Originally produced to coincide with America's Bicentennial, "Madbomb" first appeared in Captain America #193 - 200 (#200 was, amazingly, actually realeased shortly before Jluy 4, 1976). This run marked Kirby's return to Marvel after his five year stint at DC producing the much lauded "Fourth World" series (New Gods, Forever People, etc.). "Madbomb" is the story of a power hungry cabal who adopt the mantle of "patriots" and take to wearing the powdered wigs of the founding fathers while hatching a scheme to grab control of the USA and rule it as "the new aristocracy" who are above the law. In order to effect their scheme they employ powerful technology that distorts people's sense of self, driving them mad. Sound familiar? This is one of Kirby's great works, arguably his mature masterpiece; and by today's lights, it seems like a a prophecy as well. That Marvel finally got around to recognizing the value of this work, and that they managed to release it to coincide with our nation's birthday this time around as well -- and in an important election year to boot -- is nothing short of a minor miracle. Hallelujah!