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Captain America Omnibus Cover by Steve Epting

Artist: Steve  Epting (All)

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Title: Captain America Omnibus Cover by Steve Epting
Artist: Steve  Epting (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Cover
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Views: 6,589
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Comments: 45
Added to Site: 7/11/2011
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This has been a long time coming. Sometimes you have to give up some special things to obtain pieces like this. You hate to lose things you cherish but when you see something so special and breath-taking like this you have to go for it. Steve Epting has chiseled his name into a granite list of great comics storytellers and Captain America creators with his acclaimed run on Ed Brubaker's Captain America. This is the cover to the best-selling Omnibus that collected the landmark first 25 issues with the culmination being the "Death" of Steve Rogers in issue #25. That story made headlines worldwide. What seemed like an atrocious marketing ploy by Marvel really wasn't. It was a superbly crafted story years in the making and fans would have to wait for the payoff which is still unfolding (and ties into another upcoming special pick-up). This book - and run - may very well be the finest Captain America story arc of all time. It already ranks up among the classic definitive runs by the masters such as Miller's Daredevil, Byrne's Fantastic Four and X-Men, and McFarlane's Spider-Man. Steve Epting elevated his game to a new level of greatness with such gritty, heroic portrayals of all the key characters in this masterwork of superhero spy espionage. His tonal wash technique which he skillfully mastered during this run would be the perfect style for the look of the book and the storyline - morphing back and forth from past to present in almost a mash-up of technicolor and film noir. This is why we collect. This is what sucks us in to the stories, lives and lifestyle of the medium, the hobby, the lore of these characters and their universe. It captures - for me - the best elements of the hero, one of my personal favorites. It is one of only a very few covers that show Captain America and Bucky in current Marvel continuity. It is a perfect bridge from the earliest days of the hero to the present. Linking him from Bucky and World War II right up to today with Sharon Carter and Nick Fury all while flanking him with the soldiers of the U.S. Military that the character has always held in great reverence and respect no matter who was writing or illustrating him. Personally for me this was not an easy pursuit. It was 5 years of waiting and asking and hoping that Steve would change his mind and relinquish one of his rare Captain America covers - now very prized and impossible to obtain. I was lucky enough to snag one of the other great covers in his run from issue #5 the moment I saw the solicitations for it.

July 13 update - Got an interesting update regarding this art from the series writer. Ed Brubaker himself told me via Twitter that this art was originally going to be used to announce Brubaker & Epting's run on Captain America. It predates all the other Captain America series art Epting did and was their very first collaboration.

Captain America Omnibus Vol. 1
October, 2007

Writer: Ed Brubaker


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Nick Katradis wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Jason, I'm speechless, wow! This is truly a superb Epting masterpiece to rival anything I own. I purchased the Captain America Omnibus too and I tried to get this cover from Steve right after it came out. I offered him a small island in the Bahamas and he said no! Congrats on a true grail cover! Also, my prayers and best wishes to you and your dad in his health struggle! Enjoy this incredible cover! I hope to see it up close one day! It looks breathtaking!
Posted on 7/11/2011

Yoshi M. wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Super cover! Even in Japan, this omnibus is read and placed in the book shelf of a Japanese comic fan. Congrats!
Posted on 7/11/2011

DW A wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Beautiful, enjoy!
Posted on 7/11/2011

Ron Sonenthal wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
A great cover from a truly great run!! Congrats!!
Posted on 7/11/2011

Colorado Kid wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable. Just beautiful. Speechless. Congrats Jason!
Posted on 7/11/2011

Ken R wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Great piece Jason and a touching story! All the best to your father!
Posted on 7/11/2011

J L wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
The art is spectacular Jason, so congrats on this grail piece!!!! I hope the good vibes from this piece will translate into good news for your dad as well.
Posted on 7/11/2011

Eric DLS wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
While I honestly cannot relate to much of the excitement here (being neither a Cap fan nor a big Epting fan), I CAN relate to the health issues with your father, since I went through it with my dad only a few years ago. So I will leave it to others who want to congratulate you and celebrate this very personal acquisition. Instead, I'll just send out a prayer for your father, you, and your entire family in hopes that the news will be encouraging and the magic you speak of will become a reality. God bless.
Posted on 7/11/2011

Raymond Bryan wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
An amazing piece of art! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family!!
Posted on 7/11/2011

George H wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Congrats on an outstanding piece of Cap history my friend. It's a wonderful thing that you and your dad have shared in the joy of the hobby. Sending good vibes back your way to you and your dad!
Posted on 7/11/2011

mark depolito wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Congrats on a Terrific cover!
Posted on 7/11/2011

Dave Kopecki wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
A truly epic cover image and great story with it! Its always great when a collector buddy gets something that is so important to him. We will all send some positive juju your way for your dad and hope it helps in some small way. Congrats Jason!
Posted on 7/11/2011

Ronan Killack wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Jason - this is gorgeous; pure & simple. More importantly, I'll keep your Dad in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted on 7/11/2011

Mike W wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your dad, Jason. And of course, a marvelous cover!! A true Grail indeed!!
Posted on 7/11/2011

Aidan (Re-Legion ) Lacy wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
A beautiful grail . I send you Prayers Prayers and more prayers plus an extra dose of the Captain's strength to deal with adversity.
Posted on 7/11/2011

- Artemaria wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
How do you summarize a historic 25 issue run in one image? Well, if you're Steve Epting, you throw this beauty together and let the people marvel at the fantastic layout, energy and draftsmanship of the piece. Congratulations on another winner in your terrific collection - also, and much more importantly, best of luck with your family health issues.
Posted on 7/11/2011

Raphael Loh wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow. What an amazing piece. I'm sorry to read about the current events in your family, and I hope that things work themselves out. Thank you for sharing this masterpiece and crafting a heartfelt description.
Posted on 7/11/2011

josh gray wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
i'm not good at reading lips, but i think cap's saying "awesome" in the front there. and wow! how'd you snag this anyhow? what a coup!
Posted on 7/11/2011

Damon Owens wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
A very impressive piece of artwork by an artist at the top of his game. Congrats to thee, JV!
Posted on 7/11/2011

Fred deBoom wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Posted on 7/12/2011

Crees Tyler wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Amazing pick up my friend !!! AMAZING ! Congratulations...
Posted on 7/12/2011

Lenny Messina wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wishing your father and yourself nothing but the Best,this is truly a Special piece of Art,,Enjoy !!!
Posted on 7/12/2011

Gerry Turnbull wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
wonderfull cover, and all good thoughts to you and your family.
Posted on 7/12/2011

Andrew Van Embden wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Jason, through the countless e-mails to each other, I have known for years how much you have loved this awesome cover, and how much you have tried to figure out a way to snare this from the grasp of steve Epting. Well, to my absolute joy, I see you have done it my friend !!!!
This is a truly monumental piece, and I rank this piece right up there with the Jim Steranko cover to Captain America # 111. I own the omnibus that this cover adorns, and regularly marvel at Steve Epting's talent, and hope to see this one day in person. On another note, all the very best for your father in his health battles, and my prayers to you and all your family.
Posted on 7/12/2011

Glen Brunswick wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Beautiful cover, Jason. I hope your Dad gets better news in the future.
Posted on 7/13/2011

Jonathan H wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Wow - I don't know what to say. One of the very best!
Posted on 7/13/2011

Nick Katradis wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Jason, well, its about time you put this on your featured list of glorious Cap covers! ps: Incredible update to an already historic piece of Captain America art! What a story it was already - made only better now with Brubaker's input into the history of the cover!; ps:its only fitting that something this nice would become the cover to the Cap Omnibus tome which will always be used as the reference guide to Brubaker/Epting's historic run! wow, again!
Posted on 7/13/2011

Alex B wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Congrats for that perfect cover of what is imho the best comics run of the last 20 years ! Absolutely fantastic !
Posted on 7/19/2011

Fred Bronaugh wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Amazing Epting Cover!! You couldn't ask for more.
Posted on 7/20/2011

Stefan B wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
HOLY CRAP! That one is so awesome! Congrats!
Posted on 7/21/2011

Mister Mol wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Your enthusiasm was too long to read today, but I like to say; Epting does not get much better than this, but his Avenger and Crossgen run is still legendary.
Posted on 7/21/2011

Michael  Hosey wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
So this is what you sold some of you nice pieces for. Congrats on getting something you really like, this is a killer piece.
Posted on 7/28/2011

T Shen wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
This is simply amazing and I agree, it kicked off one of the best Cap storylines ever. Praying for a quick recovery for your father, Jason!
Posted on 7/29/2011

John Paraskevopoulos wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Very nice piece! Epring at his best! I love the detail. What a great addition to an already impressive collection.
Posted on 11/17/2011

Johan Tudts wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
A W E S O M E piece, stunning +++
Posted on 4/18/2013

Dave W ( wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
What an epic, iconic (insert all overly-cliched superlatives here) piece of Captain America artwork. To have a piece, scratch that, possibly THE piece from such a great Cap run is truly worthy of grail status and a great cornerstone for your amazing collection. This was truly worth throwing the kitchen sink at to acquire. Congratulations.
Posted on 5/12/2013

Dermot D wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Fantastic Cover!!! Epting & Brubaker will go down as one of the all-time great teams on Captain America.
Posted on 7/17/2013

Dean Abraham wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Steve certainly delivers.. WOW!!!
Posted on 8/23/2013

Nelson Animated Ink wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Epting took his art to a whole new level with Captain America and clearly he saved the best for last. A true centerpiece in any collection. Cheers! N.
Posted on 9/22/2013

Josh B wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Epting's run on Cap is my favorite. This is a great example!
Posted on 4/4/2014

Charles Dahan wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Gorgeous piece! Wow!
Posted on 5/2/2014

Mark Geier wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Man, I'm not a big Marvel fan, but I know good art and you have some beautiful covers!
Posted on 9/11/2014

Justin Cruz wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
Awesome awesome collection man! I particularly love the Epting covers! Unbelievable collection!
Posted on 5/27/2015

Paul P wrote: Paid Member    [ Quote & Reply ]
Guess I'll be Comment #44! This is a STUNNING cover, Jason. Incredibly detailed, dynamic and powerful. WOWOWOW !!
Posted on 10/22/2015

Vincent VP wrote:     [ Quote & Reply ]
That's a piece of history you have right there... Mind-bogglingly good!
Posted on 4/22/2016

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