Issue #33, Page 23: Origin of Bucky as the New Captain America

Captain America
© 2008 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting & Jackson "Butch" Guice
Issue #33, page 23: Origin of Bucky as New Cap
(Featuring Tony Stark & Black Widow)
Graphite and ink on board
Signed by Steve Epting
11" x 17"

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In 2007 Ed Brubaker killed Captain America – and won an Eisner Award for the seventeen issues that followed...

Ed Brubaker was won multiple industry awards (Best Writer, Best New Series, Best Single Issue) and been nominated for a whole bunch more (Best Continuing Series, Outstanding Graphic Novel or Collection, Best Limited Series, etc). He's also picked up Prism and GLAAD awards in recognition for his fair, accurate and inclusive representations of gay characters within mainstream comic books. He had the unenviable task of following Brian Michael Bendis' stunning run on Daredevil with a series that rivals both it and Frank Miller's tenures over the Matt Murdock character as the critics' favorite all-time story arc.

In 2004, Brubaker was paired with artist Steve Epting for the fifth relaunch of Captain America. The team introduced new villains and resurrected the long dead character Bucky as The Winter Soldier, a sort of Manchurian Candidate partly responsible for the death of Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. As architect of this major plot point in Marvel Comic's blockbuster, company-wide crossover series, Civil War, Brubaker became something of a media star, appearing on mainstream news programs like Good Morning America. The Death of Captain America was reported on ABC News, where Bryan Robinsons paralleled the events to the Post-September 11 World and Iraq. The first issue depicting the event was the highest selling comic of March 2007 with preorder sales of almost 300,000 copies. It was reprinted and collected in several trades and an omnibus.

Captain America Issue #33 is also collected in the Death of Captain America Omnibus. Aside from the page on which the hero was assassinated, page 23 is perhaps the most important in the entire series. Bucky, back on the side of justice after a career as The Winter Soldier, is entrusted by Tony Stark (aka Iron Man, and now the director of S.H.E.I.L.D.) to become the new Captain America. He is depicted in a S.H.E.I.L.D. laboratory undergoing the process that will make him a superhero. This is origin page of Bucky as the new Captain America. The addition of popular characters Tony Stark and Natasha Romanoff (aka Back Widow) makes this historically important page even more desirable.


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