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Captain America #234: Review

Jun 1979
Roger McKenzie, Don Perlin

Story Name:

Burn, Cap, Burn!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #234 Review by (January 4, 2014)
Review: The issue is a bit too Daredevil-heavy: the scenes of DD suiting up, following the cops, saving the deaf man, and entering the warehouse, while nicely done, seem like padding. The real knockout is fascist Cap at the beginning and end—with the opening rant more explicit hate-speech than one would expect in a mainstream comic of this era. These scenes are quite unnerving—though fortunately Cap is over his troubles by the end of the issue (at least the brainwashing ones).

Comments: Part four of six.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #234 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
There’s a race riot in Harlem! Captain America plows into the rioters, clobbering criminal black men left and right, while spouting racist rhetoric about how White America must be purified of filth and scum. Cap then flashes a shield bearing a swastika! Confused? Cap has been captured and brainwashed by the white supremacist group the National Force to appear in an ad for them—an ad which is being shown on television. Among the concerned viewers are Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, and their secretary Becky Blake. After Foggy and Becky leave, Matt dons his Daredevil costume and heads out to investigate. As he runs over the rooftops he hears police cars in pursuit of a National Force vehicle. One car goes out of control and heads toward a newsstand and DD swings down to rescue the deaf news dealer. DD manages to follow the car into a waterfront warehouse. Entering, he finds the studio where they filmed the commercial—and is caught by the National Force, led by Dr Faustus and a hostile Captain America. Cap attacks his former friend, denouncing him as a traitor all the while. DD tries to snap Cap out of it, succeeding only when oil washes the swastika off Cap’s shield and he sees the original. Cap recovers his memory—so Faustus orders his men to open fire on the two heroes….

Don Perlin
Don Perlin
Nel Yomtov
Keith Pollard (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Matt Murdock)

Plus: Becky Blake, Foggy Nelson (Franklin Nelson), Grand Director, National Force.

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