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Captain America #154

A look - only one - passes between them. For they are men, and more would embarrass.Look, I’m not even going to talk about how homoerotic this is. Because even if you view it as completely platonic, it’s really, really sweet. That bottom left panel! “…Which is when Steve Rogers’ breathing steadies, too.” These guys have been total bros ever since they met. And yeah, they fight a lot, Sam goes back and forth on being his partner a metric ton, he calls Steve the hell out when he’s being a dick – but ten issues later when Steve’s been kicked out of his place Sharon goes straight to Sam’s because she knows that’s where he’ll be. He’s an Avenger, he could stay at their freaking mansion, but no. He’s on a cot in Sam’s office. They need each other. They’re Cap and Falcon, as much as Cap and Bucky were Cap and Bucky.

(Also note that they’re calling each other by name here. They usually don’t when they’re in costume, even when they’re alone, especially in Sam’s case because his identity is still very secret. He calls Steve a lot of things – the generic words he uses for anyone like brother, man, etc, the obvious Cap, once even baby. Steve calls him Falcon, Falc, or sometimes imitates Sam’s slang, and guys there is seriously nothing whiter than this damn white kid saying “I dig” like he grew up in the hood. But when Steve’s desperately trying to save him he forgets all about that. They might not be saying it, but they can’t just shake that off so easily.)

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Captain America vol 1 #169-170

Just like in the MCU, 616!Steve will do pretty much anything for Sam. I love their relationship. It’s basically been 50 years of Guy Love. Here’s Steve’s reaction when Sam’s feeling down because he doesn’t have super powers like Cap (this was before they retconned in his psychic link to birds):

"I'll do anything I can to help.""He's as hot as the others.""I'll head down to Avengers Headquarters and talk to T'Challa right now."

“Sam, you’re perfect how you are, but lemme talk to T’Challa. Back in two hours!” Bless him. (Let’s just not comment on the homoeroticism of the middle image there…. Then again, maybe we should!) And speaking of homoeroticism, note that Steve is currently sleeping in Sam’s office.

In the office of social worker Sam Wilson... Continue reading Captain America vol 1 #169-170