Appearing in "Turning Point!"
- Cowled Commander (Brian Muldoon) (First appearance as Cowled Commander)
- Crime Wave
- Nick Fury (Illusion or holographic simulation)
- Ellen Muldoon (Illusion or holographic simulation)
- Cal Trimble (Illusion or holographic simulation)
- Bank Robbers (Mentioned)
- Edgar Allan Poe (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
- United States of America
Synopsis for "Turning Point!"
Steven Rogers, still ill from the effects of the Viper's venom, has been kidnapped by NYPD Sgt. Brian Muldoon and his patrol partner Bob Coutney. Because Rogers has disappeared several times on patrol for missions as Captain America, they believe Rogers to be a criminal, perhaps the mysterious crime boss: The Cowled Commander. They tie him to a chair but eventually leave. Cap strains against the ropes restraining him and is surprised that he is able to break free. His strength has greatly increased.
He immediately changes into Captain America and goes to confront the super-powered crime wave that is taking place. Falcon also joins him, but the Eel blasts the Falcon from the sky. Captain America catches his partner, saving him from a certain death, but this allows the super-villains to escape. Captain America and the Falcon are joined by their girlfriends Sharon Carter and Leila Taylor, respectively, who want to be in on stopping the crime wave. Much to their chagrin, their offer is declined. Captain America and the Falcon eventually find the location of thee super-villian's hideout. A fight ensues, but the Plantman creates a giant vine that defeats both heroes.
Cap and Falcon are placed in a steel room. The Cowled Commander appears on a video screen taunting the two heroes. He then releases gas into the room. Much to the Falcon's surprise, Captain America digs his hands into the door and pulls it down, revealing again that his strength has been greatly enhanced. The two again engage the super-villains and are victorious this time. They also capture the Cowled Commander, who is revealed to be Sgt. Muldoon. It is also determined that Sharon Carter, Leila Taylor, and Bob Courtney were all captured by the super-villians. However, they are retrieved unharmed.
- Sgt Muldoon/Cowled Commander is captured this issue. He and patrolman Bob Courtney will not be suporting characters in this title in the future. Brian Muldoon will next be seen in Captain America #242.
- Steve Rogers appears to abandon his role as a New York City policeman at this time. Although he does appear in uniform for a brief time in Captain America #232.
- The NYPD Commissioner will not appear again until Captain America #180 and then not again until Captain America #232.
- Captain America helps the Avengers fight Magneto in Avengers #110 and Avengers #111 and the Lion God in Avengers #112 shortly after this story.
- Captain America is kidnapped as his alter ego Steve Rogers. His shield is strapped to his back. He is rendered unconscious and is carried by his two assailants, but neither conspirator notices this huge indestructible disc that is strapped to his body!
Links and References
- The Grand Comics Database: Captain America Vol 1 159