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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 "Captain America Joins... The Avengers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #4.

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  • Vuk's Spaceship

Synopsis for "Captain America Joins... The Avengers!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #4.

After escaping his battle with the Avengers, Namor angrily continues his search for his missing people. He eventually finds his way to the North Sea, where he discovers a tribe of Eskimo people worshipping a dead man frozen in a block of ice. Still angry at humanity Namor approaches the Eskimos, causing them to flee as he throws the ice block into the water. It drifts away, slowly beginning to thaw.

By chance, the Avengers are in the area in their undersea craft. They spot the figure in the water and Giant-Man pulls him onboard. Upon inspection they notice that he wears the clothing of long-lost World War II hero Captain America. Suddenly, he awakens and, in a fit of panic and confusion, charges at the Avengers before realizing his surroundings and calming down. Iron Man asks the mystery man who he is and the Avengers are skeptical when he tells them he is indeed Captain America. After a brief demonstration of his ability they quickly change their minds.

Captain America explains his last memories: He speeds towards an experimental plane on a motorcycle with his sidekick Bucky. Unknown to the duo, the plane had been sabotaged by Nazi agent Baron Zemo. Bucky manages to get on board while Captain America slips and falls from the plane. The last thing he remembers is the plane exploding with Bucky on it as he falls through the sky into the frozen waters off Newfoundland.

Back in the present day, the Avengers have docked in New York City and are greeted by a crowd of journalists looking for interviews about the battle with Sub-Mariner and the Hulk. Suddenly, a camera flashes and turns the team into stone. The journalists think it is a publicity stunt and leave. Aboard the sea craft Captain America awakens and exits onto the dock. He also spots the statues but dismisses them as statues made to honor the heroes. Cap finds the modern world very unusual and alien but finds his way to a hotel.

Later, Cap is awoken by a vision of Bucky, but it is revealed to be Rick Jones. He has been following Cap's trail across town, looking for clues to the Avengers' whereabouts. They team up to solve the mystery and examine photos taken at the dock. Cap discovers one of the photographers carrying what looks more like a weapon than a camera, and Rick sends his Teen Brigade to search around the city to find the mystery man. Eventually Captain America finds the man in question and approaches him. His gang overhears his entrance and a fight breaks out. Cap easily defeats them despite being heavily outnumbered, and exposes the leader as an alien. The alien, a member of the race called the D'bari, explains that his spaceship crashed into the ocean and the Sub-Mariner promised to help him return to his planet if he turned the Avengers to stone. Captain America offers to help the D'bari if they reverse the stone effect on the Avengers and he complies, freeing the Avengers once again.

In his castle, the Sub-Mariner angrily observes the scene and plans another tactic to defeat the Avengers. As if by luck, a troop of his Atlantean Elite Guard pass nearby and Namor rallies them to his side.

Back on land, the D'bari leads the Avengers to the area where his ship is stuck on the seabed below. After Giant-Man and Iron Man attach a camera to the ship's hull, Thor manipulates his hammer, causing a torrent of magnetic waves that wrench the ship free. The D'bari dives to make any necessary repairs to his ship. On the surface, Giant-Man and Captain America are suddenly attacked by Namor and his elite guard, sending them into the water. Namor duels with Iron Man, slowly gaining the upper hand. The Wasp flies in to distract Namor, giving Iron Man essential recovery time. Namor's elite guard plead for aid against the mighty Thor, who is making short work of them. Thor deflects the Atlanteans' weapons back at themselves, scattering the troops. Namor now battles one-on-one against Thor. Meanwhile, under the water, Giant-Man is ensnared by a massive net. However, he escapes by taking a shrinking capsule before he suffocates. He emerges near Iron Man, and they take care of the remaining Atlantean elite guard. Namor again attempts to take Thor's hammer from him, to no avail, and soon has to deal with Giant-Man and Iron Man as well. Captain America watches, trying to get a feel of what sort of team the Avengers are. The fight is brought to a standstill when some of the Atlanteans reveal a hostage - Rick Jones! With his uncanny reflexes, Cap leaps in and frees Rick and the fight begins anew. Suddenly an earthquake strikes the island and the Sub-Mariner leaves, believing the Avengers to be consumed by it. Little does he know, the tremors were actually caused by the launching of the D'bari spacecraft. The Avengers watch the D'bari leave and then officially offer Captain America a place on the team, which he readily accepts. Nearby, Rick looks out on the ocean deep in thought, torn between his loyalty to the Avengers, and to his old friend the Hulk.

Appearing in "Captain America"

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

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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 Red Skull Lives!"

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

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  • New York City
    • Unnamed 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
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  • AIM Jet Fighter
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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 island's 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 "No Longer Alone!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #110.

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Synopsis for "No Longer Alone!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #110.

While on a walk in his civilian identity, Steve Rogers pauses to light a pipe and looks at a poster advertising a charity appearance for Captain America. His thoughts about his troubled life are cut as the Hulk smashes through the wall in another one of his rampages through New York City. Steve changes into Captain America and goes after the Green Goliath to try and stop him from hurting anyone. When the Hulk is knocked down by a barrage of military gun fire, Captain America tries to approach the brute, but is distracted by the passionate cries of Rick Jones. Rick tries to tell Cap that the Hulk isn't a threat, and when the Hulk tries to escape with the boy, he only succeeds in injuring him when trying to fight off Cap and the military. The Hulk then bounds away leaving the injured Jones with Captain America.

Cap takes his one-time sidekick back to Avengers Mansion to recover, and as Rick sleeps Cap once more broods about how easily people in his life can be injured. His thoughts are distracted by footsteps behind him and he turns to find that Rick is up and about and wearing Bucky's uniform. Rick asks to be Cap's sidekick once more and to be the new Bucky. Cap at first cannot stand to have someone else wear the uniform much less the risk of losing their lives as his sidekick. Rick feels rejected which causes Captain America to change his mind and when the alarm in Avengers Mansion goes off, he takes him out on their first patrol together as the new Captain America and Bucky team.

Descending into the sewers under Avengers Mansion they find that the Hydra army is down there with their new leader, Madame Hydra. As the battle rages, Captain America continues to fear for Rick's safety, at one point pulling some fast moves to prevent him from coming to harm. Deciding that this battle is too much for the novice Rick, Captain America orders him to retreat. Cap is then attacked by a Hydra soldier wearing a power vest and seemingly defeated. Unknown to Madame Hydra and the others, Captain America defeated the soldier in the power vest and put on his uniform in order to infiltrate Hydra and gain access to Madame Hydra.

Seeing what appears to be Cap's demise, Rick runs back into the fray, spoiling Cap's plan when the hero has to blow his cover in order to save Rick. Madame Hydra manages to capture Rick and pushes him over a ledge, forcing Cap to go to his rescue while she escapes. In the aftermath of the battle, Captain America tells Bucky that in the future he will have to learn to follow his orders without question, but tells him that he fought like a man in battle. Rick thinks to himself that while he may not currently be as good as the original Bucky, he won't stop trying to eventually measure up.

Appearing in "The Sting of the Scorpion!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #122.

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Synopsis for "The Sting of the Scorpion!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Captain America #122.

Captain America is once more brooding over his lot in life, wondering if he is doomed to live as a symbol of the American dream as Captain America, or if he can find a normal life as Steve Rogers. Looking at the world he lives in today he also wonders how he can live in such a vastly different time as a symbol when most people would protest against the government. That people only find it hip to bring down the establishment instead of supporting it. Captain America cannot bring himself to be like them, he maintains to be part of the establishment, but does not see that the rebel set is wrong. However, despite the strange times he lives in, he is determined to defend the democracy and the flag he represents within the letter of the law as he has since he first became Captain America.

Returning to his hotel room he continues to consider that the "establishment" itself was not bad as it brought great people who did great things, like Martin Luther King, and the Kennedy brothers. He comes to the conclusion that above all else, men should learn to love each other. However, thoughts of love gets Steve thinking about Sharon Carter again, and how she cannot settle into a relationship with him while she is in her career as a S.H.I.E.L.D. spy. Like a true man of his era, he does not understand why she won't let him protect her.

Going into a fitful sleep, Steve dreams about Sharon being in constant danger and it ends with Sharon being shot by AIM agents, waking him shouting her name. This dream would prove to be prophetic, as at that moment a spy ring is in the middle of yet another operation and their spies have been able to determine that S.H.I.E.L.D. and particularly Agent 13, Sharon Carter, is preparing to deal with their operation. The leader, Specs, knows that in order to handle the situation, their best option is to eliminate Sharon, and he has hired a specialist to do the job for them.

Unable to sleep, Captain America decides to go out and get some air and checks out of the hotel. Outside, the Scorpion is out after months of hiding and decides to test out his powers before going on his appointed mission. As fate would have it, he would clash with Steve Rogers. Caught off guard, Steve injures his hand and is felled by the villain. The Scorpion is about to steal his briefcase (unaware that it contains Captain America's shield and costume) when the police begin to arrive, sending the him fleeing into the night.

Getting back to his feet, Steve decides to tackle the Scorpion as Captain America, rushes back to the hotel, checks back into his old room and changes into his costume. Captain America tracks the Scorpion down to Chinatown and sees him get into a car. Hopping into a cab, Captain America orders the driver to follow after it. Up ahead, the Scorpion uses the vehicles monitoring devices to track Sharon Carter and he watches her as she is about to sneak onto a property owned by the spy ring. However, when he goes out to prepare to attack her, he instead is jumped by Captain America. While the Star-Spangled Avenger is busy battling the Scorpion, Sharon sneaks into the compound and is quickly captured by the spy ring. They have her tied up and put in the cellar while they decide what to do with her.

Once he has defeated the Scorpion, Captain America smashes his way in and easily defeats the spy ring, unaware that Sharon is in the building. As S.H.I.E.L.D. agents come to clean the place up, Sharon manages to use the sharp edge of a barrel to cut off the gag around to her mouth. She calls out to Captain America to come back, but he has already left. Being driven away from the scene, the cabbie asks:

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You licked the Scorpion and clobbered a spy ring! So how come you look like you lost your best gal?
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Captain America
Lost her? Maybe -- I never had her! Far as I know -- She's forgotten that I exist!
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  • This publication is a Fireside Book published by Simon & Schuster.
  • This book's ISBN#: 0-671-25231-3.

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