|from Civil War, issue 1 (2006)|
While some Marvel superheroes - such as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four - I've been a fan of since I was a small child, my admiration for Captain America is comparatively new.
I'm pretty sure Steve read Captain America when we were teens, but I never really got the character until I read the first issue of Mark Millar's Civil War in 2006.
You have to factor in that I'm generally not a fan of Millar's work (I still haven't forgiven him for his abysmal run on the Fantastic Four) and that I consider, overall, Civil War to have been the beginning of "event fatigue" at Marvel.
However, the sequence in the first issue (part of which is pictured above) where Cap single-handedly battles his way out of the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier and jumps onto a passing jet fighter just blew my tiny mind.
As a non-Cap fan at the time it came out of nowhere... and I was hooked!
I went back and discovered Ed Brubaker's run on Captain America and realised I had seriously underestimated a really cool character, who I'd previously dismissed - out of ignorance - as a bit bland and "whitebread".
From there I couldn't get enough Captain America, and with his transposition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe he's a solid contender for the status of my favourite live-action character (along with Falcon and Rocket Raccoon).
I'm totally jazzed for Captain America: Civil War - which feels as though its backstory is a lot more convincing than the one that ran in the comics - and my support for Team Cap has never wavered.