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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Sal (Silvio) Buscema (b. 1936). Captain America. “You Should Be Watching Me. . . ,” 1972. India ink over pencil, and blue pencil, with opaque white. Inked by John Verpoorten (1940–1977). Bequest and gift, 1974. Caroline and Erwin Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (017.01.00) © Marvel, used with permission. LC-DIG-ppmsca-67947.
Sal Buscema. Captain America, Vol. 1, no. 146. New York: Magazine Management Co., February 1972. Reproduction. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (018.01.00) © Marvel, used with permission.

Captain America

First created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Captain America, the eponymous, first successful character published by Marvel Comics, debuted in 1941. The character would later be drawn by other artists, including Sal Buscema, who also contributed to many other Marvel titles, including The Incredible Hulk, Sub-Mariner, Conan the Barbarian, and Peter Parker: Spectacular Spider-Man. Here, the artist masterfully depicts the hero attacking one of his main foes, the Hydra. Buscema is unique in that he often inked his own pencil drawings, although another artist inked this one, published in February 1972 in Captain America, no. 146.