Get Started In CAPTAIN AMERICA (STEVE ROGERS)

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by snowbi-wan, updated May 2019

Captain America (Steve Rogers) is one of Marvel's most popular characters, multiplied even more so since the era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The character's history dates back to 1941, before Marvel was using the name Marvel. This Golden Age Captain America was the product of the Super Soldier serum designed by Dr. Abraham Erskine in order to create a whole battalion of perfect soldiers to combat the evil Axis powers. A spy within the project killed Erskine after the first test subject was subjected to the process, and the secret to the process was lost forever. The first and only subject was Steve Rogers, a young artist who was denied enlistment because of physical frailty (classification F-4). The Super Soldier process elevated Rogers' physique to the peak of human perfection. He was trained in the fighting arts, combat and espionage. This, plus an indestructible shield produced in a metallurgical accident, made the rechristened Captain America not only a symbol of inspiration for US fighting forces, but also a one-man army in his own right. Cap and his sidekick, Bucky, and their sometimes teammates from the Invaders (the original Human Torch and Namor, the Sub-Mariner) took on iconic rogues like the Red Skull and Baron Zemo. In 1945, a mission against Baron Zemo went awry. Bucky was killed, and Captain America fell into the icy ocean where he was frozen in a block of ice. Some time later, the Avengers would find his ice block, thaw him out, and admit him to their team. Since AVENGERS [1963] #4, the Silver Age Captain America has been a foundational member of the Avengers with his man-out-of-time ethical code from a bygone era. Captain America's origin has changed and shifted throughout the decades, but the key elements always remain the same. There have been a multitude of versions of Captain America (Steve Rogers) within Marvel's multi-verse, including a retroactive continuity (retcon) change to the 1950's Captain America. One of the most popular versions of Cap is the MCU version portrayed by actor Chris Evans. In this version of Captain America's origin, Tony Stark's father plays a key role. Captain America was, in fact, Marvel's first character to make the jump from comic book to screen with a serial in 1944. He has since appeared in many, many animated and live-action media. Several other non-minor characters who were not Steve Rogers have held the name Captain America including: John Walker, Sam Wilson and James 'Bucky' Barnes. Steve Rogers has not always been Captain America as well, going by the 'Captain' and Nomad for short stretches.

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Current Series

This is a curated list of the most current series to help you get started with Captain America (Steve Rogers) comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

Captain America is one of Marvel's most iconic characters. He was very popular during the wartime era, from 1941-1950, had a short-lived revival in 1953, but has been in continuous publications since his 1964 revival. The most recognizable alter-ego of Capatain America is Steve Rogers, but others have borne the mantle of Captain America throughout the decades. Additionally, Captain America has been a foundational member of the equally iconic Avengers since they thawed him out way back in AVENGERS [1963] #4, but he has not always been a part of that team or of the many splinter teams either. Finally, there are a multitude of alternate versions of Captain America in Marvel's multi-verse. This guide focuses on the Steve Rogers incarnation of Captain America in the main Marvel Universe proper.

Captain America returned to Legacy numbering in 2018, but a relaunch at #1 occurred in the same year. The latest series carries dual numbering between the restarted numbers and the Legacy numbers.

PublisherFrequencySeries 
MARVELOngoingCAPTAIN AMERICA [2018B](flagship title)
MARVELOngoingAVENGERS [2018](team member)
MARVELOngoingINVADERS [2019](team member)
IDWOngoingMARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2018](IDW all-ages series of original material)
IDWOne-ShotMARVEL ACTION CLASSICS: CAPTAIN AMERICA [2019](IDW all-ages reprint of Marvel material)
MARVELOne-ShotWOLVERINE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA: WEAPON PLUS [2019]
MARVELOne-ShotCAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE INVADERS: THE BAHAMAS TRIANGLE [2019]
MARVELOne-ShotMARVEL TALES: CAPTAIN AMERICA [2019]

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Captain America (Steve Rogers). Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Captain America (Steve Rogers).

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA #10Quick ViewApr 2019CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018B] #10   IN STOCK$3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA #11
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May 2019CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018B] #11   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
CAPTAIN AMERICA #12
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Jun 2019CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018B] #12   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
CAPTAIN AMERICA #13
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Aug 2019CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018B] #13   (THE LEGEND OF STEVE, Part 1 (start of a story arc))UNAVAILABLE$2.59
CAPTAIN AMERICA #14
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Sep 2019CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018B] #14   (THE LEGEND OF STEVE, Part 2)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
CAPTAIN AMERICA #15
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Oct 2019CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018B] #15   (THE LEGEND OF STEVE, Part 3)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
CAPTAIN AMERICA #16
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Nov 2019CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018B] #16   (THE LEGEND OF STEVE, Part 4)PRE-ORDER$3.99
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AVENGERS #18Quick ViewApr 2019AVENGERS [2018] #18   (WAR OF THE REALMS tie-in)IN STOCK$3.99
AVENGERS #19
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May 2019AVENGERS [2018] #19   (WAR OF THE REALMS tie-in)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
AVENGERS #20
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Jun 2019AVENGERS [2018] #20   (WAR OF THE REALMS tie-in)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
AVENGERS #21
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Jul 2019AVENGERS [2018] #21   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
AVENGERS #22
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Jul 2019AVENGERS [2018] #22   (THE CHALLENGE OF THE GHOST RIDERS, Part 1 (start of a story arc))UNAVAILABLE$2.59
AVENGERS #23
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Aug 2019AVENGERS [2018] #23   (THE CHALLENGE OF THE GHOST RIDERS, Part 2)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
AVENGERS #24
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Sep 2019AVENGERS [2018] #24   (THE CHALLENGE OF THE GHOST RIDERS, Part 3)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
AVENGERS #25
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Oct 2019AVENGERS [2018] #25   (THE CHALLENGE OF THE GHOST RIDERS, Part 4)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
AVENGERS #26
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Nov 2019AVENGERS [2018] #26   PRE-ORDER$3.99
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AVENGERS #27
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Nov 2019AVENGERS [2018] #27   (STARBRAND REBORN, Part 1: RIOT IN THE SPACE PRISON (start of a story arc))PRE-ORDER$3.99
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INVADERS #4
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Apr 2019INVADERS [2019] #4   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
INVADERS #5
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May 2019INVADERS [2019] #5   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
INVADERS #6
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Jun 2019INVADERS [2019] #6   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
INVADERS #7
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Jul 2019INVADERS [2019] #7   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
INVADERS #8
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Aug 2019INVADERS [2019] #8   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
INVADERS #9
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Sep 2019INVADERS [2019] #9   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
INVADERS #10
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Oct 2019INVADERS [2019] #10   UNAVAILABLE$2.59
INVADERS #11
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Nov 2019INVADERS [2019] #11   PRE-ORDER$3.99
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MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS #5Quick ViewApr 2019MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2018] #5   IN STOCK$3.99
MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS #6Quick ViewMay 2019MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2018] #6   UNAVAILABLE$3.39
MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS #7
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Jul 2019MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2018] #7   (start of a story arc)UNAVAILABLE$3.39
MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS #8
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Aug 2019MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2018] #8   UNAVAILABLE$3.39
MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS #9
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Sep 2019MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2018] #9   UNAVAILABLE$3.39
MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS #10
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Oct 2019MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2018] #10   UNAVAILABLE$3.39
MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS #11
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Nov 2019MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2018] #11   PRE-ORDER$3.99
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MARVEL ACTION CLASSICS: CAPTAIN AMERICA Quick ViewJun 2019MARVEL ACTION CLASSICS: CAPTAIN AMERICA [2019] HENRY CVR A  (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$4.24
      
WOLVERINE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA: WEAPON PLUS #1
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Jul 2019WOLVERINE AND CAPTAIN AMERICA: WEAPON PLUS [2019] #1   (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$3.24
      
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE INVADERS: THE BAHAMAS TRIANGLE #1
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Jul 2019CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE INVADERS: THE BAHAMAS TRIANGLE [2019] #1   (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$3.24
      
MARVEL TALES: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1
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Jul 2019MARVEL TALES: CAPTAIN AMERICA [2019] #1   (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$5.19

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Captain America (Steve Rogers) comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Captain America (Steve Rogers). The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

Captain America has a vast amount of published material, so the following list is limited to compilations of series from the Main Publishing History (listed later) in this guide. These are main series where the Steve Rogers Captain America is a feature story character or where Steve Rogers is active but not as Captain America. The Secondary Publication History (also listed later) in this guide lists the many other mini-series that star Captain America. While many of these are still in print as well, the list would get out of control too fast to include them here. Captain America's Silver Age revival is currently being collected again in Marvel's Epic Collection trade paperback format. The volumes are not being published in numerical order, however, so the list may appear to have gaps. In these gaps, you may find other volumes still in print with the chronological material that would be in that gap.

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOL 01: CAPTAIN AMERICA LIVES AGAINQuick ViewNov 2014CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 01: CAPTAIN AMERICA LIVES AGAIN
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CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOL 02: THE COMING OF...THE FALCONQuick ViewSep 2016CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 02: THE COMING OF...THE FALCON
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CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOL 03: BUCKY REBORNQuick ViewJul 2017CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 03: BUCKY REBORN
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CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOL 04: HERO OR HOAX?Quick ViewJul 2018CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 04: HERO OR HOAX?
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CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON: SECRET EMPIRE Quick ViewMar 2017CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON: SECRET EMPIRE [2005-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOL 09: DAWN'S EARLY LIGHTQuick ViewFeb 2014CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 09: DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT
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CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOL 12: SOCIETY OF SERPENTSQuick ViewAug 2014CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 12: SOCIETY OF SERPENTS
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CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOL 13: JUSTICE IS SERVEDQuick ViewApr 2017CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 13: JUSTICE IS SERVED
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CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOL 15: THE BLOODSTONE HUNTQuick ViewApr 2018CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 15: THE BLOODSTONE HUNT
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CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOL 16: STREETS OF POISONQuick ViewJun 2015CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 16: STREETS OF POISON
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CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOL 17: THE SUPERIA STRATAGEMQuick ViewMar 2019CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 17: THE SUPERIA STRATAGEM
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CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION VOL 22: MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRYQuick ViewApr 2016CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION [2018-TPB] VOL 22: MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY
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CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 01Quick ViewMar 2016CAPTAIN AMERICA [2016-TPB] VOL 01
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CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 02Quick ViewApr 2017CAPTAIN AMERICA [2016-TPB] VOL 02
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER ULTIMATE COLLECTION Quick ViewMar 2010CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER ULTIMATE COLLECTION [2010-TPB]
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CIVIL WAR Quick ViewApr 2007CIVIL WAR [2006-TPB]
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CIVIL WAR: CAPTAIN AMERICA/IRON MAN Quick ViewMar 2016CIVIL WAR: CAPTAIN AMERICA/IRON MAN [2016-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN Quick ViewSep 2010CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN [2009-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: TWO AMERICAS Quick ViewNov 2010CAPTAIN AMERICA: TWO AMERICAS [2010-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: NO ESCAPE Quick ViewJun 2011CAPTAIN AMERICA: NO ESCAPE [2011-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE TRIAL OF CAPTAIN AMERICA Quick ViewOct 2011CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE TRIAL OF CAPTAIN AMERICA [2011-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: PRISONER OF WAR Quick ViewFeb 2012CAPTAIN AMERICA: PRISONER OF WAR [2012-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE AVENGERS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Quick ViewJul 2017CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE AVENGERS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION [2017-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 01: CASTAWAY IN DIMENSION Z BOOK ONEQuick ViewFeb 2014CAPTAIN AMERICA [2013-TPB] VOL 01: CASTAWAY IN DIMENSION Z BOOK ONE
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CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 02: CASTAWAY IN DIMENSION Z BOOK TWOQuick ViewJul 2014CAPTAIN AMERICA [2013-TPB] VOL 02: CASTAWAY IN DIMENSION Z BOOK TWO
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CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 03: LOOSE NUKEQuick ViewDec 2014CAPTAIN AMERICA [2013-TPB] VOL 03: LOOSE NUKE
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CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 04: THE IRON NAILQuick ViewApr 2015CAPTAIN AMERICA [2013-TPB] VOL 04: THE IRON NAIL
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CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 05: THE TOMORROW SOLDIERQuick ViewAug 2015CAPTAIN AMERICA [2013-TPB] VOL 05: THE TOMORROW SOLDIER
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS VOL 01: HAIL HYDRAQuick ViewDec 2016CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS [2016-TPB] VOL 01: HAIL HYDRA
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS VOL 02: THE TRIAL OF MARIA HILLQuick ViewApr 2017CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS [2016-TPB] VOL 02: THE TRIAL OF MARIA HILL
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS VOL 03: EMPIRE BUILDINGQuick ViewAug 2017CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS [2016-TPB] VOL 03: EMPIRE BUILDING
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SECRET EMPIRE Quick ViewJun 2018SECRET EMPIRE [2017-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: SECRET EMPIRE Quick ViewSep 2017CAPTAIN AMERICA: SECRET EMPIRE [2017-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA BY WAID AND SAMNEE Quick ViewJun 2018CAPTAIN AMERICA BY WAID AND SAMNEE [2018-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA BY MARK WAID: PROMISED LAND Quick ViewAug 2018CAPTAIN AMERICA BY MARK WAID: PROMISED LAND [2018-TPB]
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CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 01: WINTER IN AMERICAQuick ViewFeb 2019CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018-TPB] VOL 01: WINTER IN AMERICA
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CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL 02: CAPTAIN OF NOTHINGQuick ViewSep 2019CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018-TPB] VOL 02: CAPTAIN OF NOTHING
  
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AVENGERS BY JASON AARON VOL 01: THE FINAL HOSTQuick ViewOct 2018AVENGERS BY JASON AARON [2018-TPB] VOL 01: THE FINAL HOST
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AVENGERS BY JASON AARON VOL 02: WORLD TOURQuick ViewMar 2019AVENGERS BY JASON AARON [2018-TPB] VOL 02: WORLD TOUR
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AVENGERS BY JASON AARON VOL 03: WAR OF THE VAMPIRESQuick ViewJun 2019AVENGERS BY JASON AARON [2018-TPB] VOL 03: WAR OF THE VAMPIRES
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AVENGERS BY JASON AARON VOL 04: WAR OF THE REALMSQuick ViewNov 2019AVENGERS BY JASON AARON [2018-TPB] VOL 04: WAR OF THE REALMS
  
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MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS BOOK 01: THE NEW DANGERQuick ViewApr 2019MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2018-TPB] BOOK 01: THE NEW DANGER
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MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS BOOK 02: THE RUBY EGRESSQuick ViewJun 2019MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2018-TPB] BOOK 02: THE RUBY EGRESS
  
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MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS BOOK 03: THE FEAR EATERSQuick ViewOct 2019MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS [2018-TPB] BOOK 03: THE FEAR EATERS
  
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1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Captain America (Steve Rogers), if it's within your budget. Captain America (Steve Rogers) first appeared in the Golden Age in CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #1. When war and superhero comics declined in the 1950's, the character was frozen in suspended animation in a block of ice...lost in the ocean. The Avengers discovered him in their 1964 issue #4, thawed him out, and he has since become one of the most popular characters re-introduced in the Silver Age. Of debatable note, an imposter Captain America did predate Steve Rogers' revival in the Silver Age by a few months. The villain Acrobat (Carl Zante) dressed as Captain America to trick the Human Torch. The cover of the issue gives no clues that it's not the original Captain America (on purpose for dramatic effect). It is included in the following list as a curiosity and partly just because it's a really great cover. It's possibly important as an early gauge of fan reception to the actual return of Captain America.

  • CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #1  (1st appearance of Captain America (Steve Rogers) (in the Golden Age))
  • STRANGE TALES [1951] #114  (1st appearance of Captain America imposter (in the Silver Age) (Carl Zante (Acrobat)))
  • AVENGERS [1963] #4  (1st appearance of Captain America (Steve Rogers) (in the Silver Age))

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. Captain America (Steve Rogers) has three fairly distinct eras in which he was established: the Golden Age (1940's), the 1950's short-lived revival, and the Silver Age revival. In many ways they are distinct, but they all vitally inter-related. The Captain America of the 1950's became a distinctly different character through retroactive continuity (retcon) changes via the storyline in CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #153-155. He is generally regarded now as 'CAPTAIN AMERICA IV' (aka Captain America of the 1950's). Where DC designated their Golden Age heroes as distinctly different versions of their Silver Age revival counterparts, Marvel's Captain America--frozen in ice for decades--can actually be the very same character. However, as Captain America's origin is retold over the years, invariably the details shift.

  • CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #1   (1st appearances/origins (in the Golden Age) of Captain America (Steve Rogers), Bucky, 'imposter' Red Skull (George Maxon))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #53   (a few details of Steve Rogers boyhood)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #59   (origin retold)
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #63   (1st Silver Age origin of Captain America (Steve Rogers))
  • AVENGERS [1963] #56   (recounts mission that resulted in the death of Bucky and Cap being frozen in the ice)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #109   (origin retold in detail)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #112   (Silver Age recovery retold)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #121   (origin retold)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #155   (origin of 'CAPTAIN AMERICA IV' (aka Captain America of the 1950's))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #215   (full origin retold with career re-cap)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #225   (different origin presented is later invalidated)
  • MARVEL SUPER ACTION [1977] #11   (reprints CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #109 (minus 2 pages))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #247   (origin details revealed after Cap uncovers his WWII footlocker)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #255   (Captain America relives his origin in detail)
  • MARVEL SUPER-HEROES [1990] #3   (origin retold in 22 page story)
  • ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA [1991] #1   (origin retold)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #10   (origin retold in 2-page story)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1996] #7   (origin retold by Nick Fury)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1998] #25   (1-page origin presented in-story)
  • MARVEL COMICS: CAPTAIN AMERICA [2000] #1   (firsthand account from Rick Jones of the life of Captain America)
  • MYTHOS: CAPTAIN AMERICA [2008] #1   (origin retold to bridge gap between comics and a recent crop of movies)
  • MARVEL ADVENTURES SUPER HEROES [2008] #8   (non-canon retelling of origin)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL [2009] #1   (Captain Amrica recalls his origin)
  • STEVE ROGERS: SUPER-SOLDIER [2010] #1   (origin retold for the Heroic Age)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018A] #695   (origin retold in Marvel Primer Pages (3 pages))

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Captain America (Steve Rogers) comic books. This list only includes main series where the Steve Rogers Captain America is a feature story character or where Steve Rogers is active but not as Captain America. James 'Bucky' Barnes took a turn as Captain America when Steve Rogers died after CIVIL WAR, and Sam Wilson wore the mantle for a time as well. The most recent return to Legacy numbering calculation includes the run where Sam Wilson was Captain America and the last bit of the 2005 series where Bucky was Cap. But the Legacy numbering was 'off' beforehand anyways because it includes at the very beginning TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #1-57, even though Captain America stories were not included in that title until issue #58. And the Legacy numbering completely ignores Cap's Golden Age series. In the case of Captain America, the Legacy numbering can be misleading. There really is no coherent way to follow the publication history of Captain America (Steve Rogers) strictly 'by the numbers' because of the reasons mentioned and also because Captain America's time in the Avengers in the early 1960's is not completely unimportant to the character's grand storyline as well. Captain America (Steve Rogers) has a very long publishing history, and any relaunch or return to Legacy numbering can be a great place to get started with the character. The list below is a very solid reading order for just Captain America (although some series do overlap) without his Avengers affiliated stories. See the Secondary Publication History for many other ongoing series, mini-series, and one-shots that star Captain America (Steve Rogers) where you can jump in as well.

  • CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #1-73   (Golden Age appearances from the 1940's wartime era; numbering continues in CAPTAIN AMERICA'S WEIRD TALES [1949])
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA'S WEIRD TALES [1949] #74-75   
  • YOUNG MEN [1953] #24-28   (short-lived 1950's revival attempt; retroactive continuity (retcon) changes technically redesignates this character 'CAPTAIN AMERICA IV' (aka Captain America of the 1950's))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1954] #76-78   ('CAPTAIN AMERICA IV' (aka Captain America of the 1950's))
  • MEN'S ADVENTURES [1950] #27-28   ('CAPTAIN AMERICA IV' (aka Captain America of the 1950's))
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #58-99   (Silver Age 1964 revival (began a few months earlier in AVENGERS [1963] #4); features new solo Captain America stories; numbering continued in CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968])
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #100-454   (numbering continued from TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959])
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL [1971] #1-13   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1996] #1-13   (Heroes Reborn Universe relaunch)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1998] #1-41, 42[509]-50[517]   (dual numbering at end of run incorporates the first return to Legacy numbering)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA/CITIZEN V '98 [1998]    (shared annual)
  • IRON MAN/CAPTAIN AMERICA '98 [1998]    (shared annual)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA 1999 [1999]    (annual)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA 2000 [2000]    (annual)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA 2001 [2001]    (annual)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2002] #1-32   (Marvel Knights relaunch)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2005] #1-50   (Ed Brubaker relaunch; death of Captain America (Steve Rogers) in #25; 1st appearance of Captain America (James 'Bucky' Barnes) in #34)
  • CIVIL WAR [2006] #1-7   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2009] #600-619   (another return to Legacy numbering)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN [2009] #1-6   (Steve returns from the dead)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN: WHO WILL WEILD THE SHIELD? ONE-SHOT [2010] #1   (Steve must decide whether to resume being Captain America)
  • STEVE ROGERS: SUPER-SOLDIER [2010] #1-4   (stories of Steve Rogers while Bucky Barnes is still Captain America)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2011] #1-19   (relaunch with Steve Rogers as Captain America)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY [2011] #620-628   (begins a series of series with consecutive numbering with the form CAPTAIN AMERICA AND...)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND HAWKEYE [2012] #629-632   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND IRON MAN [2012] #633-635   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND NAMOR [2012] #635.1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BLACK WIDOW [2012] #636-640   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2013] #1-25   (Marvel NOW! relaunch at #1, then All-New Marvel NOW! relaunch in-series at #16)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS [2016] #1-19   (stories of Steve Rogers while Sam Wilson is also a 'Captain America'; final issues tie-in to SECRET EMPIRE)
  • SECRET EMPIRE [2017] #0-10   (controversial SECRET EMPIRE storyline with Captain America (Steve Rogers) as an apparent Hydra double-agent)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2017] #25   (numbering continues from CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON [2015])
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018A] #695-704   (another return to Legacy numbering)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2018B] #1-   (post-Legacy relaunch is dual numbered)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL [2018] #1   

Secondary Publication History

If you've already enjoyed some of the series listed in the Main Publication History above, series from this secondary publication list are very good places to further your exploration. Items include alternate Steve Rogers Captain America's such as those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the Ultimate Captain America. Captain America (Steve Rogers) has a very long publishing history, and any mini-series or one-shot can be a great place to get started with the character. Be aware, even in the modern era while his current history is unfolding, new, original stories of Captain America's time in WWII can still be presented.

  • MARVEL DOUBLE FEATURE [1973] #1-21   (reprints Captain America material from TALES OF SUSPENSE [1954] #77-99)
  • GIANT-SIZE CAPTAIN AMERICA [1975] #1   (reprints Captain America material from TALES OF SUSPENSE [1954] #59-63)
  • MARVEL TREASURY SPECIAL FEATURING CAPTAIN AMERICA'S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES [1976-TREA] #1   (some of Jack Kirby's alternate Captain America's in this collection predate even the Golden Age)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA SPECIAL EDITION [1984] #1-2   (reprints material from CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #110, 111, 113 and other non-Cap material from Jim Sterenko)
  • ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA [1991] #1-4   (mini-series begins with a retelling of Cap's origin then goes into a new Golden Age adventure vs. Nazi's and the Red Skull)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE MOVIE SPECIAL [1992] #1   (adapts the 1990 movie which went straight to video)
  • GHOST RIDER/CAPTAIN AMERICA: FEAR [1992]    
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: DEATHLOK LIVES! [1993-SC]    (collects CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #286-288)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE MEDUSA EFFECT [1994] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA DRUG WAR [1994] #1   
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1995] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA/NICK FURY: BLOOD TRUCE [1995]    
  • PRIME/CAPTAIN AMERICA [1996] #1   (cross-property crossover with Malibu Ultraverse)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE LEGEND [1996] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY [1998] #1-12   (spin-off series)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA BATTLEBOOK [1998]    (a game in the shape of a comic book)
  • MARVEL COMICS: CAPTAIN AMERICA [2000] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: DEAD MEN RUNNING [2002] #1-3   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: RED, WHITE AND BLUE [2002-HC]    (collection of original short stories and backup stories; issued in softcover in 2007)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHAT PRICE GLORY [2003] #1-4   
  • WOLVERINE/CAPTAIN AMERICA [2004] #1-4   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON [2004] #1-14   (spin-off series)
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE: CAPTAIN AMERICA AND IRON MAN #1 COMMEMORATIVE EDITION [2004]    
  • MARVEL MILESTONES: IRON MAN, ANT-MAN AND CAPTAIN AMERICA [2005]    
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA 65TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL [2006]    
  • IRON MAN/CAPTAIN AMERICA: CASUALTIES OF WAR [2007] #1   
  • FALLEN SON: THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA [2007] #1-5   (major characters' emotional repercussions and the funeral of Captain America)
  • MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: CAPTAIN AMERICA REMEMBERED [2007]    
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE CHOSEN [2007] #1-6   (out-of-continuity mini-series passing of the mantle)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE [2008] #0   
  • DAREDEVIL AND CAPTAIN AMERICA: DEAD ON ARRIVAL [2008] #1   
  • ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL [2008] #1   
  • WHAT IF? FALLEN SON [2009] #1   (what if Iron Man had died during CIVIL WAR?)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL [2009] #1   (origin retold plus reprint of material from CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #7)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA THEATER OF WAR: OPERATION ZERO-POINT [2008] #1   (begins a series of one-shots emphasizing Cap in war situations instead of battling super-villains)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA THEATER OF WAR: A BROTHER IN ARMS [2009] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA THEATER OF WAR: TO SOLDIER ON [2009] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA THEATER OF WAR: GHOSTS OF MY COUNTRY [2009] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA THEATER OF WAR: PRISONERS OF DUTY [2010] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA/BLACK PANTHER: FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS [2010] #1-4   
  • SIEGE: CAPTAIN AMERICA [2010] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE 1940S NEWSPAPER STRIP [2010] #1-3   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: FOREVER ALLIES [2010] #1-4   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: MAN OUT OF TIME [2011] #1-5   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE KORVAC SAGA [2011] #1-4   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: HAIL HYDRA [2011] #1-5   
  • ULTIMATE CAPTAIN AMERICA [2011] #1-4   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BATROC [2011] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON [2011] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FIRST THIRTEEN [2011] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE SECRET AVENGERS [2011] #1   
  • FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2011 (THOR THE MIGHTY AVENGER) [2011]    
  • AAFES 11TH EDITION [CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER] [2011]    
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIGHTING AVENGERS [2011] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: FIRST VENGEANCE [2011] #1-4   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA CORPS [2011] #1-5   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THOR: AVENGERS! [2011] #1   
  • AAFES 12TH EDITION [CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER] [2011]    
  • FEAR ITSELF: CAPTAIN AMERICA [2012] #7.1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: LIVING LEGEND [2013] #1-4   
  • AAFES 17TH EDITION [CAPTAIN AMERICA] [2014]    
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: HOMECOMING [2014] #1   
  • DEATH OF WOLVERINE: DEADPOOL AND CAPTAIN AMERICA [2014] #1   
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE [2015] #1-5   
  • MARVEL'S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR PRELUDE [2016] #1-4   (MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE (MCU) continuity)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: ROAD TO WAR [2016] #1   
  • TRUE BELIEVERS: KIRBY 100TH--CAPTAIN AMERICA [2017] #1   (reprinting CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #1 and material from TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #63)
  • GENERATIONS: CAPTAIN AMERICAS [2017] #1   

Selected Key Storylines

This section contains a curated list of some of the best storylines for Captain America (Steve Rogers), any one of which can be a good place to get started. There is so much great Captain America material from all sub-genres (superhero, war, spy, sci-fi), it's hard not to let this list get out of control. With such a long publishing history and with so many twists and turns in Steve Rogers' story over seven-plus decades, it's likely there could be a smidge of confusion reconciling any pre-knowledge you youself bring to an exhaustive reading endeavor. Don't let that deter you from just getting started though. Jack Kirby had runs on Captain America in all three of Cap's publishing eras. While his stuff is indubitably classic, it can come across as a bit archaic in the cinematic era but should still be highly appreciated. Mark Waid and Ed Brubaker's runs are universally accepted as some of the best of the modern era. That's not to say that other writers and artists have not made strong contributions to Captain America's publishing history as well. If you're forced to read just one run, choose Brubaker's CAPTAIN AMERICA [2005] #1-50 with a side helping of CIVIL WAR [2006] #1-7. In the modern era, there is this tendency for Captain America's storyline to be inextribably intertwined with Marvel's publishing events and/or whatever is going on in the Avengers titles. CIVIL WAR stands out as one of the most important complimentary events, but AVENGERS: DISASSEMBLED, SECRET INVASION, DARK REIGN and the AVENGERS STANDOFF event are significant as well.

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1941CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #1   (MEET CAPTAIN AMERICA, the original, first Captain America story is dated but still stands the test of time)
1966TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #79-81   (introduction of the Cosmic Cube which is not so silly now with the advent of the MCU)
1969CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #114-119   (some of Lee and Kirby's action at its best introduces...the Falcon)
1974CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #169-183   (SECRET EMPIRE / NOMAD, Englehart and Buscema's pair of story arcs exploring themes brought about by the real-world Watergate scandal)
1980CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #247-255   (collected as WAR AND REMEMBRANCE, Stern and Byrne's mere 9-issue run is top-notch stuff)
1984CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #290-300   (collected as THE DEATH OF THE RED SKULL, the highlight of DeMatteis' run showcases the final (!?), bitter battle between these Golden Age rivals)
1987CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #332-350   (CAPTAIN AMERICA NO MORE, Mark Gruenwald's defining run within a massive 10-year writing stint)
1989CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #357-364   (THE BLOODSTONE HUNT, awesome Gruenwald mayhem with Baron Zemo, Crossbones, Zaran, Machete, cannibals, sharks, snakes and mummies!)
1995CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #444-448, 450-454   (collected as CAPTAIN AMERICA: OPERATION REBIRTH, Mark Waid's gem re-introduces Sharon Carter and the Red Skull)
1998CAPTAIN AMERICA [1998] #1-7   (TO SERVE AND TO PROTECT, Waid redefines Cap's purpose and thematic direction post Marvel's 90's creative and financial bankruptcy)
2002ULTIMATES [2002] #1-12   (Mark Millar's Ultimate Captain America is more super soldier than any other version but is definitely worth a look if only for Hitch's cinematic origin of Cap in issue #1)
2005CAPTAIN AMERICA [2005] #1-14   (the first few arcs of Ed Brubaker's masterful Captain America relaunch give us...Winter Soldier and is the material that is the basis for much of these characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU))
2006CIVIL WAR [2006] #1-7   (probably the most famous storyline in this list, Millar's unwavering Captain America vs. stubborn Iron Man iconic story is more foundational source material for the MCU)
2007CAPTAIN AMERICA [2005] #25-42   (the death of Captain America was just the beginning of a series of story arcs that somehow got even more extraordinary without him)
2011CAPTAIN AMERICA: MAN OUT OF TIME [2011] #1-5   (Mark Waid's sensitive, intelligent exploration of Cap's own emotions and culture shock from being displaced in time)
2013CAPTAIN AMERICA [2013] #1-10   (CASTAWAY IN DIMENSION Z, not for everyone but well-liked by those who like it, Remender's Captain America relaunch (as part of Marvel NOW!) is more sci-fi than war but showcases what Cap would be like as a father)
2017SECRET EMPIRE [2017] #0-10   (controversial storyline from Nick Spencer ultimately does pay off, perhaps best enjoyed as the third part of a trilogy of storylines beginning with AVENGERS STANDOFF event (multiple one-shots and tie-in's) and CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS [2016] #1-19)

Media Source Material

If you've enjoyed non-comic media for Captain America (Steve Rogers), this section describes the comic book source material for some of the most popular non-comic media. WARNING: This section may contain spoilers!

Captain America has always been one of Marvel's most popular characters and over the years has appeared in countless forms of media, including animated and live-action television, video games, live stage shows, and movies. Today, he is one of Marvel's biggest box-office stars. This media source material section concentrates only on the television and theatrical movie releases. For the sake of discussion, his movie appearances can be broken into three eras. First there was a serial in 1944. Then there were low budget television movies in 1979 and a direct-to-video movie in 1990. Finally, Captain America is a break-out star in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), not only starring in feature films, but also appearing (or is mentioned/referenced) in just about every other entry in the MCU.

The Serial Era

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Captain America starred in a serial in 1944, titled simply CAPTAIN AMERICA (1944). Serials were not feature length movies which are the standard of today. Serials were broken up into chapters and shown in theaters most often with 'cliffhanger' endings in order to draw the target audience back to the theater the following week. Taken as a whole, they tell a long, winding story. Although the character in the 1944 serial was called Captain America and he wore the familiar outfit, this Captain America is radically different than his comic book counterpart and bears very little resemblance otherwise. This Captain America was a district attorney named Grant Gardner who had nothing to do with the army or a super soldier program, who has no shield and uses a gun, and who has no sidekick named Bucky. In fact, the story is so drastically different from the comic book source material, it's actually much more likely that the script was originally for a completely different character and was just effortlessly adapted into a Captain America story just by dressing him in the costume. There is no comic book source material even vaguely similar to the plot and elements of the 1944 serial.

Twenty-two years later, the MARVEL SUPER HEROES (1966) animated cartoons would do a faithful job of adapting the early Silver Age appearances of Captain America. The 13 episodes have rudimentary animation by today's standards, but stick close to the source material from TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #63-84 (with many chapter titles nearly identical to the comic book story names) and some early AVENGERS [1963] stories.

The Made-For-TV Era

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Captain America made a pair of made-for-television movies in 1979: CAPTAIN AMERICA (TV 1979) and its sequel CAPTAIN AMERICA II: DEATH TOO SOON (TV 1979), but again, these are not very faithful to the character's comic book origins and many details are changed. This Captain America is appropriately named Steve Rogers, but he's a roving artist who rides a rocket thrust motorcycle launched out of a conversion van. The serum used to give him super strength and agility was developed by his father in the 'modern' day instead of having a WWII origin. In 1990, the feature film CAPTAIN AMERICA (1990) would be the first movie to stick close to the character's comic book origin source material. Developed with the intention of a wide release, the movie was instead limited in release and went mostly direct-to-video in the United States. The movie portrays Captain America's origin in the WWII era, his battle with the Red Skull which leads to Cap's icy freeze, and his subsequent awakening in modern day. The Red Skull's legacy has survived to modern day as well, his daughter the head of a powerful crime family. Captain America--the man out of time--must once again thwart the Red Skull's thugs and evil plans. This movie was adapted in the CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE MOVIE SPECIAL [1992] #1 comic book one-shot. The most comprehensive retelling of Captain America's origin is in CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #109.

The MCU Era

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) launched in 2008 with IRON MAN (2008) and Captain America followed in his own feature film a few years later to become one of the MCU's biggest stars.

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The 2011 movie, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011), was directed by Joe Johnston and starred Chris Evans as Captain America (Steve Rogers). While much of the tone of the MCU's Captain America comes from modern comic book interpretations such as the ULTIMATES and Ed Brubaker's run, almost all of the details of Cap's origin in the MCU are straight from CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #1, including Heinz Kruger's assassination of Dr. Abraham Erskine. The role of Tony Stark's father in the super soldier program is not in the comics, but adds to the integration and layering of the MCU as a whole. Captain America's arch-nemesis in the movie, the Red Skull, made his first appearance in comics in CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #7. This was the 'real' Red Skull (Johann Schmidt), an imposter having made an earlier appearance in issue #1. Key to the Red Skull's plans, the Tesseract is obtained early in the movie and becomes the basis for all of the Red Skull's advanced weapons. In comics, this item is known as the Cosmic Cube, and its first appearance is TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #79. The first appearance and the origin of the Red Skull in the Silver Age is in TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #65-66. The Red Skull's evil partner, Arnim Zola, first appeared in comics in CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #208, and his story is very much like his comic book source material, although the two villains were not partnered as early. In comics, Zola was a biochemist during WWII and later transferred his consciousness into a robot body with a television screen for a chest which displays his face. Zola would have a small role in the 2014 Captain America sequel CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER with his consciousness having been transferred into a S.H.I.E.L.D. supercomputer--his face appearing on a screen. Red Skull and Zola founded Hydra in the MCU. The first appearance of Hydra in comics is STRANGE TALES [1951] #135. In the MCU, In addition to Howard Stark, Peggy Carter is another character involved in the super soldier program. In comics, she is introduced as Agent 13 (the second character to be called that), and her first appearance (in flashback) was in TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #77. Tommy Lee Jones' character Colonel Chester Phillips' first appearance is TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #63. When Captain America puts together a team to attack Hydra bases later in the movie, he gathers several colorful characters who all have less well-known comic book origins. Timothy Aloysius Cadwallader "Dum Dum" Dugan's first appearance is SGT. FURY [1963] #1. Gabriel "Gabe" Jones' first appearance is SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS [1974] #151. Jim Morita's first appearance is SGT. FURY [1963] #38. James Montgomery Falsworth's first appearance is INVADERS [1975] #7. And Jacques Dernier's first appearance is SGT. FURY [1963] #21 (named in #40). In the movie, Bucky apparently dies on the train mission, and Captain America is frozen in ice when he crashes the Hydra plane in the Arctic. These are the essential plot elements of the setup for Captain America's displacement in time. The most detailed origin of Captain America is told in CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #109.

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The 2014 sequel movie, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (2014), was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and starred Chris Evans again as Captain America (Steve Rogers). This movie reveals that Hydra has been operating within S.H.I.E.L.D.'s ranks since WWII and that James 'Bucky' Buchanan survived the train incident in the previous film and is now an unstoppable, brain-washed Russian agent called the Winter Soldier. The source material for the Winter Soldier is the first few arcs of writer Ed Brubaker's 2005 Captain America series, CAPTAIN AMERICA [2005] #1-14, within which the Winter Soldier makes his first comic book appearance. There are a bunch of other organizations and characters in the movie that have comic book sources. In the first scene, Cap is part of a S.T.R.I.K.E. team with Agent Brock Rumlow as the team leader. S.T.R.I.K.E.'s first appearance is CAPTAIN BRITAIN WEEKLY [1976] #17, a series that was published in the UK. The team is the UK's counterpart to S.H.I.E.L.D. In comics, Brock Rumlow is the alter-ego of Crossbones, one of Captain America's recurring supervillains and a major participant in Cap's comic book death. Although the movie character is buried in rubble and burned to a crisp, he shows up as Crossbones in Cap's very next MCU sequel installment. In this early scene movie mission, the team is after a villain named Batroc. Batroc's first appearance is TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #75. S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier makes its first appearance in the MCU in this movie. Its first appearance in comics is STRANGE TALES [1951] #135. Alexander Pierce's first appearance in comics is NICK FURY VS. S.H.I.E.L.D. [1988] #3. Maria Hill's first appearance is NEW AVENGERS [2005] #4. Sharon Carter/Agent 13 is introduced in this movie as well. Her first appearance is TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #75. She was originally the younger sister of Peggy Carter, but later retconned (retroactive continuity) to be Peggy's grand-niece due to the sliding timeline nature of comic books. Another S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the movie, Jasper Sitwell's first comic book appearance is STRANGE TALES [1951] #144. Sam Wilson makes his first appearance in the MCU in this movie, and he'll go on to star in several MCU installments afterwards as the Falcon. His first appearance is CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #117. Finally, in the after-credits scene, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker and the twins, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, are briefly introduced. Their first appearances are SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS [1974] #5 and X-MEN [1963] #4, respectively.

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The 2016 sequel movie, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016), was again directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and starred Chris Evans as Captain America (Steve Rogers). The source material for this installment was clearly CIVIL WAR [2005] #1-6 with the Sokovia Accords standing in for the Superhero Registration Act as the legislation that sparks the ideological division among heroes. Just about every hero introduced in the MCU appears in this installment with a few new introductions. The MCU's version of Spider-Man (Peter Parker) is introduced. His first comic book appearance is AMAZING FANTASY [1962] #15. The Black Panther also makes his first MCU appearance in this film. His first comic book appearance is FANTASTIC FOUR [1961] #52. The villain in this film is Helmut Zemo. In comics, Helmut would become the 13th Baron Zemo, a hereditary title. His first appearance is CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #168. He would go on to ascend as the official Baron Zemo in cameo in issue #275 and in full in issue #276.

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Captain America (steve Rogers), but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags. The following list includes the first appearances of most of Captain America's arch-villains, no matter in which series they debuted.

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  • CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #1   (1st appearances/origins (in the Golden Age) of Captain America (Steve Rogers), Bucky, 'imposter' Red Skull (George Maxon))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS [1941] #7   (1st appearance of 'real' Red Skull (Johann Schmidt))
  • STRANGE TALES [1951] #114   (1st appearance of Captain America imposter (in the Silver Age) (Carl Zante (Acrobat)))
  • SGT. FURY [1963] #5   (1st appearance of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker)
  • AVENGERS [1963] #4   (1st appearance of Captain America (Steve Rogers) (in the Silver Age))
  • AVENGERS [1963] #6   (1st appearances of Baron Zemo (Heinrich Zemo), Masters of Evil)
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #58   (1st appearance of Captain America (Steve Rogers) in this series)
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #65   (1st appearance of Red Skull (in Silver Age))
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #66   (origin of Red Skull)
  • STRANGE TALES [1951] #135   (1st appearance of Hydra)
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #75   (1st appearances of Agent 13 (Sharon Carter), Batroc)
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #77   (1st appearance of Agent 13 (Peggy Carter) (in flashback))
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #79   (1st appearance of the Cosmic Cube)
  • STRANGE TALES [1951] #146   (1st appearance of A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics))
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #94   (1st appearance of Modok)
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #98   (cameo appearance of Baron Zemo (Franz Gruber))
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE [1959] #99   (1st full appearance of Baron Zemo (Franz Gruber))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #100   (1st issue of this series)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #109   (origin of Captain America retold in detail)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #110   (1st appearances of Bucky (Rick Jones), Madame Hydra)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #117   (1st appearance of Falcon (Sam Wilson))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #153   (re-introduction of 'CAPTAIN AMERICA IV' (aka Captain America of the 1950's))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #163   (1st appearance of Serpent Squad)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #164   (1st appearance of Nightshade (Tilda Johnson))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #168   (1st appearance of Helmut Zemo (Phoenix))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #180   (1st appearance of Nomad (Steve Rogers))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #181   (1st appearance/origin of Captain America (Roscoe))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #208   (1st appearance of Arnim Zola)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #217   (1st appearance of Marvel Boy (Wendel Vaughn))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #241   (appearance of Punisher)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #275   (cameo appearance of Baron Zemo (Helmut Zemo))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #276   (1st full appearance of Baron Zemo (Helmut Zemo))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #290   (1st appearance of Mother Superior, daughter of the Red Skull)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #310   (1st appearance of Serpent Society)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #323   (1st appearance of Super-Patriot (John Walker))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #332   (Captain America (Steve Rogers) resigns)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #350   (return of Captain America (Steve Rogers))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #359   (cameo appearance of Crossbones)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #360   (1st full appearance of Crossbones)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1968] #383   (50th anniversary issue)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [1996] #1   (1st issue of this series)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2005] #1   (1st issue of this series; re-introduction of James 'Bucky' Barnes)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2005] #6   (1st full appearance of Winter Soldier)
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2005] #25   (death of Captain America (Steve Rogers))
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA [2005] #34   (1st appearance of Captain America (James 'Bucky' Barnes))