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Quote1 Now I'm only going to say this once, punks! Put the guns down. Quote2
The Falcon (Sam Wilson)

Appearing in "Mean Streets"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


  • Vermin (First appearance)
  • Thugs

Other Characters:




Synopsis for "Mean Streets"

As Captain America drives through Manhattan late at night in answer to a call from Falcon, a bystander alerts the hero to a taxi driver with a slashed throat. After getting the injured man medical attention, Cap goes to Harlem Community Hospital where Sam and his family are waiting for word on Sam's nephew Jim Wilson, shot while trying to prevent a liquor store robbery. A frustrated Sam storms off angrily, and later, patrolling as the Falcon, rescues a stoned gang member, Raymond Curtis, from some homicidal pursuers. Meanwhile, a robed man attacks Cap, clawing him and sending an army of rats after him. Disrobing to reveal a rat-like visage, the attacker identifies himself as Vermin, and announces his master wants Captain America dead. Following Raymond home, Falcon discovers the boy was Jim's shooter, while Cap beats Vermin unconscious following a particularly savage battle; rage almost drives both heroes over the edge, but they come to their senses in time. The next day, after hearing that Jim will recover, Sam announces that he will take the school board up on their offer to run for congress.


  • This issue contains a letters page: Letters to the Living Legend. Letters are published from David Clare, Stanley Johnston, and David Gordon-MacDonald. The letters page also includes A Memo From... Mark! from new Captain America editor Mark Gruenwald.

See Also

Links and References

  • The Grand Comics Database: Captain America Vol 1 272 [1]