- Ever since I can remember, I've been nuts about birds!
- -- Falcon
Appearing in "The Coming of...The Falcon!"
Synopsis for "The Coming of...The Falcon!"
Continued from last issue....
The Red Skull has used the Cosmic Cube to switch bodies with his hated enemy Captain America. In an attempt of final revenge, he has Captain America teleported to Exile Island in the hope that his former minions, the Exiles will kill Captain America over the Red Skull's most recent betrayal of them. As Captain America tries to find cover, the Red Skull pores over the Cosmic Cube watching the events unfold with eager eyes. When the Exiles walk the beach bemoaning the fact that the Red Skull stranded them on the island, Captain America tries to hide in a tree, however the Red Skull uses the Cosmic Cube to break his cover, forcing him to have to fight the Exiles.
While Captain America has the superior fighting skills, he is not used to fighting in the Red Skull's body and is soon overpowered by the group attack. Amused and believing that Captain America will meet his end, the Red Skull decides that he's seen enough and decides to amuse himself by parading around as Captain America some more. This proves to be the Red Skull's mistake, as Captain America gets the aid of an unlikely ally: A falcon that seems to be trained to fight, and defends him. With the Exiles distracted by the bird, Captain America manages to make a break for it and hide out in the jungle. There, he realizes that the whole time the Red Skull has been wearing a mask, and decides to take it off to help disguise himself better. Not willing to bank on the possibility that the Exiles have not seen the Red Skull's true face, Cap uses clay from the ground to crudely disguise his features as extra cover.
Meanwhile, back in the States, the Red Skull walks around as Captain America, and although he is disgusted by the fame and adoration Captain America is receiving from the masses, he takes a moment to revel in it. While letting adoring fans gaze upon him at a fancy hotel. However, the Skull gets tired of the constant questions from the press and orders them to go away. He then decides to begin the next phase of his plot: Ruining Captain America's good name so that when his true body is found dead, nobody will mourn his passing. The Red Skull's use of the Cosmic Cube has not gone unnoticed, as at the secret headquarters of Advanced Idea Mechanics, the scientists there have detected their inventions use, and report their findings to their leader MODOK, who is still alive and well.
Back on Exile Island, the falcon -- named Redwing -- returns to his master, who set it upon the Exiles to save the man whom they were attacking. Having finished his disguise, Captain America spots the young African-American and thanks him for his help. The young man introduces himself as Sam Wilson, a native of Harlem. He tells Captain America that he is nuts about birds, and went from training pigeons from Harlem rooftops to acquiring his hawk Redwing and training him. He explains to Captain America that he answered an ad in the newspaper looking for workers on this Haitian island for an employer seeking to learn falconry, unaware that he was entering into the employ of the Exiles. Upon learning of the Exiles and their backgrounds, Sam instead decided to help the local population who have been enslaved by the Exiles and has been trying to convince them to revolt against the group of fascists.
Inspired by Sam's desire for revolution, Captain America offers to help and explains to Sam the importance of a Mask and Costume as a symbol. As the Exiles continue to search for the "Red Skull", the locals make him a new costume. When it is complete, Sam emerges in his costume as the islands new champion: The Falcon.
This story is continued next issue...
Introducing Marvel's newest and possibly most dynamic fighting hero — the Falcon! Also see Cap battle, single-handed, against the deadly Exiles! Better buy it fast!
- First appearance of the Falcon.
- John Romita Sr. redrew Captain America's head for this cover.
- General Ching is mistakenly misspelled "Chang" in this story.
- This issue contains a letters page, Let's Rap With Cap. Letters are published from Marty Lyon, Neal Seale, James Van Hise, Bill Cantey, David Koopman, Joe Jenkins and Bentano Haleen.
Links and References
- The Grand Comics Database: Captain America #117 
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