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Bucky Barnes

Appearing in "The Torch Vs. Sub-Mariner"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Mystery Comics #8
(originally printed as The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner Meet)

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Synopsis for "The Torch Vs. Sub-Mariner"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Mystery Comics #8
(originally printed as The Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner Meet)

Continued from last issue...

Unimpressed with warnings that the Human Torch would seek to stop his rampage in New York, the Sub-Mariner leaves his base of operations at the Statue of Liberty to cause more chaos in the city. Stealing a depth charge from a naval ship he sets it off above the Hudson Tunnel flooding it. He then heads to the Brooklyn Zoo, after downing an airplane, he sets the animals free. However, when rampaging elephants threaten the life of an abandoned baby, the Sub-Mariner goes to the child's rescue and delivers it to a nearby hospital.

Resuming his rampage, the Sub-Mariner goes to the George Washington Bridge where he begins wrecking it until the Human Torch catches up to him. The Torch's flame powers proves to be too much for the Sub-Mariner to handle and he dives into the water below. As he swims away, he vows to the Torch that he will return.

This story continues next issue...

Appearing in "Monsters on Mercury"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery #78
(originally printed as Kraggoom! The Creature Who Caught an Astronaut)

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  • Derek Wolfington

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Synopsis for "Monsters on Mercury"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Journey into Mystery #78
(originally printed as Kraggoom! The Creature Who Caught an Astronaut)

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An exiled gaseous alien criminal named Kragoom waits in Earth orbit for the first human astronaut in order to enter his body and possess his mind, returning to Earth as a conqueror. However, the first astronaut turns out to be a wealthy cheat who paid a safecracker to obtain the test results from NASA's selection process and altered them so that he would be chosen as the first astronaut. He physically is unable to cope with space travel and develops amnesia under the stress. Kragoom, trapped in the human's mind, suffers the same fate as the spacecraft returns to Earth.

Appearing in "Prince Namor Attacks"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Mystery Comics #3
(originally printed as The Menace from Mars)

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  • The Comet (Only appearance)[1] (Destroyed)
  • The Streak, a train (Destroyed)
  • Martian spaceships

Synopsis for "Prince Namor Attacks"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Marvel Mystery Comics #3
(originally printed as The Menace from Mars)

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Aboard the train known as the Comet, Mr. Carson, owner of the Carson Explosive Company turns on the television and is shocked to see what appears to be a Martian invasion of New York City. Carson is in for another surprise when he finds that he is riding a car with the Human Torch, who suggests the "invasion" is likely a work of fiction adapted from the radio show by Lawson Bell. The two engage in small talk when they are shocked to see a Martian ship fly past their train and blast the tracks out in front of them, causing the train to derail.

Out from the ship comes two Martians who enter the car containing Carson and demand him to hand over his formula for his new form of Trinitrotoluol (a new super explosive). Carson refuses to hand it over, willing to take his secret to the grave if need be. Elsewhere on the train, the Torch is trapped and has to struggle with freeing himself without his flame powers to avoid alerting the Martians. Finally managing to free himself the Torch confronts the two aliens, sending them fleeing. When the roof of the train car is about to collapse on them, the Torch uses his powers to melt it away. Checking on Carson he learns that his back has been broken in the crash. Carson passes a written copy of his formula to be delivered to his daughter Diane. After that, Mr. Carson dies. Checking outside, the Torch saves the conductor of the train from a falling boulder and rushes to rescue a baby trapped on the train, much to the relief of child's mother.

Rushing off to Galeton, Texas, the Torch pays a visit to the Carson Explosive Company where he seeks an audience with Diane Carson. He enters her office as she is refusing the requests of Mr. Ritton to turn over the formula to him. The Torch forces Ritton to leave, however, not before Ritton informs them both that he will stop at nothing to obtain the formula. The Torch explains everything to Diane who is upset to hear that her father had died. The Torch's story also makes a sort of sense as Ritton had mentioned something about Martians two years ago. The two begin testing it out and find that the slightest drop can cause a massive explosion that damages the lab. The Torch suggests they find a more open environment to test out the new super-TNT and volunteers to take a vat of the material out to test it in the Carson's experimental field.

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Along the way he is attacked by the Martians who have disguised some strange weapon to look like a hood of their car. When they fire a weapon at the truck the Torch is driving, he manages to escape just moments before the truck crashes in a massive explosion. Forced to land in a nearby creek, the Torch is quickly captured by the two Martians with a glass cylinder and brought to a nearby railway roundhouse where Ritton is waiting for them. With the Torch as their prisoner, they figure that Diane would make for an easy target and capture her. With the Torch attached to an electric chair with a glass cylinder fastened on his head, Ritton asks for the formula once more but Diane still refuses to give it. Tying Diane to the rail tracks he threatens to run her over with a locomotive. He boasts about how he promised the Martians the formula so that they—poor scientists—could destroy other planet threatening their home. In return, they would invade the Earth and leave Ritton as the emperor of the United States.

The Torch breaks free and saves Diane, and when Ritton flees the scene aboard a train, the Torch chases after him. Boarding the train, he confronts Ritton who jumps from the train when another one is coming down the opposite end of the track threatening to collide with them. The Torch melts down the engine which they are riding to prevent an accident and finds that Ritton had been seriously injured jumping from the train. As the Torch heads off to bring Ritton to a hospital he wonders how Diane is doing against the aliens.

Diane learns that the Martians are truly poor scientists as their civilization had lost it's explosive technologies many years ago. They were sent to Earth by their master the "Great One" who ordered them to work with Ritton and treat him as though he were the Great One. Having failed in their mission they plea for the formula but Diane still refuses. The Martians leave empty handed, however when the Torch returns and tells her the televised invasion on New York was a fiction they both agree that the formula is not safe on Earth and agree to help the Martians.

Appearing in "Punishment!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Strange Tales #88
(originally printed as Zzutak The Thing That Shouldn't Exist!)

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Synopsis for "Punishment!"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Strange Tales #88
(originally printed as Zzutak The Thing That Shouldn't Exist!)

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An Aztec elder seeks out an American comic book artist to paint creatures using magic paints so as to build an army from the 3D creatures the paint creates. The artist is hypnotized by the paints to travel to Mexico and create ZZutak, but after hearing the elder's plans, he mutters under his breath "ZZutak is your enemy" while painting the second figure. When the magic paint brings the second figure into existence, his plan has worked and it begins a battle with ZZutak. The elder attempts to get them to stop fighting, but they ignore him. They damage the temple supports, and the edifice crashes down upon all three of them. The elder escapes, but as he was struck by a falling stone, he has developed amnesia and his plans for conquest are lost forever.

Appearing in "Titan, the Amphibian from Atlantis"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales of Suspense #28
(originally printed as Titan, the Amphibian from Atlantis!)

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Synopsis for "Titan, the Amphibian from Atlantis"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Tales of Suspense #28
(originally printed as Titan, the Amphibian from Atlantis!)

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A monstrous representative from Atlantis visits the surface world with an offer of wealth for a human traitor that will inform Atlantis of human defenses in preparation for their coming attack. The wealthy industrialist John Cartwright agrees to the offer, and Titan stipulates if the information does not help in our conquest, his reward shall be death. The industrialist agrees to the terms. All of mankind grows to loathe the name of the human traitor and every nation bands together in preparation for the Atlantean attack. It never comes, for unknown to everyone, when Titan transports the man back to Atlantis he gives the king a line of total BS about humans possessing shrinking rays and anti-gravity guns that could defeat any possible invasion. The awestruck king asks Titan if this could possibly be true and Titan answers that it must be, for he knows that if his information does not help us, it means his death. Titan slays the man who bravely accepts his fate, sacrificing himself for the human populace that hates his memory.

Appearing in "Death Loads the Bases"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #7
(originally printed as The Red Skull)

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Synopsis for "Death Loads the Bases"

Reprint of the 1st story from
Captain America Comics #7
(originally printed as The Red Skull)

The Red Skull has returned and his first order of business is to eliminate his minions who failed on their previous mission. The Skull decides to take up using Chopin's "Funeral March" as a signature for his murders. When the story hits the press, Steve Rogers and James Barnes wonder who would be responsible for the killings as they believe that the Red Skull is dead.

Returning to Camp Lehigh, they are late for dress rehearsals for a camp run play about the 1890's. Getting into costume with Betty Ross, Steve and Bucky are shocked to see when the conductor -- Captain Craig -- suddenly drops dead while the Funeral March is playing. Sneaking away Steve and James change into Captain America and Bucky. Investigating the murder scene they find that Craig's baton had been poisoned. When someone up in the scaffold attempts to kill them with a sandbag, Captain America and Bucky race up and attack who they think is responsible. It turns out to be a stagehand who convinces them that their attacker had fled. As Captain America and Bucky runs off, the stagehand removes a mask revealing him to be none other than the Red Skull, who has tricked the heroes into following a dead lead.

The Red Skull then gathers his new gang and target General King, their attempt to capture King is brought to the attention to those rehearsing when they hear Chopin's March again. Changing once more into Captain America and Bucky, the two heroes manage to capture the Red Skull's gang, but the Red Skull manages to escape with King as his hostage. The Skull leaves behind another one of his calling cards: a box containing a small red skull, and a note that implicates Captain America and Bucky as accomplices in the kidnapping.

Before military personnel can capture Cap and Bucky they rush off and catch up with the Red Skull at the docks. During their fight, one of Captain America's punches knocks the Red Skull into the water and he is lost. With King free, he clears Captain America and Bucky's names and they sneak back to base to resume their civilian identities and put on the play.

Notes

  • Cover art: panels on the right by Ditko, Kirby and Heck.
  • The Atlantis depicted in Story III differs greatly from the one in the present Marvel Universe.
  • The baseball player Joe Diraggio is reminiscent of former New York Yankee baseball great Joe DiMaggio.
  • "Monsters on Mercury" is mistakenly labeled "Originally Presented in Journey Into Mystery #62 (March 1962)" when the story in question actually appeared in Journey Into Mystery #78.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
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