Of all the great covers Steranko produced during his tenure in comics (Shield #4, Strange Tales #161 &167), none exceed this one in elements of dynamism or design. While this image does not have much of the op-art influence of some of Steranko's other work during the period, it does exemplify his superior composition and fantastic drawing abilities. Jim keeps the secondary elements in the bottom half of the cover, so that the solid white background forces focus on the central image of Captain America, arm upraised in a posture of triumph and defiance. Here, Steranko has successfully combined the portrait cover (Cap in all his muscle-rippling glory), and the story cover (Bucky and the hordes of Hydra bedeviling the Star Spangled Avenger) in one supreme image.