Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today, we look at the finale of what is likely the most notable story Steve Englehart wrote for Captain America.
Captain America #175, by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema, is the final part of a long-running storyline about the Secret Empire, a secret group that is trying to take control of the United States. One way they're doing this is to start a smear campaign against Captain America, accusing him of the death of a minor super villain. They don't want America to trust Cap or the other heroes because their plan involves them creating their OWN superhero, Moonstone, who would "lose" to the Secret Empire in their attack on the White House, thereby telling the rest of the country that they should just give up and let the Empire take over.
Eventually, with the help of the Falcon and some of the X-Men, Captain America exposes the charade, in this great confrontation with Moonstone...
That leads to the stunning scene where #1 (the Secret Empire referred to each other only by their rank) tries to escape and his identity is revealed in a shocking moment!
Seeing the President shoot himself in front of him forced Captain America to quit as Cap for awhile.
Very effective piece of writing by Englehart, and boy, he and Buscema sure did fit in a lot of story into these pages!!