I love to see Golden Age comic books reprinted. This is especially true for comics that have not been widely reprinted in the past and where to acquire the originals would probably break the bank. I was therefore doubly delighted this week when Marvel published the third volume of its Golden Age Captain America Marvel Masterworks.
I think it’s fair to say that Captain America Comics #s 1-8 have been reprinted several times in different volumes, but that much of the content of issues 9-12 (December 1941 through March 1942) represented here have not been ever been reprinted. This gives the Golden Age fan an opportunity to review some classic Simon & Kirby work on this title that they would not otherwise get to see.
As with most of the early Captain America stories, this is classic WWII fare, but with plenty of horror and “weird” themed stories as well. How can you resist, “The Weird Case of the Pygmies of Terror!” from Captain America Comics #12 (March 1942)? Not strange enough? Then how about the feuding hillbillies in “Captain America and the Feud Murders” from Captain America Comics #11 (February 1942). I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!
Whether you’re a fan of the Golden Age, Captain America or Simon & Kirby, this is a great volume to have on your shelf.
This Masterworks volume retails for $59.99, but it can be purchased online for around $35.99, a 40% discount. It is offered in a regular edition (shown above) and a variant edition. There’s a good introduction to this volume by Michael Uslan, executive producer of the Batman films, including The Dark Knight.