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| Quotation = Unhand me! I cannot bear physical contact with primitive beings!
 
| Quotation = Unhand me! I cannot bear physical contact with primitive beings!
| Speaker = [[Vuk (Earth-616)|The D'Bari Alien (later identified as Vuk)]]
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| Speaker = [[Vuk (Earth-616)|Vuk]]
   
 
| StoryTitle1 = Captain America Joins... The Avengers!
 
| StoryTitle1 = Captain America Joins... The Avengers!
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After escaping his battle with the Avengers, [[Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)|Namor]] angrily continues his search for his missing people. He eventually finds his way to the North Sea, where he discovers a tribe of Eskimo people worshipping a dead man frozen in a block of ice. Still angry at humanity Namor approaches the Eskimos, causing them to flee as he throws the ice block into the water. It drifts away, slowly beginning to thaw.
 
After escaping his battle with the Avengers, [[Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)|Namor]] angrily continues his search for his missing people. He eventually finds his way to the North Sea, where he discovers a tribe of Eskimo people worshipping a dead man frozen in a block of ice. Still angry at humanity Namor approaches the Eskimos, causing them to flee as he throws the ice block into the water. It drifts away, slowly beginning to thaw.
   
By chance, the Avengers are in the area in their undersea craft. They spot the figure in the water and [[Henry Pym (Earth-616)|Giant-Man]] pulls him onboard. Upon inspection they notice that he wears the clothing of long-lost World War II hero [[Steven Rogers (Earth-616)|Captain America]]. Suddenly, he awakens and in a fit of panic and confusion charges at the Avengers before realising his surroundings and calming down. [[Anthony Stark (Earth-616)|Iron Man]] asks the mystery man who he is and the Avengers are sceptical when they are told that the man is indeed Captain America. After a brief demonstration of his ability they quickly change their minds.
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By chance, the Avengers are in the area in their undersea craft. They spot the figure in the water and [[Henry Pym (Earth-616)|Giant-Man]] pulls him onboard. Upon inspection they notice that he wears the clothing of long-lost World War II hero [[Steven Rogers (Earth-616)|Captain America]]. Suddenly, he awakens and, in a fit of panic and confusion, charges at the Avengers before realizing his surroundings and calming down. [[Anthony Stark (Earth-616)|Iron Man]] asks the mystery man who he is and the Avengers are skeptical when he tells them he is indeed Captain America. After a brief demonstration of his ability they quickly change their minds.
   
Captain America explains his last memories: He speeds towards an experimental plane on a motorcycle with his sidekick [[James Buchanan Barnes (Earth-616)|Bucky]]. Unknown to the duo, the plane had been sagotaged by Nazi agent [[Heinrich Zemo (Earth-616)|Baron Zemo]]. Bucky manages to get on board while Captain America slips and falls from the plane. The last thing he remembers is the plane exploding with Bucky on it as he falls through the sky into the frozen waters off Newfoundland.
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Captain America explains his last memories: He speeds towards an experimental plane on a motorcycle with his sidekick [[James Buchanan Barnes (Earth-616)|Bucky]]. Unknown to the duo, the plane had been sabotaged by Nazi agent [[Heinrich Zemo (Earth-616)|Baron Zemo]]. Bucky manages to get on board while Captain America slips and falls from the plane. The last thing he remembers is the plane exploding with Bucky on it as he falls through the sky into the frozen waters off Newfoundland.
   
Back in the present day, the Avengers have docked in New York City and are greeted by a crowd of journalists looking for interviews about the battle with Sub-Mariner and the Hulk. Suddenly, a camera flash goes off and turns the team into stone. The journalists think it is a publicity stunt and leave. Aboard the sea craft Captain America awakens and exits onto the dock. He also spots the statues but dismisses them as statues made to honor the heroes. Cap finds the modern world very unusual and alien but manages to find his way to a hotel.
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Back in the present day, the Avengers have docked in New York City and are greeted by a crowd of journalists looking for interviews about the battle with Sub-Mariner and the Hulk. Suddenly, a camera flashes and turns the team into stone. The journalists think it is a publicity stunt and leave. Aboard the sea craft Captain America awakens and exits onto the dock. He also spots the statues but dismisses them as statues made to honor the heroes. Cap finds the modern world very unusual and alien but finds his way to a hotel.
   
Later, Cap is awoken by a vision of Bucky but it is revealed to be [[Richard Jones (Earth-616)|Rick Jones]]. He has been following Cap's trail across town looking for clues as to the Avenger's whereabouts. They team up to solve the mystery and begin by examining photos taken at the dock. Cap discovers one of the photographers carrying what looks more like a weapon than a camera, and Rick sends his [[Teen Brigade (Earth-616)|Teen Brigade]] to search around the city to find the mystery man. Eventually Captain America finds the man in question and approaches him. His gang overhears his entrance and a fight breaks out. Cap easily defeats them despite being heavily outnumbered, and exposes the leader as an [[Vuk (Earth-616)|alien]]. The alien, a member of the race called the [[D'Bari|D'Bari alien species]], explains that his spaceship crashed into the ocean and the Sub-Mariner promised to help him return to his planet if he turned the Avengers to stone. Captain America offers to help the D'Bari if they reverse the stone effect on the Avengers and he complies, freeing the Avengers once again.
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Later, Cap is awoken by a vision of Bucky, but it is revealed to be [[Richard Jones (Earth-616)|Rick Jones]]. He has been following Cap's trail across town, looking for clues to the Avengers' whereabouts. They team up to solve the mystery and examine photos taken at the dock. Cap discovers one of the photographers carrying what looks more like a weapon than a camera, and Rick sends his [[Teen Brigade (Earth-616)|Teen Brigade]] to search around the city to find the mystery man. Eventually Captain America finds the man in question and approaches him. His gang overhears his entrance and a fight breaks out. Cap easily defeats them despite being heavily outnumbered, and exposes the leader as an [[Vuk (Earth-616)|alien]]. The alien, a member of the race called the [[D'bari]], explains that his spaceship crashed into the ocean and the Sub-Mariner promised to help him return to his planet if he turned the Avengers to stone. Captain America offers to help the D'bari if they reverse the stone effect on the Avengers and he complies, freeing the Avengers once again.
   
 
In his castle, the Sub-Mariner angrily observes the scene and plans another tactic to defeat the Avengers. As if by luck, a troop of his [[Homo mermanus|Atlantean Elite Guard]] pass nearby and Namor rallies them to his side.
 
In his castle, the Sub-Mariner angrily observes the scene and plans another tactic to defeat the Avengers. As if by luck, a troop of his [[Homo mermanus|Atlantean Elite Guard]] pass nearby and Namor rallies them to his side.
   
Back on land, the D'Bari leads the Avengers to the area where his ship is stuck on the seabed below. After Giant-Man and Iron Man attach a camera to the ship's hull, [[Thor Odinson (Earth-616)|Thor]] manipulates his hammer causing a torrent of magnetic waves that wrench the ship free. The D'Bari dives to make any necessary repairs to his ship. On the surface, Giant-Man and Captain America are suddenly attacked by Namor and his elite guard, sending them into the water. Namor duels with Iron Man, slowly gaining the upper hand. The [[Janet van Dyne (Earth-616)|Wasp]] flies in to distract Namor, giving Iron Man essential recovery time. Namor's elite guard plead for aid against the mighty Thor, who is making short work of them. Thor deflects the Atlantean's weapons back at themselves, scattering the troop. Namor now battles one-on-one against Thor. Meanwhile, under the water, Giant-Man is enslaved by a massive net. However, he manages to escape by taking a shrinking capsule before he suffocates. He emerges near to Iron Man, and they take care of the remaining Atlantean elite guard. Namor again attempts to take Thor's hammer from him, to no avail, and soon has to deal with Giant-Man and Iron Man as well. Captain America watches on, trying to get a feel of what sort of team the Avengers are. The fight is brought to a standstill when some of the Atlanteans reveal a hostage - Rick Jones! With his uncanny reflexes, Cap leaps in and frees Rick and the fight begins anew. Suddenly an earthquake strikes the island and the Sub-Mariner leaves, believing the Avengers to be consumed by it. Little does he know, the tremors were actually caused by the launching of the D'Bari spacecraft. The Avengers watch the D'Bari leave and then decide what to do next. They all officially offer Captain America a place on the team, and he readily accepts. Nearby, Rick looks out on the ocean deep in thought, torn between his loyalty to the Avengers, and to his old friend the [[Bruce Banner (Earth-616)|Hulk]].
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Back on land, the D'bari leads the Avengers to the area where his ship is stuck on the seabed below. After Giant-Man and Iron Man attach a camera to the ship's hull, [[Thor Odinson (Earth-616)|Thor]] manipulates his hammer, causing a torrent of magnetic waves that wrench the ship free. The D'bari dives to make any necessary repairs to his ship. On the surface, Giant-Man and Captain America are suddenly attacked by Namor and his elite guard, sending them into the water. Namor duels with Iron Man, slowly gaining the upper hand. The [[Janet van Dyne (Earth-616)|Wasp]] flies in to distract Namor, giving Iron Man essential recovery time. Namor's elite guard plead for aid against the mighty Thor, who is making short work of them. Thor deflects the Atlanteans' weapons back at themselves, scattering the troops. Namor now battles one-on-one against Thor. Meanwhile, under the water, Giant-Man is ensnared by a massive net. However, he escapes by taking a shrinking capsule before he suffocates. He emerges near Iron Man, and they take care of the remaining Atlantean elite guard. Namor again attempts to take Thor's hammer from him, to no avail, and soon has to deal with Giant-Man and Iron Man as well. Captain America watches, trying to get a feel of what sort of team the Avengers are. The fight is brought to a standstill when some of the Atlanteans reveal a hostage - Rick Jones! With his uncanny reflexes, Cap leaps in and frees Rick and the fight begins anew. Suddenly an earthquake strikes the island and the Sub-Mariner leaves, believing the Avengers to be consumed by it. Little does he know, the tremors were actually caused by the launching of the D'bari spacecraft. The Avengers watch the D'bari leave and then officially offer Captain America a place on the team, which he readily accepts. Nearby, Rick looks out on the ocean deep in thought, torn between his loyalty to the Avengers, and to his old friend the [[Bruce Banner (Earth-616)|Hulk]].
   
 
| Writer1_1 = Stan Lee
 
| Writer1_1 = Stan Lee
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'''Featured Characters:'''
 
'''Featured Characters:'''
 
* {{a|[[Avengers (Earth-616)|Avengers]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Avengers (Earth-616)|Avengers]]}}
** {{apn|[[Steven Rogers (Earth-616)|Captain America]]|Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #1|Captain America: Man Out of Time Vol 1 1}}{{joins}} {{g|1st Silver Age Appearance}}
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** {{apn|[[Steven Rogers (Earth-616)|Captain America (Steve Rogers)]]|Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #1|Captain America: Man Out of Time Vol 1 1}} {{g|Joins Team, 1st Silver Age Appearance}}
** {{apn|[[Thor Odinson (Earth-616)|Thor]]|Journey into Mystery #100|}}
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** {{apn|[[Thor Odinson (Earth-616)|Thor]]|Journey into Mystery #100|Avengers: Season One #1}}
** {{apn|[[Anthony Stark (Earth-616)|Iron Man]]|Captain America: Man Out of Time Vol 1 1|Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol 1 2}}
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** {{apn|[[Anthony Stark (Earth-616)|Iron Man (Tony Stark)]]|Captain America: Man Out of Time Vol 1 1|Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Vol 1 2}}
** {{apn|[[Henry Pym (Earth-616)|Giant-Man]]|Tales to Astonish #53|Fantastic Four #25}}
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** {{apn|[[Henry Pym (Earth-616)|Giant-Man (Henry Pym)]]|Tales to Astonish #53|Avengers: Season One #1}}
** {{apn|[[Janet van Dyne (Earth-616)|Wasp]]|Tales to Astonish #53|Fantastic Four #25}}
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** {{apn|[[Janet van Dyne (Earth-616)|Wasp (Janet van Dyne)]]|Tales to Astonish #53|Avengers: Season One #1}}
 
'''Supporting Characters:'''
 
'''Supporting Characters:'''
 
* {{a|[[Teen Brigade (Earth-616)|Teen Brigade]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Teen Brigade (Earth-616)|Teen Brigade]]}}
 
** {{apn|[[Richard Jones (Earth-616)|Rick Jones]]||Fantastic Four Vol 1 25}}
 
** {{apn|[[Richard Jones (Earth-616)|Rick Jones]]||Fantastic Four Vol 1 25}}
'''Villains:'''
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'''Antagonists:'''
 
* {{apn|[[Heinrich Zemo (Earth-616)|Baron Heinrich Zemo]]|Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty Vol 1 12|Thunderbolts Vol 1 -1}} {{1st}} {{FlashOnly}}
 
* {{apn|[[Heinrich Zemo (Earth-616)|Baron Heinrich Zemo]]|Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty Vol 1 12|Thunderbolts Vol 1 -1}} {{1st}} {{FlashOnly}}
* D'Bari
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* {{apn|[[Vuk (Earth-616)|Vuk]]|-|Wolverine Vol 2 136}}{{1st}}{{Unnamed}}
** {{apn|[[Vuk (Earth-616)|Vuk]]|-|Wolverine Vol 2 136}}{{1st}}
 
 
* {{apn|[[Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)|Namor]]||Fantastic Four #27}}
 
* {{apn|[[Namor McKenzie (Earth-616)|Namor]]||Fantastic Four #27}}
 
'''Other Characters:'''
 
'''Other Characters:'''
 
* {{a|[[Atlantean Army (Earth-616)|Atlantean Army]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Atlantean Army (Earth-616)|Atlantean Army]]}}
* {{FlashOnly|[[James Buchanan Barnes (Earth-616)|Bucky]]}}
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* {{FlashOnly|[[James Buchanan Barnes (Earth-616)|Bucky (James Buchanan Barnes)]]}}
* {{vision|[[Bruce Banner (Earth-616)|Hulk]]}}
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* {{Vision|[[Bruce Banner (Earth-616)|Hulk (Bruce Banner)]]}}
 
* {{a|[[New York City Police Department (Earth-616)|New York policeman]]}}
 
* {{a|[[New York City Police Department (Earth-616)|New York policeman]]}}
* {{1st|[[New York City/Residents#Pete (Reporter) (Earth-616)|Pete]]}}
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* [[Character Index/P#Pete|Pete]] {{1st}}
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* {{a|[[Inuit]]}}
 
'''Races and Species:'''
 
'''Races and Species:'''
* {{a|[[Homo sapiens|Humans]]}}
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* {{Flashback|[[Homo sapiens|Humans]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Homo mermanus|Atlanteans]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Homo mermanus|Atlanteans]]}}
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* {{a|[[Atlantean-Human Hybrids]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Asgardians]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Asgardians]]}}
* {{1st|[[D'Bari]]}}
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* {{1st|[[D'bari]]}}
 
'''Locations:'''
 
'''Locations:'''
 
* {{a|[[Atlantis (Byrrah)|Atlantis]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Atlantis (Byrrah)|Atlantis]]}}
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** {{a|[[Gibraltar]]}}
 
** {{a|[[Gibraltar]]}}
 
** {{1st|[[North Sea]]}}
 
** {{1st|[[North Sea]]}}
* {{a|[[United States of America|United States Of America]]}}
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* {{a|[[North America]]}}
** {{a|[[New York State]]}}
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** {{a|[[United States of America]]}}
*** {{a|[[New York City]]}}
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*** {{a|[[New York State|New York]]}}
**** {{a|[[United Nations Headquarters]]}}
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**** {{a|[[New York City]]}}
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***** {{a|[[Manhattan]]}}
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****** {{a|[[United Nations Headquarters]]}}
 
'''Items:'''
 
'''Items:'''
 
* {{a|[[Captain America's Shield]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Captain America's Shield]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Captain America's Uniform]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Captain America's Uniform]]}}
* {{a|[[Iron Man Armor Model 2|Iron Man Armor MK III]]}}
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* {{a|[[Iron Man Armor Model 2|Iron Man Armor MK II]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Mjolnir]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Mjolnir]]}}
 
'''Vehicles:'''
 
'''Vehicles:'''
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| Notes =
 
| Notes =
   
* This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.<ref>This issue is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:
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* This issue marks the first appearance of Captain America in the "Silver Age" of Comics. His return was spurred by a teaser in {{c|Strange Tales Vol 1 114}}, in which the Human Torch battled a Cap impostor. Cap last appeared in {{c|Captain America Vol 1 78}}, albeit part of Atlas Comics attempt at reviving the super hero genre, however as these stories take place subsequent to the Second World War they were probably retconned into being stories of one of the many successors who took his mantle after the war. Cap's last "war time" story appeared in {{c|Captain America's Weird Tales Vol 1 74}}.
* [[Avengers Annual Vol 1 3]]
 
* [[Pocket Book Series Vol 1 Captain America 1]]
 
* [[Fireside Book Series Vol 1 7|Captain America Sentinel of Liberty]]
 
* [[Essential Series Vol 1 Avengers 1]]
 
* [[Avengers Classic Vol 1 4]]
 
* [[Avengers Omnibus Vol 1 1]]
 
* [[Avengers Masterworks Vol 1 1]]
 
* [[100 Greatest Marvels of All Time Vol 1 5]]
 
* [[Avengers Vol 1 4 (Wizard Ace Edition)]]
 
* [[Marvel Milestone Edition: Avengers Vol 1 4]]
 
* [[Marvel Masterworks Vol 1 4|Marvel Masterworks: Avengers Vol 1]]
 
* [[Epic Collection Vol 1 Avengers 1]]
 
* [[Epic Collection Vol 1 Captain America 1]]
 
* [[Captain America: 70th Anniversary Magazine Vol 1 1]]
 
* [[Captain America: Man Out of Time TPB]]
 
* [[Captain America Vol 1 400|Captain America #400]]
 
* [[Fantastic Firsts Vol 1 1]]
 
</ref>
 
   
* The cover art has been homaged in [[What If? Vol 2 29|What If? #29]] (September 1991).
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* The tale of Cap being frozen in suspended animation, and the "death" of Bucky were never told during the Golden Age. In his last appearance, Bucky was injured, and government agent Betsy Ross became Cap's sidekick as [[Golden Girl]]. The flashback in this issue serves as the backdrop to explaining what happened to Cap after the war.
[[File:What If Vol 2 29.jpg|thumb|150px]]
 
   
* This issue marks the first appearance of Captain America in the "Silver Age" of Comics. His return was spurned from a teaser done in [[Strange Tales Vol 1 114|''Strange Tales'' #114]], in which the Human Torch battled a Cap impostor. Cap last appeared in [[ Captain America Comics Vol 1 78|Captain America Comics #78]], albeit part of Atlas Comics attempt at reviving the super hero genre, however as these stories take place subsequent to the Second World War they were probably retconned into being stories of one of the many successors who took his mantle after the war. Cap's last "war time" story appeared in ''Captain America's Weird Tales'' #74 (Issue #75 did not feature any stories with Captain America in it.)
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* Sub-Mariner and Captain America have had a past working relationship during World War II, as members of the [[Invaders (WWII) (Earth-616)|Invaders]] and All-Winners Squad. However, during this issue, while the two characters know of the other's existence, they both appear to be unaware of their past camaraderie. This was later explained by the fact that the two had issues with their memories due to their respective conditions that carried them over into the Silver Age Marvel universe (Namor having amnesia, and Cap being frozen in ice).
   
* At his last appearance, his partner Bucky was injured and government agent Betsy Ross became his sidekick as [[Golden Girl]]. The tale of Cap being frozen in suspended animation, and the "death" of Bucky were never told during the Golden Age, the flashback in this issue serves as the backdrop to explaining what happened to Cap after the war.
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* The villain cursing Captain America and Bucky in Cap's flashback is later revealed to be the original Baron Zemo (who appears in {{c|Avengers Vol 1 6}}).
 
* Sub-Mariner and Captain America have had a past working together during World War II as members of the [[Invaders (WWII) (Earth-616)|Invaders]] and All-Winners Squad. However, during this issue, while the two characters know of the others existence they both appear to be unaware of their past camaraderie. This was later explained by the fact that the two had issues with their memories due to their respective conditions that carried them over into the Silver Age Marvel universe (Namor having amnesia, and Cap being frozen in ice.)
 
 
* The villain cursing Captain America and Bucky in Cap's flashback is later revealed to be the original Baron Zemo (who appears in [[Avengers Vol 1 6|''Avengers'' #6]]).
 
   
 
* It has been long believed that [[James Buchanan Barnes (Earth-616)|Bucky]] had died attempting to stop the drone plane, however he eventually returned under the guise of Winter Soldier.
 
* It has been long believed that [[James Buchanan Barnes (Earth-616)|Bucky]] had died attempting to stop the drone plane, however he eventually returned under the guise of Winter Soldier.
   
* The alien being that Cap fights in this issue of the Avengers is later revealed to be a member of the [[D'Bari]] alien race.
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* The alien being that Cap fights in this issue of the Avengers is later revealed to be a member of the [[D'bari]] alien race.
   
* The legend of Medusa the alien is believed to have perpetuated is about a Greek monster/woman whose hair are really snakes. Her appearance would turn people into stone.
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* The alien is believed to have perpetuated the legend of Medusa, Greek monster/woman whose hair was really snakes. Her appearance would turn people into stone.
   
* Cap joins the Avengers in this issue, he later takes the Hulk's place and is granted "founding member" status.
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* Cap joins the Avengers in this issue; he later takes the Hulk's place and is granted "founding member" status.
   
 
* credits for Story 1:
 
* credits for Story 1:
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| Trivia =
 
| Trivia =
* This iconic cover has been parodied and homaged many times. Most recently in the "[[Secret Invasion]]" arc with [[Skrulls]] assuming the places of the Avengers.
 
 
 
| Recommended =
 
| Recommended =
 
| Links =
 
| Links =

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Quote1 Unhand me! I cannot bear physical contact with primitive beings! Quote2
-- Vuk

Appearing in "Captain America Joins... The Avengers!"

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Antagonists:

Other Characters:

Races and Species:

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Vuk's Spaceship

Synopsis for "Captain America Joins... The Avengers!"

After escaping his battle with the Avengers, Namor angrily continues his search for his missing people. He eventually finds his way to the North Sea, where he discovers a tribe of Eskimo people worshipping a dead man frozen in a block of ice. Still angry at humanity Namor approaches the Eskimos, causing them to flee as he throws the ice block into the water. It drifts away, slowly beginning to thaw.

By chance, the Avengers are in the area in their undersea craft. They spot the figure in the water and Giant-Man pulls him onboard. Upon inspection they notice that he wears the clothing of long-lost World War II hero Captain America. Suddenly, he awakens and, in a fit of panic and confusion, charges at the Avengers before realizing his surroundings and calming down. Iron Man asks the mystery man who he is and the Avengers are skeptical when he tells them he is indeed Captain America. After a brief demonstration of his ability they quickly change their minds.

Captain America explains his last memories: He speeds towards an experimental plane on a motorcycle with his sidekick Bucky. Unknown to the duo, the plane had been sabotaged by Nazi agent Baron Zemo. Bucky manages to get on board while Captain America slips and falls from the plane. The last thing he remembers is the plane exploding with Bucky on it as he falls through the sky into the frozen waters off Newfoundland.

Back in the present day, the Avengers have docked in New York City and are greeted by a crowd of journalists looking for interviews about the battle with Sub-Mariner and the Hulk. Suddenly, a camera flashes and turns the team into stone. The journalists think it is a publicity stunt and leave. Aboard the sea craft Captain America awakens and exits onto the dock. He also spots the statues but dismisses them as statues made to honor the heroes. Cap finds the modern world very unusual and alien but finds his way to a hotel.

Later, Cap is awoken by a vision of Bucky, but it is revealed to be Rick Jones. He has been following Cap's trail across town, looking for clues to the Avengers' whereabouts. They team up to solve the mystery and examine photos taken at the dock. Cap discovers one of the photographers carrying what looks more like a weapon than a camera, and Rick sends his Teen Brigade to search around the city to find the mystery man. Eventually Captain America finds the man in question and approaches him. His gang overhears his entrance and a fight breaks out. Cap easily defeats them despite being heavily outnumbered, and exposes the leader as an alien. The alien, a member of the race called the D'bari, explains that his spaceship crashed into the ocean and the Sub-Mariner promised to help him return to his planet if he turned the Avengers to stone. Captain America offers to help the D'bari if they reverse the stone effect on the Avengers and he complies, freeing the Avengers once again.

In his castle, the Sub-Mariner angrily observes the scene and plans another tactic to defeat the Avengers. As if by luck, a troop of his Atlantean Elite Guard pass nearby and Namor rallies them to his side.

Back on land, the D'bari leads the Avengers to the area where his ship is stuck on the seabed below. After Giant-Man and Iron Man attach a camera to the ship's hull, Thor manipulates his hammer, causing a torrent of magnetic waves that wrench the ship free. The D'bari dives to make any necessary repairs to his ship. On the surface, Giant-Man and Captain America are suddenly attacked by Namor and his elite guard, sending them into the water. Namor duels with Iron Man, slowly gaining the upper hand. The Wasp flies in to distract Namor, giving Iron Man essential recovery time. Namor's elite guard plead for aid against the mighty Thor, who is making short work of them. Thor deflects the Atlanteans' weapons back at themselves, scattering the troops. Namor now battles one-on-one against Thor. Meanwhile, under the water, Giant-Man is ensnared by a massive net. However, he escapes by taking a shrinking capsule before he suffocates. He emerges near Iron Man, and they take care of the remaining Atlantean elite guard. Namor again attempts to take Thor's hammer from him, to no avail, and soon has to deal with Giant-Man and Iron Man as well. Captain America watches, trying to get a feel of what sort of team the Avengers are. The fight is brought to a standstill when some of the Atlanteans reveal a hostage - Rick Jones! With his uncanny reflexes, Cap leaps in and frees Rick and the fight begins anew. Suddenly an earthquake strikes the island and the Sub-Mariner leaves, believing the Avengers to be consumed by it. Little does he know, the tremors were actually caused by the launching of the D'bari spacecraft. The Avengers watch the D'bari leave and then officially offer Captain America a place on the team, which he readily accepts. Nearby, Rick looks out on the ocean deep in thought, torn between his loyalty to the Avengers, and to his old friend the Hulk.

Notes

  • This issue marks the first appearance of Captain America in the "Silver Age" of Comics. His return was spurred by a teaser in Strange Tales #114, in which the Human Torch battled a Cap impostor. Cap last appeared in Captain America #78, albeit part of Atlas Comics attempt at reviving the super hero genre, however as these stories take place subsequent to the Second World War they were probably retconned into being stories of one of the many successors who took his mantle after the war. Cap's last "war time" story appeared in Captain America's Weird Tales #74.
  • The tale of Cap being frozen in suspended animation, and the "death" of Bucky were never told during the Golden Age. In his last appearance, Bucky was injured, and government agent Betsy Ross became Cap's sidekick as Golden Girl. The flashback in this issue serves as the backdrop to explaining what happened to Cap after the war.
  • Sub-Mariner and Captain America have had a past working relationship during World War II, as members of the Invaders and All-Winners Squad. However, during this issue, while the two characters know of the other's existence, they both appear to be unaware of their past camaraderie. This was later explained by the fact that the two had issues with their memories due to their respective conditions that carried them over into the Silver Age Marvel universe (Namor having amnesia, and Cap being frozen in ice).
  • The villain cursing Captain America and Bucky in Cap's flashback is later revealed to be the original Baron Zemo (who appears in Avengers #6).
  • It has been long believed that Bucky had died attempting to stop the drone plane, however he eventually returned under the guise of Winter Soldier.
  • The alien being that Cap fights in this issue of the Avengers is later revealed to be a member of the D'bari alien race.
  • The alien is believed to have perpetuated the legend of Medusa, Greek monster/woman whose hair was really snakes. Her appearance would turn people into stone.
  • Cap joins the Avengers in this issue; he later takes the Hulk's place and is granted "founding member" status.
  • credits for Story 1:
    • Gloriously Written by: Stan Lee
    • Grandly Illustrated by: Jack Kirby
    • Gallantly Lettered by: Art Simek
  • references: Fantastic Four Annual #1 and Avengers #3

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