Written by Rachel Bailey Art by Esu Chihara Purchase
Fourteen years ago, Pia fell in love with JT and found out she was pregnant. They were filled with joy about their future until she tragically lost the baby. The two separated, never to see each other again. Until now… JT has appeared in front of Pia, objecting to the case she’s working on as an attorney. Spending time with JT again brings back a flood of memories. Can they get past their heartache and pick right back up where they left off?
The Prince’s Pregnant Mistress Vol. 2: Heirs Before Vows
Written by Maisey Yates Art by Kazuna Uchida Purchase
Bailey is a waitress, working her way through college. She has dreams of marrying her lover, Raphael, until he suddenly breaks up with her. Telling herself that such a perfect man could never love her anyway, Bailey resolves to live independently…until she discovers that she’s pregnant. Facing an uncertain future, Bailey is shocked by a tabloid cover that catches her eye: Raphael is actually the prince of a small Italian nation! Then Raphael appears before her again. What will happen when she tells him she’s pregnant?
The Zombie: Simon Garth
Written by Kyle Hotz, Eric Powell Art by Kyle Hotz Cover by Kyle Hotz Purchase
Collects The Zombie: Simon Garth #1-4.
The last time we saw Simon Garth, the bank teller single-handedly stopped a gang of murderous robbers and got shot, bitten by zombies and med-evac-ed straight into Army custody for scientific experimentation as death and the necrotic infection overtook him fast. No problem, right? Find out how Simon got out of THAT one – assuming he did – and check out his further adventures battling the undead – unless, that is, he’s one of them now – in a brutal, gory, disgusting…awesome re-imagining of one of Marvel’s strangest horror heroes, that could only be dreamed up by artist/co-writer Kyle Hotz (ZOMBIE) and Eric Powell (The Goon)!
Wisdom: Rudiments Of Wisdom
Written by Paul Cornell Art by Manuel Garcia, Trevor Hairsine Cover by Trevor Hairsine Purchase
Collects Wisdom #1-6.
Pete Wisdom has a lot of fairies to kill. Yes, fairies are supposed to be nice and magical and charming, but they are currently attacking England. Hugo Award nominee Paul Cornell (BBC’s Dr. Who and Robin Hood) brings you a sci-fi mini-series unlike anything you’ve seen before
Wolverine Classic Vol. 1
Written by Chris Claremont Art by John Buscema Cover by John Buscema Purchase
Collects Wolverine (1988) #1-5.
He’s known by many names: Logan. Weapon X. Wolverine. On fact is certain: He’s the best there is at what he does…and what he does isn’t pretty! Here — in stories collected for the first time in color — the feral X-Man adopts his now-infamous “Patch” identity in Madripoor as he tries to track down the mystical Black Sword of legend. Featuring Jessica Drew, a.k.a. Spider-Woman, and Silver Samurai! Plus: General Coy moves into Madripoor, sending his new goons after rival crimelord Tyger Tiger. Can Wolverine and his allies keep the peace?
Wolverine Classic Vol. 2
Written by Chris Claremont Art by John Buscema, Gene Colan Cover by John Buscema Purchase
Collects Wolverine (1988) #6-10.
He’s known by many names: Logan. Weapon X. Wolverine. One fact is certain: He’s the best there is at what he does…and what he does isn’t pretty! Here — in stories collected for the first time in color – the feral X-Man goes toe-to-toe with the gamma-spawned, gray-skinned Goliath known as the Incredible Hulk! Plus: Wolverine recalls a promise from his past, and remembers the death of Silver Fox and his first fight with Sabretooth
Wolverine Classic Vol. 3
Written by Peter David Art by John Buscema Cover by Kevin Nowlan Purchase
Collects Wolverine (1988) #11-16.
“I’m the best there is at what I do… Nobody’s better at gettin’ into trouble than me.” The first of Peter David’s occasionally seen and always entertaining Wolverine arcs, “The Gehenna Affair” sets Logan, Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman) and their friends up in adventure against a horde of vampires commanded by a biblical demon-god who goes way back with Wolverine – if only the mutant marvel could remember him!
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ComiXology has your digital hookup with seven new digital comics available for you right now. Check out new digital comics from Marvel and Harlequin. Get the full list here or the individual issues below.
Reform Of The Playboy
Written by Mary Lyons Art by Mayu Takayama Purchase
Harriet can’t believe it when a handsome lawyer steals a kiss from her and tells her that her lips are sweet. How had this happened? Upon inheriting a mansion from her great-aunt, Harriet had considered selling it, but in the end she decided to renovate and rent out the upper floors. Her tenant is Finn, the man who kissed her. He’s a troublemaker, hosting one party after another with countless women coming and going. Harriet goes to tell him that enough is enough! But Finn has other plans…
Psi-Force Classic Vol. 1
Written by Danny Fingeroth, David Michelinie, Fabian Nicieza, Steve Perry Art by Bob Hall, Mark Texeira, Mike Vosburg Cover by Mark Texeira Purchase
Collects Psi-Force #1-9.
Neither KGB nor CIA was a match for the power of PSI in the New Universe! Gathered together by the mysterious Emmett Proudhawk, five paranormal teenagers struggled against government operatives, renegade superhumans and, most importantly, each other! Telepathy, astral projection, telekinesis, psychic empathy and psionic detonation merge to form something even greater: the Psi-Hawk! But who he is – and isn’t – may be a secret that makes or breaks the team! It’s intrigue and action, eighties-style!
Rawhide Kid Masterworks Vol. 1
Written by Stan Lee Art by Ross Andru, Dick Ayers, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman Cover by Richard Isanove, Jack Kirby Purchase
Collects Rawhide Kid (1955) #17-25.
Tame the wild, wild West with the one and only Rawhide Kid! Before Stan “the Man” and “King” Kirby spun stories of sensational super heroes, they told the tale of a young frontiersman who bore two Colt six-shooters! After his Uncle Ben Bart was killed at the hands of outlaws, Johnny Bart made it his personal mission to bring justice to the town of Rawhide. Packed full of shootouts and showdowns, renegades and rustlers, guns and girls galore, these Western yarns will be sure to please you in the Mighty Marvel Manner! So hold on to your ten-gallon hat when you read tales of the Terrible Totem, the Kid’s battle against the bank-robbing Bat, and the war with Wolf Waco!
Rawhide Kid Masterworks Vol. 2
Written by Stan Lee Art by Dick Ayers, Sol Brodsky, Gene Colan, Jack Davis, Al Hartley, Don Heck, Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman Cover by Jack Kirby Purchase
Collects Rawhide Kid (1955) #26-35.
They’re not just the pair that created the world’s most-famous super heroes; Stan Lee and Jack Kirby prove they’re the kings of all comics, with a one, two-gun second Rawhide Kid Masterworks!
The man from the Texas town of Rawhide, Johnny Bart, is the fastest draw in the wild West, but that kind of reputation doesn’t come easy, and with the law on his trail it’s all for one for the Rawhide Kid. Every no-good varmit west of the Mississippi from Mister Lightning to the Barker Brothers to Jasper Jelko is looking to build his rep over the Kid’s dead body, and when you’ve got friends like Jesse James, who needs enemies?! So do yerself some good book learin’, reserve your copy today, and one day you might be just as good as the roughest, toughest, rootin’est, tootin’est cowboy who ever kicked back a glass of milk!
Shanna The She-Devil: Survival Of The Fittest
Written by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti Art by Khari Evans Cover by Khari Evans Purchase
Collects Shanna The She Devil: Survival Of The Fittest #1-4.
Shanna the She-Devil returns in an all-new series jam-packed with jungle action, Hong Kong gangsters, dinosaurs, diamonds and cavemen! Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti reunite with super-hot artist Khari Evans (DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON) to bring you the story of modern-day pirates shipwrecked on the Marvel Universe’s deadliest island, where only Shanna can protect them from hordes of man-eating monsters!
Spider-Girl Presents The Buzz & Darkdevil
Written by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz Art by Ron Frenz Cover by Ron Frenz Purchase
Collects The Buzz #1-3, Darkdevil #1-3.
When crime, cults, and clones collide, the result is Darkdevil, son of one great Marvel hero and heir to another! Peer into the future’s past to see Spider-Girl’s ill-mannered mentor face the mortal machinations of the Kingpin and the more mystical ones of Zarathos, one-time Ghost Rider! But the bold and bombastic Buzz has no time for legacies when he sets his brand-new super-suit against Doctor Octopus and his latest student! Twin tales of Spider-Girl’s strongest allies and harshest critics, guest-starring the one true Spider-Girl herself!
Taming The Wolf #1
Written by Deborah Simmons Art by Nanao Hidaka Purchase
While traveling with her servants, Lady Marion’s caravan is attacked by bandits. A group of passing knights saves her and she accompanies them to their home, Campion Castle. Her arrival marks the beginning of her life among the wolves with Lord Campion and his six sons. One day, eldest son Dunstan returns to the castle and Marion feels something stir inside her that she has never felt before…
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For over thirty years, the Marvels Masterworks line has collected the most seminal stories of your favorite Marvel heroes. Across 299 volumes, the iconic tales of Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, Spider-Woman, Dazzler, and more have been presented in this stunning hardcover collections, Marvel is proud to present the 300th volume of Marvel Masterworks. While there were several worthy candidates for this milestone edition, only one waddled away with victory: Howard the Duck! See below for a special direct market exclusive variant cover to commemorate this landmark edition!
Steve Gerber and his artistic cohorts Val Mayerik, Frank Brunner,and Gene Colan delivered one of comics’ most iconoclastic and hilarious characters when they created Howard the Duck. His inaugural Masterworks kicks off with his quirky first appearance as a “fowl out of water” alongside the macabre Man-Thing, where they team up to protect Cleveland from the Man-Frog and Hellcow. The satirical stories continue with Howard and gal pal Beverly Switzler taking on dire threats such as the Space Turnip, the Beaver and — public transportation??! All this and more restored in Masterworks glory!
MARVEL MASTERWORKS: HOWARD THE DUCK VOL. 1 COLLECTING: HOWARD THE DUCK (1976) 1-14; MARVEL TREASURY EDITION (1974) 12; MATERIAL FROM FEAR (1970) 19; MAN-THING (1974) 1; GIANT-SIZE MAN-THING (1974) 4-5; FOOM (1973) 15
When we last left our heroes, Captain America and the Falcon had returned to New York City after liberating a Caribbean island from Nazis and once again foiling the Red Skull’s Cosmic Cube machinations. Upon their return in #120, the question became what the status quo would be for the new partnership in their new environment.
The new status quo would take a few issues to show up, but starting with #139, for almost two years – two years which saw Captain America and the Falcon handed off from Stan Lee to Steve Englehart (by way of Gary Friedrich and Gerry Conway) – Cap writers went back to one of the oldest scenarios in comics.
By night, Captain America and the Falcon would patrol New York City as vigilante superheroes. By day, they would adopt civilian identities that spoke to their ideas of civic engagement: Sam Wilson returned to his job as a social worker, Steve Rogers took up a new job as a cop. Both worked the Harlem beat.
Written by Steve Orlando Pencils V Ken Marion Inks Sandu Florea Colored by Andrew Dalhouse Purchase
The final showdown between Aquaman and Scorpio!
Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #5
Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini Pencils Ty Templeton Inks Ty Templeton Colored by Monica Kubina Cover by Joe Quinones Purchase
Deathstroke and Robin face down Firefly, but can the two stand the heat after the firebug gets the upperhand? And who’s hired Deathstroke to take down the Dark Knight?
Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 1
Written by Chuck Austen, John Ney Rieber Art by John Cassaday, Trevor Hairsine, Jae Lee Cover by John Cassaday Purchase
Collects Captain America (2002) #1-16.
Captain America gets the critically acclaimed Marvel Knights treatment! In the aftermath of 9/11, Captain America – already a man out of time – must adjust once again to a terrifying new global landscape. From the ruins of the World Trade Center to the horrors of a small town rocked by terrorism, the star-spangled super-soldier is forced to consider what it means to be the Sentinel of Liberty in an age of incomprehensible new threats. Meanwhile, the man named Redpath has his own American dream, and he orders his Extremists to cleanse the country by force. Only a true patriot, the living embodiment of the United States, can stop them. But when Captain America uncovers new truths about his decades trapped in the ice, the scale of the conspiracy may bring him to his knees!
Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 1
Written by Ed Brubaker Art by David Aja, Michael Lark Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards Purchase
Collects Daredevil (1998) #82-93.
The critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark make their explosive debut! For the past few years, Matt Murdock’s life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, Matt finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell’s Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall. just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? Plus: a special episode focusing on Daredevil’s best friend, Foggy Nelson. Spinning out of the stunning finale of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s ground-breaking run, Brubaker and Lark pick up the billy club and run as hard and as fast as they can to leave their own mark on one of comics’ most enduring legends.
Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 2
Written by Ed Brubaker Art by Paul Azaceta, Lee Bermejo, Gene Colan, Marko Djurdjevic, Michael Lark, Alex Maleev, John Romita Jr., Bill Sienkiewicz, Lee Weeks Cover by Marko Djurdjevic Purchase
Collects Daredevil (1998) #94-105.
Critically acclaimed, award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark continue their explosive run! Everything Matt Murdock thought he’d gotten back teeters on the edge of a precipice, ready to shatter all around him, as he fights a battle on both fronts of his life — in the courtroom and on the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen! And with the post-CIVIL WAR fallout all around him, the price of being Daredevil just got even higher. Nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Penciler-Inker Team!
Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 3
Written by Ed Brubaker, Ann Nocenti, Greg Rucka Art by David Aja, Paul Azaceta, Michael Lark, Clay Mann, Tonci Zonjic Cover by Marko Djurdjevic Purchase
Collects Daredevil (1998) #106-119 and #500.
Critically acclaimed, award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark conclude their explosive run! The Hand is back in New York, and Lady Bullseye is in league with them! The Kingpin has also returned, forging a surprising pact with Daredevil to target the ninja cult — but what is the former crime boss’s true plan? Plus: An old friend brings Matt Murdock the last-minute appeal of a Marvel villain sitting on death row. What will he do when confronted with a convicted bad guy who’s completely innocent? Nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Penciler-Inker Team!
Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Art by Kano, Brian Denham, Nic Klein, Nick Percival, Javier Saltares Cover by Kaare Andrews Purchase
Collects Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing #1-4.
Biochemist Ted Sallis and his team are on a mission: To recreate the serum that spawned the world’s first super-soldier. But like the swamp itself, there are dangers lurking beneath the surface. Ted’s partner Eric, his girlfriend Ellen, the government, terrorists – everyone wants what Ted has, but what Ted doesn’t realize is that the swamp itself may want him! A radical re-imagining of the Man-Thing’s origin begins here, in a horror-tinged tale narrated by Digger, keeper of the Tower of Shadows!
The classic story, The Death of Captain Marvel, is back in an all-new printing! This trade collects Marvel Super-heroes (1967) #12-13, Captain Marvel (1968) #1 and #34, Marvel Spotlight (1979) #1-2, and Marvel Graphic Novel #1: The Death of Captain Marvel by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Jim Starlin, Steve Englehart, Doug Moench, Gene Colan, and Pat Broderick.
Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores January 15th! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.
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Various (w) • George Evans, Gene Colan, Pete Morisi & Sheldon Moldoff (a) • Matt Baker (c)
Your favorite horror anthology heads for the high seas of screams, in this sinisterly saturated selection of soaking-wet weirdness straight from Davey Jones’ locker! Classic creeps from the deeps are surfacing on a tidal wave of terror! Hold your breath—Haunted Horror #32 is just around the bends! Get it? Get it!
Tomb of Dracula by Wolfman, Colan, and Palmer has long been considered one of the best Marvel Comics of the 1970s. Colan’s atmospheric artwork was the perfect companion to Wolfman’s dark and foreboding stories—together they formed a classic series.
This Artist’s Edition collects five fantastic stories, plus an incredible gallery section.
HC • BW • $125.00 • 144 pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-217-2
It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores! This week we’ve got the Inhumans!
Inhumans: Beware the Inhumans collects Marvel Super-Heroes (1967) #15, Incredible Hulk Annual #1, Fantastic Four (1961) #81-83 and #99, Avengers (1963) #95 and #105, Amazing Adventures (1970) #1-10, and Not Brand Echh #12 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Gary Friedrich, Archie Goodwin, Arnold Drake, Neal Adams, Gene Colan, Mike Sekowsky, Marie Severin, John Romita, and Tom Sutton.
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As I discussed in Week 5, a lot of work had to be done to make Captain America work for the 1960s. But in addition to the political work I talked about (and will discuss a lot more in the future), it also meant a good deal of cultural work as well.
Sometimes, this could be rather awkward, as Stan Lee (48 at the time) hustled like hell to keep Marvel comics relevant in an industry whose primary consumers were teenagers in the midst of one of the largest generational divides in U.S history:
And as my colleague Elana notes, it often takes comics a decade or more to catch up to cultural changes, which can lead to awkward juxtapositions where characters like Nightwing are rocking a 70s disco v-neck costume well into the 90s (oh no! I just got DC in my Marvel!)
But sometimes, sometimes, even the squarest comic book writers and artists can catch onto a wavelength from youth culture and create something fascinating. Hence why in Marvel continuity, Captain America saved the Altamont Free Concert from the (copyright-friendly equivalent of the) Hells Angels:
Captain America is kind of an interesting choice for this storyline, because you have a member of “the Greatest Generation” (albeit one who is mentally and physically in his mid-20s rather than almost in his 50s) stepping in-between a conflict within the Baby Boomers between hippies and bikers. At the same time, as I discussed before, Cap was in a searching and receptive mode as he sought to find a new identity for Steve Rogers, and that brought him in synch with both aspects of the counter-culture:
On the one hand, Cap basically agrees with the hippie’s critique of his generation; on the other, Cap’s solution for how to find his identity is to get a motorcycle and go looking for America. And sure enough, the moment Cap gets onto a motorcycle, he gets arrested by cops who are hassling bikers and mistake him for a member of the Satan’s Angels who they are arresting on sight (which is surprisingly sympathetic to the perspective of the biker gang who are the antagonists of the issue). In turn, the Satan’s Angels decide to break Cap out of prison out of a commitment to the code of the road:
Incidentally, I love that the visual reference for the leader of the Satan’s Angels has some pretty strong resemblance to Marlon Brando in the Wild One. Unlike in classic biker films, however, the Satan’s Angels aren’t the antagonists of Cap #128 because they are threatening the values and mores of Square America, but because they are threatening that most precious and beautiful of things, a hippie rock concert:
In another case of Captain America comics being surprisingly positive about the counter-culture, Stan Lee and Gene Colan present this hippie rock concert as an unambiguously positive force, preaching the message of peace and love, and who share with Cap a common belief in the universal equality and brotherhood of mankind. Part of the reason for this positivity is that Issue #128 came out in August of 1970, less than a year after the Altamont Free Concert. As with the historical concert (which featured Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Rolling Stones, and where the Grateful Dead were supposed to appear), this concert is publicized as a free concert and open to all comers. And as with Altamont, which was supposed to be a “Woodstock West,” this concert is clearly more about spreading a cultural and political message.
And as with Altamont, the concert is threatened by the disdain that the Satan’s Angels have for hippies, centered around their anti-war politics. Here, the biker leader “Whitey” expresses a very specific hatred of “peaceniks” and the “yella-bellied,” and threatens violence against his own kid brother if he tries to become a “flower child.”
Given that Stan Lee is writing this issue, this is pretty savvy cultural commentary. For all that Ken Kesey and Allan Ginsburg thought that the Hells Angels represented fellow spirits – chronicled in Tom Wolf’s Electric Koolaid Acid Test– there was very little in common between the Hells Angels and the hippie movement beside their mutual alienation from mainstream society. Indeed, much of the Hells Angel’s membership were military veterans who found the biker lifestyle an alternative to transitioning back into the civilian world, and were actively and violently anti-anti-war.
As Hunter Thompson describes in his book, Hells Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, the combination of close quarters and intellectual mis-understanding between the Hells Angels and the hippie movement was a lethal combination:
The Hells Angels’ massive publicity – coming hard on the heels of the widely publicized student rebellion in Berkeley – was interpreted in liberal-radical-intellectual circles as the signal of a natural alliance. Beyond that, the Angels’ aggressive, antisocial stance – their alienation, as it were – had a tremendous appeal for the more aesthetic Berkeley temperament.
…The honeymoon lasted about three months and came to a jangled end on October 16, when the Hells Angels attacked a Get Out of Vietnam demonstration at the Oakland-Berkeley border. The existential heroes who had passed the joint with Berkeley liberals at Kesey’s parties suddenly turned into venomous beasts, rushing on the same liberals with flailing fists and shouts of “Traitors,” “Communists,” “Beatniks!” When push came to shove, the Hells Angels lined up solidly with the cops, the Pentagon and the John Birch Society. And there was no joy that day in Berkeley, for Casey had apparently gone mad.
The attack was an awful shock to those who had seen the Hells Angels as pioneers of the human spirit, but to anyone who knew them it was entirely logical. The Angels’ collective viewpoint has always been fascistic…The Angels, like all other motorcycle outlaws, are rigidly anti-Communist. Their political views are limited to the same kind of retrograde patriotism that motivates the John Birch Society, the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party. They are blind to the irony of their role…
Hence why it was a historically bad idea for the Rolling Stones’ manager Sam Cutler to hire the Hells Angels to be security for a hippie rock concert, and then to pay them in $500 worth of beer, which they proceeded to drink on the spot. Mutual antagonism between the crowd and the Angels lead to escalating violence – with the Angels chucking full beer cans and wielding pool cues and motorcycle chains, initially to keep the crowd away from the stage, but increasingly in a series of tit-for-tat fights. The violence escalated – Denise Jewks of the Ace of Cusp had her skull fractured by a thrown beer bottle, Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane got knocked unconscious by an Angel, Mick Jagger was punched in the head, and Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by Hells Angel Alan Passaro. (As all of this was filmed by a documentary crew at the time, you can watch the whole event here.)
Altamont was almost instantly turned into a symbol of the excesses of the counter-culture, the dark shadow of Woodstock, and a sign of the end of the hippie movement. As Richard Brody argued much later, “What emerges accursed is the very idea of nature, of the idea that, left to their own inclinations and stripped of the trappings of the wider social order, the young people of the new generation will somehow spontaneously create a higher, gentler, more loving grassroots order. What died at Altamont is the Rousseauian dream itself.”
But in the Marvel Universe that didn’t happen, because Captain America was on the scene to stop the Satan’s Angels and save the day:
If you step back and look at it, not only is this a fight of motorcycle vs. motorcycle, but also a fight between two veterans over how to deal with the counter-culture and the related anti-war movement. And not only does Captain America oppose the Satan’s Angels physically, but as is appropriate for a character who would absolutely play a Warlord in D&D 3.5 Edition, Cap’s example inspires the gentle hippies to enter the fray in defense of their new defender:
The implicit argument is rather interesting, suggesting that the hippie movement’s non-violence is simply because they disagree with the cause that violence is being urged for. It’s an interesting little bit of culture-jamming, positioning Captain America as the Hippy Defender and suggesting that the kids are alright, because with the right symbol and the right cause to fight for, they’ll engage in all-American fisticuffs. However, the hippies can’t take down the sheer power of a motorcycle gang on their own, so there will always be a need for Captain America’s mighty shield:
On its own, Captain America #128 is a rather disposable one-shot. But what interests me is the broader cultural impact of Cap’s intervention in the Marvel Universe. For example, if Altamont is seen as a success in Earth-616 due to Captain America, does Don MacLean still write “American Pie” as a despairing elegy to the lost innocence of rock and roll? Is Peter Fonda’s character in Easy Rider named Captain America not as a satirical jab at 60s Americana but rather because Captain America is seen as a protector of the hippie movement and an endorsement of the counter-culture from the living embodiment of American idealism?
Speaking as someone who loves the fact that Marvel’s shared universe was set in the real New York, one of the things that I’ve felt hasn’t been done enough in the Marvel Universe is an exploration of how the presence of superheroes since WWII had influenced American culture, especially not in comparison to Alan Moore’s Watchmen or Publick and Hammer’s Venture Brothers. We know that Janet Van Dyne is a renowned fashion designer, but we rarely see ordinary people in street scenes wearing Van Dyne-inspired ensembles. We know that the beatniks down at Coffee A Go-Go became enthralled with Beast’s enormous feet, so show me Alan Ginsberg’s ode to Hank’s hoofs.
In other words, if Captain America is a symbol, show us what that symbol came to mean for the generations who grew up with him after his rebirth from the ice in the Mid-60s…