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Captain America (Steve Rogers)

Appearing in "The Ringmaster of Death"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #5

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Synopsis for "The Ringmaster of Death"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #5

When a circus comes to town near Camp Lehigh, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes decide to check it out, unaware that it is secretly a Nazi operation and that the Ringmaster has been charged with eliminating various military officials in the area. Using his "Wheel of Death", the Ringmaster sets his sights on General Blaine. When his assistant Tommy Thumb refuses to participate in murdering Blaine, the Ringmaster uses violence to force the dwarf to do as he is ordered. Tommy goes and lets a lion loose from its cage and it mauls Blaine to death. Spotting the danger, Steve Rogers and James change into Captain America and Bucky and subdue the big cat and return it to its cage. Deducing that Blaine's death was not an accident, the pair attempt to capture Tommy Thumb but are stopped by other circus workers. Overhearing them talk of a "ringmaster" in charge they become suspicious of the operation.

Returning to Camp Lehigh in their civilian guises, Steve and James get in trouble with Sgt. Duffy who assigns them to K.P. Duty. The following morning Steve tells what he believes to Betty Ross who decides to take Steve's suspicions to Defense Commissioner Newsome. However, Newsome is the next target on the Ringmaster's list and he sends Omir the Snake Charmer, Zandow the Strongman, and the Trapeze Trio to eliminate him. Newsome is bitten by a cobra and dies from the venom. Witnessing the Circus of Crime escaping from the scene of the murder, Betty Ross is attacked. When Captain America and Bucky attempt to rescue her, they are easily overpowered and the crooks get away with Betty as their prisoner.

Captain America and Bucky soon follow after them to the circus, unaware that the Ringmaster has targeted them for death next. They are confronted by the entire circus staff who attack them head-on. The duo fight their way through the circus staff and rescue Betty from a deadly plunge from the top of the big tent. Chasing after the Ringmaster, Captain America easily beats him into submission. After Betty thanks them for saving her life again, Captain America and Bucky leave when the authorities are on their way.

Appearing in "The Gruesome Secret of the Dragon of Death"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Captain America Comics #5

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Synopsis for "The Gruesome Secret of the Dragon of Death"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Captain America Comics #5

Steve Rogers and James Barnes are assigned to accompany General Haywood on a mission to Honolulu to act as the general's orderly. As they are on their way to the island, natives in the area warn military officials of a supposed giant sea monster that is in the Pacific swallowing up entire ships. Deciding to investigate the claims, the Navy sends out their ship the Winfield to investigate. Sure enough, they come across what appears to be a giant sea monster that swallows up the entire ship. When General Haywood arrives shortly after with Steve Rogers and Bucky, they learn of the disappearance of the Winfield which piques Steve's interest to want to investigate as Captain America.

The sea monster, however, is really a massive submarine built by Imperial Japan called the "Dragon of Death", and its commander Captain Okada has taken Commander Phillips, the commanding officer aboard the Winfield and demands that he provide secrets regarding the Navy's base on Kuona Island which is the site of a dormant volcano. However, when even torture fails to get answers from Phillips, Okada orders his minions to kidnap Phillips's daughter Marie, hoping that her tortured screams will make the tight-lipped Naval officer talk.

Deducing that something suspicious is up, Captain America and Bucky keep an eye on Marie Phillips and witness her being captured by the Japanese soldiers. Following after them, they witness as they are swallowed up by the Dragon of Death. Following inside, they are confronted by, and fight their way through, an army of Japanese soldiers while Marie is brought to the room where her father is being kept. Before Phillips is forced to talk, Captain America makes his way to the control room and announces that he has taken over the vessel. Fearing capture, Okada orders everyone aboard his private submarine and he makes his escape, taking Marie hostage and escaping. Finding Phillips, Captain America learns that Okada plans on detonating explosives on Kuona Island to cause the base to be flooded with lava.

Diving out to sea, Captain America swims after Okada's submarine and fights the his minions as they are setting the explosives. With the ship on a direct course to the island with explosives, they abandon the sub in a boat. Captain America rushes below and saves Marie, ejecting her to safety through a torpedo tube, and then attempts to divert the boat. He succeeds, but the ship explodes. Fearing that Cap has been killed, Bucky uses the weapons aboard the Dragon of Death to sink Okada's escape ship, killing him. Shortly after Marie is pulled aboard the Dragon, Captain America arrives alive and well.

With their civilian identities unaccounted for, Captain America and Bucky jump ship and resume them, only to be told by General Haywood that they would be assigned K.P. Duty following their return to Camp Lehigh due to their "absence".

Appearing in "Mr. Gregory and the Ghost!"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Journey into Mystery #75

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Synopsis for "Mr. Gregory and the Ghost!"

Reprint of the 2nd story from
Journey into Mystery #75

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A homebuilder that uses shoddy materials and unskilled labor gets his comeuppance when he builds a home for himself out of the wood from haunted trees. He tries and fails several times to drive the ghost out of the house, but stubbornly refuses to admit failure. He bankrupts himself when he tries to move the entire house away from the ghost not realizing that the house itself is the ghost.

Appearing in "The Thing from Dimension X!"

Reprint of the 3rd story from
Strange Tales #80

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  • Lynwood

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  • Electrans
    • Koaa
    • Other Electrans (Unnamed)

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  • Lynwood's Boss (Unnamed)

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  • Electrans (First appearance)
  • Humans

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  • Lynwood's Dimension Connector (Destroyed)

Synopsis for "The Thing from Dimension X!"

Reprint of the 3rd story from
Strange Tales #80

A man builds a machine that can connect his world to other dimensions. Whilst asleep a race of creatures enter to his world through his machine and threaten to conquer the world. As they leave the cabin entry point they encounter large creatures in the shadows and attempt to use their weapons on them to no effect. They flee the giant creatures back into their dimension where the man smashes the machine to stop their return then he leave the cabin to check what spooked them. Outside he discovers giant footsteps and with the sun coming up he sees Mt. Rushmore in the distance and ponders if they had assisted in driving the creatures back.

Appearing in "It Fell From the Flying Saucer!"

Reprint of the 3rd story from
Tales to Astonish #31

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  • Magical Pencil

Synopsis for "It Fell From the Flying Saucer!"

Reprint of the 3rd story from
Tales to Astonish #31

An artist is sketching in the park when a pencil drops from a passing flying saucer. He picks it up and draws a bowl of fruit with it and it appears. He discovers that whatever he draws with the alien implement manifests itself as a physical object. His thoughts quickly turn to selfish gain and he draws vast wealth. Not satisfied with only money, he draws himself president. Again, not satisfied, he makes himself king of Earth. He demands his subjects tell him who he is and they reply that he is sovereign of Earth. He laughs, and claims it's all due to this pencil that fell out of a flying saucer. His attendants express disbelief in the existence of flying saucers, and so he draws the craft and it appears. Suddenly, a tentacle snakes out and snatches the pencil as a voice exclaims "There it is! I thought I'd lost it forever." The man begs it not be taken away, but the voice says "You were given unlimited power and you wasted it. You deserve nothing more." The saucer departs and the man finds himself sitting on the park bench with his sketch book as though nothing had happened.

Appearing in "Killers of the Bund"

Reprint of the 3rd story from
Captain America Comics #5

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  • Heinrich Shmidt (Only appearance)[1] (Bob's father)
  • Bob Shmidt (Only appearance)[1] (Bucky's friend)
  • Adolf Hitler (Mentioned)

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  • Nazis' planes (Only appearance)[1] (Destruction)

Synopsis for "Killers of the Bund"

Reprint of the 3rd story from
Captain America Comics #5

Members of a German Bund operating in the United States are starting to pressure German-Americans to join their cause, and are roughing up those who refuse. One such German-American citizen is Heinrich Schmidt, who flat-out refuses and is beat up as a result. Heinrich is the father of Bob Schmidt, who is classmates with Bucky Barnes. When Bob returns home to find his father seriously beaten, he goes to Camp Lehigh to tell Bucky and his mentor Steve Rogers what happened. Going to the hospital to see Heinrich, they learn what happened to him and learn the location of the Bund's "Camp Reichland".

As Captain America and Bucky, they sneak into the Bund. When they are discovered, they beat all the soldiers into submission and warn them against aggressive actions against American citizens in the future. Later, Bucky meets with the Sentinels of Liberty Youth Group and encourages them to go out and spy for Captain America and sniff out other Nazi Bunds that are operating in secret in the United States. However, the men in charge of the Bunds decide to seek out and capture Captain America, and succeed in doing so.

When Captain America revives, he learns that the Nazi soldiers within the secret Bund intend to execute him before launching an attack on American soil. Not wanting to go down without a fight, Captain America fights through the army and steals one of their plans and makes a daring escape. Reunited with Bucky, Cap leads his sidekick and the Sentinels of Liberty in an attack on the Bund, easily smashing up the operation and putting an end to their aggression tactics against those who will not champion the Nazi cause on American soil.

Notes

  • Cover art: Captain America figure by Kirby and Giacoia, panels on the right by Heck and Ayers.
  • Subtle (and not so subtle) changes were made from the Golden Age Captain America stories to meet the Comics Code.
    • In the Splash Page of Story I, the villain's whip has been re-drawn to be less apparent, and the lacerations from the victim's back has been removed.
    • In Story I, Page II, Panel VI the villain's whip has been removed.
    • In Story I, Page 6, wording on a characters "venomous death" has been deleted.
    • In Story II, On page 5-6, the villainous Toshio's knife has been removed, and his torture of Commander Phillips is referred to as a "Treatment".
    • There are other changes not noted by this editor.

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