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The First Avenger: Captain America

Captain America: Evil Lurks Everywhere

Cap's comin' atcha in an exclusive comic written by none other than Stan Lee himself!

We’re celebrating the July 22 premiere of “Captain America: The First Avenger” with Captain America Month! Enjoy daily doses of new Cap goodness including interviews with the film’s cast and crew as well as some of the biggest creators in the Sentinel of Liberty’s history, retrospectives on our hero’s most memorable Marvel comics and surprises galore! Come back to Marvel.com every day for new Cap Month coverage, and mark your calendars for July 22 to see the Star-Spangled Avenger in action!

By Jim Beard

Captain America: Evil Lurks Everywhere #1 Preview Art by Jason Armstrong

It’s not every day that Stan “The Man” Lee writes a new Captain America adventure, but this one’s kind of special: CAPTAIN AMERICA: EVIL LURKS EVERYWHERE #1. But this book won’t be on the shelves of your local comic store, so how do you get it? It’s available in glorious 3D exclusively in limited edition, specially marked packages of Norton Internet Security 2011 and Norton AntiVirus 2011, but the 2D version’s also yours for the “liking” at www.facebook.com/Norton.

We checked in with CAPTAIN AMERICA: EVIL LURKS EVERYWHERE editor Bill Rosemann and artist Jason Armstrong for the low-down on the shield-wielding project.

“What’s so cool about this Captain America comic is that it’s shipped to you directly from the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” says Rosemann. “It’s being presented as an actual issue of the Captain America comic that the USO--in the Marvel Cinematic Universe--distributed to the troops to help boost morale during World War II. It's meta-fictional and mega-cool! Plus it’s written by Stan ‘The Man’ Lee! It doesn’t get any better than that!”

“My exposure to comics was ‘Stan Lee Presents,’ the voice and face of Marvel Comics in the 1970s,” echoes Armstrong. “It was certainly a thrill [to work with him].”

The “story within a story” motif meant an extra-special focus on presenting the comic as a truly unique piece of Marvel history, for which the artist gave his artistic all.

“This was presented to me as an ‘Early Tale Of…’ so I really wanted to keep that Jack Kirby TALES OF SUSPENSE vibe,” he notes. “I certainly referenced all my Kirby reprints. The opening and ending of CAPTAIN AMERICA: EVIL LURKS EVERYWHERE is a framing sequence to let the reader know we are actually reading an actual Captain America comic book from WWII.”

“This is the Cap that the U.S. government hopes will inspire the troops and the nation,” Rosemann says of the comic’s star-spangled star. “So he’s a never-say-die, one-man-army Super Soldier…which is just how we love Cap!”

For both men, the process of creating this exclusive book, with its incredible pedigree, proved to be a memorable one.

Captain America: Evil Lurks Everywhere #1 Preview Art by Jason Armstrong

“Next to working on a comic starring the legendary shield slinger,” says Rosemann. “Next to teaming once again with the tremendously talented Jason Armstrong--who illustrated the awesome DARING MYSTERY COMICS one-shot that spotlighted the Phantom Reporter--the best part of this was the time my phone rang…and it was Stan Lee on the other end! As you can imagine, that was a memorable moment for this life-long True Believer.”

“The action, of course,” reports Armstrong on what he loved drawing the most. “Always the action! I enjoyed having a loose plot that allowed me to play with the timing. I found the 3D element of this project was a learning experience, but now I’m digging it.

“I think this story resonates with my personal comic reading experience as a kid. I would bike to the variety store with my one dollar--certainly a big allowance back in the day--[and] buy two comics and a soda. I’d read the comics, return the soda bottle for the deposit and then buy a third comic. My entire afternoon spent outdoors reading. I like the fact that this ‘unnamed every-boy’ [in the story] has the same experience as I did.” 

In the end, we think it couldn’t possibly get any better than this…or could it?

“The comic comes with 3D glasses that are decorated with Cap elements!” adds Rosemann. “So Cap hurls his shield right into your face!”

But Stan “The Man” Lee may be the person most excited to see this story in print.

“Wotta thrill!” exudes the writer. “To think I'm writing a Captain America tale after all this time! In the grandest super hero tradition, Cap just gets better and better through the years! Excelsior!”

"Captain America: The First Avenger" will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.  As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

Check out the official "Captain America: The First Avenger" teaser site as well as its hub page right here on Marvel.com for the latest on Cap's big screen adventure hitting theaters July 22!

In addition to "Captain America: The First Avenger," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Marvel's The Avengers" on May 4, 2012, and "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013.

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