Let's begin with the gripe: I have contacted Amazon on a number of occasions suggesting they provide the name of artists as well as authors on comic books/graphic novels as most of the purchasers will want to know who did the art. It is a travesty that Roy Thomas is listed but not Jack Kirby - particularly in light of the fact that we now know he played a big role in devising the stories.
This book contains the first re-appearance of CAPTAIN AMERICA, after his debut in Avengers, and initially recounts the previously untold stories from the second world war before jumping to the 60's. Be warned the morality is heavily-laden with Stan Lee's usual guilt-ridden monologues and it's dated, particularly in its portrayal of the helpless Agent 13. Like many comics of the 60's the artwork by Kirby, Kane and Steranko is heavily dependent on who inked it. However, there is no denying the power of this or the way in which you can see the Marvel style grow and mature. The fact that it also includes the Steranko issues is a real bonus. This is a lovely book and sadly draws into sharp contrast how clunky Kirby's work was when he returned to Captain America in the mid seventies. The second omnibus (Let's hope there is another omnibus covering the issues in between) is nowhere as good but this book is a delight. You can go back to it again and again and understand why Marvel, in the 60's, stood head and shoulders above its competition. A bit expensive but if you look around for a good deal from Amazon it is worth every penny.