Steve Rogers was educated at Pratt Institute in New York, where he specialized in comics in particular and illustration in general. He does a diary comic.
He is also Captain America.
Questions that might not be frequently asked but that some people did ask me:
1. These comics aren’t funny.
I know. That’s the joke.
2. I don’t see how that’s a joke.
It’s an elaborate reference to the tradition of autobio indie comics, a venerable and developing artform that’s been going strong since the ’60s (and probably before). Artists like Robert Crumb, Allison Bechdel, Joe Matt and Chester Brown and many, many others have written and drawn comics about their lives, ranging from serious life drama to the daily observation of the very banal.
The title of the strip is a reference to Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor and James Kolchalka’s American Elf.
3. Okay, but why would Steve draw a comic like this?
My feeling is that having to come to terms with 70 years of comics history (and everything else) would make you a prime candidate for feeling the kind of dislocation and awkwardness autobio comics have traditionally showcased.
My headcanon is that he doodles them in his sketchbook when he’s not sketching.
4. Okay, fine, whatever. What is your deal though?
And additional character development from Ross, here.