Why the Falcon’s First Solo Flight Couldn’t Happen in a Captain America Comic

In the latest legend comic revealed, find out how Falcon made his solo debut due to Marvel not allowing him to star in a Captain America number.

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Falcon’s first solo movie came about because Marvel wouldn’t allow Falcon to star in a Captain America number without Cap in him.



In 1978, Steve Gerber was writing and editing two major series for Marvel Comics. One was the very popular Howard the Duck, which Gerber had created for the company …

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and the other was a new career as a writer / editor for Captain America …

Gerber’s run on Captain America was controversial, as he made one of the least remembered “Everything you thought you knew was wrong!” twists, as it was all dropped in a couple of years (as soon as Roger Stern and John Byrne started their Captain America careers), with Gerber introducing a brother to Steve Rogers who died at Pearl Harbor, forcing Steve to become Captain America. (“But wait!”, You could say, “How could Cap’s brother’s death at Pearl Harbor inspire Cap when Steve became Captain America before America entered WWII?”).

Another problem with Gerber’s career, however, was that Gerber was not a particularly fast writer. The 1970s, just before Jim Shooter took over as editor-in-chief, was a really tough time for Marvel when it came to keeping books on time. When you had Jack Kirby drawing and plotting a large part of your line, it was always easy to avoid late books as Kirby would superhumanly write and draw a problem seemingly overnight and you would go back to schedule. Once Kirby left (and Marvel production INCREASED), there were delays all over the place the entire time. Jim Shooter fixed this during his tenure by augmenting an idea Marv Wolfman had (about making inventory stories that could connect when a book was running late) and also augmenting Marvel’s editorial staff to help with logistics (and at the same time ,, eliminating the writer / editor position, under the theory that a writer who was his own editor would be lax in terms of ensuring that said writer actually finished the book on time).

Gerber actually started on Cap just before Shooter took over, so Archie Goodwin was still Marvel’s editor-in-chief. Regardless, Gerber was already famous for his slowness, resulting in one of the most unusual comics of all time, Howard the Duck # 16, a mostly text-based topic in which Gerber was basically commenting on his own. delay. ..

That story had a gag that Neil Gaiman once asked Gerber about years later that turned into a completely different comic, the one I wrote about in an old Legends Revealed Here comic.

Anyway, the basic problem was that Gerber was falling behind Captain America’s deadlines. Mark Evanier then explained to Chris Brennaman for an excellent article on Marvel Premiere that Brennaman did. at number 71 by TwoMorrows what happened next.

The only way Gerber could get back on schedule was to write more than one issue per month. But there was another problem he had to deal with: at the time, Sal Buscema was the regular artist on Captain America and Gene Colan was the regular artist on Howard the Duck. The superiors told Gerber (at this point, maybe Shooter?) That if he was going to do a continuous story in any of the books, he would have to use Buscema and Colan in the story (for each respective series). The problem was, while Buscema and Colan were professionals and very fast artists, they were also working on OTHER comics, so they didn’t really have the free time to do an additional comic in addition to their normal work.

So Gerber proposed to Marvel that if he had an additional issue that was NOT tied to an ongoing plot, he could have another artist draw it and they said yes. Gerber then turned to Evanier and asked if he could come up with a script for a solo Falcon story. Gerber would then have another artist draw it and could connect to an edition of Cap to help keep the book on time. Then something strange happened, someone from Marvel sent Evanier’s Falcon script to … GET OUT! So Buscema drew Falcon’s story, but that meant that not only did Gerber not have an EXTRA Buscema number, Buscema was now behind Cap’s own problem!

Then to add insult to injury, someone from Marvel (presumably Shooter, but who knows) said they weren’t comfortable with a Captain America issue that didn’t involve Captain America (Cap DOES make an appearance in the comic, but obviously a small one ), so the Falcon filler failed to run in Captain America and thus Gerber was out of luck. Captain America # 224 was just an inventory story completed by Peter Gillis and Mike Zeck and Gerber dropped the book entirely after Captain America # 225 (interestingly, its final issue was the topic “Everything You Thought You Knew Is Wrong! “.

Finally, the final issue of Falcon was published in Marvel Premiere a year later, under a brilliant cover by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson …

So the Falcon was able to star in his own solo movie for the first time because he was NOT allowed to star in the Captain America book! Pretty crazy sequence of events.

Thanks to Mark Evanier and Chris Brennaman for the tip!


Check out other entertainment legends from Legends revealed:

1. Was Vicki Vale originally going to die at the end of Tim Burton’s Batman?

two. Which member of the original Grey’s Anatomy cast was added to the show’s pilot via CGI?

3. Did Mattel really make a friend of Barbie named “Becky in a wheelchair”?

Four. Has a video game company once sued Viacom for ruining the Star Trek franchise?


Check back later for part 2 of this installment’s Legends!

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