May 26, 2013

Sal's Sunday Punch #23

Oh right, we still have this blog.  So hey, let's get our punch on.

It's Memorial Day weekend in the States, so this week we're paying homage to America's top super-soldier...times two!  See, after Steve Rogers ended up in the deep freeze, America still needed a Captain America...and there were a few of them.  One in particular, William Burnside, the Captain America of the '50s, didn't lead the charmed existence that Rogers did.  He wasn't the sanest of individuals to start with, and when a botched Super-Soldier process damaged his sanity, he went super-crazy.  Eventually the government had to put him in cryo-stasis, but eventually he got out and went on a rampage. In Captain America #156, by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema, he and Rogers have their big throwdown.  As could be expected, it's the real Cap who delivers the Sal Buscema Punch:

Wait, that's not Ultimate Captain America!  He'd be making fun of the French or something.

Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting paid it a nifty homage in 2012's Captain America #19, in an issue that recounts Cap #156 while Steve has another encounter with Burnside.

I guess we forgive you for giving the Avengers leather jackets now, Steve.

1 comment:

  1. It's funny the way subtle things make a big difference. The changes to fake Cap's pose, for example.

    I mean, there's also the not-subtle like fake Cap's face in the homage vs. the original. The Sal Buscema face is much more, uhh... cartoony? Is that the right way to describe it? It's definitely far more exaggerated.

    But I think the changes to fake Cap's pose, which are more subtle, make a difference too. Like, fake Cap's shoulders are far further back in the Sal Buscema version, there's more stress in the pose.

    I guess my biases are showing when I say I prefer Sal's version, but it's definitely interesting to compare.
    --Andrew S.