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Captain America Comics #14: Review

May 1942
Stan Lee, Al Avison

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Story Name:

The Horde of the Vulture!

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3 stars

Captain America Comics #14 Review by (July 19, 2012)
Comments: 2) The Yellow Claw is no relation to the later Atlas/Marvel villain of that name. 4) Text story. Issue includes “Captain America Brain Teasers,” a puzzle page.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America Comics #14 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes are assigned to a convoy transporting explosives to Camp Mojave in the west. The trucks are set upon by Indian warriors led by the sinister Vulture. During the battle Steve and Bucky change into Captain America and Bucky, leading the Army force against the enemy and driving them off. At Camp Mojave, trader Hugh Bradley tells them of a long-dormant Indian cult out to destroy all white men. While attempting to track the raiders to their lair, Cap and Bucky encounter Little Moose, a young Indian whom they had rescued from gangsters in the big city; they also find a prospector named Pete. Suddenly raiders appear and capture the two heroes and the old man. Inside the villains’ cavern lair Cap discovers a massive mechanized Aztec idol, set to crush him. Cap manages to escape and he enlists the aid of Little Moose and his tribesmen; returning to the enemy cave, they discover that the bad "Indians" are really a gang of Japanese spies. The Indians defeat the bad guys, rescue Bucky and Pete from a drowning trap, and unmask the Vulture as Bradley.

Story #2

The Petals of Doom!

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Al Avison. Inker: Syd Shores. Colorist: ?.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

A masked villain known as the Yellow Claw is terrorizing America with his sinister schemes. Late one night, as Captain America and Bucky are returning to Camp Lehigh after an adventure, they encounter a dying Army officer. They pursue a trio of suspicious figures but the baddies get away in the darkness. The next night at a camp dance, Steve Rogers is startled to find his girlfriend Betty Ross dancing with the new intelligence officer Captain Elliot. Soon after there is a rash of dead officers, following deliveries of flowers to the camp. Cap and Bucky trail the delivery van to the hideout of the Yellow Claw; bursting in, the heroes easily overwhelm the baddies but Bucky collapses after sniffing a flower. Cap allows the Yellow Claw to escape in order to rush his partner to the hospital where doctors valiantly save his life. Cap then deduces that the flowers are poisoned. The two heroes race to the military ball where the Claw and his henchmen will be distributing the deadly petals to the officers. Cap tries to warn everyone but Captain Elliot drives him off as a madman. The Yellow Claw then kidnaps Betty, who has realized Cap was telling the truth, and uses her as a hostage to lure Cap into a trap. Cap and Bucky burst in and defeat the villain and his gang. The mastermind falls among his poisoned flowers and dies. He is unmasked as Captain Elliot, secretly a Nazi spy.

Story #3

Gruesome Gus

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Chad Grothkopf. Inker: Chad Grothkopf. Colorist: ?.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

One evening, Jefferson Vandermeer goes out for a stroll and lets the Imp out of his ear for companionship. Gruesome Gus and his thugs leap out and capture the Imp to use in a money-making scheme. They put the little fellow on a leash and pretend he is tiny because he is malnourished and so beg for cash from compassionate citizens. The Imp’s rope breaks and he escapes, finding Jeff in the city looking for him. Gruesome Gus and his thugs beat up Jeff and prepare to throw him to the alligators. The Imp arrives with a "lake demon" made up of tree branches and leaves and so scares the bad guys that they run straight to the jail for protection.

Story #4

The Commandos

Writer: ?.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Inspired by tales of Commando raids in the European theater, Captain Clive of the Australian forces, organizes similar bands of men to fight behind enemy lines in Malaya. Through stealth and careful organization they manage to destroy a valuable Japanese supply line, earning a commendation from the top commander.

Story #5


Writer: ?. Penciler: Mike Sekowsky. Inker: George Klein. Colorist: ?.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Three single-page gags about a stupid boy: Elmer blows up the house with his new chemistry set, plays postman by mailing out his mother’s old love letters, and mistakes the bank president for a robber.

Story #6

The Three-Man Blitzkrieg

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Don Rico. Inker: Don Rico. Colorist: ?.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Newsboy Roddy Colt becomes suspicious when Mr. Lenz refuses to buy defense stamps for the war effort. Changing into the Secret Stamp he follows a couple of sinister characters through a hidden tunnel and into Lenz’s house. He discovers they are all Nazi agents and are plotting to sabotage the town’s power plant. Secret Stamp leaps out and confronts them but Spud Sickles, Roddy’s stamp-selling rival, has followed him into the tunnel. Spud’s distraction causes the Stamp to be shot by Lenz. Pretending to be dead, he is dumped outside where he radios his reporter pal Jerry Dash to call the police. The Secret Stamp then returns and beats up the bad guys before they can dynamite the power plant.

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Al Avison
Al Avison
Al Avison (Cover Penciler)
Al Avison (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Imp, Secret Stamp.

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