CAPTAIN AMERICA #109 (1968): The Final Kirby Issue!

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Jack Kirby leaves Captain America with a retelling of his origin story–and it’s great.  It’s expanded, we get a lot more details, and it’s like Jack Kirby’s farewell loveletter to a character he created without Stan Lee.  Cap is really the only major character in Marvel’s staple that predated Stan Lee.

One thing, though: “Deadly experiment?”  If they haven’t done it yet, how do they know it’s deadly?  And of course he didn’t die.  Stan overdoes the ham hype, but that’s part of his charm.

Creators: Lee/Kirby

Grade: A

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