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Captain America #215: Review

Nov 1977
Roy Thomas, George Tuska

Story Name:

The Way It Really Was!

Review & Comments

2 stars

Captain America #215 Review by (September 7, 2011)
Review: This issue begins one of the strangest of all the Captain America story arcs, “The Search for Steve Rogers.” Designed to be one of those “Everything you know is wrong!” epics which changes the entire game, very little actually changes and the revelations will be reversed at the earliest opportunity. This initial installment is little more than an unnecessary review of Cap’s career to set up the premise. The problem is that this premise is introduced in what is probably the least compelling way possible viz. though a single wordy panel in the middle of the last page. This issue and the next look like filler issues thrown together by Roy Thomas while they were looking around for a regular writer. Disappointing.

Comments: Part one of the ten-part story arc “The Search for Steve Rogers.” All characters but Cap and Falcon appear only in flashback sequences.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #215 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

An early morning in Manhattan sees Captain America and the Falcon rushing along a crowded street. Why the hurry? Cap, blinded up until a few hours ago (see last issue) wants to see his beloved New York once again. As he stands drinking in the sights, a crowd gathers and begins asking questions and requesting autographs from the veteran hero; Falcon makes excuses to the disappointed fans as Cap stands in a reveries. He thinks back to his own childhood but only gets as far back as that day in 1941 when Steve Rogers was ushered into the secret lab to take part in Professor Erskine’s Super-Soldier experiment. Drinking the serum, bathing in the Vita-Rays transformed him into a powerful warrior…whose first mission, sadly, turned out to be the capture of Erskine’s assassin. Chosen to be Captain America, Steve became the embodiment of his nation and its ideals. His mind quickly ranges over his career:

--Fighting in the most dangerous missions of World War 2

--Gaining a partner in Bucky Barnes who learned his secret identity

--Facing murderous villains such as the Red Skull, with Bucky and as part of the Invaders

--The death of Bucky and his own disappearance in ice for decades

--The choice of his successors, William Naslund (the Spirit of ’76) and Jeff Mace (the Patriot)

--The rise of the imitation Steve Rogers who became the commie-baiting Captain America of the 1950s

--His discovery and rescue by the Avengers

--His partnerships with first Rick Jones then the Falcon

--His struggles against a revived Red Skull and 1950s Cap

--and his recent blinding and recovery

Through this all, he suddenly realizes, he has no memory of his life before that day in 1941 when he drank the Super-Soldier Serum. So who is Steve Rogers?

George Tuska
Pablo Marcos
George Roussos
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

Plus: Bucky (Jack Monroe), Captain America (1950s Version), Captain America (William Naslund), Captain America (Jeff Mace), Nazis, President Harry S. Truman (Harry S. Truman), Professor Erskine.

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