MARVEL Planning Giant-Size Tribute for CAPTAIN AMERICA’s 80th Anniversary

A special issue similar to this year’s Giant-Size X-Men #1 re-do…

Marvel on Monday released plans for a special tribute issue celebrating the 80th anniversary of Captain America in March.

Captain America Tribute #1 will re-present Joe Simon, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s most historic Cap stories but with modern art by some of today’s top talents, including Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, John Cassaday, Sara Pichelli, Terry Dodson and many, many more.

The project is similar to this year’s Giant-Size X-Men #1 Tribute to Len Wein and Dave Cockrum. (Click here to check that out.)

Steve McNiven

Here’s part of Marvel’s press release:

In March 1941, comic book legends Jack Kirby and Joe Simon introduced the world to Steve Rogers in the historic CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1, and a pop culture icon was born. Now, Marvel is proud to honor their tremendous contribution to the comic book industry with CAPTAIN AMERICA TRIBUTE #1, a giant-sized special celebrating the character’s 80th anniversary.

CAPTAIN AMERICA TRIBUTE #1 will feature a cadre of Marvel’s best artists redrawing and modernizing Captain America’s first appearance, CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1, as well as his genre-defining reintroduction to the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s AVENGERS #4. See the Star-Spangled Avenger’s extraordinary origin, his first battle against the Red Skull, and his Silver Age debut where he emerges from suspended animation to live on as a Star-Spangled Avenger like never before as your favorite artists reimagine these classic tales for a new age. These definitive comic book stories will be presented in an all-new way in a star-studded special that will delight long-time True Believers and the current generation of Marvel fans!

Unlettered artwork by Alex Ross

This unparalleled undertaking will include artwork by John Cassaday, Marguerite Sauvage, David Lapham, Declan Shalvey, Perf Pérez, Salvador Larroca, Leinil Francis Yu, Valerio Schiti, Carlos Pacheco, Inhyuk Lee, Kei Zama, Sara Pichelli, Jesús Saiz, Kim Jacinto, Adam Kubert, Federico Vicentini, Mahmud Asrar, Jim Cheung, Terry Dodson, Joe Bennett, Alex Ross, Steve Epting, Adam Hughes, Stephanie Hans, Javier Garrón, Alitha E. Martinez, Elena Casagrande, Paco Medina, Daniel Acuña, Chris Samnee, Butch Guice, Rachael Stott, Pepe Larraz, Greg Smallwood, Greg Land, Ray-Anthony Height, Mark Bagley, and Marvel’s Stormbreakers including Peach Momoko, Juann Cabal, Carmen Carnero, R.B. Silva, Joshua Cassara, Natacha Bustos, Iban Coello, and Patrick Gleason!

“We packed this book full of top-flight artistic talent, all paying tribute to the King,” Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said. “So while you can just read these as stories, readers are definitely going to want to savor the experience, and see how each artist stacks up to the original work done by Jack Kirby.”

For 80 years, Captain America’s adventures have entertained fans of all ages around the world. Don’t miss today’s top talent pay homage to Captain America’s most legendary stories when CAPTAIN AMERICA TRIBUTE #1 hits stands this coming March! Check out Steve McNiven’s cover below and head over to for a sneak peek at the upcoming issue!

A few thoughts:

— Some fans turned their noses up at the X-Men project, but I don’t get it. Seeing modern talents reinterpret legends is downright fun. And anything that turns newer readers on to Simon, Kirby and Lee is OK in my book.

— A nit to pick: Captain America Comics #1 came out at the end of 1940 with a March 1941 publication date. But, hey, so be it.

— Marvel didn’t appear to release a price but the X-Men book went for $5.99.


— INSIDE LOOK: Marvel’s GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 Tribute to LEN WEIN and DAVE COCKRUM. Click here.

— 13 Underrated CAPTAIN AMERICA Covers. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Would love to see this in a treasury sized comic

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  2. Then I guess I must be considered a nose-turner. Although it’s not that I don’t mind current artists emulating famous covers, I’ve just never been a fan of the “photo-realistic” style. To me, and it may just be because I grew up in the era and became used to it, the original art is cleaner, sharper, friendlier, and more inviting. The “photo-realistic” style sometimes seems grotesque and hard to look at. Pages with black and otherwise dark backgrounds pull a lot of excess ink to the images, making them look cluttered compared to pre-photorealism pages. I’m sure these excellent artists can use their skills in a way to give their own take on famous covers, but in the original rather than “photo-realistic” style.

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