Over seven decades ago, history occurred with the debut of Captain America in 1941. 70 years later, Steve Rogers and his star-spangled alter ego have grown to iconic status, remaining a mainstay of the Marvel Universe while also expanding into the realms of television, film and more.
On April 4, 2014, the Sentinel of Liberty returns to the big screen in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" from Marvel Studios. As the countdown to Chris Evans picking up the shield once more heats up, we present the definitive comics history of Cap, from his debut to the modern day.
Arnim Zola shrunk Skull House to miniscule size in CAPTAIN AMERICA #396 while Cap fought a pair of scavengers, Jack O'Lantern and Blackwing. Our hero figured out that the Red Skull had not really died in CAPTAIN AMERICA #397, and then inserted himself in the middle of a Galactic Storm between the alien Kree and Shi'ar races in CAPTAIN AMERICA #398.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #399, Cap found himself captured with the rest of the Avengers in, then escaped only to fall prey to the dreaded Korath the Pursuer. Snared by the Kree Supreme Intelligence's mind-twisting illusions in CAPTAIN AMERICA #400, he made his own way across the aliens' stronghold after being abandoned by his teammates. When Earth's Mightiest Heroes then conspired to execute the Supreme Intelligence in the face of his protests, Cap deserted them.
saw the fallout from the events of the Galactic Storm, and a heartsick Cap took a leave of absence from the Avengers in CAPTAIN AMERICA #402 to go searching for John Jameson, the Moonstone-powered Man-Wolf. Cap battled a mysterious opponent called Moonhunter in CAPTAIN AMERICA #403, then sought the mystic aid of Doctor Druid. The mutant Wolverine became embroiled in the situation in CAPTAIN AMERICA #404 and Nightshade injected the Sentinel of Liberty with a serum of lycanthropy, transforming him into a Cap-Wolf. Druid discovered their foe to be a man also known as Druid, in CAPTAIN AMERICA #405, and Wolverine attacked everybody, out of his mind from the machinations of the villains.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #406 and rose to the rank of top dog in a pack of werewolves. Druid became a Starwolf in CAPTAIN AMERICA #407, which complicated things, but Cap managed to crush the Moonstone and then receive a cure for his condition in CAPTAIN AMERICA #408. After the dust settled, our hero and the Falcon flew off to rescue their friend D-Man from Crossbones in CAPTAIN AMERICA #409 and fought the full Skeleton Crew in CAPTAIN AMERICA #410.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #411 saw Cap jetting off to Boca Caliente in disguise along with Falcon and Diamondback to infiltrate an A.I.M. weapons expo. The masks came off in CAPTAIN AMERICA #412 as the man-hating Superia made her attempt at a hostile takeover of A.I.M. and the Star-Spangled Avenger ended up face to face with a legion of super villains at the Expo.CAPTAIN AMERICA #413, which led to Cap trying to rescue the villainess after he mistook her for Diamondback.
After a tussle with a cadre of A.I.M. androids, Cap went to help the Black Panther look for the rare vibranium metal in the Savage Land in CAPTAIN AMERICA #414. That meant a confrontation with the High Technician and his dinosaur-men in CAPTAIN AMERICA #415, but the heroes could boast of the Savage Land's own Ka-Zar at their side. A.I.M. tried to stop the High Technician in CAPTAIN AMERICA #416 and #417, with the help of the gigantic Terminus, and after the battle Cap ran a wounded Diamondback to the Panther's nation of Wakanda in CAPTAIN AMERICA #418.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #419 to assist Cap in capturing Viper, but the villain escaped with the help of the Red Skull. In turn, the Skull pitted the heroes against a new version of the Blazing Skull in CAPTAIN AMERICA #420, and Cap reluctantly fought a brainwashed Nomad in CAPTAIN AMERICA #421. Finally, Steve Rogers pondered the appearance of a new vigilante on the scene, Blistik, in CAPTAIN AMERICA #422.