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Costume Drama: The Captain Without An America

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Welcome to Costume Drama, a recurring feature where we turn a critical eye toward superhero outfits and evaluate both the aesthetics and the social issues that often underlie them.

For this installment we're looking at one my favorite designs from the 1980s: the black costume Steve Rogers wore as "the Captain." As far as my research can determine, the costume was designed by Tom Morgan, who drew its first on-panel appearance in Captain America #337, although it obviously owes a lot to Simon and Kirby's Captain America design. Cover artist Mike Zeck also paid homage to Kirby with a cover based on Avengers #4. The storyline that introduced the costume, and this role for Steve Rogers, was by longtime Captain America writer Mark Gruenwald.

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‘The Avengers’ Movie Poster Remix: We <3 the '80s

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And there came a week, a week unlike any other, when The Avengers movie opened on Friday, May 4 and every comic book fan on the internet found themselves united in talking about the same thing. In the spirit of this sensation, ComicsAlliance has tapped artist Chris Haley (Let's Be Friends Again, Captain American Idol) and colorist Daniel Butler for original art imagining alternate versions of Earth's Mightiest Heroes starring in the summer's most superhero-stocked film...

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