On February 6, as the first trailer for the film adventure Captain America: The First Avenger is shown on the Super Bowl telecast, a new eight-part digital comic book will be launched by Marvel.
The first issue of the series, titled
Captain America: First Vengeance, will be available free online Sunday only at
http://captainamerica.com, followed by the official release on February 8 through the Marvel Comics iPad app.
Each issue of the prequel will focus on the superhero Red Skull or other characters in the story, setting up the background for the summer film with the origin tale of Steve Rogers, who is given a dose of super-soldier serum as a volunteer for a top-secret research project.
It is the 70th anniversary of the Captain, according to the report in USA Today. "Characters don't stick around that long unless they remain relevant and vital to the modern era," said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans ( Fantastic Four) in the title role, Hugo Weaving ( The Lord of the Rings), Tommy Lee Jones ( Men in Black) and Stanley Tucci ( The Lovely Bones).
The film, directed by Joe Johnston ( The Wolfman), opens in North America July 22 and rolls out around the world through August.