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Captain America by Jack Kirby, Vol. 1: Madbomb Paperback – August 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785115579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785115571
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The quality of the comic, and, the vivid colors put me in a real time travel to my past.
F. Troitino
We the people must always strive to make a more perfect nation and not just leave it to the hands of the politicians.
Andromeda
In 1975-76, King Kirby was reunited with one his greatest creations, Captain America, with very satisfactory results.
Eric Hildebrand

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Roth on September 19, 2006
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This book contains Captain America & The Falcon #193 (1976) - #200 (1976). This book begins Jack Kirby's mid 70's run on CA, with the "Bicentennial Battles" book being Vol.2

This volume contains Jack Kirby's pencils for each cover as well as the finished cover art for each book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Greczek on December 7, 2006
This compendium has Kirby returning to Captain America without his long time collaborator, Stan Lee. Without Lee's control over the oft-enthusiastic Kirby, what comes out is a torrent of action and fast-paced plotting, unfettered by the more soap opera approach of Lee. Although very rough dialog sometimes inhibits the appreciation of the story, on balance, the reader is rewarded by non-stop action. It is a study in action art by the man who perfected action art, albeit the King is in the twilight of his career during this period.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andromeda on October 24, 2008
I think "Madbomb" is one of Kirby's best stories. It is well paced, has a strong thematic underpinning, and some very interesting dialogue between Cap and the Falcon about race relations and growing up in a ghetto. The dialogue in not at all realistic, and tends to hover on an operatic level, which I understand is off putting for some readers. The characters tend to talk in grand terms, because Kirby is presenting a story that takes place on a large stage with grand themes

Although there is personal drama in the story, and that drama is also operating on an operatic level. There are some truly poignant moments between the young, bed ridden woman - Carol - and Captain America. The sub-plot of Carol, and her father who is helping the new American fascists in order to earn the money to get her medical care, is an interesting multi-faceted story.

Jack's dialogue works for his stories. Madbomb is not operating on the same level as your typical Lee-Kirby Cap story, where he is fighting Zemo or the Red Skull, who are trying to take over the world with robots. Only the cosmic cube story approaches the level of the Madbomb, but even there, the story is about one megalomaniac trying to take over the world. Kirby's characters speak on an operatic level in order to get the larger than life drama and themes across that he is dealing with. What passes for "realistic" dialogue in the comic book world is generally not at all realistic, it is instead, merely casual, or very clipped and dry. People nor more talk in real life like Stan Lee written dialogue than Jack Kirby written dialogue.

"Madbomb" is about freedom, it's about race, it's about growing up and out of the ghetto, it's about the hurt and pain of illness, falling in love with someone who is trapped in evil.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Troitino on April 26, 2010
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This is a real comic's classic.
First time I read this story was in the XX century, and, In my opinion, the best story of CAPTAIN AMERICA.
Here in Brasil, when this story was published (70-80?), the brazilian editor (EDITORA BLOCH)choiced to use a diferent size for the mazazine (smaller then US tradicional comics size).
Anyway, this Jack Kirby's classic catched me in the first contact.
The story was all published along some months, and, I remember the hard moments I had to suport untill the end finally comes.

Even in a smaller size, the art of the great disigner master was superb!
Watching and reading those comics I learned important lessons of drawing. (But, unhapiness, the quality of my drawings never reached the quality of the art o JK)

Sometime later, I loose my CAP's comics, and this story was no longer republished in Brasil, not even by other stronger editors that came with marvel titles and heroes in South America.

Whell, my waiting finished last week when I finally got in hands the all whole MADBOMB in one single edition!
The quality of the comic, and, the vivid colors put me in a real time travel to my past.
The story stills great and the art, fantastic!

If you are a CAP's fan, and, still didn't have the oportunity to meet the MADBOMB, don't waste your time, run for AMAZON, and get your own MADBOMB, not only because this is (in my single opinion) the best CAPTAIN AMERICA's story, but, also because this is a limited edition that, even reprinted, is almost SOLD OUT not only in USA but, in all over the world!
Even in the bests brazilian book's stores you wont find this title anymore.

Sorry for my poor English, friends.
Excelsior!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Hildebrand on January 28, 2011
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In 1975-76, King Kirby was reunited with one his greatest creations, Captain America, with very satisfactory results. The King still had grand ambitions to make comix stories that were powerful, wide in scope, and with potent social-political commentary, but had learned some painful lessons from the '4th World' series at DC, and also had some quasi-editorial support from Marv Wolfmann for this project. And The King never forgot how to make his material action-packed and emotional.

This story-arc deals with a covert plot by the wealthy elite of America to seize power and impose a dystopian feudal state over the continent. Not only did King Kirby accurately predict the events of the year 2000, he was also amazingly prescient regarding the incitement of mob violence and the re-emergence of lynching symbolism that besets our nation in 2011.

There are a lot of nice touches here, such as Kirby's preference to draw the SHIELD agents wearing regular street clothes, as would real secret agents, as opposed to the spandex tights that had been favored in Marvel comics since the Steranko days of 1968.

Also of note is one chapter, titled 'Captain America's Love Story,' in which the rythym of fight scenes and explosions is temporarily interrupted long enough for Our Hero to befriend a beautiful damsel, tragically afflicted by a terminal disease...not to spill the beans here, but this chapter is integral to the plot.

This book is recommended to fans of comics of this era, to fans of Kirby, to students graphics and to those who might study the means by which social commentators must deftly smuggle their messages to the world.
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