1. In some of the 1980's issues, did not some issues have Cap owning a computer-in-a-briefcase for checking email? He had the Stars and Stripes Network helping him right?
I remember some other early appearances of the web in comics. The Alias series (no, not Garner or Jennifer Jones).
The first Foolkiller mini-series. that series also used the early, bulletin board version of the web. Of course, the plot point that the previous Foolkiller's psychiatrist/psychologist did not know about the web and that situation facilitated his contacting the successor Foolkiller via a bulletin board would not fly today.
2. Battle vans. When did people start driving vans anyway?
I got the book The Great American Detective by William
Kittredge and Steven M. Krauzer in 1978. It has a short story by Don Pendleton about his Mack Bolan, the Executioner character. This character had a battle van or War Wagon similar to those used by Captain America, the Hobgoblin, the Foolkiller, Frank Castle (obviously, since just about every major idea from the Executioner ended up in that series), and Scourge.
What is interesting is that in a scene which came out before Captain America I#318 (where Captain America received his Wakandan van), on page 381 Bolan's battle van is noted as having a "chameleon-like effect had been engineered into the outer skin of the vehicle, using an electronic system to color-program "scale panels" and provide an almost infinite variety of color schemes via the onboard computer". The Wakandan van could that as well. (In contrast, Mark Hardy, the Penetrator, relied on strip paint, a type of easily removed paint used for car commercials, on his pickup truck).
Anyway, can anyone name anyone else who uses a battlevan, and when they came out? I would not expect too many before the 1970's.
I don't know aqbout the battle van, but when reading the squadron supreme trade i was suprised to see cap's "monitor modem" his computer in a breifcase, and it was used by a laptop. I did a double take when I saw that, sort of a "Wait a minuite, they didn';t have laptops when this was made" double take reaction.