#1 Posted by SOG7dc (6713 posts) - - Show Bio

I just got into comics and I really wanna like him. but I can never bring myself to buy one of his books. so tell me what makes him so awesome. what you love about him

#2 Posted by The Stegman (20722 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh, I respect him, but his comics bore me.

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#3 Posted by DH69 (4258 posts) - - Show Bio

Because even though i'm canadian (that routinely mocks Murica) he has this way of making me go America **** yeah

#4 Posted by i_like_swords (7533 posts) - - Show Bio

My first Cap comic was from his Marvel NOW! series. I really like him as a character, and I'm not even American. Dunno if that sounded like only Americans like him.. but yeah, I just like his personality and his abilities. I'm not big on superpowered characters personally. Anyway, if you have a good idea of who the character is I'd check out his Marvel Now series, it's pretty great, especially for a new reader, although it does show a pretty different take on the character. If not that then you could find a TPB to get familiar with him.

I just got into comics too, so we're pretty much in the same boat, except I'm mostly a Marvel guy who finds it difficult to get into DC. I'm under the impression you're a bigger a fan of DC?

#5 Posted by SOG7dc (6713 posts) - - Show Bio

@i_like_swords:

yes and no. yes because I grew up with dc with the superman, batman, and justice league animated series'. and no because I like marvel I just feel more comfortable with dc....if that makes sense. I love the marvel comics I am reading though (superior spiderman, thor god of thunder [I wanna see esad ribic draw superman though], deadpool and daredevil)

#6 Posted by i_like_swords (7533 posts) - - Show Bio

@sog7dc: I gotcha. Yeah Deadpool, daredevil and Spider-man are some of my favorite characters. I'm just getting comfortable with most of the Avengers type characters, not even going to attempt X-men just yet haha.

#7 Posted by SOG7dc (6713 posts) - - Show Bio

@i_like_swords:

I get what you mean. there are so many xmen and avengers books. its just too daunting for me

#8 Posted by i_like_swords (7533 posts) - - Show Bio

@sog7dc: i know, and theres been a lot of crossover events that are hard to catch up with. best to just stick with characters you know and don't get hung up on things you don't know. Marvel Now has been a good jumping on point.

#9 Posted by PowerHerc (78172 posts) - - Show Bio

Captain America is a great character because of the things he represents and stands for: The American Dream, Freedom, Honor, Courage and a never quitting/giving up.

Captain America holds himself to the highest moral standards; he talks the talk and he walks the walk.

#10 Edited by Jorgevy (5114 posts) - - Show Bio

@sog7dc: because he isn't Captain America, he is Captain Best of Mankind - he roots for ideals that aren't just of the US but that all humans should strive for. He kicks ass and has a shield that he uses to beat the crap out of bad guys. he is super powered but in the minimum, so he still has plenty of limits. he gives some mean inspirational speeches. He's Marvel's WW2 Superman

#11 Posted by SOG7dc (6713 posts) - - Show Bio
#12 Posted by SOG7dc (6713 posts) - - Show Bio

@jorgevy:

I think I might order a TPB on him now

#13 Edited by colonyofcells (2038 posts) - - Show Bio

Captain America can become dated after the passage of time. Countries can change over time like what happened to the once big Russian socialist union.

#14 Posted by Superguy0009e (2258 posts) - - Show Bio

Watch Captain America: The First Avenger and Avengers if you want to know why.

Comicbookresources.com also does lists of great stories of characters. There is one of Cap. America if you want to read great stories.

#15 Posted by GunGunW (996 posts) - - Show Bio

He's Marvel's true Superman

#16 Posted by Alak (867 posts) - - Show Bio

Captain America is a great character because of the things he represents and stands for: The American Dream, Freedom, Honor, Courage and a never quitting/giving up.

Captain America holds himself to the highest moral standards; he talks the talk and he walks the walk.

This. I really can't add anything much to it since it essentially covers why I like Cap. Personally, I like the parts in his history that show him adapting to the modern world, but at the same time the modern world learns a thing or two from Cap.

#17 Edited by XImpossibruX (5029 posts) - - Show Bio

He's a great character for peace, justice and the American way. Kinda like Superman but more relateable.

#18 Edited by Jnr6Lil (7622 posts) - - Show Bio

Not to mention he's willing to go against the government if he sees it best for America.

#19 Posted by Nerx (15088 posts) - - Show Bio

Aryan Ideal or a master race by nazi standards

#20 Posted by Dabee (2359 posts) - - Show Bio

Because he's awesome and kicked Hitler's ass when Hitler was still in power, (in comics, at least.) And even today, he still gets big budget movies where he still kicks ass.

Captain America is an asskicking badass.

#21 Edited by Celestialseed (96 posts) - - Show Bio

I kinda like him in MARVEL NOW issue's. I mean the guy has gone thru a lot as a boy yet still tries to do whats right. I know it's a common cliche in a character. But his really something in his current issue.

#22 Posted by Veshark (8506 posts) - - Show Bio

@sog7dc

Taken from my Top 10 List:

This is why you were chosen. Because a strong man, who has known power all his life, will lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows compassion.” – Dr. Abraham Erskine

Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — "No, you move." – Steve Rogers

WHEN CAPTAIN AMERICA THROWS HIS MIGHTY SHIIIIIIELLLDDDD....

First off, let me just preface this by saying that I'm not an American. I don't have any particular allegiance to that country (Keep up the great comics and movies though, guys!), and I don't really have a patriotic connection to the Captain either. But what makes Steve Rogers my third favorite superhero is the idea, or the concept, that he represents. In the words of Captain America himself, he's loyal to nothing but the Dream. He's not a lapdog of the US government, and he's not just another soldier fighting for his country (No disrespect to any servicemen and women here!). But rather, he is his country. He wears the flag of his nation loyally as a patriot, and while he might have started off as a propaganda statement, Captain America has evolved to represent every American or any human being who has ever felt love for their own country. When you tear away all of the politics and bureaucracy and red tape nonsense, when you mold a man who doesn't care for the demagogues pulling the strings but rather for the common people - that's when you have Captain America. Loyal to Americans and to what America means. As cheesy as it might sound, I think that we all have a little Captain America in us (That's the cue to start humming 'For the land of the freeeee', by the way).

But that's not the only reason why I love the Captain. The second main draw for me is his origins. Superheroes are wish-fulfillment power fantasies, as many comic psychoanalysts love pointing out, and while Cap's origin is much like that, I think it goes a lot deeper. Steve Rogers was a scrawny orphan, always weak and unable to defend himself, struggling to make a living during the Depression in one of the harshest eras of American history. But his motivation to be Captain America wasn't to be stronger for being strong's sake. It wasn't a desire for power that drove him, or a desire to show others what he was capable of. It was a desire to do his part for his country. If being stronger would give him the opportunity to serve his nation, he would take it. Steve Rogers risked himself for an experimental procedure that could possibly kill him...all because he felt it was the right thing that an American should do. As Cap himself puts it in the First Avenger: 'There are men laying down their lives. I got no right to do any less than them'. Talk about 'Not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country', huh? There's a thing or two you can learn from a fictional character like that.

And his reputation is immense as well. He is the defining leader of both the Avengers and Earth's superheroes in general (When you think of the Avengers, you don't think of Gilgamesh, now do you?). Through the multiple decades of his career, he's led some of the most powerful superhumans, and when there needs to be someone calling the plays in the field - no one looks any further than the Captain himself. He's made some bad calls over the years (Seriously, why couldn't Cyclops and Cap just have a sit-down? Conflict-resolution skills, people!), but Captain America has proven time and time again why he's referred to as a living legend, and why other superheroes respect him so much. Everyone defers to the Captain on the battlefield, and while some might find that annoyingly Mary Sue-ish, I think the character has earned it. But aside from his leadership skills, I also love his personality so much. In a time where superheroes often have complex flaws and problems, Captain America - much like his own era - represents heroes from a simpler time. Back when there was black and white, and good and evil. When heroes were morally upright citizens who did the right thing and who never failed to stand up for their beliefs.

And then there's the costume. Oh Lord, the costume. Bats and Supes might be higher on my list, but the Super-Soldier's uniform is still my favorite. Thank you so much, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby! Everything about his outfit just screams 'superhero' to me. From the iconic discus shield, to the blue chainmail, to the 'A' symbol and wings on his head. Hell, even the classic buccaneer pirate boots. All costuming gold. When you see the red, blue, and white in a comic-book, you know that the Captain's here to save the day. And then there's his villains. The badass-looking Crossbones, the hilariously awesome Arnim Zola, the intimidating Baron Heinrich Zemo, and most of all - the devious Red Skull. And who can forget all the classic arcs and storylines that Cap has had, both in the Avengers and in his own books. Ed Brubaker's entire Captain America run is just one continuous line of storytelling awesomeness. An intriguing mix of history, patriotism, espionage, and the superhero comic-form at its finest. If you haven't read Brubaker's Captain America's run, I wholeheartedly recommend it. It shows Cap at both his best and his worst.

Also, as an amateur artist myself, I like how one of Cap's hobbies is painting and art. It gives a human touch to the Star-Spangled Avenger, don't you think?

#23 Posted by Billy Batson (56859 posts) - - Show Bio

Because he represents America and America is never wrong! :)
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#24 Posted by Malonius (881 posts) - - Show Bio

@veshark: great essay!

I can see why people think Cap is boring. It's the same reason people think Superman is boring: they're unambiguously good people who will always win in the end. They are morally ideal without any character flaws. It's hard to relate to on the character level which means it's really important to have a really great writer come up with awesome and gripping adventures for them to go on. Because the character is basically just an archetype, you had better have them in a great story on the it will be bland as heck.

I liked Cap a lot in The Ultimates Vol. 1 & 2, the Civil War crossover, the Winter Soldier storyline, and some of the Secret Avengers books.

#25 Posted by Veshark (8506 posts) - - Show Bio

@malonius said:

@veshark: great essay!

I can see why people think Cap is boring. It's the same reason people think Superman is boring: they're unambiguously good people who will always win in the end. They are morally ideal without any character flaws. It's hard to relate to on the character level which means it's really important to have a really great writer come up with awesome and gripping adventures for them to go on. Because the character is basically just an archetype, you had better have them in a great story on the it will be bland as heck.

I liked Cap a lot in The Ultimates Vol. 1 & 2, the Civil War crossover, the Winter Soldier storyline, and some of the Secret Avengers books.

Thanks ;)

I think that just because a character is morally-'perfect', it doesn't mean that there can't be compelling emotions shown. For both Superman and Captain America, we've seen them doubt themselves and even fail at times. They have strong moral compasses, but they're still 'human' and fallible. Like when Cap lost faith in the US government after the Secret Empire fiasco, and gave up the costume temporarily. He was really disillusioned by America at the time. Or when Superman failed to save an astronaut, and he was haunted by it. I think that you can still make them relatable on that level.

Yeah, I love those stories too (well, except for Civil War). Check out Captain America: Man out of Time, it's a fantastic Cap story.

#26 Edited by Beserkerfury (136 posts) - - Show Bio

He's a lame character just like someone else who wears the same colors from DC comics.

#27 Posted by AverageInsanity (212 posts) - - Show Bio

@sog7dc: I don't really like him. The only thing I like about him is his unique weapon (shield). I hate how he's so one sided. Like in new avengers and civil war. He's has his mind set on the American way and he thinks that in ALL scenarios his way is right. Which makes him as blind as daredevil.

#28 Posted by Veshark (8506 posts) - - Show Bio

He's a lame character just like someone else who wears the same colors from DC comics.

Ooh, great answer man! Wait, lemme guess, Wonder Woman?

#29 Posted by AverageInsanity (212 posts) - - Show Bio

@beserkerfury: superman? He's not a lame character. Name one thing about him that's lame!

#30 Posted by i_like_swords (7533 posts) - - Show Bio

@averageinsanity: just to say, that was a compliment. daredevils radar sense > regular sight xD

#31 Edited by Jnr6Lil (7622 posts) - - Show Bio

All characters are archetypes. Spider-Man is an archetype.

#32 Posted by Jonny_Anonymous (27283 posts) - - Show Bio

@sog7dc: If you'r wan't to read Cap then you must start with Brubakers run

#33 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10180 posts) - - Show Bio

His shield !