Captain America anniversary salute: 70 years, 70 covers

March 17, 2011 | 11:13 a.m.

It was 70 years ago this month that Captain America, the greatest of all the patriotic-themed superheroes, first hit newsstands with a red, white and blue shield gripped in his gloved hand. The signature creation of the classic tandem of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby gets his own feature film this summer, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” with Chris Evans in the title role and Joe Johnston in the director’s chair. To mark this major moment — as well as the impressive anniversary — we’ll be talking to writers, artists, actors, directors and musicians about their own personal connection to the star-spangled icon and their thoughts on his legacy and future. Today we kick off our salute with a look at 70 amazing covers that represent the enduring character through the decades.

— Geoff Boucher (


cap 70 Captain America anniversary salute: 70 years, 70 covers

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4 Responses to Captain America anniversary salute: 70 years, 70 covers

  1. Jason Carreiro says:

    Nice idea, but way too small to appreciate the art. FAIL.

  2. Chris says:

    Great idea, but you obviously need the cover from Cap #1 in 41 when he slugs Hitler in the jaw and more WWII covers. Also missing is the great Kirby Avengers cover (16 I think) announcing the new Avengers w/Cap leaping off the cover as only Kirby could draw. And you missed the memorable Steranko cover from 113 from 68. Those are nitpicks (except #1) — great fun!

  3. Roy says:

    They don't have the most popular Captain America rendition here–the one drawn by Rob Liefeld. Liefeld's Captain America is most notable for it's redefinition of the understanding of human anatomy.

  4. nick says:

    Enjoyed the film… a good story that does not rely on effects alone.

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