- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Marvel Comics (August 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785115579
- ISBN-13: 978-0785115571
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Captain America by Jack Kirby, Vol. 1: Madbomb Paperback – August 1, 2004
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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.Read more ›
This volume contains Jack Kirby's pencils for each cover as well as the finished cover art for each book.
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.
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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Fantastic! Every bit as great as when I read it years sgo. The nice thing is the Mad Bomb story line is in one graphic novel.Published 2 months ago by Frank Barron
It's stunning to get all these issues in a pack like this, especially considering that I once owned issue 197 of this series of Captain America 193-200 (and none of the ones before... Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Surferofromantica
i remember reading my older brothers issues of Captain America #193-199 over and over again....
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Jack Kirby's 70s Marvel work is very much under-rated, and largely unknown by a whole generation of readers. Read morePublished on May 1, 2006 by J. Melton