I was seven years old in July 1976, when the entire country colorfully celebrated the American Bicentennial. I remember school art projects, fireworks, parties, parades, all kinds of pins and other mementos, TV specials, and magazine covers.
Oh yeah, and comic books.
I honestly can't recall ever reading a Captain America comic book before Jack Kirby's Captain America's Bicentennial Battles, but that massive ("treasury"-sized) book quickly burned its way into my brain. I became a life-long fan of Steve Rogers, Jack Kirby, and, of course, history.
I still have my battered copy of Bicentennial Battles. I re-read it every few years. Of course in many ways it doesn't hold up, but in others it remains a high point of comics from that era.
But Bicentennial Battles is very lonely in my collection. Even though I fondly remember two other Bicentennial-themed comics from that year, they have long since left my possession. I want them back, and I want the rest.
Over the past few years, I have trimmed and slashed my comic-book collection over and over again. Now it's time to build it back up again, only in a more focused way. I'm going to pick a few kinds of comics that I want to collect and slowly seek them out.
Bicentennial comics shall come first.
It shouldn't be too hard. I've done some research. From what I can tell, there weren't all that many Bicentennial comics. Some of their connections to 1776/1976 were pretty tenuous. Quite a few were kids' comics. But I'm still going to try to track them down.
Here are the covers for the titles that I have identified so far. Some of them should be easy to find. Others may take a while. No worries, I'm not in a rush. I'll just try to finish my collection before the tricentennial.
Not exactly patriotic, but I think my collection would be lacking if I didn't include this.
Who knew Dennis the Menace was so patriotic?
I had this one as a kid. Memories of it are what sent me down this trail.
Okay, so it's a calendar, not a comic book. Close enough.
A book, but it's about comics, so it counts.
I don't think the date on this one is quite correct, but it seems close.
You can't tell from the cover, but apparently there's a Bicentennial story inside.
Another restaurant freebie. Hmm.
I had this one, too. Hmm. Maybe giant-sized "treasuries" should be the next category that I collect!
Did I miss any? Let me know. I'll add 'em to the list! (Update: I've already added a few -- thanks to everyone's contributions!)