Silver Age September - The Debut of the Cosmic Cube!

After a month of spotlighting the strange (if endearingly strange) history of comic books (and especially the Silver Age), I think it is worthwhile to show the comic books of the Silver Age that are simply great stories period. Here is an archive of all the Silver Age comics features so far!

We recently looked at how Stan Lee and Jack Kirby worked the Red Skull into the Silver Age. Well, now, from a year later, see Tales of Suspense #79-81, one of the most memorable battles of the Silver Age, as Captain America faces off against the Red Skull - who is powered by the Cosmic Cube (in its first appearance)!!


Our tremendous tale begins in Tales of Suspense #79 (by Lee, Kirby and inker Frank Giacoia), as we see the creation of the Cosmic Cube (the Red Skull is "working with" AIM, but he is preparing even then to betray them)...

That betrayal takes place at the beginning of #80 (same creative team except Don Heck now on inks), and it leads to a great action sequence of Captain America springing into battle, countered with the Red Skull being particularly horrific (to a character who was established last issue as one of his closest allies)...

Once on the island, Cap fights the Skull, but while the Skull is outclassed, fighting-wise, he has an edge - he doesn't mind playing dirty!!

Things are looking bad for Cap in #81 (Frank Giacoia is back as Kirby's inker), as he tries to take the Skull out before he's too used to the power...

Lee and Kirby are crackling here, aren't they? It's a really interesting premise for a story, which is why the Cosmic Cube has been used a lot ever since - it is a great plot device!

In any event, in the story, it looks like this is the end for Captain America until he tries one last gambit...

To see how Cap's plan worked out, pick up Essential Captain America Vol. 1, which has this story plus FORTY OTHER Captain America stories (from Tales of Suspense, so they're not particularly long)!!!

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