‘Captain America Epic Collection: The Captain’ Highlights Steve Rogers and John Walker’s Battle for the Shield in July

With the success of Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, it is probably the right time to release the original battle for the shield that took place back in 1987 in the pages of Captain America.

Captain America Epic Collection: The Captain contains issues #333-350 of Captain America and the lone-crossover with Tony Stark in Iron Man #228 by Mark Gruenwald, Bob Layton, David Michelinie, Tom Morgan, Kieron Dwyer, John Byrne, and Mark Bright.

The story begins when Steve Rogers refuses to become a government operative and he is stripped of his uniform and shield and a new government sanctioned Captain America is appointed. This new Cap is none other than John Walker, formerly known as the misguided Super-Patriot. Walker even takes on his own sidekick in the form of Battlestar (Lamar Hoskins) and attempts to fill the big shoes of the original Captain America. Steve gets a new (short lived) black costume and begins calling himself “The Captain”.

Besides the battle for the soul of America, the collection also includes appearances from Iron Man, The Falcon, Nomad, D-Man, Diamondback, Freedom Force, the Horsemen of Apocalypse (an inevitable “X-Men: Fall of the Mutants” crossover if you remember the late 1980s), Flag Smasher, the Serpent Society, HYDRA, and of course, the Red Skull.

Look for the mammoth 504 page collection in July (with a retail price of $44.99).

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