(May 1969)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
Monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Magazine Management Co., Inc.
Brand:
Marvel Comics Group
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
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]; 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:
While the news reports Cap's death, and that "Steve Rogers" was a fake identity, Madama Hydra has Cap's HYDRA file burned. She then thinks back on her past, and the way she bumped off several top men in the organization following the death of Baron Strucker, to become Supreme Hydra "in this sector". The Avengers, together with Nick Fury, Sharon Carter and several top SHIELD men, hold a wake, but are suddenly gassed by HYDRA agents, bent on eliminating them as well! Rick follows to the cemetary, where multiple premature burials are planned, and is almost caught himself-- when out of nowhere, Cap appears on a motorcycle, very much alive! A battle follows, ending when a set of "Hunter Missiles" miss their target and take out Madame Hydra instead! Cap reveals he faked his own death in order to create the idea that he was never "Steve Rogers"-- "and so, Captain America has a secret identity once more!"
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Indexer Notes

according to Jim Steranko he lettered and inked the centerpread. 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 Nick Fury #11-12. HYDRA would finally return to battle SHIELD this month in Nick Fury #12 (May 1969). After all the effort to get Cap & Rick together as a regular team, it would prove short-lived, as Roy Thomas & Gil Kane wound up teaming Rick with Captain Mar-Vell in Captain Marvel #17 (October 1969). Following the cancellation of Nick Fury, Nick, SHIELD and HYDRA became recurring elements in the Captain America series. In the wake of Baron Strucker's demise, most HYDRA stories beginning with this one involve regional factions rather than one big, centralized organization. Although she appeared to have been killed at the end of this episode, Madame Hydra would return-- renaming herself "The Viper"-- in Captain America #180 (December 1974).

["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
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.

Editing

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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