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Thursday, June 28, 2007

A new end for Captain America

I talked this morning with David Morrell. He’s the best-selling author who, among other things, is known for creating the character of Rambo in his novel “First Blood.” I interviewed him about his first comic book project, “Captain America: The Chosen.” The first two issues of the six-issues Marvel Knights series are due in September.

The Marvel solicitation makes no secret that it’s about the last days of Captain America. In fact, at one point the series was titled “Captain America: The End.” So Morrell was pretty stunned when he learned of the death of Captain America a couple of months ago in Cap’s regular series.

His story, which has been in the works for nearly two years, was never meant to be plugged into the current Captain America continuity. As he says, “they’re two different train tracks.” But the development did force a change in the series name so that readers wouldn’t think Morrell’s story was following up on Cap’s shooting in his series.


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