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Captain America #262: Review

Oct 1981
J. M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck

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Death of a Legend?

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Captain America #262 Review by (July 19, 2014)
Review: Shame on you if you didn‘t see the big reveal coming. Anyway the issue is again fast-paced and fun though it’s just a compilation of elements we’ve seen before. No classic but an enjoyable diversion.

Comments: Part two of three parts.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #262 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

TV newsman Will Brynner reports on the encounter of Captain America and the new Nomad with terrorists from the Nihilist Order at the airport (last issue). His story is slanted to make Nomad out to be the real hero and Cap an incompetent glory-seeker. At Galactic Studios, producer Leonard Spellman (wounded last issue by a Nihilist agent) and his nephew/flunky Wally Lumbego listen to the news with Captain America as this development threatens their movie about Cap’s exploits. Spellman explains that he has always admired Cap since the War, when his unit was rescued from the Red Skull by Cap….

The deserted studio of Democracy Pictures (producer of the earlier Cap movie in issue #219) is the headquarters of the Nihilist Order. The Teacher is disappointed in Nomad’s failure to humiliate Cap at the airport and orders the hapless stuntman (real name; Eddie Ferbel) to train for the next mission. Eddie is unaware that he is just a tool for the sinister Teacher and his Ameridroid henchman….

Cap does the talk show circuit promoting the film; at a live appearance the theater is invaded by Nihilist Order killers. Cap goes into action and Nomad arrives too. Cap recognizes that this whole incident is staged but an agent planted in the audience trips him up, preventing him from exposing the fraud….

A few days after, Ameridroid gives a pep talk to a discouraged Eddie Ferbel, assuring him of his importance to the plan. A parade in honor of Captain America is attacked by the Ameridroid and Order terrorists in a flaying craft. Again Cap takes them on and again Nomad appears out of nowhere to save the day but this time Cap is gassed and captured while Nomad is shot down by the villains. His death is reported by Will Brynner who accuses Cap of cowardice. At the enemy headquarters, Cap awakens to face the Teacher. Cap appeals to Lyle Dekker, the human mind of the Ameridroid, who manages to fight off the Teacher’s brainwashing. The giant Cap attacks his master but is blasted into unconsciousness by the Teacher—who unmasks to reveal…the Red Skull!

Mike Zeck
Bob Sharen
Mike Zeck (Cover Penciler)
John Beatty (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

Plus: Ameridroid.

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