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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #3-1

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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #3-1

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the last results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!

3. “The Famous Red, White Garb of…Captain America!” by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and George Roussos (Avengers #4)

It’s interesting, looking back at the history of the Marvel Age, just how long Stan Lee took to revive what was once the company’s most popular character. Another Golden Age hero, Namor, was revived just four months into the Marvel Age. In that case, though, Namor served as a villain in the new universe, so it made more sense to use him. The Human Torch had already been coopted by Johnny Storm. So that left Captain America and a couple of years went by without his return. Finally, after a test issue where Captain America came back in an issue of Strange Tales (it turned out to be an impostor, of course), Lee finally bit the bullet and brought Captain America into the Silver Age in Avengers #4. The full introduction of Cap is three pages long and I’ve been holding myself to just two, so we’ll have to stick with just one page after the main the moment, the point where Wasp recognizes the frozen guy that the Avengers rescued while trying to hunt Namor and the Hulk down (you gotta love early Avengers – by issue #3 they’re already hunting down one of their founding members)…

I’ve read this scene roughly a gazillion times over the years and it still gives me chills how Cap just collects himself and is all, “Yeah, okay, Bucky’s dead, I’m in the future, but screw it, I’m Captain goddamn America” (and yes, it makes Cap’s reaction to killing a terrorist who was about to kill a bunch of innocent people even the sillier when you see Cap’s reaction here).

Go to the next page for #2-1!

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