May 27, 2011

Easter Eggs in Comics: Captain America and Thor on Free Comic Book Day

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On Free Comic Book Day (my experience is related here), one of the titles that came out was from Marvel's kids' line, called CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THOR: THE MIGHTY FIGHTING AVENGERS, by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee.

This is a fun book and it plucks a World War II Captain America and a present-day Thor and puts both at some point in the past. In Cap's world, a fellow soldier calls for him.

And he responds with what is pretty much an incredulous "Really?"

The Fighting American is another patriotic hero, created in 1954 by the same creators of Captain America, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Unlike Cap, Fighting American fought Communists, and was also more of a pastiche than a serious take on a patriotic character.

(Interestingly, the Fighting American was the subject of a long legal dispute between Marvel Comics and Rob Liefeld in the late 90s. You can read all about it here. I recommend it; it's pretty interesting and says a lot about using derivative characters.)

Moving on, we get to see Thor in the present day talking to Jane Foster. Jane says there's some trouble with her brother Hal.

Hal Foster is, of course, a legendary comic book creator, known mostly for creating and defining PRINCE VALIANT:

Prince Valiant is a knight in Arthurian times, making the reference even more apt because that's exactly where (when?) Cap and Thor get taken to!

As an aside, this was a really fun comic. I can understand why readers of THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER were riled up when it was canceled.

But there you go. Two Easter Eggs for the price of one today!

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