Rejected from the military, skinny Steve Rogers volunteered for America's super-soldier experiment and became Captain America, symbol of the freedom of a nation. The living legend of World War II, Captain America battled the Nazi spymaster, the Red Skull, with his partner, Bucky. After being frozen in the Arctic and with his partner long since dead, Captain America was revived decades later, a man out of time in a nation he no longer recognizes. Serving as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and leader of the Avengers, Captain America continues to fight for the spirit of a nation.
Captain America soon found a new partner with the Falcon in an era of disillusionment that led him to abandon the stars and stripes to become Nomad, man without a country. Years later, he would be nominated for presidency in a brief but popular run by Roger Stern and John Byrne preceding the introduction of the Red Skull's daughter and a new Bucky. Mark Gruenwald set the series record with over 100 issues introducing villains like Crossbones and the Serpent Society as well as new super soldier, John Walker, USAgent. Mark Waid provided another popular run featuring the loss of his classic shield for a more versatile energy shield. However, the recent run by Ed Brubaker has been a groundbreaking blend of socio-political thriller in the high-concept Marvel tradition, by introducing the tragic disgrace and redemption of the Winter Soldier.