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Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #108

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Like it or dislike it, Rob Liefeld had a singular vision in mind when he took over Captain America during Heroes Reborn. Ultimately, it was writer Jeph Loeb who brought that vision to life alongside Liefeld's artwork.

However, Loeb was not the first (or even the SECOND) writer to work on the project. Originally, writer Chuck Dixon was attached to the series.

Dixon was scripting Prophet for Liefeld's company at the time, so the idea of him taking over the series was not much of a stretch, but it was not something Dixon was originally up for.

Ultimately, though, as quoted in one of Scott Braden's classic old Overstreet columns,

Rob had promised that S.H.I.E.L.D. would be mine to play with, and for me, that was real attractive. I grew up on Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., and one of the reasons I told Rob that I wanted Fury in it was because he and Captain America both represent two different brands of Americanism. Cap is the heroic boy scout, while Fury is Humphrey Bogart--the "slob" hero. To me, they're two sides of the same coin of American heroism, so I thought they've got to be together in the same book because they contrast so well.

Sadly, though, there was differences between the plot Dixon worked out and what Liefeld decided to go with, so Dixon left the project.

Jim Valentino, likewise, came and departed, leaving writer Jeph Loeb to take over.

Has Dixon ever written an issue of Captain America?

He'd be interesting to see write a Captain America issue.

Okay, that's it for this week!

Feel free to drop off any urban legends you'd like to see featured!

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