I can barely contain my excitement. I finally landed my “holy grail” of a motorcycle cover, Captain America Comics #27 from June 1943. The book was purchased incomplete, but I managed to find a coverless copy on the cgc forum. I will be sending them off to Mike at Hero Restoration for my first restore.
Artist Alex Schomburg seemed infatuated with Cap and the motorcycle, having placed him on an “iron horse” on another copy I own CAC #41 (August 1944). I’m also the proud owner of Schomburg’s biker version of Cap on the cover of All Select #4, Cap pictured with a motorcycle on the cover of All-Winners Comics #12 and USA Comics #16.
Captain America Comics historic significance is best lifted from ComicConnect: “We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating that the popularity of characters such as Captain America and the willingness of comic writers and artists to confront the Axis threat went a long way toward mobilizing a heretofore isolationist American populace in the long, dark days of the late 30s and early 40s. While many other art forms desperately avoided or ignored the ugly truth of Europe’s rapid slide into fascism and Nazism… the almost entirely US-based comics business, staffed and developed largely by fugitives from those same wartime horrors, boldly waved the flag of freedom, most notably in this instant classic [CAC #1]. Readers immediately fell in love with this gutsy, gleefully aggressive new hero, who wore his allegiance on his sleeve… copies flew off shelves almost immediately, leading to a nearly 75 year run as the preeminent symbol of American heroism… and provided Timely with their first megastar.”
Timely’s CAC war covers were notably among the most graphic and demonstrative of the industry, to which I have begun to aggressively add. You can view my copies by clicking the images below.
I continue to add copies as I’m seeking to complete a “run” of issues #24 to #35 (along with #41 and #50).