This is the ninety-fourth in a series of examinations of comic book urban legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous ninety-three. Click here for a similar archive, only arranged by subject.
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: J. M. DeMatteis planned to kill Captain America during his run on the title.
Reader Garrie Burr asked me this one just last week, which was quite topical considering the death of Captain America in last week's Captain America #25. Burr asked:
I cannot recall where I saw this, but I remember that the end of DeMatteis' long run on Captain America was supposed to wind up with Steve Rogers dead and a new character taking up the Red-White-and-Blue. An urban legend?
I posed the question to the man himself, J.M. DeMatteis, and he offered me this extremely interesting story: