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Captain America

Captain America Comic Book CoverCaptain America may not be the first patriotic superhero—that title belongs to the Shield—but he is by far the most enduring and most widely recognized of those wrapped in the red, white, and blue. Probably more than any other character of the last sixty years, the good Captain has been rendered by artists and writers to reflect the mood of the nation. In March 1941, Captain America's creators, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, fashioned his origin after the simplicity of a prewar America: Having been rejected by the army, effete beanpole Steve Rogers volunteers to be a guinea pig for the government's top-secret super soldier serum. One injection from the brilliant Professor Reinstein and the pale army reject is transformed into the steel-jawed, muscle-rippling Captain America, complete with red-white-and-blue costume, winged mask, chain mail shirt, and stars-and-stripes shield. His mission is clear: We shall call you Captain America, Son! Because like you—America shall gain the strength and will to safeguard our shores! Reinstein gets shot and his Nazi assassins soon taste the swift, hard knuckles of the nation's newest hero. In due course, Rogers joins the army, acquires a kid sidekick—plucky regimental mascot Bucky Barnes—and embarks on a career of enthusiastic Nazi-bashing.

Captain Atom

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Space Adventures #42 © 1961 Charlton Comics. COVER ART BY STEVE DITKO.

Captain Canuck

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Captain Canuck Reborn #2 © 1994 Richard Comely/Semple Comics.

Captain Marvel

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Captain Marvel #33 © 1974 Marvel Comics. COVER ART BY JIM STARLIN.

Captain Marvel/Shazam!

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Captain Marvel #149 © 1953 Fawcett Comics. COVER ART BY C. C. BECK.

Casshan: Robot Hunter

Man versus machine is a common, long-running theme in the science fiction genre. Examples include films such as the Matrix trilogy, the Terminator films, and James P. Hogan's 1979 novel The Two Faces of Tomorrow. Comic books have also embraced the theme of man versus machine, with the Gold Key Comics (later Valiant Comics) series Magnus, Robot Fighter of the 1960s and 1990s being one major example.

Challengers of the Unknown

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Challengers of the Unknown #3 © 1997 DC Comics. COVER ART BY JOHN PAUL LEON AND SHAWN MARTINBROUGH.

Cutey Bunny

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Army Surplus Komikz #1 © 1982 Joshua Quagmire. COVER ART BY JOSHUA QUAGMIRE.