(May 1969)

Marvel, 1968 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1969-02-04
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved By the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Magazine Management Co. Inc.
Publisher's Brand
Marvel Comics Group [under character box]
Printer
World Color Press, Inc., Sparta Illinois 62286
Editing
Stan Lee (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from 1969 Periodicals, Copyright Office, Library of Congress.
Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Captain America / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jim Steranko (signed as STERANKO)
Inks
Jim Steranko (signed as STERANKO)
Colors
Jim Steranko
Letters
Jim Steranko

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In Memoriam
Genre
superhero
Characters
Captain America (statue); HYDRA; Bucky [Rick Jones]
Awards
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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Olympic Sales / Olympia Sales Cards / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Strange Death of Captain America (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
And now, we bring you a special program--
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.
Reprints

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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Grit Newspaper / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Fantastic Four; Silver Surfer; Marvel Collectors’ Item Classics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.4 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Marvel Plastic Pillows; Merry Marvel Marching Society Membership Kit / advertisement / 0.6 page (report information)

The Race to Danger (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Lee Jeans [Lee Leens] / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Academy for Home Study / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Charles Atlas Dynamic Tension System / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Shop by Mail (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Bullpen Bulletins; Stan's Soapbox / in-house column / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Centre Coin's Album or Catalog / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Precise Publications Defense Training / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Let's Rap with Cap [Captain America] / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Gary Friedrich ?
Pencils
Jim Steranko (illustration)
Inks
Joe Sinnott (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
Sam Rosen; typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear Stan and Jack, I, and a great many like me...
Feature Logo
Let's Rap with Cap
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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

Joe Weider Course and Products / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Famous Artists Schools / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

American Seeds / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["In Memoriam"]
    Captain America
  2. 1. ["Famous name prizes or cash... from Olympic"]
    Olympic Sales / Olympia Sales Cards
  3. 2. The Strange Death of Captain America
    Captain America
  4. 3. ["Look, fellows!"]
    Grit Newspaper
  5. 4. ["Two more triumphs for Marvel!"]
    Fantastic Four; Silver Surfer; Marvel Collectors’ Item Classics
  6. 5. ["It's brand new!! Marvel's swingin' inflatable plastic pillows!"]
    Marvel Plastic Pillows; Merry Marvel Marching Society Membership Kit
  7. 6. The Race to Danger
    Lee Jeans [Lee Leens]
  8. 7. ["Second chance for high school drop-outs to get a diploma"]
    Academy for Home Study
  9. 8. ["Hand control stunt flying plane"]
  10. 9. ["‘Check the kind of body you want ...and I’ll show you how easily you can have it’ - Charles Atlas"]
    Charles Atlas Dynamic Tension System
  11. 10. Shop by Mail
  12. 11. ["Irrelevant items of lasting inconsequence!"]
    Bullpen Bulletins; Stan's Soapbox
  13. 12. ["We’ll pay you $10,000.00 for this Lincoln penny"]
    Centre Coin's Album or Catalog
  14. 13. ["I’ll make you a master of karate"]
    Precise Publications Defense Training
  15. 14. ["Dear Stan and Jack, I, and a great many like me..."]
    Let's Rap with Cap [Captain America]
  16. 15. ["Secret muscle building ‘tools’"]
    Joe Weider Course and Products
  17. 16. ["We're looking for people who like to draw"]
    Famous Artists Schools
  18. 17. ["Make money get prizes with fast selling American seeds"]
    American Seeds
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Bruno Andreacchi
  • Benjamin Beck
  • David Bruce
  • Nick Caputo
  • Steve Coates
  • Robert K. S. Croy, Sr.
  • Del Gruber
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Henry R. Kujawa
  • Derek Reinhard
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Steven Samuels
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Richard Thomson
  • Jim Van Dore