Your FIRST LOOK at Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway’s Bahamas Triangle one-shot…

You want a great way to celebrate July 4? Make sure you hit your local comics shop the day before and snag a copy of Captain America and the Invaders: Bahamas Triangle #1, a Marvel 80th anniversary one-shot by a pair of comics luminaries — Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway.

The House of Ideas has been publishing special one-shots throughout the year, but this one has a startling pedigree: Thomas, a Marvel legend, created the Invaders — Captain America, the Sub-Mariner and the original Human Torch — with Sal Buscema in 1969. (The team was based on the Golden Age All-Winners Squad, written by Bill Finger (!).) And Ordway, of course, is one of fandom’s most beloved classic-style artists and a past Thomas collaborator.

The whole shebang is colored by Jay David Ramos.

So dig this EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW of the issue, which is due July 3. (And check out those cameos!)

Main cover by Jerry Ordway and Frank D’Armata

Unlettered variant by Ron Lim and Israel Silva

Variant by Patrick Zircher and D’Armata

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I just love the nod to Captain America #255 by Roger Stern & John Byrne with the meddling photographer on page four! <3 🙂

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  2. Cameo appearances by Carl Burgos and Bill Everett (page 3, panel 2), and Jack “gotta get back to the ol’ drawing board” Kirby (page 5, panels 1-3)!

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  3. Thomas seems incapable of not using the dialogue to describe the same thing seen in the art, a major drawback of old comics. I find it hard to believe that some regular person could knock the shield out of Cap’s hand, even on his first day on the job. Art is lovely.

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    • You never know about that stuff. Did Jerry Ordway get a traditional old-style full script, or was he working from a plot, and his penciled pages were later dialogued by Thomas (i.e. the ‘Marvel method’)? Example: Page 3, panel 1. If Thomas added that dialogue after the page was penciled, it’s to explain a seeming bit of illogic shown in the artwork. OR it’s just an excuse to work in the cameo appearances of Carl Burgos and Bill Everett, observing Captain America in action. Either explanation makes sense, depending on how you look at it. The actions of the fleeing Bund member require commentary and explanation.

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      • Had a look at the shield incident, too. Cap’s getting into a car, so do you think he’s doing it holding his shield with his arm securely through the straps like he normally does? Of course not — it’s too awkward that way, so he must have already slipped his arm out of the straps the way he normally carries it in action. Only then when the reporter accidentally bumps the shield does he drop it.

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        • In fact, he says so in the previous panel — “Pardon me. Gotta remove my shield and adjust my mask.”

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  4. Bye the bye, it appears that the “shutterbug” working for the Daily Bugle would be a young Jonah Jameson (which obviously doesn’t work with today’s continuity; he’d be too old now — but it’s a nice easter egg nonetheless)… But I was puzzled by the later reference to “The ‘Captain America’ Project is still officially under wraps” — so how can a Daily Bugle photographer be taking pictures of Cap? Going back to the previous page (panel 2) we do see the shutterbug being held by two FBI agents, so we can presume the undeveloped film was destroyed,

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  5. I see that my Ron Lim comment was removed.

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