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When Did Steve Rogers Drop His Nomad ID to Be Captain America Again?

This is "Never Gonna Be the Same Again," a feature where I look at how bold, seemingly "permanent" changes were ultimately reversed. This is not a criticism, mind you, as obviously things are always going to eventually return to "normal." That's just how superhero comic books work. It's just fun to see how some of these rather major changes are reversed. This is differentiated from "Abandoned Love," which is when a new writer comes in and drops the plot of the previous writer. Here, we're talking about the writer who came up with the idea being the same one who resolved the change. This is also differentiated from "Death is Not the End," which is about how "dead" characters came back to life, since this is about stuff other than death.

Today, we look at how Steve Rogers dropped his Nomad identity to return to being Captain America after becoming too disillusioned with the United States of America to continue to drape himself in the red, white and blue!

Our story begins after the shocking events of Captain America #175 (which I detailed here in a piece where I showed how that story wasn't about politics because comic books only started doing political stories recently). Captain America was super rattled by, you know, learning that the President was in charge of a cast criminal empire and then seeing the President kill himself in the Oval Office in front of Cap.

In the next issue (by Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema and Mike Esposito), Cap determines whether he still wants to be Captain America when he finds himself not believing in America. He ends up deciding to NOT be Cap...

In the next issue, the Falcon has a bad dream about Steve Rogers' abrupt retirement and he gives Steve an earful...

In the next issue, Steve Rogers continues to work out to keep himself in shape in retirement. He talks with one of the gym employees, Roscoe...

Steve Rogers ends up having to bail Falcon out, but Falcon gets mad about him helping him out when he is not going to actually be an active hero anymore....

In the next issue, Steve is out with his girlfriend, Sharon Carter, when he is attacked by by a mysterious archer named the Golden Archer...

In the end, we discover that the Golden Archer is Hawkeye, who is trying to push Steve into being a superhero again. Cap agrees...

In the next issue (Captain America #180), then, Steve decides to spend some time figuring out his new superhero identity and costume...

Throughout these issues, various people have tried out to be the new Cap and now, Roscoe wants in on the action!

During Nomad's first action as a superhero, he trips on his own cape! So he drops the cape.

In the next issue, despite Falcon's lack of approval, Roscoe springs into action (what kind of shield is he using?)...

The book now mostly stars Nomad's adventures as a superhero.

In the next issue (Captain America #182), though, with Frank Springer now taking over as the artist on the book, Falcon agrees to work with Roscoe....

The Falcon even finds himself sort of liking the idea of having his own sort of sidekick...

But then they are knocked out by a mysterious villain...

Oh no, it's the Red Skull!!!

This is probably not good news, right?

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