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When Captain America Became a Horror Comic!

1949's Captain America Comics #73 was the last issue to be just Captain America stories, but even there, you could see that the book was going in a slightly different direction...

Horror comic books were rising in popularity and so the next issue saw the book renamed Captain America's Weird Tales...

It still had a Captain America lead feature...

But the other stories in the comic were just standard horror comics.

The next issue kept the new name, but see how Captain America's name was now re-emphasized and he was no longer actually IN the comic! The cover design was also meant to evoke EC Comics' comics of the era...

Instead, the comic book was just a standard horror anthology, with a few different horror tales in there with no Captain America involved at all...

The book was then canceled.

It was briefly revived four years later as Captain America Comics once again, as Marvel tried a superhero comeback, with Captain America now fighting against the "Commies"...

This revival only lasted three issues...

Early John Romita superhero artwork!

The book was canceled again and that was it for this volume.

Thanks to Fraser for the suggestion!

Okay, folks, if you have suggestions for comic book series whose evolution you'd like to see me spotlight, just drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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