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Essential Series Vol 1 Captain America 1
Essential Series Vol 1 #Captain America 1
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March, 2000
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Appearing in "Captain America"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #59.

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  • Bull (First appearance)
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Synopsis for "Captain America"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #59.

Alone on monitor duty at Avengers Mansion, Captain America dismisses Jarvis the butler for the night so he can spend a quiet evening reminiscing over a scrapbook of World War 2 photos. However, Jarvis is abducted by thugs who are employed by a criminal named Bull. Bull has learned that Captain America is the only Avenger at the mansion, and he plans to break in and steal the mansion's many devices and secrets.

Leading an army of thugs with advanced weaponry, Bull and his cohorts attack Captain America, believing that he will make an easy target, since he has no super powers. Interrupted from his reminiscence (and mourning the loss of his World War 2 partner, Bucky) Cap easily makes short work of Bull and his men and turns them over to police.

Appearing in "The Army of Assassins Strikes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #60.

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Synopsis for "The Army of Assassins Strikes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #60.
Quote1 Go now, my army of assassins! You must not fail, or else you shall uncur the wrath of--Zemo! Quote2
--Baron Zemo

In South America, Baron Zemo has his newly gathered Army of Assassins fight a fake Captain America for one final test before sending them to battle against the real one.

While in the United States, Captain America and Rick Jones are on site for Cap to put on a private exhibition of Cap's athletic prowess to encourage young people to be physically fit. Although they planned a mock battle, the actors helping Cap have been replaced by the Baron's Army of Assassins who attack Cap.

With the help of Rick Jones, Cap manages to fight off the Army of Assassins. Later, Baron Zemo checks in with his video screen to see if his Assassin's have defeated Cap. But as soon as he turns his TV on, he sees Cap telling Zemo that Zemo has failed and that he's a coward for not battling him face-to-face. Angered by Cap's taunts, Zemo blasts the screen. With the Assassins taken away by the authorities, Cap vows to Rick that he will someday stop Baron Zemo.

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Appearing in "The Strength of the Sumo!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #61.

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  • a MIG (a Soviet plane)

Synopsis for "The Strength of the Sumo!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #61.

Captain America travels to Vietnam and launches a lone attack on an army of Viet Cong troops. After fighting armed guards to a standstill, Captain America tells the commanding officer that he is seeking to barter for the release of a captured American helicopter pilot.

After fighting off the major's two best men, Captain America is taken into the city, where he is reunited with the pilot, Jim Baker, whose brother helped Cap at an E.T.O. back in WWII. But this turns out to be a bit of a trap, as the major summons his general, a giant by the name of Sumo who matches his strength against Captain America.

After a quick battle, Captain America defeats Sumo and he and Jim escape the palace and steal a plane to fly back to the United States.

Appearing in "Break-Out in Cell Block 10!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #62.

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Synopsis for "Break-Out in Cell Block 10!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #62.
Quote1 Take it easy with that gun, fella! If you stole it from the weapons room, it's government property! You're wasting the taxpayer's bullets! Quote2
--Captain America

Putting on a demonstration of his acrobatic abilities for the warden of a prison, Captain America soon finds out that it's all a trap and that the warden and his staff have actually been locked up in cell block 10 and the inmates have taken their place. Stealing Captain America's shield and locking him up with the warden, Captain America breaks out of his cell and fights off the prisoners who are trying to use it to open the magnetically sealed front gate of the prison.

Defeating the break-outs leader, Cap takes back his shield and the warden and his guards take back control of the prison. Later Captain America explains that the crooks were probably trying to use his shield to open the door because it once had magnetic devices built into it they figured might be able to open the door, but that these devices he had recently removed them from his shield. Asking what the code word to open the door was, he's told "Captain America."

Appearing in "The Origin of Captain America!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #63.

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Synopsis for "The Origin of Captain America!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #63.

This story is a retelling of Captain America's origins. In the 1940's young Steve Rogers who was rejected from joining the military because of his frail body. However he is chosen for a top secret project to create the perfect soldier. Given a formula by Dr. Erskine his body is transformed into one of peak efficiency. After Steve Rogers is transformed however, Erskine is killed by a Nazi spy, who in turn is killed by Rogers. Erskine's secret formula would die with him, however Steve Rogers would become Captain America.

The tale would gloss over how Captain America would bust up Nazi spy rings as Captain America, but in his civilian guise he'd pretend to be a bumbling soldier under the command of Sergeant Duffy, and the mentor for his units mascot Bucky Barnes.

Bucky would one night stumble upon Steve changing into Captain America and would convince him to join him in combat as his sidekick, Bucky. Their first mission together would be to break up some Nazi's sneaking into the country and using their own explosives to destroy the submarine they arrived in.

Appearing in "Among Us, Wreckers Dwell!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #64.

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  • Sando (Last appearance)
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Synopsis for "Among Us, Wreckers Dwell!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #64.

The combo of Omar and Sando have become a popular stage performance, with their ability to not only predict the future, but have it appear in a crystal ball. During a recent show, they predict that an envoy of US tanks would be destroyed, a prediction that apparently comes true.

This catches that attention of Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes who decide to investigate the show further by sneaking back stage. Finding that their refusal to speak to the press curious, they notice that one female reporter manages to sneak into Sando and Omar's dressing room.

Changing into Captain America and Bucky in order to snoop further, they find that all the images are sent to the crystal ball come from a projection booth, realizing the show is a hoax, Cap and Bucky attack Sando and Omar and soon find themselves fighting Nazi spies as well and having to protect the female reporter.

Defeating them all, and learning that Omar was a helpless victim being used by Sando, Captain America also learns that the woman in peril wasn't a reporter at all but a government agent known only as Agent 13. With the enemy agents all rounded up, Captain America and Bucky resume their civilian guises and return back to base.

Appearing in "The Red Skull Strikes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #65.

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Synopsis for "The Red Skull Strikes!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #65.

One day Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes had dropped off Major Croy, an important officer in the US Army, who sends them back to base even after words of caution from Steve. That night, Croy is attacked by the Red Skull who uses a special gas on him that will make him lose his memory for months.

Investigating the scene of the crime, Rogers and Barnes leave the scene and change into Captain America and Bucky and begin tracking the Major's attacker. Bucky finds himself captured and taken to the Red Skull, however Cap manages to track them down and fight them off until they retreat.

The next morning back in his civilian guise, Steve witnesses the arrival of General Curtis with Mr. Maxon of the Maxon airplane corporation to view the test flight of a new plane. When the plane suddenly crashes, Maxon only cares about the plane and not the pilots lives that were lost in the crash, which arouses Rogers suspicion of him. Figuring that Curtis is next on the Red Skulls list, Captain America and Bucky go to Curtis' home to find the Red Skull there trying to knock out the house keeper. Fighting the Skull, they manage to unmask him and reveal him to be Maxon. Maxon manages to escape, but he leaves his hit list behind, revealing that Captain America and Bucky were next on his list.

Appearing in "The Fantastic Origin of the Red Skull!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #66.

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  • The Red Skull (1st Silver Age Appearance of the Real Red Skull)

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Synopsis for "The Fantastic Origin of the Red Skull!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #66.

Captured while attempting to sneak into Nazi Germany, Captain America is now the prisoner of his mortal enemy, the evil Red Skull. Reviving Cap, the two talk about how the man named Maxon whom Cap fought last month wasn't really the Red Skull but an impostor.

With this fact cleared up, the Red Skull decides to tell Captain America his life's story:
The young boy who would one day become the Red Skull was an orphan who lived on the streets and had to steal to survive. Finding himself in and out of jail and working as cheap labour, this young man would grow up full of hatred for others. During the rise of the Nazi party to power, the young boy was a bell hop for a hotel. One night, the young bell hop happened to have the opportunity to wait on Adolf Hitler, who was staying there. Realizing the boy's hatred and potential, Hitler took the boy under his wing and trained him to be his greatest soldier, eventually earning the costume and title of the Red Skull. A figure, that even Adolf Hitler would come to fear.

The Skulls story is interrupted when Cap tries to escape, however, the Red Skull easily knocks him down and continues his story.

From there he spoke of how during the early days of the war, he had managed to spread destruction and terror wherever he went. Slowly eliminating all who's ranks were above him until he was second only to Hitler himself.

Finishing his story, the Skull is attacked again by Cap, but suddenly a drug that was administered to him kicks in and Cap passes out. Joined by a Nazi doctor, it is revealed that Cap was given a drug that made his mind a clean slate ready for brain washing. Conditioning him to believe in the Nazi ideal, Captain America is ordered by the Red Skull to seek out and murder the supreme commander of the Allied armies. This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Lest Tyranny Triumph!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #67.

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Synopsis for "Lest Tyranny Triumph!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #67.

Last issue, Captain America was captured by the Red Skull and brainwashed into going to assassinate the Allies' top military leader. Cap leads an army of Nazi soldiers on a training routine before going on their mission.

Meanwhile, Bucky, who was also captured by the Nazi's is about to be executed by a Nazi firing squad, however their guns weren't loaded and it was all a cruel joke, leaving them to wonder when they will really be executed. However, this never happens, as Bucky leads a rebellion which allows the prisoners and himself to get free. Bucky then begins searching around the Nazi base to find Cap.

Elsewhere, the Red Skull has brought Captain America to Hitler to show him that Cap is now fully under his control. Convinced, Hitler then orders an attack on London. Learning of the Nazi's plot, Bucky knocks out a Nazi soldier and takes his place on the plane. Landing in London which is in the midst of an air strike, the Nazi soldiers parachute onto British soil. There, Bucky tries to talk sense into Cap, however, he is taken down by a bunch of Nazi soldiers while Cap is ushered onward. Bucky manages to fight them off and chase after Cap.

Meanwhile, Cap and the Nazi troops make their way the Allied commander's office where Cap pulls a gun to shoot the commander, but pauses. One of the Nazi soldiers then has to force Cap to pull the trigger... This story is continued next issue.

Appearing in "The Sentinel and the Spy!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #68.

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  • Bucky
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Synopsis for "The Sentinel and the Spy!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #68.

Last issue, Captain America -- brainwashed by the Red Skull -- had fought his way to the office of the leader of the Allied forces to assassinate him. However, Cap manages to snap out of his brainwashing before firing the fatal shot, saving the commanders life. With the help of Bucky, Cap manages to defeat the Nazi soldiers before the Allied forces can round them all up.

Word gets back to the Red Skull who has one of his operatives that is in a POW camp initiate a new plan against the Allies. The plan, dubbed "Project Vanish" was implemented by the Skull himself.

At this camp, the chosen soldier orchestrates events so that he is a lone prisoner taken under the care of an army troop for relocation (coincidentally the same troupe that Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes are a part of.) Using hidden gas canisters to escape, the Nazi flees into the woods and finds the cabin which contains the secret weapon that is part of Project Vanish, a disintegration ray.

Attacking the army patrol, Steve Rogers is forced to change into Captain America and battle the foe. However, during the battle the Nazi turns the weapon to full power, causing it to overload and explode injuring both of them. Bucky arrives on the scene and changes Cap back into uniform before Sergeant Duffy can arrive on the scene to have them taken away by medics.

Appearing in "Midnight in Greymoor Castle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #69.

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Synopsis for "Midnight in Greymoor Castle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #69.

In a laboratory inside Greymoore Castle, the bitter Dr. Rawlings has been hired by the Nazis to construct a device which would shrink Captain America and his partner Bucky down to microscopic size. Having shown his Nazi employers the success of his invention by testing it on dummies of the two heroes, the Nazi's are pleased. Chastised by his sister for helping out the enemy, the doctor reveals that the reason why he has decided to work for the Nazis is for revenge on the world over the loss of his hand, and the opportunities that passed him by because of his loss of limb.

Elsewhere in Britain, Sgt. Duffy's US military force is stationed and preparing for operations against Nazi opposition on British soil. Among the troop are Steve (Captain America) Rogers and Bucky Barnes. While Steve is on a mission in his civilian guise, their base is attacked by the Nazis, prompting Bucky to change into his costumed guise, however he is captured in combat, and taken to Dr. Rawling's castle.

Elsewhere, Steve's unit is attempting to occupy Nazi-occupied France, and Steve stumbles upon a communications from the Nazis informing the Red Skull that they had captured Bucky and transported him to Greymoore Castle for "disposal". Changing into Captain America, Steve races back to Britain, stealing a lift aboard a Nazi fighter plane. As he races to Greymoore Castle, Rawlings prepares to bathe Bucky in the Z-Ray experiment, ignoring his sister's warnings that the Nazis will eventually betray him.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "If This Be Treason!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #70.

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Synopsis for "If This Be Treason!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #70.
Quote1 Sorry, Katzenjammers! I hate to be shot at! This costume gets awfully drafty with holes in it! Quote2
--Captain America

Continued from last issue... In order to save Bucky from Dr. Rawlings who is about to experiment on the young ward in Greymoore Castle in England, Captain America is forced to steal a Nazi fighter plane to fly from France to Britain and avoid being shot down by his fellow Allies.

Meanwhile, the Nazis return to Greymoore Castle and soon betray Dr. Rawlings in order to use Bucky as bait to kill Captain America. When Cap finally arrives at the castle, the trap is spoiled by Rawlings' sister Celia, who warns Cap. The star spangled hero then battles an army of Nazis wearing medieval armor. Although he gains the upper hand, he and the hostages are knocked out by gas.

While in France, the US army is forced to fall back on their position against the Nazis, when Steve Rogers is unaccounted for Sgt. Duffy believes that Rogers has deserted his post.

While back in England, the Nazis unveil their plot, to launch a V-2 Rocket on British soil in an attempt to destroy the city of London.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "... When You Lie Down With Dogs...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #71.

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Synopsis for "... When You Lie Down With Dogs...!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #71.
Quote1 In a war, Bucky, many people suffer! It isn't necessary to be in the armed forces..to be a casualty! Quote2
--Captain America

Continued from last issue... Captain America, Bucky, Celia & Dr. Rawlings are prisoners of an army of Nazis that are planning to launch a V-2 rocket on British soil from within Greymoore Castle, targeted at London in hopes of destroying the Allies leader.


Being taken to their cells, Captain America and Bucky manage to break free and rescue Celia. The three go to rescue her brother, Dr. Rawlings, who helped the Nazis and now has become their prisoner as well because he had served their purpose. However, in freeing Rawlings, his sister inhales a lethal dose of gas and dies.


When stopping the Nazi leader from launching the rocket, Rawlings sacrifices his life to stop the Nazis, and Greymoore Castle is destroyed as well. Meanwhile back in France, the attack on Nazi forces there were turned back by Sgt. Duffy's squad, even though they believed that Steve Rogers had deserted them.

Appearing in "The Sleeper Shall Awake!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #72.

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Synopsis for "The Sleeper Shall Awake!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #72.

Captain America has just finished telling his fellow Avengers (Quicksilver, Hawkeye, and the Scarlet Witch) of his World War 2 adventure in Greymoore Castle, tieing up all the loose ends of that tale for them before retiring for the night.

That evening, Cap's memories drift back to World War 2 and to his final battle against the Red Skull where the Skull had supposedly died in an cave in of his secret bunker, but not before warning Cap about "Der Tag" (German for "the day"): A date 20 years after the wars end where three Nazi sleeper agents would be awaken to start the Third Reicht once more.

Realizing that he thought of this because this date is actually coming to pass, Cap recalls a metal box he took from the Red Skull during that battle. Recovering it, he finds inside a list naming the three Nazi sleeper agents.

In Gortmund, where the first of these sleepers are supposed to be, Von Kimmer has hired men to release the first of three Sleeper robots from an artificial boulder covering a hole in the hill. After the rush of air activates the Sleeper, it begins smashing it's way across the Bavarian country side. Captain America arrives just in time to see the robot smash through a village.

Attempting to stop the giant robot, Cap soon finds his weapons and skill have no effect on the giant robot. Cap ends up following the robot, while elsewhere in the town of Telbeck, the second agent, Erica Wolfmann, is arranging to have the second Sleeper robot reactivated. This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Where Walks the Sleeper!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #73.

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  • a motorcycle

Synopsis for "Where Walks the Sleeper!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #73.
Continued from last issue...
Tales of Suspense Vol 1 73 021
While Captain America follows the first of three Sleeper robots awoken by Nazi sleeper Agents, the second one (a giant manta-shaped flying machine) is awoken in the town of Telbeck by the second sleeper agent, who is killed in the explosion that frees the second Sleeper. After trying to stop the second Sleeper, he finds it also is impervious to his attacks. Cap then instead opts to hitch a ride on the flying machine as it combines with the first Sleeper robot and flies off to meet the third and final Sleeper.

As Captain America is forced to jump off the flying combination of the first and second sleeper due to an attack by NATO aircraft, the third sleeper agent secures the device needed to awake the third and final Sleeper robot.

Appearing in "The Final Sleep"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #74.

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  • NATO
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Synopsis for "The Final Sleep"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #74.
Quote1 You! Did you blow your stack, man? If you wanted to see me, why didn't you say so? Quote2
--General Logan

Continued from last issue... Captain America has been attempting to stop two Sleeper robots from reaching a third Sleeper that has just been activated. Along the way he was forced to jump off the flying Sleepers when they came under the attack by NATO air planes.

At the NATO base, Cap explains his situation and is released by General Logan, and Cap begins working with NATO to try and find a way to destroy the robots. Meanwhile, the Sleepers have found their third counterpart: a giant head in the shape of the Red Skull.

With this final device, it plots a course to the North Pole where it is programmed to fire a blast deep into the planets core and cause the entire Earth to explode. Being flown to the spot, Cap is dropped down on the third Sleeper with a flame thrower which he uses to damage the device causing it to crash into the ocean and explode, saving the world from destruction.

Appearing in "30 Minutes to Live!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #75.

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  • Unamed navy ship

Synopsis for "30 Minutes to Live!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #75.

Continued from last issue... Captain America has successfully destroyed the three Sleeper robots reactivated by Nazi sleeper agents. As Cap plummets into the ocean, in New York City, a secret group plots to get a highly explosive chemical called "Inferno 42" which is in the possession of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Meanwhile, Cap is rescued by some Navy men and is brought back home, where he reflects on his past and laments over the loss of his partner Bucky, and how out of time he feels after being in suspended animation for so long. Assuming his civilian guise he spots a woman whom he seems to recall from his World War 2 days. While trying to figure if it's really the mysterious woman from his past or not, he notices somebody bumping into her and doing a switch with the package she is carrying for an identical one.

Cap soon finds himself caught up in the middle of the S.H.I.E.L.D. plan to secretly transport Inferno 42 through New York City, and his interference has alerted the evil scientists hired man: Batroc the Leaper, onto the switch up. However, while clashing with Captain America when trying to get the woman's package, the two accidentally crack the canister causing the Inferno 42 inside to become active. The woman however manages to make her escape while the two men fight it out.

Informing Cap that the device could destroy all of New York, the two race after her to get it back.. This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Gladiator, The Girl, and The Glory!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #76.

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Synopsis for "The Gladiator, The Girl, and The Glory!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #76.
Quote1 But, you're not threatening a helpless girl now, Batroc!! I've battled men with all sorts of powers in my time--Next to some of them, you're just a joke! But--I'm not laughing! Quote2
--Captain America

Continued from last issue... Captain America has got himself involved in the a SHIELD operation to exchange the volatile chemical Inferno 42 which has gotten him into conflict with Batroc the Leaper, who seeks to obtain the chemical for his employers. During their combat, they've accidentally exposed the chemical to the air causing it to become active, and the female SHIELD agent (who resembles somebody from Cap's past) has run off with it, unaware that it will soon explode with enough force to destroy all of New York City.

During her escape, the girl is soon weakened from exposure to Inferno 42, and Batroc and Cap manage to catch up to her. Batroc and Cap fight it out over possession of the chemical, and Batroc manages to obtain it himself. However when he brings it back to his employers who encase the cylinder in a container that would make it dormant again, Cap arrives and battles Batroc to the point where Batroc and his employers make a grand escape.

Rushing back to the girl, he finds that she is being carried away in an ambulance for treatment, where she tells Cap that their mission was a success because while Cap and Batroc were fighting, she managed to switch the cylinder of Inferno 42 with a fake.

Appearing in "If a Hostage Should Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #77.

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Synopsis for "If a Hostage Should Die!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #77.

While watching a documentary of his aid in liberating Nazi occupied France in World War 2, some of the footage causes Cap to think about the mysterious woman whom he had loved back then.

Recalling back to his time in Nazi occupied France, Captain America was battling Nazis when he met the girl as she was leading a band of French resistance fighters.

Having to part on their separate missions, the girl and her resistance fighters get captured by the Nazis, something that Cap finds out while fighting a different battle and rushes to her aid. There, he is told he was too late to save her, and single handedly defeats the Nazis in the camp. When victorious, it becomes apparent that Captain America helped free France from Nazi control and is carried off by the victors as a hero, even though he is trying to break away to search for the girl, little knowing that she is watching the whole spectacle. Unfortunately, the shell blast made her lose her memory so she walks off into the shadows.

Finishing his recollection, Cap laments over the fact that he never learned the true fate of his mysterious blond romance.

Appearing in "THEM!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #78.

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Synopsis for "THEM!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #78.

Captain America's training in the Avengers Mansion is interrupted by the arrival of Nick Fury, of SHIELD. Fury has arrived to show Cap a miniaturized brain that SHIELD had taken from enemies, the organization known as "Them". As Fury briefs Captain America on the possibility that Them would be be able to create an artificial man, they are attacked by just such a creature when it phases through the wall of Avengers Mansion.

Battling the artificial man, they find that it utilizes different chemicals as weapons and work together to defeat it when Fury is able to drop a knock out drop down the artificial man's mouth causing it to pass out. However, before they can do anything else, the artificial man then self destructs, leaving no evidence behind.

After the encounter, Captain America explains that he'd been trying to contact Fury for some time to join up SHIELD, but decides against making his offer again because he has made a commitment to the Avengers. Fury, however leaves Captain America a SHIELD A-1 priority card should he ever need SHIELD's help in a future mission.

Appearing in "The Red Skull Lives!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #79.

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  • New York City
    • unamed power station
    • a psychiatrist's office
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Synopsis for "The Red Skull Lives!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #79.

One day Captain America sees a group of costumed soldiers on the street of New York and tries to stop them from getting away. Unfortunately for Cap, nobody sees them but himself and they manage to get away leaving the crowd to think that Cap has gone crazy. This is far from the truth, as it turns out that they are operatives of the Red Skull who were using a hypnotic device that makes them appear invisible to everyone but Captain America, in an attempt to turn the public against Cap.

The Red Skull recalls how he and his men were put in suspended animation by a gas that leaked into their bunker as it was destroyed during the final days of World War 2 and how they would later be revived by the scientists of AIM (formally known as "Them") and that they plan to continue their attacks to make the public distrust Cap, and to make Cap question his own sanity.

Meanwhile, Captain America has sought out the help of a psychiatrist when he is attacked once again by the Skull's men, whom the doctor does not see, and blames Cap for going berserk in his office. While the Skull sends his men on yet another mission, the scientists of AIM have just finished constructing a device called the Cosmic Cube for the Red Skull.

When the Skulls men attack Captain America again, they find him ready for them and he overpowers them, and surprisingly the public can see his attackers. When Cap finds out that his arch-nemesis has returned, he reveals that he caught onto their use of a hypnotic device and used a invention of SHEILD to jam it from being used. With the Skulls goons defeated, Cap vows to stop the Red Skull.. This story is continued next issue.

Appearing in "He Who Holds the Cosmic Cube!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #80.

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  • AIM deserter
  • Keeper of the Cosmic Cube

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Synopsis for "He Who Holds the Cosmic Cube!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #80.
Quote1 The way he ignores me--as though he is beyond any harm!! And, no wonder! With that cube in his hand, he only to think of something--and it happens! He's no longer merely a dangerous foe--to all intents and purposes, the man who is slowly turning towards me now has become--invincible!! Quote2
--Captain America

Seeing an airplane explode and it's escape capsule crash into New York harbor, Captain America springs to the rescue to find that the pilot is a member of AIM. On the brink of death, the agent tells Captain America that they had created the Cosmic Cube, and that they were betrayed by the Red Skull.

Meanwhile, we find that the Skull has begun taking control of various key members of AIM with neural devices in order to obtain the Cosmic Cube for his own use. Tracking the Skull to AIM's island base, Cap arrives to late too stop the AIM agent under the Skulls control from handing the Cube over to his arch-foe and granting him the power to change reality.

Appearing in "The Red Skull Supreme!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #81.

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Synopsis for "The Red Skull Supreme!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #81.

Continued from last issue... The Red Skull now has in his possession the Cosmic Cube, a device created by AIM that would allow it's user to shape reality to their whims, and the only person to stop the Skull from using it is his arch nemesis Captain America.

Cap's first attack is easily defended, and the Skull tells Cap how after he destroys his old foe he will use the cube to make the entire human race his slave and then root out the weak in order to create an army of the strongest people on the planet to launch war against the rest of the universe.

The Skull then creates a humanoid out of the islands very soil and sets it to attack Captain America until he grows tired and sends the creature into limbo. When he is about to do the same thing to Captain America himself, Cap tricks the Skull into sparing him by convincing him that the greatest victory would have his greatest foe, humbled and subservient to nobody but the Skull.

Finding this idea appealing, the Skull accepts and then creates himself a suit of knightly armor to match his perceived destiny to be king of the world. When "knighting" Captain America, Cap uses it as the perfect opportunity to catch the Skull off guard and knock the cube out of his grasp. During their fight to get the cube back the Skull uses it to try and destroy Cap by tearing the island apart. However in the scuffle Cap manages to knock the cube out of Skull's hand making it lost at sea and the Skull falls in right after it, the weight of his armor dragging him to the ocean floor. Cap survives the experience, presuming that the Skull had died, as for the cube, it is lost at the bottom of the sea.

Appearing in "The Maddening Mystery of the Inconceivable Adaptoid!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #82.

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Synopsis for "The Maddening Mystery of the Inconceivable Adaptoid!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #82.
Quote1 There's nothing like inaction to sap a fighting man's energy! It's probably just boredom, but I'm actually feeling tired! I hope it isn't my age finally catching up with me! I couldn't bear having to retire! Quote2
--Captain America

One night while alone in Avengers Mansion, Captain America is once again reminiscing about his past during World War 2 when he is briefly visited by Jarvis. Deciding to check on the ready room one more time, he is suddenly attacked by his old World War 2 foe, Agent Axis, who vanishes as suddenly as he appears.

When checking the monitor room he is soon interrupted by a communication from yet another old World War 2 foe: Fang the Warlord. Fearing that he may be losing his mind, he soon finds himself living a vivid fantasy where he and his late partner Bucky are in a car fleeing the Nazi's the two fight off their attackers before Cap realizes this is yet another strange hallucination.

Next he sees what he believes to be Sgt. Duffy and a troops on a hike, and soon grows faint to be helped who appear to be Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. When Cap asks what they are doing in New York when last he heard they were in Europe trying to get their lost powers back, it turns out that it was really Jarvis he was talking to.

Elsewhere, a group of SHIELD agents have uncovered an AIM facility where they find Count Royal, an AIM operative who has released something that they learn is called an "Adaptoid."
Back at Avengers Mansion as Jarvis places the unconscious Captain America in his bed, Jarvis soon also suddenly transforms into the Adaptoid, which then takes on the shape of Captain America, and takes Cap's shield. This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Enter... The Tumbler!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #83.

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Synopsis for "Enter... The Tumbler!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #83.
Quote1 Being an adaptoid, I am virtually indestructible...and time has no meaning to me! With each new experience, I gain knowledge...skill...I become more powerful than before! So long as I exist, I cannot forsake my mission! Captain America must die! And, with the new knowledge I have gained...the task will be easier for me! Already, a new, foolproof plan has formed within my thinking circuits! A plan which cannot fail to destroy Captain America! Quote2
--Adaptoid

Continued from last issue... Having taken the form of Captain America, the Adaptoid is startled by the sudden appearance made by the Tumbler, a crook who has studied acrobatics in the hopes of earning a reputation by defeating Captain America. While the Adaptoid battles the Tumbler (doing poorly, because while he has Cap's abilities he doesn't have Cap's experience) the real Captain America manages to get loose and defeat the Tumbler, and tie both his doppelganger and the intruder and calls the police. After turning the Tumbler over to the police, Jarvis helps Captain America take the bound Adaptoid to Goliath's lab until the other Avengers return. Left alone in the lab the Adaptoid resumes it's original form and plots it's escape... This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Super-Adaptoid!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #84.

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Synopsis for "The Super-Adaptoid!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #84.
Quote1 It is done! They did not suspect that I was adapting their powers as they stood before me! Using the photographic ability built into my eyes, I have made a permanent record of what I must do! My plan is now complete...and ready for execution! With the other Avengers gone, Captain America is now as good as slain! Quote2
--Super-Adaptoid

Continuing from last issue, Captain America had defeated the Adaptoid and has just briefed the other Avengers who have just returned from a mission. Goliath tells Cap that he'll examine the Adaptoid after he comes back later in the day, and the other Avengers all leave Cap in charge to watch the Adaptoid, little knowing that the whole time they were in its presence it was adapting all their forms.

Adopting a form that is an amalgamation of all the Avengers forms, the Adaptoid frees itself and resumes its mission to destroy Captain America. It's attack on the Captain soon overwhelms the star spangled hero, and the Super-Adaptoid then carries Captain America into the air in order to drop him to his death. After some resistance, Cap is unable to stop the android who drops him from a dangerous height into New York Harbor.

Thinking Captain America is dead, the Super-Adaptoid returns to its masters, however Cap has just barely survived his encounter thanks to the fact that he controlled his fall into the water.

Appearing in "The Blitzkrieg of Batroc!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #85.

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Synopsis for "The Blitzkrieg of Batroc!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #85.

Receiving a cryptic message that the mysterious SHIELD Agent 13 (who resembles a woman from Cap's past) has been kidnapped, Captain America soon finds himself in a rematch battle against Batroc the Leaper who has been hired by Hydra to destroy the star spangled avenger.

However, when Hydra attempts to shoot Captain America when he's distracted defending himself from Batroc, Batroc is offended that they would choose such a cowardly way to defeat an opponent. Batroc then helps Cap defeat the Hydra agents and free Agent 13. Afterwards, Batroc takes his leave telling Cap that they will have another chance to have a fair rematch sometime in the future.

Appearing in "The Secret!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #86.

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  • Officers' section, building 19, room 7

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  • Yashonka guards
  • Yashonka human-operated giant robot
  • Beeper dogs
  • General Li Chou (First appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Secret!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #86.
Quote1 At the last moment--when it counted the most--I found--my courage--! And now-- the fate of the world--may rest--upon the shoulders of--Captain America--! Quote2
--Agent 60's final words

On a mission to rendezvous with Agent-60, a double agent working in a secret lab of a Communist country, Captain America has come to find and destroy the plans for the Z-Ray. Tipping off security, Captain America has to convince Agent-60, who is afraid to get caught, to be brave. During the combat, Agent-60 sacrifices his life trying defend Captain America, and Cap manages to destroy the Communists Z-Ray weapon before they can use it against the US.

Appearing in "Wanted: Captain America!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #87.

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  • Sub-car

Synopsis for "Wanted: Captain America!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #87.

A crook named the Peerless Planner begins a series of heists in a Captain America costume in order to not only turn public opinion against Cap, but also pressure him into coming after the Planner in the hopes that the Planner can defeat Captain America and steal his shield, which the Planner still believes has a number of devices built into it.

Sure enough, after committing enough heists, Captain America comes out of hiding and tracks down the Planner, chasing him to his base, beating his thugs, and the Planner himself. After revealing that he removed the special devices from his shield a long time ago, Captain America knocks out the Planner and turns him over to the police, clearing his name.

Appearing in "If Bucky Lives...!""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #88.

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Synopsis for "If Bucky Lives...!""

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #88.

At Avengers Mansion, Captain America receives a distress call from somebody who appears to be Bucky, telling Cap that he's a prisoner on Sea Gull Isle. As Cap races to the rescue, little does he know that the owner of the high tech base there has just recruited the Swordsman and Power Man to face off against Captain America upon his arrival.

Arriving there, Captain America must then face off against both costumed villains in order to save Bucky's life. Easily defeating them, Captain America next finds himself trapped in an indestructible transparent bubble. Now a helpless prisoner, the Swordsman and Powerman's employer reveals himself to Captain America... This story is continued next issue..

Appearing in "Back From the Dead!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #89.

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Synopsis for "Back From the Dead!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #89.
Quote1 And now, farewell! Mine is the last face you shall ever see--my voice is the last you shall ever hear! Quote2
--Red Skull

Last issue, Captain America answered a distress call to Sea Gull Isle from somebody who appeared to be his old partner Bucky, after fighting the Swordsman and Powerman he was revealed who had hired them: The Red Skull.

Shocked over the Skull's apparent resurrection, the Skull explains that during their last encounter, although he lost contact with the Cosmic Cube, and unable to find it at the oceans floor, he willed it to provide him with enough oxygen to get out of his armor and swim to the surface, where he then went to Sea Gull Isle, which was a secret Nazi hideout built by Hitler during the war.

Wanting to savor Cap's destruction, he puts the hero in a arena where he is forced to fight robots and various other traps until he is confronted by Bucky himself. Fighting, Cap easily defeats "Bucky" who turns out to be just a robot created by the Red Skull. Before Cap can do anything, the Red Skull initiates walls that close in, threatening to crush Captain America.

This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "... And Men Shall Call Him Traitor!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #90.

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Synopsis for "... And Men Shall Call Him Traitor!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #90.

Continued from last issue... The Red Skull had used a robotic Bucky in order to bring Captain America into a trap, and has succeeded in trapping him in his base on Sea Gull Isle. When Captain America escapes the final of the Skull's traps, he is ejected from the base, which has now become airborne.

Cap gets back aboard, and fights through the base's many defenses to find that the Red Skull is using it's advanced technology to trap all of New York City in a giant indestructible bubble and ransom it off. When Cap confronts the Red Skull, the Skull offers him only one way to save New York from utter destruction: Serve him for 24 hours.

Captain America reluctantly agrees and soon realizes that when he made that pledge, he did so over a television broadcast all over the United States, the entire country now brands Captain America a traitor. This story is continued next issue....

Appearing in "The Last Defeat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #91.

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Synopsis for "The Last Defeat!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #91.
Quote1 I'm no more a hero than any man who fights for justice, and freedom, and brotherhood! So long as we cherish liberty--so long as the bitter weed of tyranny can never take root upon our shores--then all of us are heroes--and, the dream which is America will long endure! Quote2
--Captain America

Continued from last issue... After pledging allegiance to the Red Skull on national television in order to prevent New York City from being destroyed, Captain America is branded a traitor by his country.

With New York spared, the Red Skull keeps Captain America waiting 23 of the 24 promised hours of servitude before asking him at the last minute to divulge the location of the XPT-1, the newest atomic sub built by the US Navy. When Captain America tells him it's location, the Skull uses a lie-detector device to learn that Cap was telling the truth and then ejects him from the ship, his usefulness at an end.

The Red Skull then uses a hypnotic device to put the crew of the XPT-1 under his control and orders them to surface the submarine. Captain America boards the sub, and tries to warn the crew but finds that they are under the Skulls control and they begin to attack him. Fighting them off and escaping to the ships atomic reactor, Cap increases it's power output so that it blocks the hypnotic rays. The crew, free of the Skull's influence, believe that Cap is trying to sabotage the ship, but stop when his claims that the Red Skull is behind all of is validated when the Skull orders the entire crew to abandon ship.

Cap disguises himself as a Naval officer and the crew (pretending they're still under the Skulls control) abandon ship. When the Skull boards and enters the control room, he is shocked to find they have set the ship to self destruct. The Red Skull is seemingly destroyed in the resulting nuclear explosion and Cap is once more lauded a hero for saving the day.

Appearing in "Before My Eyes, Nick Fury Died!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #92.

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Synopsis for "Before My Eyes, Nick Fury Died!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #92.
Quote1 Someone's gotta invade AIM--single-handed--and save that gal! Know where I can git me a volunteer--Cap? Quote2
--Nick Fury

After returning from a mission with SHIELD, Captain America (in his civilian guise of Steve Rogers) reports back with the Avengers back at Avengers Mansion. While this is happening deep in the ocean aboard a secret AIM submarine, Agent 13 is attempting to prove to the members of AIM that she is loyal to them and that their target will be at a designated barbershop for them to assassinate.

Meanwhile, Steve Rogers is on his way back to Avengers Mansion on foot, lost in his thoughts when he notices an AIM android springing to life and attacking Nick Fury at a nearby barber shop. Fearing the worst, Steve changes into Captain America and stops the android from killing Nick. Defeating it, the creature dissolves leaving no trace behind.

Afterward, Fury scolds Cap for getting involved because the attack on Fury was all part of a SHIELD ruse to get a hold of one of AIM's robots. Now fearing that Agent 13's cover has been blown, Fury tells Cap that somebody is going to have to free her from AIM's clutches... This story is continued next issue.

Appearing in "Into the Jaws of... A.I.M.!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #93.

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Synopsis for "Into the Jaws of... A.I.M.!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #93.

Continued from last issue... Because he blew a covert SHIELD Operation, Captain America must now travel to a secret AIM submarine in the ocean in order to save Agent 13, who was posing as a double agent attempting to earn the trust of AIM. However, he is detected and easily captured. When he is revived, Agent 13 manages to trick the AIM soldiers to let her give him one last kiss before executing him, and she uses a device to free him instead. Fighting off the AIM soldiers the two rush to find Captain America's shield, which AIM has stolen to find out it's composition. AIM's mysterious leader, Modok, orders the two champions to be killed after they managed to get Cap's shield back. During the fight, Captain America is hit from behind from a paralyzer ray, and so Agent-13 allows herself to be captured telling them that SHIELD knows about Modok. AIM then sends Agent-13 down to Modok, while they find Captain America's immobilized body and prepare to execute him.. This story is continued next issue.

Appearing in "If This Be... Modok!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #94.

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Synopsis for "If This Be... Modok!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #94.

Continued from last issue.. While attempting to save Agent-13 from AIM, Captain America has been hit with a paralyzer ray, and while Agent-13 is being brought to AIM's leader, the mysterious Modok, Captain America is about to be executed. However, the execution is stopped under orders of Modok who demands Captain America be brought to him as well.

Now, free from paralysis and face to face with Modok -- a being with a giant head on a powerful hover chair -- Captain America finds himself in a battle against this being who can fire powerful mind bolts. While Modok and Captain America battle it out, AIM takes this as an opportunity to destroy Modok and free themselves from his slavery. Preparing an escape craft, a group of AIM soldiers then travel to Modok's control room and fire upon their leader. Believing him to be dead they then try to kill Captain America and Agent-13 who easily defeat them.

Cap and Agent-13 then force themselves on board the escape sub just as Modok -- with his last ounce of strength -- uses his mental powers to set off a detonator which causes the entire base to explode. Just managing to escape, Captain America forces the AIM soldiers to surrender and turn themselves over to SHIELD.

Appearing in "A Time to Die -- A Time to Live!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #95.

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Synopsis for "A Time to Die -- A Time to Live!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #95.
Quote1 I had to drop in, Gunner! Didn't want to leave without saying goodbye! I've fought rats like you all my life--but, in a way, you're the most important of all! Because this'll be a swan song--for both of us! You're finished, Gunner! And so am I! The time has come for Captain America--to finally die--so that Steve Rogers--can begin to live! Quote2
--Captain America talking to Gunner Gates

Captain America has burst in on the hideout of mobster "Gunner" Gates, defeating his goons, Cap makes quick work on them, and proclaims that this is his last mission. Rolling the clock back to earlier in the day, we learn that Agent-13 had called Captain America out on a date in his civilian identity of Steve Rogers. During their date, Steve tries to propose to Agent-13, an offer she declines because her duty to SHIELD. After their date had ended, Steve resolved that his next battle as Captain America would be his last. Returning to the present, we see Captain America defeating "Gunner" Gates, and then proclaiming to the world and the press that he is retiring and revealing his secret identity. At SHIELD headquarters, Nick Fury is sent Captain America's shield, and Agent-13 is upset blaming herself for Cap's retirement. When she explains the situation to Fury, Fury allows her to go to him if she wants. Elsewhere, Tony Stark has gone with Rogers to fit Steve with some suits before bidding him farewell.

Finally his own man, Steve Rogers stops to reflect on the life he lived before one last time... This story is continued next issue.

Appearing in "To Be Reborn!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #96.

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  • Sniper
    • Sniper's employer
  • Bull, a goon

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  • Carnival job
  • Boyfriend
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  • Judo store
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Synopsis for "To Be Reborn!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #96.
Quote1 I realize now...that a man can't ever stop being...something that he was born to be! Quote2
--Steve Rogers

Continued from last issue... Following Captain America's retirement, people all over New York have been dressing up as the hero in hopes of becoming his replacement, additionally he has become a target of every criminal now that his secret identity has become public knowledge.

SHIELD then enacts an intricate plan to not only convince Steve Rogers to become Captain America once more, but in order to stop a sniper from killing Steve Rogers. After the whole episode, Steve agrees to resume his identity of Captain America.

Appearing in "And So it Begins--!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #97.

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Synopsis for "And So it Begins--!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #97.

When answering a call for help, Captain America soon realizes that he has walked into a trap setup by the crime syndicate which is trying to rub him out. After making quick work of the thugs that were hired to eliminated him, Cap reflects that this is the price he must pay to be Captain America.

Meanwhile in Wakanda, the Black Panther finds that one of his outposts has been ambushed and wiped out. He soon finds a group of costumed and armed soldiers prowling the jungles and attacks them. They are quickly able to neutrilize his attack.

Back in the States, Cap is at the local police precinct where he identifies his attackers for the police and is driven home where he thinks about Agent-13, and how she hasn't returned any of his calls. While he thinks about this, Agent-13 has just succeeded in taking the place of female spy Irma Kruhl for a secret mission for Nick Fury.

Back at Avengers Mansion, Cap hears a thump on the roof and goes up to investigate, there he finds a ship that calls him forward. Entering it he finds T'Challa (aka the Black Panther) on the video monitor asking for Cap's aid because the invaders of his land are somehow tied to Captain America. Accepting the call, Cap presses the button to start up the automatic pilot to fly to Wakanda... This story is continued next issue.

Appearing in "The Claws of the Panther!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #98.

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  • Black Panther's Drone Craft

Synopsis for "The Claws of the Panther!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #98.

Continued from last issue... Answering a distress call to come to Wakanda to stop a menace that has ties to Cap's past by the Black Panther, Captain America is aboard a ship en route to the African nation of Wakanda to lend his help, however he is almost shot out of the sky by a ray blast from space. Just managing to make a safe landing, Captain America is approached by the Black Panther and his followers. Not wanting to risk being caught in a trap, Cap attacks the Black Panther and the two fight it out until they realized both are who they truly are.

Meanwhile elsewhere, the mysterious leader of the Wakandan invaders is furious that his scientists failed to kill Captain America with their solar ray. In one final attempt to redeem themselves (or face death) they promise to initiate Plan Red in order to destroy Captain America and the Black Panther. Back with Captain America and the Black Panther, the Panther allows Cap to see the solar ray weapon with a telescopt from space. The two decide to attack the invaders head on, striking the control center which is hidden somewhere in Wakanda. Along the way they attack a group of soldiers, and are knocked out by their stun rays. Elsewhere, Agent-13, disguised as female spy Irma Kruhl, arrives in Wakanda to infiltrate the invaders group, convincing them that she is really Irma and joining their ranks with the intention of bringing them down from the inside.

A short time later, Captain America and Black Panther come around to find themselves alone, however as they charge further into the jungle to get to the base, they run right into the enemies trap, a giant pit which they fall into. They are then cocnfronted by the leader of the invasion: Baron Zemo... This story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Man Who Lived Twice!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #99.

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Synopsis for "The Man Who Lived Twice!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Tales of Suspense #99.

Continued from last issue... Captain America has come to Wakanda to help the Black Panther to liberate his kingdom from invaders who are using a solar ray as a weapon, trapped in a pit they soon find the leader behind it all is apparently Baron Zemo, Cap's old enemy who has long since believed to be dead.

Being pulled out of the pit and held at gun point. When Zemo orders them killed, Cap and Black Panther fight off the soldiers but then are knocked out by hypno missiles and taken back to Zemo's base. Elsewhere Agent 13 (posing as female spy Irma Kruhl) has been admitted to Zemo's secret lair. Inside, Zemo explains to Captain America and Black Panther that he plans to use his solar ray to destroy the United States, and that he is waiting on Irma Kruhl to arrive with the locations of the US nuclear missile bases before making his attack. Cap and the Panther attempt to stop Zemo again but they are beaten back once more.

When Kruhl arrives, Zemo orders her to execute Captain America and Black Panther, leaving Agent-13 stuck with a decision: Does she blow her cover to save the man she loves, or does she kill him in order to save the world?... This story is continued in Captain America #100

Appearing in "This Monster Unmasked!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #100.

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Synopsis for "This Monster Unmasked!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #100.

This issue begins with a recap of Captain America's return as it was originally depicted in Avengers #4 before continuing with the story which we left off in Tales of Suspense #99.

Baron Zemo has ordered Agent 13 (who is posing as female spy Irma Kruhl) to execute Captain America and Black Panther, before they begin using a solar ray to destroy the United States. However, when she fires her first shot it misses, and she convinces Baron Zemo that they can execute the heroes after they use the solar ray against the United States. Taken to the control room, Agent 13 then activates her hidden weapon to destroy the solar ray's controls.

She, Captain America and Black Pather begin fighting their way out of the control room, however when they end up in a hallway surrounded by guards, they escape through a ventilator shaft. In order to stop them, Zemo then activates his robot the Destructon to go after the heroes.

Captain America, Agent 13 and Black Panther fight the robot and eventually Cap manages to stop it by destroying its motor controls. When Zemo and his men arrive, Zemo gets close enough for Captain America to grab him and unmask him. Revealing him not to be Baron Zemo at all, but the pilot of his plane the day that Zemo had died.

Realizing they had been tricked, the stunned troops then shoot the pilot dead. Before they can act any further, Black Panther unmasks himself revealing to them that he is the leader of Wakanda and orders them to surrender to the Wakandan authorities and receive a fair trial for their crimes, the soldiers, with no other choice surrender peacefully.

With all the soldiers rounded up, Agent 13 contacts Nick Fury to inform him that their mission was a success and Fury fires missiles at the solar ray satellite destroying it. Later, Captain America, Agent 13, and Black Panther (the Panther consenting to consider joining the Avengers in Captain America's place) all leave Wakanda to return to the United States.

Appearing in "When Wakes the Sleeper!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #101.

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Synopsis for "When Wakes the Sleeper!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #101.

Recognizing a jeweler as Nazi war criminal Werner Von Krimm, Captain America attacks him, however Nick Fury arrives to stop the fight and lets Krimm go. When the Captain reacts in outrage, Fury explains that he planted a homing device on Von Krimm's ID card because SHIELD has bigger people to catch. Elsewhere, we find that the Red Skull is alive and well and at a secret base in the Florida Keys with a bunch of henchmen seeking to awaken a fourth Sleeper robot, of which Von Krimm has the key to activate. While waiting for Krimm's arrival, Red Skull explains that he survived his last brush with death (aboard a nuclear submarine set to self destruct) by getting out in a miniature escape sub that was built into the model. As Von Krimm flies to the secret island base, he is unaware that he is being followed by Captain America in a SHIELD craft. However security on the island detects Cap and shoots him down. Cap survives the crash and fights his way through the security, only to be pistol whipped from behind and captured. Taken to the Red Skull just as Von Krimm is giving him the special crystal to activate the fourth Sleeper, Cap witnesses the robot awakening: a giant robot that can fire blasts from its face and travel through solid matter, its mission is to walk beneath important US targets and destroy them from underneath. As the Sleeper fights off everything in its path and begins its swath of destruction across the US, Captain America attempts to get the crystal key from the Red Skull. Their fight takes them to a tunnel beneath the surface of the island base, and their fight causes a breach that fills the tunnel with sea water. With the creature destroying key strategic bases in the United States, the military finds itself unable to stop them, and when Agent 13 confronts Nick Fury about Cap's mission, Fury informs her that Cap has died, however Captain America has survived but is unconscious as he floats to the top of the ocean, crystal key in hand... This story is continued next issue.

Appearing in "The Sleeper Strikes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #102.

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Synopsis for "The Sleeper Strikes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #102.

Continued from last issue... Captain America has failed in stopping the Red Skull from awakening a fourth Sleeper robot (which can become intangible and is destroying strategic US locations with its power blasts) but he has succeeded in retrieving the sonic key needed to control the Sleeper. As Cap and Agent 13 try to track the Sleeper on its path of destruction, the Red Skull sends his troops to try and stop the heroes from destroying the robot, an effort which is ended in failure. Captain America and Agent 13 locate the sleeper and with the sonic key manage to coax it above ground where Cap battles it. It's a losing fight because Cap is unable to cause the powerful robot any harm, however Agent 13's powerful feelings for Cap have an effect on the sonic key causing it to shatter and the fourth Sleeper to disintegrate, defeating it once and for all and saving the United States from further destruction at its hands.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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