CAPITAN AMERICA EDITORIALE CORNO
ALBO ORIGINALE DEL 1974
nell’ episodio principale di questo albo continua l’ odissea di CAP nel caos degenerato di sigle ed acronimi delle holding ed onlus internazionali del crimine, ormai talmente numerose ed incomprensibili da rendere praticamente impossibile la scelta di quella a cui destinare il 5 per mille della propria dichiarazione dei redditi, col rischio concreto che nell’ incertezza dilagante tra Modok, Aim, Hydra, Shield, Spectre, Anas, Cgil e Arci alla fine i soldi vadano a finire come sempre al solito stato avido, ingordo, accaparratore, sprecone e ladro
contiene : X-MEN con un episodio regolare (l’ ultimo della saga del Fattore Tre) + la seconda storia breve del ciclo di backup con le origini uno per uno dei mutanti (in questo numero comincia la narrazione della commovente favoletta di Scott Summers detto CICLOPE che a furia di spiare di nascosto le ragazze dal buco della serratura è rimasto miope e strabico e ha dovuto mettere le lenti telescopiche col paraocchi)
CONDIZIONI : BUONISSIME, ABRASIONE VERTICALE NEL LATO SINISTRO DI COPERTINA A FILO COSTOLA, 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
“Stop the Cyborg!” / FERMARE CYBORG !
- Agent A-12 / Cyborg (First appearance)
- Agent A-14 (First appearance)
Captain America is attacked by two AIM assassins, however despite the fact that they get the drop on him, Captain America easily defeats them in battle. Both men are disarmed and flee the scene, and when Cap tries to pick up one of their weapons, it dissolves in his hand. At AIM’s secret headquarters, MODOK is unimpressed for with this recent failure. He calls one of his assassins to answer for his failed mission, and when the excuse is not good enough, MODOK offers him two options: Either death, or being part of his cyborg project. The AIM assassin chooses the project, and is soon remade into a cybernetic creature (blandly) named the Cyborg. With the transformation a complete success, MODOK sends out the Cyborg to test it’s abilities.
Captain America meanwhile, has come to the barber shop that acts as a front for SHIELD headquarters. Going down into the base below, Captain America decides to deal with his current romantic woes with Sharon Carter. Seeing Nick Fury, Captain America demands that Fury take her off of active duty and give her a desk job so that the two of them can pursue a relationship without Cap ever fearing for her safety. Fury decides to agree to these terms and calls in Sharon, who also agrees to make the change and is happy to be able to pursue a relationship with Steve. With Cap and Sharon dealt with, Fury decides to check his security monitors and witnesses the Cyborg robbing a bank.
The Cyborg easily defeats the security guard, smashes open the safe and steal money. Fury calls back Sharon and Cap to witness this bold robbery. When Cap is asked to go out and deal with it, Sharon is eager to go with him when she remembers her promise to him and agrees to stay behind. As Fury and Cap go to track down the Cyborg, Sharon stays behind to work the radio. Meanwhile, the Cyborg brings the stolen money back to MODOK. Impressed by this test, MODOK orders the Cyborg to destroy the money as they do not need it. When Sharon gets a radio call from whom she thinks is Nick Fury, telling her where the Cyborg is located. She imparts this information to Captain America before she realizes that Fury hasn’t even left headquarters. Realizing that she has sent Cap into a trap, Sharon rushes out to go and help him.
Sharon arrives there first and is attacked by the Cyborg who easily subdues her. When Captain America arrives moments later, he attempts to battle the Cyborg however he is slowed up due to the number of traps that the house is rigged with. After a struggle, Captain America manages to defeat the Cyborg by ripping a live electrical wire out of the wall and tossing it at his foe, causing him to short circuit and destroy all his mechanical components. When the Cyborg tells him that MODOK has been watching a monitor turns on to reveal Nick Fury, who tells Cap that MODOK fled the scene. When Captain America confronts Sharon about her part in his mission, he thinks that Sharon and Fury lied to him and that Sharon put herself in danger on purpose. Before Sharon can explain things, Cap tells her that he doesn’t want to see her anymore and storms off. Watching as the man she loves walks away, Sharon bursts into tears, thinking to herself that she risked her life to save his.
“The Fateful Finale!” / FINALE FATALE !
- Factor Three
- Unknown US military base
- Factor Three base
- Factor Three Magno-Disks
With his goal of nuclear Armageddon close at hand, the Mutant Master monitors the X-Men. Cyclops and Iceman were stopped in America fighting the US military in an attempt to stop a gas attack, while Beast, Marvel Girl and Angel are held prisoner in a Russian prison when attempting to stop a bomb plot.
In the States, Cyclops and Iceman fight their way through the military opposition to enter the building where the nerve gas has been planted. Deducing that it has been put into the ventilation system, Cyclops orders Iceman to freeze it solid, preventing the gas from being released. However, they are attacked by Mastermind and Unus, who catch them off guard. While in Russia, Marvel Girl uses her telekinetic powers to pull one of the guards close enough to their cell for Beast to knock him out and take his keys. Freeing themselves the X-Men disrupt a meeting of Russian military officials in order to stop a bomb planted in their meeting table, however the Blob (who was also in the same cell as them) has revived and appeared to oppose the X-Men from succeeding in their task.
Back in the States, Cyclops and Iceman continue to battle Unus and Mastermind. While the two evil mutants have the upper hand, Cyclops and Iceman turn the tables when Cyclops causes a dense fog when he melts some of Iceman’s ice formations with his optic blast. Unable to see their foes and with the military fast approaching, the two evil doers flee the scene, as do the two X-Men who escape in their stolen Factor Three flying saucer. The military arrive to find the room empty and their base undamaged. As Cyclops and Iceman flee the scene, they consider their mission accomplished.
While back in Russia, the X-Men are in a Mexican stand-off with the Blob who holds the briefcase filled with explosives in front of the X-Men. The Blob boasts how the bomb can have no effect on him, however Marvel Girl psyches the Blob out, putting enough doubt in the Mutant Master being truthful about the strength of the bomb to cause the Blob to flee the scene in fear, dropping the bomb. Angel quickly grabs it and flies up as high as possible tossing the bomb away where it detonates safely, causing no harm to anyone. While the Russian military officials decide if they should re-imprison the X-Men or not, the three mutant heroes flee the scene.
The two teams of X-Men begin tracking the location of Factor Three. At the terrorist organization’s secret Midwestern hideout, the Mutant Master curses the X-Men for their victory, and begins to wonder where Changeling had gone, however he dismisses his second in command’s absence, and focuses on destroying the X-Men when they arrive.
The first to arrive are Cyclops and Iceman who are confronted by Vanisher, Unus, Mastermind and Blob. However they are only briefly outnumbered when Angel, Marvel Girl and Beast arrive on the scene shortly after. Before the two factions can begin fighting, Professor Xavier, recently freed tries to explain to the other Factor Three conspirators that Mutant Master has betrayed them by keeping the X-Men alive (by using the oblivo-ray instead of outright killing them and leaving the flying saucers to allow them to escape their European base before it self-destructed.) Realizing that Xavier is getting close to the truth behind his intentions, the Mutant Master then orders his androids to attack everyone, including his fellow Factor Three conspirators.
Elsewhere in the complex, Banshee revives finding that he too has been freed by parties unknown. Banshee then joins the battle and uses his sonic scream against Mutant Master, seemingly destroying his body. However, it turns out that his humanoid form was merely a disguise, and that Mutant Master is really an alien from another world. Claiming that it’s from the planet Sirius. As it is battered by both Banshee and Unus, the creature explains it was attempting to exploit mutants in a bid to take over the Earth for its masters. Unwilling to accept defeat, the alien Mutant Master instead chooses death. During the course of the final battle, another Charles Xavier appears, and as it turns out the “Charles” who warned Factor Three and the X-Men about Mutant Master’s hidden motives was Changeling, who was revealed to be a shape shifter.
With Mutant Master dead and his plot to take over the Earth ended, the remaining members of Factor Three and the X-Men agree to part company. Just as they escape in the remaining saucer crafts, the Professor tells Cyclops this cooperation between mutants against a common foe gives hope for the future.
Returning to the X-Mansion, Jean is excited to find that a package had been delivered in their absence, new costumes that she designed, and with Xavier’s blessing, the X-Men don their new uniforms. The entire team is happy with their new duds, except for the Beast who is less than enthusiastic about the new outfit, Angel quips about how they could have made him a costume more fitting to his name, complete with fur and tail, everyone but Hank himself get a good laugh out of the joke.
- At the end of this issue the X-Men are presented with new costumes.
“Lonely are the Hunted!” / le origini degli straordinari X-Men : I SOLITARI VENGONO BRACCATI
- The Living Diamond (First appearance), (Cameo)
- Unnamed New Yorkers
- Unnamed optometrist
- Unnamed policemen
- Unnamed hobos
- New York
- Sunset Orphanage (First appearance)
- Washington, D.C.
The fearful Scott Summers flees from an angry mob after his uncontrollable optic blast accidentally knocked loose an air conditioning unit from a crane, even though he then used his optic blasts to save them. Realizing that he can’t go back the orphanage where he’s grown up, young Scott decides to leave town by hitching a ride on a freight train.
In Washington D.C., the FBI and their mutant expert Professor Xavier learn of the incident and are interested in recruiting Scott into Xavier’s school for mutants. Learning his identity, they learn that he had disappeared from the orphanage where he’s lived most of his life. Learning of an optometrist who first suspected Scott was a mutant, Professor Xavier travels to visit the man and learn that he came up with the idea of using ruby quartz to control Scott’s uncontrollable optic blasts.
Meanwhile, Scott had decided to get off the rails for fear of getting caught. Hungry, he follows the scent of someone cooking food and finds a group of hobos that are preparing a meal over a fire. Initially invited to join them, when Scott tells them that he’s been hitching a ride on the rails, the homeless men think he’s playing a college initiation prank on them and attack him. Hearing the commotion, a group of police officers chase the hobos away and help Scott to his feet. Realizing the boy fits the description of the missing person report they have, one of the officers attempts to take off Scott’s glasses to get a better look at him, unleashing Scott’s optic blasts and sending the officers fleeing.
Recovering his glasses, Scott flees into the woods and suddenly finds himself drawn by mental commands coming from a nearby cabin. Following them he is welcome by a man who claims to be a mutant as well. This man however, intends to use his powers to rule over humanity.
“I Saw the Impossible World” / HO VISTO UN MONDO IMPOSSIBILE !
- Tom Bronson
- Dr. Sam Weems
- Ben Rubin
- Unnamed man in the planet
- Outer space
- Unnamed planet
- Starship SP-7
A deserter from the Space Corps of the future finds a replica of his home town and friends on an alien world. A stranger reveals that they are illusions created from the imagination of those who visit this planet and that they disappear. The man is horrified to find that he too is only a figment of the stranger’s imagination.