A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments - Day 77

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 a mind-blowing scene from Jim Steranko's Captain America "run."


In the context of the late 1960s as a whole, Jim Steranko's work probably does not stand out that much. I mean, it stands out in the sense that it is very good, but I mean that it is not jarring to the senses.

However, in the context of the standard superhero comic book of the time, it really stood out quite a bit, particularly the following two pages from Captain America #111, the second issue in Steranko's "run" on Captain America in issues #110, 111 and 113.

To set it up, Rick Jones was just beating himself up for not being good enough to be Cap's partner, and particularly not being good enough to measure up to the original Bucky.

After Cap leaves, an envelope arrives for Cap. Rick figures he should open it, as he's Cap's partner. As it turns out, it is filled with a powerful hallucinogenic gas, designed to incapacitate Captain America.

Instead, it does the following to Rick (click to enlarge)...

The moment with the skulls would probably be "the" moment for me.

Trippy stuff.

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