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Captain America #77: Review

Jul 1954
?, John Romita

Story Name:

You Die At Midnight

Review & Comments

2 stars

Captain America #77 Review by (April 28, 2010)
a) The boy’s name is never given; b) The villain is not related to the baddie of the same name from CAPTAIN AMERICA Vol. 5 #43-48; c) text story; d) story originally untitled; e) story originally untitled.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #77 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Returning from a mission, Captain America and Bucky are traveling along the rooftops when they spy someone though a skylight. It is a little blind boy, crying and wishing that Captain America could help him. Dropping into the room the heroes comfort the boy who tells them that his father has been threatened by criminals. Cap and Bucky spot two enemy spies on the street outside and hear them reveal their scheme: they are forcing the boy’s father, designer at a shipyard, to steal the plans for a new midget atomic engine, on threat of harm to his son. Cap heads to the shipyard where he sees Mr. Collins, the boy’s father, open the safe but decide against betraying his country. Encouraged by the sight, Cap approaches Collins, and enlists him in a plan to trap the spies….

Later Collins is seized when he returns home and hustled into a car with his bundled son. Suddenly father and son reveal themselves as Cap and Bucky in disguise and they mob up the Commies. A gunshot flash in the boy’s face manages to restore his eyesight as well. To every real American who believes, Cap and Bucky will always be real.

Story #2

The Man With No Face

Penciler: John Romita. Inker: John Romita.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America and Bucky are aiding Officer Wing of the police in cleaning up crime in Chinatown. Wing explains that normally law-abiding Chinese are being forced to support the Reds through threats to their loved ones back in China. Threats are enforced by the Red hatchet man known as the Man with No Face; Wing himself has a twin brother in China who is being threatened. Wing is lured into a trap by the Man with No Face; Cap and Bucky intervene and overcome the gang but the hatchet man gets away. Cap pursues him over the rooftops and corners him. Unmasked, the Man with No Face is Wing’s brother! The villain throws himself to his death from the roof. Seeing that the fall destroyed the bad guy’s face, Cap decides not to inform Wing of the killer’s identity.

Story #3

Bait For a Spy

Writer: ?.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Jerry and Sally Carter are on the cruise ship Algonquin when French physicist Lucien Flandin is found murdered on board. Offering his services to Captain Jones as a detective, Jerry investigates and deduces that the most likely suspect is American scientist Doctor Keller, whose motive was the discovery that Flandin was a Commie spy, passing along their research to the enemy. Jerry proposes to Jones a scheme to trap Keller: lead him to believe that Flandin has already passed the secrets to his contact and catch him when he tries to kill again (knowing that if Keller is innocent, he would likely be the next victim). That night the trap is sprung outside Keller’s cabin; Jerry guns down the mysterious assailant who is unmasked as…Captain Jones! Jerry explains that Jones was a Red agent plotting to kill both scientists to cover the theft of the secrets and reveals to the scientist that he is a Secret Service agent assigned to protect people like him.

Story #4

The Misunderstood Monster

Penciler: Dick Ayers. Inker: Dick Ayers.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

A huge reptilian monster with one eye is sighted at the shore, causing a panic. The Human Torch and Toro go there to investigate and end up rescuing a boy who ran off a cliff in panic. While circling the monster, Toro crashes into a tree and falls to his death on the rocks below. The monster restores him to life, explaining to the Torch that he is an alien geneticist stranded on Earth. Torch and Toro help him repair his spacecraft and fly off. When they try to explain matters to the human mob, they are ignored so decide to keep the full story to themselves.

Story #5

Mission to a POW Camp

Writer: ?. Penciler: John Romita. Inker: John Romita.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America is summoned to the Pentagon for an important mission: Red POWs in American camps in Korea are dying of a mysterious disease, causing the enemy to claim their soldiers are being mistreated by the US. Cap is asked to deliver the antidote to the Korean camps. Meanwhile, the Commies are keeping an eye on Cap—turns out they are poisoning their own men to humiliate America before the world. A bomb placed in Cap’s plane explodes—but the aircraft was only a decoy. Cap and Bucky take off for real and are intercepted by enemy planes and only Cap’s expert piloting enables them to reach Korea. At the POW camp, the sick prisoners are inoculated with the antidote. Cap and Bucky are mobbed by the suspicious POWs but the brawl ends when the sick men are discovered to be cured. Cap ends with a pitch for democracy.

John Romita
John Romita
John Romita (Cover Penciler)


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Human Torch
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Plus: Bucky (Jack Monroe), Captain America (1950s Version).

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