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If The Fantastic Four and Thor provided Jack Kirby with vehicles to depict his characteristic super science, strange beings, fantastic creatures and mythical worlds, then Captain America provided a vehicle for Kirby as a pure action artist. Apart from the odd gadget, this first collection of Cap's Silver Age solo adventures recalls the thrill-a-minute exploits of the Golden Age Captain America.

As Stan Lee admits, Tales Of Suspense #59-62 featured Cap in contemporary adventures that were heavy on action but light on plot. A foray into Vietnam to take on a sumo wrestler (!) indicates that plot (or accuracy) wasn't necessarily the main objective with these tales.

Tales Of Suspense #63-71 suddenly revert to WW2 Captain America with sidekick Bucky joining in the fight against the Nazis including the nefarious Red Skull. At least one story is a recreation of Golden Age comic storytelling although the Comics Code in force by the mid 60s means it lacks the gritty violence of the 40s era.

Tales Of Suspense #72 brings the strip back to the present with the preceding issues dealt with as reminisces Cap is sharing with his fellow Avengers. The war still isn't over though as the Red Skull returns along with his swastika-bearing Nazi robots The Sleepers that have lain in wait for 20 years.

Towards the end of this run of adventures, Cap begins to take on the deeper characterisation of his contemporary Marvel Age heroes and becomes less of a 40s hero in a 60s world. ( )
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