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Appearing in "Meet Captain America"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America Comics #1.

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Synopsis for "Meet Captain America"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America Comics #1.
Steven Rogers and James Buchannan Barnes (Earth-616) from Captain America Comics Vol 1 1 0001

Bucky finds out who Captain America is.

A short prologue outlines the young men of America joining the army and the threat of the fifth columnists, the nazi spies hidden deep within the American forces. Two fifth columnists in American uniform blow up a local munitions factory that is supplying the local army camp.

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., two army generals visit president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and inform him of the threat. They note how every command he makes is sent back to Germany and nothing can be kept secret, even amongst his closest aides. The president asks them what they intend to do. He recommends sending a comic hero like the human torch into the army, and brings in a man named mister Grover, the head of the federal bureau of investigation, who has a plan.

The men all change into their civilian clothes and into a car, where they are taken to an old curio shop. An old woman greets them armed with a gun. She informs them that the formula has been found and it won't disappoint them this time. A man, dressed in lab clothes greets them and ushers them into the viewing gallery of a secret lab, where a frail young man is attached to a machine, and the old woman tears off her mask revealing x-13, one of the best agents. The young man is injected with a liquid and starts to grow until he is above the normal human physique. The doctor also notes that his intelligence and strength are being increased. The doctor christens him captain america and tells him that his duty is to protect the American shores from nazi spies and saboteurs.

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Suddenly, one of the army officials, secretly working for the Gestapo, pulls out a gun and shoots the doctor, professor reinstein. A second shot then obliterates the serum that gave Captain America his powers, meaning no more super soldiers can be created. He lets out a third shot, hitting Grover, before cap bursts through the glass and beats him into submission. The barely conscious spy stumbles into a large electrical device, shocking him to death.

Cap, now in uniform, is told to have been taking out all of the Nazi threats, while the newspapers wonder "Who is Captain America?".

Meanwhile at an army camp the mascot James Buchanan 'Bucky' Barnes shows a private named Steve Rogers a news report of caps latest victory, saying how he'd love to meet him. That night, he walks in on Steve changing into the Captain America suit, preparing for more exploits. Having made this discovery, Steve says Bucky must keep his identity secret and he asks if he would like to be his sidekick. They suit up and together run off to stop nazi threats.

Appearing in "The Ageless Orientals That Wouldn't Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America Comics #2.

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Synopsis for "The Ageless Orientals That Wouldn't Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America Comics #2.

When two bankers named Benson and Finley meet to discuss fear of tax evasion due to recent FBI interest in their business activities Benson is not afraid. Shortly thereafter, FBI agent Thompson is murdered a giant seemingly indestructible creature. Hearing gun shots, fellow agent Betty Ross goes to investigate and finds that Thompson is near death, he warns her that his attackers were invincible and she fails to stop one from escaping into the night. When Benson explains that he has arranged to have the FBI agent investigating them murdered, Finley freaks out as he does not want to be party to murder, and so Benson has his minions giant "Oriental Giants" slay Finley. With Finley out of the way, he orders his giant slaves to next go after Betty Ross. When they do, they happen to be spotted by Captain America and Bucky who are on patrol. The two heroes clash with the Oriental Giants, forcing them to flee without eliminating Ross.

The following day at Camp Lehigh, Betty pays a visit to the camp and Steve Rogers is given grief by Sgt. Duffy for flirting with her while on K.P. duty. Soon the camp is attacked by the Oriental Giants. The attack is forced away when Bucky manages to kill one of the giants by tossing a grenade at it, however they are still puzzled to know where the monsters came from and what had actually killed them. Angry at this failure, Benson then sends his minions to rob banks and bring him as much wealth as possible. These robberies attract the attention of Captain America and Bucky, and during the fight, Captain America is taken prisoner and taken to Bensons hideout.

There Benson explains to Captain America that he found these creatures while on an expedition of the Himalayan mountains. Learning that these near indestructible creatures could be killed by loud noises he enslaved them and forced them to return to America with him in order to amass a great deal of wealth. With the truth revealed, Bucky would smash through a window and free Cap. During the course of the fight, the duo would set off a large cannon that would kill the creatures and cause a wall to collapse on Benson, killing him. When the police would arrive on the scene Captain America and Bucky would flee. The next day while on KP duty they would be chastised by Duffy in front of Betty Ross for slacking off at the job again.

Appearing in "The Return of the Red Skull"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America Comics #3.

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Synopsis for "The Return of the Red Skull"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America Comics #3.

Having survived his previous encounter with Captain America and Bucky, the Red Skull vows to get revenge on the two heroes and continue his reign of terror against the United States of America for the Nazi cause. To this end he targets Major Douglas who is guarding plans for a new power drill device that the military plans to develop. He murders Douglas and steals the plan. His actions alert the attention of Steve Rogers and Bucky who had just finished dropping off the plans and they arrive to find the Red Skull's calling card: a box containing a miniature red skull. Changing into Captain America and Bucky, the duo chase after the Skull but lose him when they are attacked by his goons.

The Red Skull soon develops a working model of the drill and uses it to terrorize New York City. Captain America and Bucky clash with the Red Skull at Wrigley Stadium, however the villain retreats when the authorities arrive on the scene. Meanwhile, a bunch of shady businessmen attempt to make some extra money by having two thugs dress up as Captain America and Bucky and charge people 10 cents to see them. When the real Steve Rogers and Bucky come across the two, they rough them up for being phonies. Later in their dressing room, the two posers are confronted by the Red Skull who presumes them to be the real Captain America and Bucky and takes them captive and has them hanged.

Meanwhile, the real Captain America and Bucky are out on patrol looking for the Red Skull. Realizing that the Skull must be using the subway as a hideout, the two track them down and clash with the Red Skull there. When the Red Skull attempts to escape in the drill he tosses a bomb at the two heroes. Cap picks up the bomb and throws it back at the Skull and he is killed in an explosion and the drill is destroyed.

Appearing in "The Unholy Legion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America Comics #4.

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Synopsis for "The Unholy Legion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America Comics #4.

After a series of murders of leading weapons manufacturers at the hands of apparently homeless men armed with lethal weapons, the authorities learn that it is the work of a group called the Unholy Legion. One day while Steve Rogers and James Barnes are on their way back to Camp Lehigh they notice a supposedly legless homeless man get up and run off into the city at the sound of chiming bells. Following after him they spot a group of homeless people rushing toward a church. Finding this suspicious, Steve sends James to disguise himself as a homeless boy and investigate while he goes to report back to Camp Lehigh on time.

Getting inside the church, James realizes that these homeless people are in reality Nazi agents who are posing as homeless and using the money they beg and steal to fund their operations. When James fails to produce a Nazi brand that all the members of the Unholy Legion have, they realize that he is a spy and capture him. They make Bucky watch as they brand a captured FBI agent with a red hot swastika, and are about to do the same thing to Bucky as well when suddenly Captain America smashes through a boarded up window. While Captain America overpowers the gang, Bucky gets hold of a Gatling gun and holds them hostage, but their leader manages to escape through a secret passage way. Following after him, Cap and Bucky chase him to a U-Boat that is coasting off shore and beat the crew into submission. Locking the leader of the Unholy Legion aboard, they disable the U-Boats engine and place a time bomb aboard, jumping overboard just as it explodes.

When they spot that the leader of the Unholy Legion has escaped via a torpedo, Captain America and Bucky chase him back to the church and arrives just as he has freed his captured minions. After a brief struggle against the two heroes, the Nazi spies are all beaten into submission and turned over to the authorities.

Appearing in "The Ringmaster of Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America Comics #5.

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Synopsis for "The Ringmaster of Death"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America Comics #5.

When a circus comes to town near Camp Lehigh, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes decide to check it out, unaware that it is secretly a Nazi operation and that the Ringmaster has been charged with eliminating various military officials in the area. Using his "Wheel of Death" the Ringmaster sets his sights on General Blaine. When his assistant Tommy Thumb refuses to participate in murdering Blaine, the Ringmaster uses violence to force the dwarf to do as he is ordered. Tommy goes and lets a lion loose from it's cage and it mauls Blaine to death. Spotting the danger, Steve Rogers and James change into Captain America and Bucky and subdue the big cat and return it to its cage. Deducing that Blaine's death was not an accident the pair attempt to capture Tommy Thumb but are stopped by other circus workers. Overhearing them talk of a "ringmaster" in charge they become suspicious of the operation.

Returning to Camp Lehigh in their civilian guises, Steve and James get in trouble with Sgt. Duffy who assigns them to K.P. Duty. The following morning Steve tells what he believes to Betty Ross who decides to take Steve's suspicions to Defense Commissioner Newsome. However, Newsome is the next target on the Ringmaster's list and he sends Omir the Snake Charmer, Zandow the Strongman, and the Trapeze Trio to eliminate him. Newsome is bitten by a cobra and dies from the venom. Witnessing the Circus of Crime escaping from the scene of the murder, Betty Ross is attacked. When Captain America and Bucky attempt to rescue her they are easily over powered and the crooks get away with Betty as their prisoner.

Captain America and Bucky soon follow after them to the circus unaware that the Ringmaster has targeted them for death next. They are confronted by the entire circus staff who attack them head on. The duo fight their way through the circus staff and rescue Betty from a deadly plunge from the top of the big tent. Chasing after the Ringmaster, Captain America easily beats him into submission. After Betty thanks them for saving her life again, Captain America and Bucky leave when the authorities are on their way.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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