Connecting the Dots: Cap’s Kids!
There are two types of speculators: those who lead and those who follow. By the time news hits, cheap copies of relevant keys are gone and sometimes all that are left are overpriced, often lower grade scraps. It’s the individuals who actually read and research comics who ultimately profit by making insightful, sometimes far-out, connections that puts them far ahead of the market.
According to the article, writer Stephen McFeely said, “It was always our intention that he was the father of those two children. But again, there are time travel loopholes for that.” This begs a very important question: would the two children inherit any of the super soldier DNA? Since Cap’s kids exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this opens up several important speculative opportunities. In the comics, Captain America is the father of James and Sarah Rogers.
The What If continuity gives us Sarah Rodgers. Also known as The Crusader, she the daughter of Steve Rogers and Rogue…yes, Rogue, who has the “Carol Danvers” personae in this issue. She has the power set of both her parents. (It should also be noted that she is worthy enough to pick up Mjolnir in this issue and we all know how Thor #390 broke big!) While this would obviously be a different character than any who would appear in films or TV, it is the first offspring to be named after Captain America’s mother. This issue also features alternative versions of the sons and daughters of other Marvel characters.
What I absolutely love about this issue, is that it is the last issue of the series. According to Comichron, sales of this final issue from 1998 are in the range of 29,329 copies. More importantly there are newsstand copies out there, which offer a significantly smaller print run. There are currently no graded copies in the CGC census, which means a 9.8 newsstand would be quite unique.
If you want to speculate on James Rogers you have to head to the first issue issue of the 2010 Avengers series. This is the same character, the son of Cap and Black Widow, who appears in the 2008 animated feature Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow. Avengers #1 (2010) did have massive sales of approximately 163,867 copies, with 16 variants. As expected, this yields a ton of graded copies. Probably the best option would be the 1:75 Romita Jr. 1:75 character variant, with sales of 2185 copies and only 65 graded copies on the census. (There’s also a gatefold cover version of the variant, but I was not able to find any information regard print run or sales.)
While there is no guarantee that any incarnation of these characters will ever be used in the MCU, it gives writers the option of bringing them to life on the large or small screen. The post Endgame universe is rife with speculation!