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Captain America #267: Review

Mar 1982
J. M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck

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The Man who Made a Difference!

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3 stars

Captain America #267 Review by (August 21, 2014)
Review: The ghost of the 1960s lives: in their brief appearance at Avengers Mansion, Tigra reminisces about the cool parts of the decade while Iron Man recalls the dark side. Maybe that’s why the issue seems to be an uplifting Afterschool Special about choosing the right means to effect social change. Cap the Establishment’s old fogey versus the populist Everyman for the hearts and minds of the people! The battle between two mouthpieces for broad positions! And Cap wins! Yeah, it gets a bit preachy but at least they were trying to say something positive without cynicism or irony. Too bad everything is played in such a heavy-handed manner that it is difficult to read without laughing.

Comments: First appearance of Everyman, who returns in MARVEL TEAM-UP #131-133, then changes his name to Zeitgeist for ALPHA FLIGHT #78 and CAP #390, 393, and 442 where he perishes.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #267 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Captain America is addressing a high school assembly on pursuing dreams and making a difference. When the floor is opened to questions, a hostile punk asks about all that is wrong with America—then he pulls a gun. Cap easily overpowers him and as the police take the youth away, he denounces Cap’s optimism and spits on him. Later Bernie Rosenthal wants to get romantic but Steve is still brooding over the incident and he offends Bernie when he won’t talk about it….

In a Hell’s Kitchen tenement, a self-appointed hero called Everyman vows to continue the mission of their comrade Ira who is now in jail. And he assures his skeptical gang with a demonstration of his electrical sword….

While riding through the ghetto, Cap stops to greet some young fans; a group of older toughs dump garbage on him from a rooftop and Cap flips his way up there to confront them over nearly hurting the kids. A kid introduces the bitter leader as his brother Gilbert—and Cap takes the little kids and the bigger ones for a visit to Avengers Mansion to apologize for nearly acting wrongly.

Everyman makes his appearance in Manhattan, accompanied by a news crew. Cap and the others watch on television as he calls on the common man to rise up against the oppressors, for whom Captain America is the chief symbol; he challenges Cap to a duel at midnight on Liberty Island. Everyman then underscores his point by killing four policemen with his electric sword. Cap races to the scene while Everyman returns to his hangout, defending his use of violence to make a point to his confused follower Maggie (Ira’s sister). It seems the "hero" is seeking symbolic revenge for his father who was crushed by "the system"….

At midnight on Liberty Island, Cap is there, along with groups of protestors behind barricades. Everyman appears and Cap dodges his electric bolts. As Cap gains the upper hand, the madman takes Maggie as hostage, luring Cap close enough to spit on him. With that out of the way, Everyman intends to kill Maggie to make a point; Cap intimidates him with a show of power, then easily subdues him with a flip of his shield. Cap’s supporters cheer but Cap is still aware of the dark side of the American Dream but they can all be optimistic about helping one another and working together against the bad stuff….

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Edwin Jarvis)

(Greer Nelson)

Plus: American Dream, Bernie Rosenthal, Everyman.

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