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Captain America

(Golden Age Debut: Captain America Comics # 1)

(Silver Age Debut: Avengers vol. 1, # 4)

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America and his original shield during World War Two, as portrayed by actor Chris Evans in the upcoming Captain America biographical film, Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America- (Steve Rogers) --1st appearance: Captain America Comics #1 (1941). 1st Silver Age appearance: Avengers #4 (1964)

 

Captain America: The First Avenger Official Movie Trailer

 

 During World War Two, Steve Rogers attempted to volunteer for the military. Due to his weak physical condition, the military rejected him. However, Steve Rogers was selected to take part in a secret goverment experiment, which attempted to create a 'super-soldier.'

The experiment succeeded, turning Rogers into a muscular physical specimen with the athletic ability of a trained Olympic athlete. The government gave him a red, white, and blue costume, a star spangled shield, and code-named him "Captain America." Throughout World War Two, Captain America fought against the Axis, often side by side with ordinary soldiers. He also served alongside other heroes from several Allied nations, including the first Human Torch, the Torch's sidekick, Toro, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and others. Captain America's most important ally, and his best friend, was Bucky (Bucky Barnes), a young man who discovered Captain America's secret identity and convinced the Captain to let him become his sidekick. (It should be noted, that in the comic book business, i.e. the "real world," many heroes acquired sidekicks, the most famous probably being Robin, the Boy Wonder, who partnered with Batman.)

 

In modern Marvel Universe continuity, (often called 'canon'), the characters of Captain America and Bucky were supposedly killed near the end of World War Two while stopping a scheme by the first Baron Zemo to launch a missile at the U.S. According to canon, Captain America was thrown clear of the high-flying missile as it exploded, landing in the frozen waters of the north Atlantic. Due to the super-soldier formula in his blood, Captain America survived in frozen animation until discovered by the recently formed superhero group, the Avengers. (Avengers vol. 1, #4). The world had thought both Captain America and Bucky had died during that last war mission, and news of Captain America's survival and resurrection were greeted with wonder and acclamation. America still remembered him as one of her greatest heroes.

Captain America soon joined the Avengers, and quickly became the team's leader. The respect afforded him by other heroes cannot be underestimated. In team-ups (episodes when normally un-allied heroes and/or teams gather together to fight villains), Captain America is always the automatic tactical leader.

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In March of 2007, Captain America was assassinated on the steps of a Federal Courthouse in New York City. See Comicshistory: The Death of Captain America for details and an obituary.

The life of Captain America will be featured in a new movie slated to open on July 22, 2011.

 

Below photos of the actors involved the movie of Captain America's origin and early career during World War Two:

 Actor Chris Evans as Captain America, being cheered by American troops in World War Two

 Actor Chris Evans as stripped-down and ripped Captain America, after receiving the Super-Soldier treatment. Seen with Major Peggy Carter

Dr. Erskine (above), and the villainous Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving (bottom) wearing an evil-looking Hydra uniform

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Captain American Links:

Captain America Vol. 5 # 25: Death of A Dream --Info and analysis on the 25th issue of Captain America, which features the shooting death of the Sentinel of Liberty.

Thor and Captain America Superbowl Ads Disappoint-- posted Feb. 6, 2011  

 

 

Nicknames: Cap, The Sentinel of Liberty, Star-Spangled Avenger

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Family

Joseph Rogers --Father; deceased

Sarah Rogers --Mother; deceased

Sharon Carter --Off and on again lover, secret agent for S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

Associates, Colleagues, & Opponents

Friends & Allies

Bucky

Human Torch I

Namor, The Sub-Mariner

The Invaders

The Avengers

The Fantastic Four

Iron Man

Thor

Nick Fury

Captain America 's Enemies and Villains

Barons Zemo I & II

The Red Skull

Hydra

AIM

Links and Resources on Captain America

Captain America Costumes - Offers costumes based on the comics and movies.

The Star-Spangled Site--Information resource for those who want to know more about one of Marvel Comics' earliest super-heroes.

Captain America--Marvel's site for the upcoming movie

Thor and Captain America Superbowl Ads Disappoint-- posted Feb. 6, 2011

O Captain! Our Captain!: Stan Lee and Marvel Comics’s Joe Quesada contemplate Captain America's surprising death.--By Samantha Henig, Newsweek, Updated: 7:03 a.m. PT March 9, 2007

Marvel Directory: Captain America--A directory of Marvel Universe heroes.

Captain America-Wikipedia article.

Michael Medved on Captain America on National Review Online--critical article by a nationally syndicated columnist.

Continuity Pages: Captain America :A study of Captain America, published by Marvel Comics. Written by Julian Darius.

Captain America Webring

Captain America: Superhero of the Military-Industrial Complex--By Nick Turse -political article about how the Pentagon is trying to create a real version of a Captain America-like super soldiers.

Comic Book Milestones-- A celebration of Captain America vol. 1, # 337.

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