Appearing in "Twilight's Last Gleaming"
- 🢐 Falcon (Samuel Wilson) 🢒
- Jack Flag
- Free Spirit
- Arnie Roth (Death)
- Bernie Rosenthal
- Hiram "Ram" Riddley
- Sharon Carter (Main story and flashback)
- Fabian Stankowicz
- Peggy Carter (Appears on screen)
- Zach Moonhunter
- Edwin Jarvis
- Holly Riddly (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Twilight's Last Gleaming"
Black Crow pays Captain America a visit to inform him of a vision that the Star-Spangled Avenger has only 24 hours left to live as the last of the failing Super Soldier Serum in his system will stop his heart. Having been expecting it for some time, Cap gets his affairs in order the best he can with his final day. Hoping to get one last shot at the Red Skull, he visits Crossbones in prison to see if he's willing to share any information about his former employer. Crossbones is completely uncooperative, which brings Cap to reflect on one more regret on his list -- that he could not convince any of his enemies to reform in the end. Oddly enough, when he returns to Avengers Mansion, it's Batroc the Leaper he ends up spending his last waking hours with. Batroc had come investigating the murderer of his comrade, Machete, and is disappointed to learn that Captain America already took care of it recently. When he finds out his rival is dying, he expresses his sincere condolences and regret, and comes close to convincing Cap that at least one of his rogues was prepared to make a change for the better.
That night, after Captain America has laid down to rest, the Avengers find his empty armor lying on his bed. His body has mysteriously disappeared.
- The case Batroc is pursuing was wrapped up in the previous issue. The reported death of Machete occurred off-panel.
- The circumstances of Captain America's disappearance at the end of the story are explained in Captain America #445.
- This story ends Mark Gruenwald's tenure on this title. He wrote 137 issues of Captain America Vol 1. This story is dedicated to his mother. Mark Gruenwald will continue to serve as editor of this title.
- This issue also is the final work of George Roussos on this title. Roussos was the inker for Captain America's first silver age appearance in Avengers 4 as George Bell). He has since inked issues in Captain America Vol 1. However, the majority of his long work on this title has been as a colourist. Roussos was approaching his 80th birthday when he coloured this issue.
- This issue contains a letters page, "Let's Rap With Cap". Letters are pubished from Harry Simon and a farewell, nostalgic letter from Mark Gruenwald.
- The comic appears in Max's bedroom in the film Kazaam.
Links and References
- The Grand Comics Database: Captain America Vol 1