One of the volumes that almost deserve the "Essential" moniker, this black-and-white reprint follows the early Silver Age solo adventures of Captain America. A good number of the stories (from Tales of Suspense) are set during World War II (done initially to alleviate any continuity problems in the Avengers and other Marvel Comics Cap was appearing). The art on all is excellent, with Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, and George Tuska handing some excellent work. The Red Skull is the prevalent bad guy in these tales, with Batroc the Leaper premiering in a couple. If you are a classic Marvel fan, and are a big enough fan of comic book art to appreciate it in black-and-white, this is definitely a collection worth getting, especially if you are on a budget.