Bryan Hitch is one of the most unfortunate stories in all of comics. His chronic inability to turn his artwork in on time has severely limited his opportunities in the comic book world, yet when he does have time to draw to his fullest potential he is one of the best artists in the business.

Case in point: Hitch took about five years to finish just 26 issues of The Ultimates Volumes 1 and 2, but his work was so vividly detailed and cinematic that it shocked the industry. His real world approach to the characters fit in perfectly with the tone of the story and helped launch the Ultimate line of comics to the top of the sales chart.

Hitch redesigned many of Marvel’s A-list characters for the book, but none matched his updated view on Captain America. It was modern and sensible, yet still retained the fantasy and style that made the character survive for generations. His work on the character is the basis for much of what is seen in Captain America: The First Avenger and the upcoming Avengers film.