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Captain America: The 1940's Newspaper Strip #2: Review

Jul 2010
Karl Kesel, Karl Kesel

Story Name:

(No title given)

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America: The 1940's Newspaper Strip #2 Review by (August 10, 2021)

Review: See issue #1 for full review.

Comments: Artist Rich Ellis is credited with backgrounds. Second story is also found in THE UNCANNY X-MEN #526.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America: The 1940's Newspaper Strip #2 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

At Operation Firebird, the secret science lab where they seek to recreate the Super-Soldier formula, FBI espionage expert Mickey Flynn explains how he knows the Red Skull is not behind the abduction of Dr. Smythe: he himself had a battle with the Skull on a bridge in Washington D.C. The two of them fell into the Potomac but only Flynn surfaced; the Red Skull is dead. Flynn discovers that Smythe had been working on a remote controlled robot soldier, called S.A.M. (Semi-Automated-Militia) and insists on taking it down into the caves to sees what it is capable of. Afterward, he assures Captain America that he can handle the investigation by himself so Cap and Bucky can return to their duties as test subjects….

Agent Betsy Ross decides to search the caves for clues and she discovers Dr. Smythe’s blood-stained ID badge—and then she is knocked out from behind. When she doesn’t turn up, Cap and Bucky go down to the caves in search of her and they find Betsy atop a cache of explosives. Cap disarms the bomb and discovers it’s a fake—a distraction. They return to the labs where Miss Vinegar tells them Dr., Todd has now been kidnapped. They discover that S.A.M. has been tampered with, a built-in camera has been removed, likely because it held incriminating footage of the villain. Mickey Flynn suggests Dr. Todd is the mastermind behind the crimes but everyone else rejects the idea. Cap takes charge of improving security measures because Miss Vinegar, as Dr. Todd’s assistant, is the next logical candidate for abduction. Cap and Bucky take turns guarding Vinegar but when Cap comes on duty, the lady scientist knocks him out with a drugged chocolate chip cookie….

Cap wakes up in a secret lab, strapped to a table. Todd and Smythe are being held in cages. Vinegar explains she is no Nazi but a patriot: she wants the Super-Soldier formula recreated. She kidnapped Smythe so that his doomed S.A.M. project would be shut down, saving money; she kidnapped Todd because he found the film that revealed her capturing Smythe. The best way to recover the formula would be to dissect Cap’s muscles—after death of course….

Flynn locks Bucky and Betsy in an office and uses the S.A.M. robot to locate the hidden lab. He attacks Miss Vinegar who claws at his face, revealing it is a mask and underneath is the visage of the Red Skull….

“Q & A with Dr. Michael J. Ryan”
Synopsis: Paleontologist Michael J. Ryan of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on the discovery and naming of a new dinosaur, Medusaceratops Lokii, after a certain Marvel God of Mischief.  

Karl Kesel
Karl Kesel
Ben Dimagmaliw
Butch Guice (Cover Penciler)
Butch Guice (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bucky Barnes
Bucky Barnes

(James Barnes)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Red Skull
Red Skull

(Johann Shmidt)

Plus: Betsy Ross (FBI Agent).

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