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On this world holiday of the Longest Night, I present the time Captain America wore...okay, not BLACK, but dark blue.

Also, he trips over his cape. About 12 scans under the cut.

The time of darkness is not long before the American President Nixon resigned in Real Life, August 9, 1974. The Secret Empire tries to take over America, attacking the White House itself. They made the mistake of using mutants, so the X-men got involved and they got trounced. Captain America had been set up to be disgraced by the Secret Empire, only to be exonerated by the media flurry (strangely, the X-men were still menaces, despite standing right next to Cap). In the confusion, the head of the Secret Empire awakened and fled into the Oval Office.

(1 page from Captain America and the Falcon 175. Written by Steve Englehart, drawn by Sal Buscema, inked by Vince Colleta. Published July 1974. Not sure which volume.)

Cap doesn't reveal what happened inside. Its immediately hushed up by the government. The leader is not named, but the implication is that President Nixon was the head of the Secret Empire (But I like to think the Nixon that resigned was a robot or a clone). I believe this was later retconned to the chief of staff.

Cap enters his own, and Real Life America's, long dark night of the soul. He decides he no longer has faith in the image Captain America represents, and that therefore he must cease to bear the shield.

His friends try to dissuade him, but he can only think of the evil, within him and all around him. (Originally, I scanned this for the passing mention of Cap killing people.)

(3 scans from Captain America and the Falcon 176. Same creative team.)

He is no longer sure which part of America his name stands for.

Their arguments fail. He abandons his identity. There's mourning and bitterness in the media. Several eager types try their hand at wielding a shield. Steve tries to learn how to have a personal life, til Hawkeye convinces him that while Steve can't be America's symbol any longer, he can always be a new superhero.

(5 scans from Captain America and the Falcon 180. Regular creative is joined by Frank Giacoia on inks.)

He always wanted a cape!

Nice cleavage.

Like a Dark Knight!

By an incredible coincidence, he comes upon some old foes engaged in villainy. He moves to stop them..

Steve's whole attitude in the Nomad experiment is impatience. He doesn't want to train to get used to fighting with a cape, he doesn't want to have to start building trust as a new vigilante, he wants everything, right now!

Meanwhile, Falcon has been nursemaiding one of the Captain America wannabe's, who gets killed by the Red Skull. Overcome by the obvious Evil, Steve has a revelation. Possibly, he remembered his old oath of enlistment:

"I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic...

(3 scans from Captain America and the Falcon 183. Written by Steve Englehart, drawn by Frank Robbins, inked by Joe Sinnot and Frank Giacoia.)

(Insert Sally Floyd joke here.)

(When I googled to remember that character's name, I found it interesting to note that her creator, Paul Jenkins, has been the writer of many of the recent retro Captain America one-shots.)

I think he puts on the dead guys Cap outfit, which seems wierd, but, oh well..

Date: 2009-12-22 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] theanswer
How did a cape waving behind him end up in front of his foot? o_o

Date: 2009-12-22 06:14 am (UTC)
liara_shadowsong: (steve/tony)
From: [personal profile] liara_shadowsong
Kinda looks like one of the bottom corners swung around too far and got caught under the toe of his boot, and the other material didn't end up in front of his foot until he tried to continue going forward without realizing he'd stepped on the hem.

*giggle* That scene amuses me so much. It would have been real cool to see Steve take the time to learn to fight in a cape, though. But I do recall seeing one version of his origin where his supervisors in the super soldier program totally vetoed his design ideas with capes. There may also have been one with cleavage like his Nomad costume that they rejected...

Date: 2009-12-23 05:16 am (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
That's why you only trust super powered caped heroes.

And Batman. (he would have trained to be able to not do that in a cape).

Date: 2009-12-22 06:07 am (UTC)
sailorlibra: (kara_hellno)
From: [personal profile] sailorlibra
What it with superheroes and incredibly bad taste in costumes?

Date: 2009-12-22 06:48 am (UTC)
jlroberson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jlroberson
Because some jerk told Matt Murdock that was red.

Guess how he fixed it.

Date: 2009-12-22 06:57 am (UTC)
kingrockwell: he's a sexy (Death of the Endless)
From: [personal profile] kingrockwell
Especially for a guy who's supposed to be an artist!
i'm so glad Rikki's Nomad costume is so much better

Date: 2009-12-22 08:24 am (UTC)
kirayoshi: Made of Rage (Default)
From: [personal profile] kirayoshi
Remember, this was before Edna Mode. Or Leo Zelinsky for that matter.

"No capes!"

Date: 2009-12-22 06:25 am (UTC)
kamino_neko: Kamino Neko's mildly shocked icon. (Mild shock)
From: [personal profile] kamino_neko
Steve, Steve, Steve.... If you're going to wear a mask that covers your neck, the plunging neckline on the top just doesn't work...

Date: 2009-12-22 06:50 am (UTC)
jlroberson: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jlroberson

Though really, it is a perfect metaphor for what disillusionment did to style in the 70s.

Date: 2009-12-23 03:48 am (UTC)
cmdr_zoom: (oops)
From: [personal profile] cmdr_zoom
It really was.

Date: 2009-12-22 07:28 am (UTC)
freezer: (Bummer)
From: [personal profile] freezer
Until I started reading back issues of Cap, I never realized how melodramatically self-absorbed Steve could be in times of personal crisis. (Yes, Steve; it's your fault a secret cabal of unknown age and scope nearly took over the US Government because YOU weren't paying enough attention.)

Date: 2009-12-22 02:22 pm (UTC)
crinos: (Default)
From: [personal profile] crinos
Yeah, I actually have the secret empire trade, and the whole thing starts with Cap seeing an Anti Captain America ad on Television and going on this long Kirbyesque monologue, while everyone around just stare at him and go "um, okay..."

Date: 2009-12-23 06:38 pm (UTC)
joysweeper: (Xmas Spidey)
From: [personal profile] joysweeper
Yeah. There was a time when the Lincoln statue in the Lincoln Memorial came to life and attacked him and he was all "I have to remember that this isn't President Lincoln disapproving of me!"

I love him and all, but he can be pretty ridiculous.

Date: 2009-12-22 08:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"The Nomad"?! That makes him sound like some sort of satellite tracking system. He should have gone with The Bum.

Date: 2009-12-22 07:44 pm (UTC)
darkblade: (Default)
From: [personal profile] darkblade
Oh my God this is the greatest idea for a superhero name I have ever heard in my life!
jazzypom: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jazzypom
Like needle and thread sewing, with their stitches neat and strong. Children nowadays don't even want to learn. >:[

Date: 2009-12-22 01:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tacobob
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Date: 2009-12-22 04:32 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2009-12-22 07:24 pm (UTC)
mullon: (Bakura)
From: [personal profile] mullon
Just goes to show you the V-neckline only works with women. I still want to see male Star Sapphire though.

Date: 2009-12-23 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] philippos42
You know that Steve did wear a black/white/red costume later, as "the Captain"? It's the same design the USAgent wears now.

Date: 2009-12-30 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] philippos42
Late 80's, yeah.

Date: 2009-12-23 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] zordboy
Not to put too fine a point on it...

...but in the southern hemisphere (which is, y'know, half of Planet Earth), it's actually the summer solstice. And it's the longest day and shortest night.

Just for the record.

Date: 2009-12-23 02:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] autumn_lily
I want a Cap icon saying "My Sidekick Is DEEEAAAD!"

Date: 2009-12-23 07:29 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Really, it's far from surprising that a man who'd fought for pretty much his entire adult life without a cape would be a bit awkward in one. Still, if you ask me, he was a bit premature in discarding it - capes can be useful. Look at Batman - how many times has he used his cape as a makeshift parachute to slow his fall in emergencies? And then there's the 'cloak and dagger' style of fencing, where a cape is used to distract the eye away from your real attack.

Date: 2009-12-23 06:22 pm (UTC)
joysweeper: (Default)
From: [personal profile] joysweeper
It's not even a terribly long cape. But I do love that he trips on it. Oh, Steve.

One telling of his origin story had him making a lot of drawings of a superhero called "American Eagle", and once he wrote "Has to have a cape! So boss!" next to one. I liked that touch.

Date: 2010-03-17 12:38 pm (UTC)
flidgetjerome: Hark, a Vagrant #328 (Default)
From: [personal profile] flidgetjerome
XD I was just putting scans of this together myself.

Y'know, seriously, that costume is not entirely Steve's fault. It was a trendy look among his friends at the time . . .


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