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Quote1 He's not Captain America. Spread the word! Quote2
Falcon

Appearing in "The Falcon Fights Alone"

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Synopsis for "The Falcon Fights Alone"

Faced off against two men who appear to be Captain America and Bucky Barnes, Falcon can only wonder how it could be possible, before the Captain America look alike knocks him unconscious with a savage, impossibly strong punch.

The man claiming to be Captain America exchanges brief conversation with the supposed Bucky Barnes, where they affirm their disgust with the idea of a "colored man" carrying on "their" tradition. But as they step in to finish off Falcon, they are distracted by Redwing, who keeps them busy long enough for Falcon to struggle to his feet. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against Harlem's local hero, and his defiance is shortlived. The fakes beat him unconscious and prepare to carry him off to Tyler's warehouse, intending to force the Falcon to tell him where Captain America - who they consider "the fake" - is hiding.

They're unaware that they've been seen by two local youths; Sam Wilson's nephew Jody and his best friend. They immediately go looking to Sam for advice, but of course he's not there. Jody's next thought is to go to his mother, but when he spots Rafe and Leila, he tells them about Falcon being taken prisoner. Rafe blows it off with contempt, but is called out by another local man. Pride pricked, Rafe agrees to get his gang behind him and join in a local posse to go and rescue the Falcon.

Meanwhile, Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter are enjoying their Carribean vacation, though it is briefly spoiled by an arrogant, entitled, muscle-bound bully who attempts to forcibly push his attentions on Sharon. He swiftly regrets this mistake as first Sharon and then Steve physically take him down a peg.

Back in Harlem, the fake Captain America demands that Falcon tell him where the real deal is, decrying him as a fake, a traitor, and a Communist sympathizer. Now fully cognizant that this man is a fraud and a lunatic, Falcon refuses to talk, even as the madman begins to beat him. Instead, he focuses on trying to endure the pain and break the old ropes they have used to tie him up.

A knock at the door distracts them before they can do Falcon any serious damage. The false Bucky cautiously peeks outside, only for a mob of angry black men to force their way inside and attack the fake heroes. Though the pseudo-heroes are individually far stronger, the mob's sheer numbers allows them to beat "Bucky" senseless, then gang up on the fake Captain America. He initially turns to flee, grabbing Falcon and dragging him up onto a platform, but when one of the men calls him a coward, he flies into a rage and turns to resume fighting.

This gives Falcon the chance to free himself - and also the moment to put pieces together and identify the phony. He launches himself at the fake Captain America, sending them both crashing through the railing - but it is the madman who walks away, using Falcon to cushion his fall. The fake grabs his fallen partner and flees whilst the mob is still trying to react to the sudden attack.

Falcon struggles to his feet, and thanks the men for coming to his rescue - whilst Rafe sneers down his nose at Falcon for needing help, the others are fully accepting of Falcon's gratitude and return it in kind. He tells them that the Captain America and Bucky they fought were fakes, and to spread the word, then goes looking for them.

Two hours later, he's found no sign of them, so he starts putting the squeeze on various crooks. He's directed to the man who owns the warehouse where he was interrogated: Morgan. After beating his way in past Morgan's muscle, the gangster reveals he knows nothing; he just left the warehouse unlocked in exchange for an anonymous cash donation.

Meanwhile, patrolman Bob Courtney arrives at the house of sergeant Muldoon, and talks to the disgraced policeman about how Steve Rogers deserted him on the night that Muldoon was "suspended", only to then disappear on sick leave the next day. Believing that he's being framed and that Rogers is now responsible, Muldoon vows to expose his secret.

Falcon, meanwhile, uses a payphone to contact Jervis at Avengers Headquarters. Upon being told that Rogers and Carter have left to Mosca Cay to "lose themselves", he resolves to fly to the Bahamas to get them himself. But first, he'll need somebody to stay behind as a lookout. Deciding that S.H.I.E.L.D can't be called upon for this, especially given Nick Fury's current troubles, he heads to the Avengers.

Once Falcon fills them in, they're happy to keep watch. Unfortunately, the fake Captain America beat Falcon there, and tricked his way in with his uncanny impersonation of Steve Rogers - by the time they realize the fake is in the mansion, he's overheard where the real Captain America is and fled. So now Falcon must race to Mosca Cay if he's to have any hope of saving the real Captain America.

Notes

  • The Avengers appear between their appearances in Avengers #104 and Avengers #105.
  • As seen on page one, this issue is Story#990-Z.
  • This issue contains a letters page, Let's Rap With Cap. Letters are published from Brian Earl Brown, David McDonell, and Clint Higginbotham.

Trivia

  • The Falcon has his trademark glove on his right hand in the cover logo. However, he has the glove on his left hand in the cover action sequence. He will go with the glove on his right hand pretty much in the cover logo (going back to the glove on the left hand briefly in Captain America #156) until he receives a costume modification in Captain America #170. In between that time, other covers shows the error with the Falcon's glove.
  • The Captain America image from this cover has been altered with a less sinister facial expression, and used for marketing purposes for many years (Even though it is technically an image of the "Bad" Cap).

See Also

Links and References

  • The Grand Comics Database: Captain America Vol 1 154 [1]

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