)"When USA HEROES Meet"--CAPTAIN TERROR,DEFENDER & RUSTY,JACK FROST,MAJOR LIBERTY,ROCKMAN,VAGABOND & WHIZZER---they agreed to meet semi-regularly and swap info.

John_Holstein
John_Holstein

KARl,I wish someone at MARVEL would take the time to MAKE THESE TIMELY STORIES the FIRST APPEARANCE of the LIBERTY LEGION:[ All-Winners Comics#1(sum/41)"All-Winners"--CAPTAIN AMERICA,BUCKY,HUMAN TORCH,TORO,SUB-MARINER,ANGEL & BLACK MARVEL ]& [ All-Winners Comics#2(win/41)"Winners All"--CAPTAIN AMERICA,BUCKY,HUMAN TORCH,TORO,SUB-MARINER,WHIZZER & DESTROYER ]& [ HUMAN TORCH COMICS#5b(Fall/41)--HUMAN TORCH,TORO,SUB-MARINER,ANGEL,PATRIOT;Casey( their Reporter/Camera man friend )& KA-ZAR( guest appearance )]&[ Marvel Mystery Comics#25(11/41)"Marvel Get-Together"--HUMAN TORCH,TORO,SUB-MARINER,ANGEL,PATRIOT,KA-ZAR,VISION;and TERRY VANCE( they were also suppose to appear in Marvel Mystery Comics#26(12/41))]&[Avengers#97(3/72)--CAPTAIN AMERICA,HUMAN TORCH,SUB-MARINER,ANGEL,PATRIOT,BLAZING SKULL,FIN & VISION ]---------AS YOU CAN SEE A number of the SAME CHARACTERS APPEAR TOGETHER,and if AVENGERS#71(12/69) can be TURNED INTO the FIRST APPEARANCE of the INVADERS in INVADERS ANNUAL#1(9/76) then the TIMELY COMICS and AVENGERS#97(3/72) can be TURNED INTO the FIRST APPEARANCE of the LIBERTY LEGION.