CAPITAN AMERICA EDITORIALE CORNO
ALBO ORIGINALE DEL 1974
tornato dalla breve gitarella in vietnam un CAP oltremodo pimpante ed evidentemente in gran fregola va a spasso per Harlem in cerca del suo amichetto negro preferito, che ovunque si trovi è sempre perfettamente riconoscibile in mezzo a tutti gli altri milioni di disgraziati afroamericani perchè sulla spalla al posto della solita scimmia ha invece un uccellaccio del malaugurio bardato a carnevale in sintonia con lo sgargiante e ridicolo abbigliamento del padrone
contiene : X-MEN con un episodio regolare + la quarta storia breve del ciclo di backup con le origini uno per uno dei mutanti (in questo numero continua la narrazione della commovente favoletta di Scott Summers detto CICLOPE adolescente borderline con l’ occhio che non si accontentava della propria parte ma dava spesso in bizzarre escandescenze)
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 Fate of… the Falcon!” / IL DESTINO DI… FALCON !
- Diamond Head (First appearance)
- The Diamond Head Gang
Captain America has decided to venture into Harlem to check on his friend the Falcon when he overhears a news report that the police have the Falcon — wanted for a crime — in a tenement building. Believing that his one-time sidekick is innocent, Captain America decides to go and try to see what he can do to help his friend out. As he scales the roof tops trying to find the building he spots the Falcon’s bird, Redwing and follows it to the location of the police cordon. Sneaking into the building he finds that the Falcon has been injured.
When Captain America inquires what’s going on, the Falcon explains that he was framed by a criminal named Diamond Head, who is the leader of a gang of black supremists that have been trying to take over Harlem. Agreeing to help Falcon clear his name, Cap devises a way to help the Falcon escape. Getting the Falcon to put on his uniform, Captain America exists out the front door and tells the police that he is a hostage and that Captain America helped free him and that he captured the Falcon. When the police go in, they spot “Captain America” leaving the scene, and don’t even consider the idea that it’s the Falcon in disguise.
Meanwhile, Diamond Head and his minions are going out and roughing up non-blacks who have stores in Harlem, forcing them to pay them protection money to prevent them from being forced out of business. While at the home of Sam Wilson, Captain America and the Falcon go over the information that Sam has gathered in trying to determine the true identity of Diamond Head and the location of his gangs hideout. Searching the records of recently opened businesses, Captain America and Falcon go to check out a warehouse that just recently opened for business. When Cap stakes out the location, he spots criminal Rocky the Lynx, a member of the Maggia near the warehouse. Rocky notes Captain America’s entrance to the warehouse and decides to use it to his advantage.
Inside, Captain America is easily over powered by members of Diamond Head’s gang, and Diamond Head himself makes an appearance. Before they can shoot Captain America, the Falcon comes out of hiding and fights off the gang members. Cap manages to free himself and knock down Diamond Head. Unmasking the criminal he is surprised to see that it’s Rocky the Lynx. As it turns out, the Maggia put up the Diamond Head guise by trying to sweep out other gangs from Harlem so that they can take over the rackets in the area. After the police arrive, take the crooks away and Falcon clears his name, Captain America departs. As he is leaving, Falcon tells him that even though his skin is a different color, he still considers Captain America a brother.
- Captain America’s face is retouched by John Romita Sr. throughout this story.
“Now Strikes…the Sub-Human!” / ORA COLPISCE IL SUB-UMANO
- Gortokians (First appearance)
- Grotesk, the Sub-Human (First appearance)
- King Krono (Only in flashback)
- Princess Ingar (Only in flashback; dies)
- Unnamed New Yorkers
- Unnamed subway workers
- Dr. Hunt (First appearance) – Archer College seismologist
- Mr. Chalmers (First appearance)
- Unnamed Archer College trustees and scientists
- New York subway
- Greenwich Village
- Cyclops’ Visor MK I
- Nuclear oscillotoron
A sub-human creature has attacked a New York City subway train, which coincidentally happens to have Bobby Drake and Hank McCoy on board on yet another date with Zelda and Vera. Sneaking away from their dates and changing into their Iceman and Beast guises, the two X-Men attack the creature, who takes up the name “Grotesk” based on Beast’s assessment of the creatures appearance. After a brief battle, Grotesk gets tired of the fight and seals the tunnel which he emerged from, warning the two mutants to beware of him in the future. When Beast and Iceman attempt to follow after the creature, they find that the passageway is sealed tight. Returning to their civilian guises and their dates, Bobby and Hank cut things short so that they can report what they encountered to the Professor.
Meanwhile, Grotesk returns to the caverns below New York City and thinks back to the events that led to his hatred of the human race. He recounts how he was a member of a subterranean race of people ruled by King Krono, whose daughter, Princess Ingar, was the love of Grotesk, who back then was simply Prince Gor-Tok. Their warrior race would rule below for a time until humanities atomic tests would cause volcanic eruptions underground that would wipe out everyone except for Gor-Tok, who mutated into the creature he is today by the lingering radiation. Blaming the surface dwellers for his plight, Gor-Tok decided to get revenge against the surface dwellers by destroying them.
Back at the X-Mansion, the Professor is running Cyclops, Angel and Marvel Girl into a series of tests and is pushes the team hard when they mess up their tests. When Bobby and Hank arrive to tell what’s happened but are scolded and deducted two demerits and disallowed to go into the city for a week. Before they can say anything more, the Professor leaves for his study, asking Jean to join him. In private, the Professor and Jean discuss the fact that the X-Men must learn to fight as a tighter unit as much as possible if the Professor’s current plans are to work out. Jean asks the Professor to confide in the others, a request the Professor refuses.
As the Professor reads Hank and Bobby’s thoughts and learns about Grotesk, he tells his students to go and face this new threat to the Earth. Meanwhile, a series of tremors begin to threaten to destroy the Earth, gaining the attention of leading scientists including Professor Hunt, who learns the truth and tries to warn his colleagues of the danger. The tremors are also felt by Grotesk, who is unaware that one of his own dead civilizations own devices is the source of this disturbance. Blaming it on the surface dwellers, Grotesk begins to ascend to the surface world and face the threat, unaware that the Cyclops and Beast are right now traveling into his tunnels to face him as well. Blasting their way through Grotesk’s tunnel, the X-Men find his city deserted. When Angel and Iceman demand to know why they and Marvel Girl were not allowed to accompany Cyclops and Beast, Marvel Girl refuses to provide them answers.
While on the surface, Grotesk has wandered to Professor Hunt’s lab where he finds one of his assistants and captures him. Taking the man down to his lair, Grotesk demands that the human show him where the surface dwellers “weapons” are; however his interrogation is interrupted by the arrival of the X-Men.
“The Living Diamond” / le origini degli incredibili X-Men : IL DIAMANTE VIVENTE !
- Unnamed power plant guards
- Unnamed nuclear power plant
- Nuclear cyclotron lab
Professor X squares off against Jack O’Diamonds as the young Scott Summers watches on. When the Professor’s mental powers prove to be superior to that of Jack’s, Jack uses his diamond hands to smash a steel girder and send it flying toward Xavier, who ducks out of its path. This causes the roof to collapse, separating them. Jack O’Diamonds still needs Scott to help him and he uses a Cyclotron to bombard himself with more radiation.
When the two rush to the Cyclotron building, they are confronted by a security guard whom Jack orders Scott to disarm with his optic blast. Leaving Scott to stand guard, Jack enters the Cyclotron building to use its devices on his own. Inside, he finds a device that bombards him with radiation. While outside, the Professor arrives outside the building just as Scott uses his optic blasts to destroy a jeep full of security guards that are approaching the building. In order to prevent the guards from being harmed, the Professor uses his mental powers to knock them out. Realizing that the Professor survived, Scott stops to let the Professor talk to him. Inside however, Jack O’Diamonds has bombarded his entire body with a full dose of radiation, turning his entire body in diamond. Breaking through the walls to get outside, Jack Winters, AKA Jack O’Diamonds rechristens himself once again: Now calling himself the Living Diamond.
“The Secret of the Hidden Planet!” / IL SEGRETO DEL PIANETA NASCOSTO !
- Dirk Morgan
- Paul Hastings
It is discovered that a race of beings live on Venus so a mission is planned to travel there. The second in command, Dirk Morgan, wants all the credit so spends his life savings to put the commander, Paul Hastings, temporary out of action so he can take all the credit. When he gets there he finds that the aliens are in fact humans from the future and leave due to wanting there privacy, leaving Morgan to feel like a fool and wasted his life savings for nothing