Captain America Meets the Asthma Monster #1: Review

Jan 1988
Louise Simonson, Alex Saviuk

Story Name:

Attack of the Asthma Monster

Review & Comments

3 stars

Captain America Meets the Asthma Monster #1 Review by (August 21, 2018)

Review: It is what it is: a nicely put together educational pamphlet for kids who may have been diagnosed with the ailment (like my son). This comic has a very specific purpose and it meets its goal better than could be expected.

Comments: A free giveaway comic book “compliments of your physician and Glaxo Inc.” Some copies have “Allen and Hanburys” in place of “Glaxo Inc.” Allen and Hanburys was the respiratory division of the parent company Glaxo. Inside front cover presents “The Origin of Captain America,” excerpted from TALES OF SUSPENSE #63. The back cover features an asthma-related word-search puzzle. And the Asthma Monster returns (as he promised) in CAPTAIN AMERICA: RETURN OF THE ASTHMA MONSTER!



Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America Meets the Asthma Monster #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

John suffers an asthma attack at school while reading about Captain America appearing at a local event. He is sent to the infirmary where the nurse gives him his medicine and has him lie down. Ruth, another student having an attack, comes in; John can't believe she has asthma because she's captain of the swim team but it's true. As they compare notes on their malady, a villain in a grotesque costume calling himself the Asthma Monster enters fires his Aller-Gun at the nurse causing her to have an attack. The allergen doesn't work on the kids because they have just taken medication so the villain teleports away. The Monster attacks several classrooms full of children and escapes; John dials Captain America's hotline and soon Cap is on the scene. He reports the epidemic to the National Guard and takes John and Ruth on his motorcycle to visit their doctor's office, with deducing the Asthma Monster will try to destroy the local supply of asthma medicine. On the way, Cap reveals that he had asthma as a child too, and tell them how to deal with attacks.

At the doctor's office Cap battles the baddie; the kids squirt inhalers in the villain's face, blinding him so Cap can crack his helmet open. The Monster has an asthma attack but refuses to take medicine for it; it turns out he hated his asthma so much that he wanted to inflict it on everybody while he used his protective helmet to breathe normally. As the cops take him away, the Asthma Monster vows revenge—and Captain America and the kids vow to be ready for him....

Alex Saviuk
Fred Fredericks
Paul Becton
Alex Saviuk (Cover Penciler)
Al Milgrom (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Rick Parker.


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