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The Best Captain America Storylines In Comic Books

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With over 75 years of publication history, the list of Captain America’s greatest adventures is both lengthy and impressive. The best Captain America comics span multiple decades, and the strongest Captain America storylines have come from a truly formidable and diverse group of creators. One might think that the creative well would run dry, what with dozens of Cap comics coming out every year for the better part of a century, but something about the Star-Spangled Avenger continues to inspire great stories year after year.

Since his World War II days, Steve Rogers has been involved in all manner of adventures, ensuring that the Captain America library is chock full of variety. In his time wielding the shield, Cap has taken part in sprawling space wars, tales of political intrigue, and even psychedelic spy thrillers. He also continually encounters his arch-nemesis the Red Skull. No matter what the job is, Captain America can be trusted to get it done, and to look good doing it.

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  • Issues: Captain America #445-448

    Writer: Mark Waid

    Artist: Ron Garney

    Captain America has been thought dead on numerous occasions, and Operation Rebirth is one of the many tales of how Cap came back. Not only does the story feature Cap’s classic foe, the Red Skull, it even brings Adolf Hitler back into the mix via the magic of the Cosmic Cube. The Cube’s powers result in Captain America facing The Red Skull and Hitler in a battle of willpower, and that’s when Cap is at his best.

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  • Issues: Avengers #273-277

    Writer: Roger Stern

    Artist: Tom Buscema & Tom Palmer

    Under Siege is considered one of the greatest Avengers stories ever, but it’s also one of the greatest moments in Captain America’s history. When the Masters of Evil besiege the Avengers’ mansion and catch them unaware, Cap overcomes torture to take on the team of supervillains nearly single-handedly. Given that the Masters of Evil are led by Baron Zemo, it’s only fitting that Cap leads the charge against them.

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  • Issues: Captain America #193-200

    Writer: Jack Kirby

    Artist: Jack Kirby

    Jack Kirby, the King of Comics, is one of Captain America’s creators, and widely considered to be among the more important creative talents of all-time. Madbomb represents some of his very best work, in a story where an insidious group attempt to bring down America via a device that drives its victims into a destructive rage. Only Captain America’s iron will can stand against the Madbomb!

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  • Issues: Captain America #176-183

    Writer: Steve Englehart

    Artist: Sal Buscema & Frank Robbins

    The Nomad arc comes on the heels of the Secret Empire storyline, which leaves Steve Rogers with his faith in the American government at an all-time low. He abandons the mantle of Captain America, adopting a new identity as the Nomad. Garish costume aside, this arc highlights why Steve Rogers is a true hero no matter what outfit he’s wearing, and ultimately gives him good reason to reclaim his shield.

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