Before we go further:  Technically, you could argue this is a case of me violating Marvel’s copyright.  I am offering this for free, and while eventually I will have my own Patreon page, at NO TIME will I expect/accept money for anything where I slap the “Clickbait Comics” logo on the page, except as noted by the Amazon link below.

However, I will try to mitigate my error by letting you pay the people that do own the copyright – if that’s even possible at this point.  I have personally purchased this comic not once, but twice.  Once back in the day, and once a few weeks ago after I sacrificed the original to scan.  I had this in mind since the election, and the recent, horrible co-opting of the Captain America imagery on the Boise State campus tells me the time has come for this.  That’s not my (Captain) America, and it’s time to speak up.

Also, every one of these What If/Captain America scans will have the following link. If you know of any e-book versions, please let me know – I will buy it, and post the link here.  So far everything I can find only goes up to What If? #32.

Look what I found! And yes, bought. See below for the single issue.
Please, please, please support the real creators of this content!  You can also probably buy a copy of this from your local comics shop, like I did – and I paid less, too.  And while the single issue resale doesn’t actually pay Marvel, they still deserve ALL of the credit, and hopefully somehow the creators involved get some sort of payment as well – or at least wider recognition and good karma! [ALSO: Full disclosure… I set up these links to Amazon on my old website. As an ‘affiliate’ I get like .003 cents every time someone clicks the link.  If you’re not buying it, you don’t need to click it!]

Why I am Doing This

I think all comics people can list the titles that had an impact on their life.  While I’d been casually collecting comics for a while by the time this came out, this was the first comic that seeped into my brain as being about something.  Though I actually didn’t know it at the time.

Cut back to 1990 or 91, and the Gulf War.  I was a summer camp counselor, on the Resource Team at Kamp Kaleo, a church camp in Burwell, Nebraska (Kampers, represent!).  At one of our evening vespers, the minister delivered a story – not quite a sermon, but the same sort of thing:  A religious authority delivering a message.  I don’t remember anything but his first name, which was John.  That’s probably a good thing for him.  I heard he went over to Iraq as a military chaplain later that year.  I hope that worked out well, as well.

The message he delivered will sound familiar to those familiar with President Trump’s speeches and tweets.  And yes, I’m paraphrasing – it was over 30 years ago:

America should be great, as long as we keep out all the bad guys.  And gosh darn it, we’ll make sure to take steps to make sure those bad guys – or people who are different and worship differently from us – are punished and driven from the face of this Earth.  Because we’re America.  And we’re the Good Guys, because we’re America.

I think you get the gist.  Later, I commented to my fellow team members in private, “Poor John.  His worldview has been outdone by a comic book.”  Ladies and gentlemen, that comic is What If? #44.  In other words, what I’m sharing with you now.  As the story will show, America is great exactly because of the differences among us.  Anyone trying to say different, like in Trump’s recent Muslim Ban, really misses the whole point.  But don’t take my word for it.  I’ll let Cap take it from here.

And, like former Marvel editor Danny Fingeroth used to say…

Perseverance furthers.