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Captain America #241: Review

Jan 1980
Mike W. Barr, Frank Springer

Story Name:

Fear Grows in Brooklyn!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Captain America #241 Review by (March 30, 2014)
Review: Solid story brings together two major Marvel characters for the first time and writer Mike Barr allows each of them to state their cases. Punisher is clearly the bad guy here (what tipped you off, his being mistaken for a Nazi?) so Cap’s role was to prevent him from killing the FBI agent. Springer and Marcos give the art a slightly grittier feel than usual, befitting a tale about a vigilante killer. Not bad for a fill-in issue.

Comments: First meeting of Captain America and the Punisher. The title is a play on A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, a popular novel and film from the 1940s. Only comic appearance of Cynthia Maxwell Kramer, who seemed to be intended for more.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #241 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America comes to the rescue of a man being assaulted by a couple of thugs on a bright Brooklyn morning. Cap turns the defeated punks over to the police who recognize them as a pair of mobsters in town for a secret meeting. After everyone leaves, the victim comes out of hiding and takes a room at a nearby boarding house….

Steve Rogers stops by the offices of Non-Parallel Publications and receives an art assignment from the eccentric editor Cynthia Maxwell Kramer. Later, as Steve is at home with Josh and Mike, he hears Mrs. Kapplebaum scream. When Steve arrives, the aged Holocaust survivor claims she saw a Nazi across the street. That night Steve hears a rifle shot and as Captain America he goes to investigate. On a rooftop across the way, Cap finds the Punisher (mistaken for a Nazi by Mrs. Kapplebaum because of his black outfit) threatening the man rescued by Cap earlier that day. Punisher wants to kill the victim, a mob courier, but Cap won’t let him. The two crimefighters face off but the victim panics and runs and the vigilante guns him down. Punisher heads off to a meeting of high-level gangsters and the dying courier gives Cap the location, too. Cap arrives at the meeting place in a disguised water tower to find that the Punisher has already wired the structure with explosives. Cap engages the mad vigilante in battle and the noise attracts the gangsters’ attention so that the two find themselves under fire. They fight back in their separate ways and defeat the enemy. Then the head crook’s beautiful lady bodyguard reveals herself to be an undercover FBI agent. Punisher detonates the bombs and escapes in the confusion. Cap determines that the Punisher must be stopped….


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Frank Springer
Pablo Marcos
George Roussos
Frank Miller (Cover Penciler)
Bob McLeod (Cover Inker)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Punisher
Punisher

(Frank Castle)

Plus: Anna Kapplebaum, Josh Cooper, Mike Farrel.