(May 1969)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved By the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Magazine Management Co., Inc.
Brand:
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Editing:
Stan Lee
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US; later standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

["In Memoriam"] (Table of Contents)

Captain America / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jim Steranko (signed)
Inks:
Jim Steranko (signed)
Colors:
Jim Steranko
Letters:
Jim Steranko (logo)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America (statue); HYDRA; Bucky [Rick Jones]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Tom Sutton paid tribute to this cover in his story "Superhero!" in Eerie #32 (Warren, March 1971); the same panel also appeared on that issue's cover.

The Strange Death of Captain America (Table of Contents)

Captain America / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script:
Jim Steranko (plot); Stan Lee (dialogue)
Pencils:
Jim Steranko
Inks:
Tom Palmer; Jim Steranko (see notes)
Colors:
Jim Steranko
Letters:
Artie Simek; Jim Steranko (see notes)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Madame Hydra; HYDRA; Bucky [Rick Jones]; the Avengers [Vision; Black Panther [T'Challa]; Iron Man [Tony Stark]; Hawkeye [Clint Barton]; Thor [Dr. Don Blake]]; Nick Fury; Sharon Carter; Jasper Sitwell (cameo); Dum Dum Dugan (cameo); Gabe Jones (cameo); Captain America [Steve Rogers]
Synopsis:
The news reports Cap's death and explains that "Steve Rogers" was a fake identity while Madame Hydra has Cap's HYDRA file burned. A flashback reveals how she replaced Baron Strucker as head of the organization. The Avengers, Nick Fury, Sharon Carter and several SHIELD agents hold a wake but are suddenly gassed by HYDRA. Rick follows to the cemetery and is almost caught, but Cap unexpectedly appears on a motorcycle, very much alive! A battle follows, ending when a set of missiles miss their target and kill Madame Hydra. Cap reveals he faked his death in order to retain his secret identity.
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Indexer Notes

Steranko plotted this story, with Stan Lee writing the dialogue as the artist confirmed in Fantastic Fanzine # 10, 1970. According to Steranko he lettered and inked the centerspread. Part 3 of 3.

The climax of this story in part pays tribute to "Spy Ambush" from Captain America Comics #10 (January 1942). Nick Fury presumably appears between issues #11-12 of SHIELD. HYDRA returned to battle SHIELD this month in Nick Fury #12 (May 1969). Rick Jones would not remain the new Bucky for long. Roy Thomas & Gil Kane soon had Rick join with Captain Mar-Vell in Captain Marvel #17 (October 1969). Following the cancellation of Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD the characters appeared frequently in Captain America. In the wake of Baron Strucker's demise most HYDRA stories involved regional factions rather than one centralized organization. Although she was apparently killed at the end of this episode Madame Hydra reappeared in Captain America #180 (December 1974) under the new name the Viper.

["Dear Stan and Jack, I, and a great many like me..."] (Table of Contents)

Let's Rap with Cap / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (illustration)
Inks:
? (illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Captain America [Steve Rogers]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from readers Joe Pearson, Lewis R. Valladares, Russ Tulp, John Stewart II, James Petty, Craig Battmer and Jeff King.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["In Memoriam"]
    Captain America
  2. 1. The Strange Death of Captain America
    Captain America
  3. 2. ["Dear Stan and Jack, I, and a great many like me..."]
    Let's Rap with Cap
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