Appearing in "By the Dawn's Early Light!"
- Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Destruction) (Revealed to be an android)
- Machinesmith (Sam Saxon) (Behind the scenes)
- National Security Council (Mentioned)
- Avengers (Mentioned)
- Bernie Rosenthal (First appearance) (Cameo) (Unnamed)
- Hydra (Mentioned)
- Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Mentioned) (Deceased)
- United States Army (Only in flashback)
- Gen. Chester Phillips (Only in flashback)
- Invaders (Mentioned) (Only in flashback)
- Nazis (Mentioned) (Only in flashback)
- Fifth Columnists (Mentioned) (Only in flashback)
- Walter Rogers (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- Mike Rogers (Mentioned)
- Grant Rogers (Mentioned)
- Elizabeth Rogers (Mentioned)
- Magneto Android (First appearance)
- Iron Man Android (Only appearance)
- Manipulator (Last appearance)
- Thing Android (First appearance)
- Spider-Man Android (Only appearance)
- Dragon Man (Behind the scenes)
Races and Species:
- United States of America (Main story and flashback)
- Pearl Harbor, Pacific Ocean (Mentioned) (Only in flashback)
- Hydra Island, Pacific Ocean (Mentioned)
- Germany, Europe (Mentioned)
- Israel (Mentioned)
- Captain America's Uniform
- Captain America's Shield
- Avengers Identicard
- Captain America's Triangular Shield
- Satan Claw
Synopsis for "By the Dawn's Early Light!"
As Captain America is own his way to meet up with Nick Fury, his alter ego's neighbor Joshua Cooper is trying to give him a letter but there is no answer and instead he goes off to meet someone. Meanwhile, Cap meets up with Dum Dum Dugan who wants to show him something, in order to help him get some answers about his past. At the same time, Fury commences a questioning with Baron Strucker in a maximum security prison but just after Dugan contacts Fury, Strucker manages to escape with an unconscious Fury. Later, Cap and Dugan are at an abandoned storage facility where Dugan presents Cap with a container containing Cap's possessions from the war, including his old journal and his first shield. The journal reveals that his memories about his past life before the Army were actually false, implanted by the Army so that Cap wouldn't reveal anything relevant to the Nazis if he were captured. Cap's real memories start to come back but Strucker crashes into the storage facility, driving Fury's flying car. After a battle with Dugan and Cap against Strucker (with Cap using his original shield and Dugan getting shot in the shoulder), Fury rolls out of the car, which has crashed. Fury throws Cap's current shield to him which Cap uses to defeat Strucker. However, Strucker explodes and it is revealed that he is in fact an android duplicate. Unknown to those present at the explosion, the Machinesmith had made the Strucker android and he is watching the group.
A flashback in this story affects the chronology of the following characters:
- This issue refutes a great deal of Captain America's origin from Steve Gerber's Captain America #225.
- Cover art by Byrne and Rubinstein per signatures on original art.
- Plot by Stern and Byrne, script by Stern.
- This issue contains a letters page, Letters to the Living Legend. Letters are published from Carlos M. Ferdez and Dean Smith.
- As seen on page one, this issue is Story #LF-116.
- The driver of a bus that Captain America rides the roof of is evidently meant to be Ralph Kramden, Jackie Gleason's character on the classic sitcom The Honeymooners. While he is not named in the course of the story, he is drawn in a manner meant to resemble Gleason, and a thought balloon from him declares that his wife Alice won't believe him after meeting the Captain.