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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Was Bucky, Captain America’s Partner, an Army Mascot…or a Trained Killer?

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Was Bucky, Captain America’s Partner, an Army Mascot…or a Trained Killer?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Steve M., we take a look at Bucky’s changing origins…

The first origin of Bucky came in Captain America Comics #1 by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby…

In Tales of Suspense #63, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia gave the same basic origin, only adding in the explanation of WHY Bucky was the camp mascot…

In Captain America #109, Lee, Kirby and Syd Shores repeated the origin again…

It wasn’t until the final issue of Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty, however, that we really got to know Bucky Barnes. In Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #12 by Mark Waid, Doug Braithwaite and Dan Green (plus Anthony William and Scott Koblish), we see Bucky as he was on the base before he got his new identity…

And we see how he became Cap’s partner…

The issue also had some great insight into HOW Bucky’s father died…

The final word on the original Bucky origin came in Captain America #26 by Robert Morales, Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend, where Cap has become involved in a political campaign and the press is using the death of Bucky to hit at Cap, so Cap explains that he never wanted Bucky to be his partner…

Okay, so heading into Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain America, that’s where we stood with Bucky’s origin. On the next page, learn how Brubaker “Anatomy Lesson”ed it all…

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