Captain America is sitting in on a practice session of his friend musician Vincent Varl who plays classical music from his Amati violin. However his promoters are not interested and tell him that he should start playing Jazz music in order to boost popularity. Vincent is reluctant to play Jazz music on his Amati due to his artistic integrity, but eventually caves.
However, later that night as he is practising the new music style something causes his notes to come out all wrong. Wondering why, Vincent is shocked when a tiny Imp comes out of his violin. The Imp informs him that he refuses to allow Vincent to play Jazz music in a classical Amati violin. The Imp tells him that he was in the workshop where the Amati was originally constructed in the 16th Century. Having fallen in love with its sound the Imp took possession of it and lived inside it before others of his kind could claim it for themselves.
When the Imp returns to his home, Vincent tries to tell his wife who passess off the experience as nerves. Later, Vincent and Captain America pay a visit to a psychiatrist who tells Vincent that the Imp is likely a product of his subconscious, creating a hallucination to feed his doubts about playing Jazz music. Trying to appease the Imp, Vincent meets with his manager and asks to be able to play his music solo, the manager likes the idea of an Amati being played as part of a crooning number and accepts.
When Vincent puts on his show, the Imp attempts to sabotage it and is instantly distracted by the chorus girls who are dancing on stage. Still the music is altered and although both Vincent and Cap believe that he did poorly they are both surprised when his performance gets rave reviews for its "unique" sound. Even more impressive, the Imp has now grown to appreciate Jazz music -- if only for the chorus girls who dance than anything else. And so, Vincent embraces his new found fame putting on shows while the Imp tries to dance along with the ladies in his show.
- History Text extracted from the Synopsis for "The Imp of the Violin" in Marvel Mystery Comics Vol 1 89 edited by Nausiated
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