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Captain America Comics #6: Review

Sep 1941
Joe Simon, Joe Simon

Story Name:

Captain America Battles The Camera Fiend and His Darts of Doom

Review & Comments

Rating:
2.5 stars

Captain America Comics #6 Review by (February 15, 2010)
a) The Camera Fiend may be the stupidest Cap villain, thinking he can kill Cap in front of a roomful of witnesses and not be suspected. c) A rare whodunit complete with a list of suspects in the splash panel. Bucky mentions Ka-Zar (who has been around longer than you thought).




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America Comics #6 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
The crown jewels of England are on their way to America for safekeeping. The Navy officer arranging for their arrival is attacked by the Camera Fiend, a weirdo who kills the officer with a camera and orders his men to search the room. Steve Rogers and Bucky who have been sent as messengers to the navy office spy the villains and change into Captain America and Bucky. They battle the villains but are overcome and the Camera Fiend escapes with the details of the ship’s arrival. Cap realizes that the bad guy kills by means of a poison dart shot from his camera. The next day, an armed guard is set to meet the arrival of the jewels and Bucky is there on a class trip with his teacher Prof. Lucius Hall. The Camera Fiend and his gang assault the ship but Cap and Bucky drive them off. When Cap visits Bucky’s class, Prof. Hall tries to take his picture but shoots a poisoned dart, revealing himself to be the Camera Fiend! The Sentinels of Liberty in the class take on the villain’s henchmen and Cap punches out Hall.



Story #2

Meet the Fang

Writer: Jack Kirby. Writer: Joe Simon. Penciler: Joe Simon. Penciler: Jack Kirby. Inker: Joe Simon.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Steve Rogers and Bucky are assigned to guard a pair of Chinese emissaries on their way to Washington to ask for a loan to their war-torn country. The Japanese have arranged with Chinese crimelord Fang to kill the emissaries. As he stands guard over his charges Steve is gassed allowing Fang and his men to murder one of the emissaries and take the other and Bucky hostage. The dying man manages to contact the FBI and tell them where the villains are going. Betty Ross revives Steve who dons his Captain America gear and head to the address where Betty too is now a prisoner. Cap arrives in time to prevent Bucky’s beheading and he and his partner make short work of the ganglord and his henchmen.


Story #3

The Grim Reaper Deals with Crime

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Al Avison. Inker: Al Gabriele.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

John Scott has been convicted of murder and sentenced to hang; his son Larry knows that he was framed by mobster Chips Brant. Larry confronts the crook but is overpowered by a henchman and tied up. As the minutes on the clock tick by, drawing closer to the time of execution, Larry escapes and rushes to the prison with the proof that his father is innocent—but he is too late. Brooding over how time always seems to be on the side of evil, Larry decides to change that: he adopts the costumed persona of Father Time and heads back to Chips Brant’s hideout. There he captures the gangster and his thugs and secures them for the police before heading off into the night.


Story #4

The Strange Case of Who Killed Dr. Vardoff

Writer: Jack Kirby. Writer: Joe Simon. Penciler: Joe Simon. Penciler: Jack Kirby. Inker: Joe Simon.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

After months of hassles, Dr. Vardoff perfects his super-silk, an incredibly strong artificial fiber. He is threatened first by a monocle-wearing foreign agent who wants the formula for his country, and a gun moll trying to rope him into a mob protection racket. That night, Steve Rogers and Bucky are sent to pick up a sample of the super-silk for Army testing and discover that Vardoff has been strung up by the masked Hangman, using the doctor’s own silk. Changing into Captain America and Bucky they try to rescue Vardoff from the burning lab but it’s is clear the hanged man is dead. Outside, a mob mistakes them for the arsonists and attempts to lynch them but they escape. Investigating the crime scene later, Cap and Bucky meet Ludwig, Vardoff’s assistant who tries to tell them about the man with the monocle but he is strangled with a silk noose. They discover the gun moll, who denies knowledge of the crime and soon she too is a victim of the Hangman. Examining Vardoff’s burned body at the morgue, they discover the corpse has a glass eye, meaning it is not Vardoff! Cap and Bucky are captured by the Hangman and take to his hideout where the villain plots to kill them with an acid gun. Cap and Bucky get free, beat the henchmen and unmask the Hangman as…Doctor Vardoff! He explains how he found the monocled man trying to steal his formula, went mad and killed him, then decided to use the body to fake his own death so he could be left alone to do his work. He turns the formula over to Cap, then uses the acid gun to destroy himself.


Story #5

Trap for a Traitor

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Kirby. Inker: Joe Simon.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

On his way home from school, Bucky Barnes notices he is being followed by tough guy. He recognizes the man as Bill Haynes, whom he and Captain America had sent to prison for attempting to murder Colonel Stevens. Realizing the baddie has recognized him as Captain America’s sidekick and is hoping Bucky will lead him to Cap, the boy hero thinks fast. He writes a message to Cap using the Sentinels of Liberty secret code as drops it where a Sentinel (named Larry David!) will find and deliver it. As night falls, Haynes realizes Bucky is leading him in circles and he attacks the young hero but Captain America comes to the rescue and defeats the thug.


Story #6

The Engine of Destruction

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Jack Binder. Inker: Jack Binder.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

In England, American correspondent Headline Hunter becomes curious about a large building. Discovering it is a top-secret weapons factory owned by the fascist sympathizer Lord Wotonby, Headline sneaks into the building at night and makes a shocking discovery. The factory is a secret Nazi base containing a monster tank. As Wotonby takes the tank out on a destructive rampage through London, Headline swipes a plane from a nearby airfield and tries to bomb the Nazi marauders. When that proves ineffective he flies the plane directly into the tank (leaping into a river at the last minute) causing it to explode. Headline is awarded a medal—and catches a cold.


Story #7

The Boarding House Murders

Writer: Stan Lee. Penciler: Charles Nicholas. Inker: Charles Nicholas.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

On a visit to New York, the Hurricane rescues a girl from a mad dog. Asking her if she knows of a boarding house, he is warned away from the one on the corner, the scene of two unsolved murders. As Harry Kane (ha ha!), our hero takes a room from Mrs. Hagor, the landlady, and is introduced to the other lodgers. That night, another boarder is killed and a note left warning Harry to leave. Hurricane avoids the police who come to investigate (and who leave almost immediately, unwilling to explore any further) and questions the landlady about why someone would want to drive out the occupants. Mrs. Hagor reveals that a fortune in bonds is said to be hidden in the house. Hurricane lays a trap for the mystery killer and follows him through a secret passage in the wall where he overpowers the villain and unmasks him as Mrs. Hagor’s long-lost brother, who had been disguised as one of the other lodgers. No one (i.e Stan Lee) seems to notice that the bonds are still missing, though.


Joe Simon
Joe Simon
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Jack Kirby (Cover Inker)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Betsy Ross (FBI Agent), Father Time, Headline Hunter, Hurricane, Nazis.

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