CAPITAN AMERICA EDITORIALE CORNO
da sempre il sogno americano offre una gamma di possibilità sterminate ed inimmaginabili per riuscire ad affermarsi e sfondare nella vita, infatti negli Stati Uniti chi non ha voglia di faticare può scegliere tra tre alternative: fare il pornodivo, la rockstar, oppure il super-eroe.
non particolarmente dotato per quel che riguardava le dimensioni dell’ attrezzo nè per le sue prestazioni endurance, e soprattutto essendo irrimediabilmente e scandalosamente stonato, Steve Rogers optò per la terza soluzione, e si dedicò all’ attività di buffone mascherato, indossando un bel costume tutto a stelle e strisce proprio come la bandiera della Bolivia
non essendo mai stato un modello di continuità e assiduità , cominciò però ben presto a prendersi delle lunghe pause di riposo e a rimanere spesso e volentieri a casa in mutua adducendo le patologie più disparate e insolite grazie a certificati medici compiacenti, mentre in realtà non aveva nulla e stava benissimo, negli anni del dopoguerra marcò visita addirittura per circa 15 anni consecutivi, finchè Stan Lee non lo trovò indecorosamente ubriaco in un bar del bronx nell’ orario della visita fiscale, e lo precettò costringendolo a tornare al lavoro. ma il lupo, si sa, perde il pelo ma non il vizio, e così anche ultimamente ha tirato indietro le sue chiappettine incartapecorite facendo finta di essere morto, gli hanno anche fatto il funerale, ma tanto non ci crede nessuno, si tratta invece certamente di una raffinata strategia di tanatosi mimetica, cui ricorrono anche molti animali come l’ opossum, il cinghiale, l’ insetto foglia o il serpente muso di porcello, insomma è tutta una vile e diabolica scusa per non fare un bel nulla
nelle edicole italiane il n.1 di CAP uscì il 23 Aprile 1973, ovvero alla immediata vigilia della famigerata austerity, e già questa piccola ma non trascurabile coincidenza avrebbe dovuto far toccare le palle a qualcuno all’ interno della Corno. infatti anche qui da noi svernò parecchi anni da vero e proprio mangiapane a tradimento, stipendiato senza fare un cacchio, finchè non ha provveduto la Madia a sistemarlo con uno dei suoi provvidenziali ed inesorabili decreti anti-fannulloni
ALBO ORIGINALE DEL 1973
in questo numero altre due storie di CAP, la seconda delle quali monca delle prime 3 pagine che erano già state però pubblicate nel n.1 di questa stessa collana con il titolo Così riapparve Capitan America come piccolo assaggino a promemoria del ripescaggio silver age del personaggio (ovvero sbrinato dai Vendicatori ed arruolato seduta stante nel gruppo con la precisazione scritta “supereroe decongelato” come prescrive la legge), breve segmento narrativo delle ri-origini che era stato inserito nel passaggio americano di testata da Tales of Suspense a Captain America, dove comunque in pratica non era cambiato nulla, come del resto in quello tra Biden e Trump, con sempre la stessa disgustosa puzza ovunque
in entrambe le storie l’ ormai ex Capitan Findus continua ad essere affiancato dall’ abbronzatissimo BLACK PANTHER
contiene inoltre : X-MEN (con la prima parte del trittico delle Sentinelle)
CONDIZIONI : OTTIME, L’ ALBO NON E’ DI RESA
LEGENDA STATO DI CONSERVAZIONE
condizioni ECCELLENTI (o anche EDICOLA e/o MAGAZZINO) = si intende un oggetto nuovo e perfetto oppure usato senza difetti e praticamente ancora come nuovo, tenendone per quest’ultimo caso in conto ovviamente la datazione ; corrisponde a un range di grading internazionale compreso tra 8,5 e 9,8 (non assegniamo punteggi superiori a 9,8 perchè trattasi di tipi ideali a ns avviso più teorici e scolastici che reali e concreti, ogni manufatto umano in natura ha una percentuale insita e congenita seppur infinitesimale di imperfezione)
condizioni OTTIME = oggetto nuovo (o talora anche usato ma maneggiato e conservato con molta cura) in cui non si riscontra alcun difetto rilevante e degno di nota, tutt’al più qualche minimo segno di lettura o di uso ; corrisponde a un range di grading internazionale compreso tra 7 e 8,5
condizioni BUONISSIME = oggetto usato (ed in taluni casi anche fondo di magazzino soggetto a piccole usure del tempo) con lievi imperfezioni e difetti poco vistosi, generalmente molto marginali ed appena percepibili ; corrisponde a un range di grading internazionale compreso tra 5,5 e 7
condizioni MOLTO BUONE = oggetto usato con imperfezioni vistose e difetti abbastanza spiccati, pur se non completamente invalidanti (generalmente specificati nel dettaglio alla voce CONDIZIONI nella parte inferiore della descrizione di ogni singolo oggetto); corrisponde a un range di grading internazionale compreso tra 4 e 5,5
condizioni PIU’ CHE BUONE / MEDIOCRI = oggetto usato con imperfezioni e difetti evidenti, smaccati, madornali ed invalidanti, assolutamente non collezionabile tuttavia idoneo per la semplice lettura o documentazione ; corrisponde a un range di grading internazionale inferiore a 4
per eventuali ulteriori dettagli aggiuntivi e specifici si prega di fare sempre riferimento alla voce CONDIZIONI nella parte inferiore della descrizione di ogni singolo oggetto
GRANDISSIMA DISPONIBILITA’ DI TUTTI I SUPEREROI CORNO E NON
“The Man Who Lived Twice!” / NEL COVO DEL NEMICO
- Agent 13 (Impersonates Irma Kruhl)
- Franz Gruber (Impersonates Baron Zemo)
- Zemo’s base
- Captain America’s Shield
- Zemo’s Hypno-light missile
Captain America has come to Wakanda to help the Black Panther to liberate his kingdom from invaders who are using a solar ray as a weapon, trapped in a pit they soon find the leader behind it all is apparently Baron Zemo, Cap’s old enemy who has long since believed to be dead.
Being pulled out of the pit and held at gun point.
When Zemo orders them killed, Cap and Black Panther fight off the soldiers but then are knocked out by hypno missiles and taken back to Zemo’s base.
Elsewhere Agent 13 (posing as female spy Irma Kruhl) has been admitted to Zemo’s secret lair.
Inside, Zemo explains to Captain America and Black Panther that he plans to use his solar ray to destroy the United States, and that he is waiting on Irma Kruhl to arrive with the locations of the US nuclear missile bases before making his attack.
Cap and the Panther attempt to stop Zemo again but they are beaten back once more.
When Kruhl arrives, Zemo orders her to execute Captain America and Black Panther, leaving Agent-13 stuck with a decision: Does she blow her cover to save the man she loves, or does she kill him in order to save the world?… This story is continued in Captain America #100 (in this same italian issue)
- This is the final issue of Tales of Suspense, at the time Marvel was phasing out a number of their older titles that used to be old science fiction, horror, and fantasy tales and renaming them to a title that matched the super-hero that took over the book following the resurgance in popularity in super-heroes in the 1960’s. In the case of Tales of Suspense, the title was re-named to Captain America (but keeping the issue numbers) as for Iron Man, his story was continued in a special one-shot Iron Man and Sub-Mariner title, because at the time the following story was still only an 11 page story (which fit the Tales of Suspense format), it was teamed up with a Sub-Mariner story that suffered the same problem when Tales to Astonish was retitled to Incredible Hulk. Following this one shot, Iron Man and Sub-Mariner would be given their own full length titles.
“This Monster Unmasked!” / (senza titolo ) MISSING FIRST 3 PAGES / MANCANO LE PRIME 3 PAGINE
- Agent 13 (Impersonates Irma Kruhl)
- Black Panther
- Franz Gruber (Impersonates Baron Zemo) (Death)
- The Destructon (First appearance)
Baron Zemo has ordered Agent 13 (who is posing as female spy Irma Kruhl) to execute Captain America and Black Panther, before they begin using a solar ray to destroy the United States.
However, when she fires her first shot it misses, and she convinces Baron Zemo that they can execute the heroes after they use the solar ray against the United States. Taken to the control room, Agent 13 then activates her hidden weapon to destroy the solar rays controls.
She, Captain America and Black Pather begin fighting their way out of the control room, however when they end up in a hall way surrounded by guards, they escape through a ventelator shaft.
In order to stop them, Zemo then activates his robot the Destructon to go after the heroes.
Captain America, Agent 13 and Black Panther fight the robot and eventually Cap managees to stop it by destroying it’s motor controls.
When Zemo and his men arrive, Zemo gets close enough for Captain America to grab him and unmask him. Revealing him not to be Baron Zemo at all, but the pilot of his plane the day that Zemo had died.
Realizing they had been tricked, the stunned troops then shoot the pilot dead.
Before they can act any further, Black Panther unmasks himself revealing to them that he is the leader of Wakanda and orders them to surrender to the Wakandan authorities and receive a fair trial for their crimes, the soldiers, with no other choice surrender peacefully.
With all the soldiers rounded up, Agent 13 contacts Nick Fury to inform him that their mission was a success and Fury fires missiles at the solar ray satelite destroying it. Later, Captain America, Agent 13, and Black Panther (the Panther consenting to consider joining the Avengers in Captain America’s place) all leave Wakanda to return to the United States.
- This is the first silver age issue of Captain America, in spite of the fact that it’s listed as issue #100. This is because the title which was originally Tales of Suspense was renamed to Captain America. At the time Marvel was phasing out its old titles which originally were for science fiction, horror, and fantasy stories and soon became dominated by Iron Man and Captain America stories following the resurgence in popularity for super hero comics in the 1960’s.
- At the end of this issue, Black Panther tells Captain America he will consider taking his place in the Avengers. He will appear next in Avengers #51 (in Italy in THC # 61-62) where he joins the team as Captain America’s hand-picked “replacement”.
- Warren Worthington, Jr. (First appearance)
- Kathryn Worthington (First appearance)
- Bernard the Poet
- Dr. Bolivar Trask (First appearance)
- Sentinels (First appearance)
- Sentinels Mk I (First appearance)
- Sentinel 1/Section Leader (First appearance)
- Sentinel 2 (First appearance)
- Sentinel 3 (First appearance)
- Sentinel 3-R (First appearance)
- Sentinel 6 (First appearance)
- Sentinel 7 (First appearance)
- Sentinel 8-R (First appearance)
- Sentinel 9 (First appearance)
- Sentinel 10 (First appearance)
- Master Mold (Behind the scenes)
- Sentinels Mk I (First appearance)
- Juggernaut (Mentioned)
- Curtis (First appearance) (Worthington butler)
- Unnamed citizens watching TV debate
- Zelda Kurtzberg, Coffee A-Go-Go waitress
- Bernard, the poet & a drummer
- unnamed Coffee A-Go-Go client
- Unnamed National Television Network personnel and reporters
- Unnamed taxi driver
- Anti-mutant mob
- New York State
- Sentinel Headquarters in upstate New York (First appearance)
- New York City
- Long Island
- Worthington estate
- Westchester County
- National Television Network studio
- Cyclops’ Visor, version 1 and Ruby-Quartz sunglasses
- “Mutant Menace” Daily Globe
- Professor X’s Rolls Royce
- Warren Worthington’s Mustang
The X-Men are still recovering from injuries sustained in their battle against the Juggernaut; the Professor examines them and gives all the recovering X-Men a clean bill of health. However, this would only prove to be a minor reprieve for the X-Men, because at that very moment, scientist Bolivar Trask is holding a press conference to denounce the Mutant race as a menace to humanity that must be crushed. The press eats it up and Trask’s paranoid rants end up landing on the front page of newspapers all over America.
Back at the X-Mansion, the X-Men change out of their uniforms and conceal their mutant natures; they prepare to depart on a much needed holiday.
Jean leaves with Warren, leaving Scott to wonder how he can compete with his rich and handsome teammate for Jean’s affections. When Hank and Bobby offer an invite for Scott to join them, Summers declines and departs on his lonesome, passing the newspaper to Professor Xavier before leaving.
Opening the paper, Xavier is horrified to find Trask’s epitaph against mutants complete with a wild story about how mutants will take over and enslave humanity. Feeling that this will bring about anti-mutant hysteria, the Professor calls the National Television Network to arrange a televised debate between himself and Trask over the supposed Mutant threat.
That night on television, Professor Xavier and Bolivar Trask argue their points to a national television audience, sparking debate all over New York and around the United States. Bolivar offers to the audience a means of defense against the supposed mutant menace by demonstrating his new invention on Xavier (unaware that Xavier is really a mutant himself); his new robot enforcers the Sentinels.
Revealing that he has an army of these robots at his command, Trask begins to order the section leader Sentinel #1. However, things take an unexpected twist when the robot suddenly turns on Trask, stunning him with a ray beam and declaring the Sentinels as superior to humanity.
Subduing Xavier and Trask, the Sentinels wait for further orders allowing Professor X to send out a mental summons to his X-Men asking for help.
The first to receive the call are Bobby and Hank who are at Coffee A-Go-Go listening to poetry. They then spring into action as Iceman and Beast. Warren Worthington also gets the call while sitting down for supper with his parents, and excuses himself from the table to change into the Angel and fly off to answer the Professor’s summons. Back at the TV studio, the Professor tries to keep the crowd calm with his mental powers but finds the strain incredible. The Sentinels then decide to take their captives to their creators, prompting Trask to try and flee, however he misses a near fatal hit from one of the robots ray beams. Iceman and Beast arrive on the scene and begin trying to take the Sentinels out of commission however Iceman is hit by a ray blast.
Scott, having heard the Professor’s summons, takes a cab to the TV studio. He accidentally drops his ruby quartz glasses while in the cab, causing him to fire an optic blast through the roof. Regaining his glasses, he’s chased by an angry mob who has bought into Trask’s anti-mutant hysteria. Rushing into the studio and losing the mob, Scott changes into his Cyclops uniform and comes to Beast’s aid. Beast is knocked out in their fight against the last standing Sentinel.
However, before Cyclops can deal with it, the Sentinel suddenly deactivates on its own and falls over. Mentally commanding his charges so as not to give away his secret of being a mutant and leader of the X-Men, Xavier orders Cyclops to revive the others and help the people out of the studio so that they might examine the Sentinel and find out what deactivated it.
The other Sentinels meanwhile have escaped with Trask as their prisoner. Flying away from the studio, they come into contact with the Angel. Some of the Sentinels break off to attack him, using a ray that magnetizes his body, causing him to be drawn toward a speeding train, the Angel finds himself stuck on its roof.
Coincidentally, Jean Grey happens to be riding this very train to answer the Professor’s call for help and changes into Marvel Girl to give Angel a helping hand back on his feet.
They join the other X-Men just as the Professor is able to mentally probe the mind of the Sentinel who mumbled the word “Master Mold” before deactivating. With his probe, he learns of the Sentinels secret base and leads the X-Men to go out and rescue Trask from his wayward inventions.
Meanwhile, at the Sentinels base, Trask demands to know why his inventions have betrayed him, they explain to him that in order to protect humanity from Mutants, they must first conquer the human race. Taking Trask into the control room, they are alerted of the X-Men’s approach through their sophisticated computer systems.
Outside, the X-Men park the Professor’s Royals Royce in the location the Sentinel told them that its comrades were hiding, however all they find is an empty meadow. Suddenly the ground rises up revealing a high tech pill box that fires laser beams at them, catching the X-Men all by surprise.
- The artists renditions of mutants enslaving humans becomes a bit of an inspiration for Quentin Quire to form the Omega Gang. According to Quire, he was born on the very date the newspaper story was published.
- Bobby claims that he and Hank are from New York City. Later issues reveal that the two men are actually from Nassau County and Dunfee, Illinois.
- Werner Roth helped pencil this issue under the pseudonym Jay Gavin