Wizard asks creators to play Fallen Son, as they reflect on Captain America. Most surprising is the love for Steve Englehart’s run, although Bendis has it exactly right:
I was particularly a fan of the later Kirby Captain America in the ’70s because I liked the angry Cap. I like the “Harlem is burning and Cap is running through the streets” stuff. There is when Cap was defined not just as a symbol of liberty, but as the spirit of America. I thought it was the best interpretation of the character, because whatever the country is feeling, Steve Rogers ends up representing that feeling. Not just patriotism, but if the country is angry, he gets angry. If the country is sad, he’s sad. He becomes the embodiment of that emotion and acts. That really is something so much more than just a symbol or party politics. He doesn’t represent a flag, but a collective emotion… There was a “Bicentennial Battles” special that Kirby did that was the freakiest, trippy thing I’d ever read. It was crazy. I enjoyed that a lot. I also liked it a lot when he gave it up and became Nomad. That was the most shocking thing he could do. When Cap says “eff you,” it’s pretty shocking.
Man, I love the 1970s Kirby Cap, especially because no-one is capable of saying anything that doesn’t end in an exclamation point. “HOW ARE YOU, CAP?” “I’M FINE! DIDN’T SLEEP TOO WELL LAST NIGHT BUT WHAT CAN YOU DO! KINDA HUNGRY!”