CAPITAN AMERICA EDITORIALE CORNO
ALBO ORIGINALE DEL 1976
Ancora un avversario improbabile, inconsistente ed irrilevante per il povero Cap, che per la deprimente e reiterata latitanza di antagonisti alla sua altezza ricorda molto l’ ex premier italiano Silvio Berlusconi, che nell’ arco di più di 20 anni ha incrociato come rivali sul suo cammino soltanto delle miserabili nullità e mezzetacche incapaci, inattendibili, inadeguate ed incompetenti, come Occhetto, Prodi, Veltroni, Rutelli, Di Pietro e Bersani, fino a stancarsi ed avvilirsi per l’ essere sempre condannato a vincere con troppa facilità e decidere così di ritirarsi affidando il proprio primato politico nelle mani del delfino Renzi, in cambio dei soliti piccoli debiti di riconoscenza come la totale ed incondizionata impunità civile, fiscale e penale
contiene : LUKE CAGE (futuro POWERMAN) che reduce da un intenso e logorante team-up con L’Uomo Ragno (che appare appena di sfuggita all’ inizio della storia) non ha nemmeno il tempo di concedersi una breve pennichella che subito gli tocca affrontare lo svitatissimo Chemistro
CONDIZIONI : BUONISSIME, USURA IN COSTOLA, MINUSCOLO FRAMMENTINO MANCANTE NEL BORDO DESTRO DI COPERTINA, L’ALBO NON E’ DI BUSTA
GRANDISSIMA DISPONIBILITA’ DI TUTTI I SUPEREROI CORNO E NON
“…And a Phoenix Shall Arise!” / LA MINACCIA DELLA FENICE !
- Phoenix (Helmut Zemo) (First appearance)
- Dr. Faustus (Only in flashback)
- Baron Zemo (Herinrich Zemo) (Only in flashback)
- Red Skull (Johann Shmidt) (Only in flashback)
- Solarr (Silas King) (Only in flashback)
- Hilda Zemo (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
- United States of America
- Germany (Only in flashback)
- Castle Zemo (Only in flashback)
A mysterious villain calling himself Phoenix captures Captain America and renders him unconscious. When Cap awakens, he finds himself in a factory strapped to a large vertical slab dangling above a cauldron of boiling fluid.
The Phoenix proclaims his father’s genius and speaks at length about his greatest inventions, Adhesive-X and the Death-Ray.
But during a fight in World War II, Captain America flung his shield at Zemo, striking a vat of chemicals which permanently scarred his face. The effects drove Zemo mad and forced him to abandon his wife and young child. Naturally, the younger Zemo blames Captain America for this and has been nursing a life-long hatred of him because of it.
But now, he has Captain America at his mercy suspended above a vat of the same Adhesive-X that his father had invented so long ago. He is also armed with his father’s Death-Ray. Cap strains at the bonds, but he is making little progress, though salvation is never far away.
This gives Cap enough time to strain against his bonds, finally breaking them.
He flips out of the way so as to avoid falling into the vat of Adhesive X and reclaims his shield. The Falcon and Redwing chase the Phoenix along a catwalk, but ultimately he tumbles over the railing, falling into the Adhesive-X cauldron himself. Cap and the Falcon believe Zemo to be dead.
- Although it appears that the Phoenix dies in this issue, he will rise again as the new Baron Zemo in the pages of Captain America, as well as The Avengers. Helmut Zemo is next seen in Captain America #275.
- This issue will be reprinted with minor dialogue alterations by Power Records. This package contained the comic with a thicker hard stock customized cover and came with a narrated 45 RPM record. The record and comic would also appear again on a full-length record that compiled several of Power Records’ comic narrations.
- A small dialogue from this issue was sampled in Eminem’s song “Rap God”.
“Chemistro!” / CHEMISTRO !
- Chemistro (First appearance)
- Spider-Man (Cameo)
- Annabelle Crawford
- Horace Claymore
- Phil Fox
- J. Jonah Jameson
- Manny Raymond
- United States of America
As Luke Cage is busy fighting Spider-Man (A story told in Amazing Spider-Man #123, in Italy in URC #135) a new villain appears in New York: Chemistro, who is trying to destroy the Mainstream Motor’s offices, during which he injures employee Annabelle Crawford.
Cage learns of the incident when Annabelle ends up in Noah’s clinic, and her boss Horace Claymore who wants to hire Luke Cage to deal with Chemistro. Meanwhile, Chemistro returns to his home where he recounts the events that led to his career as a costumed criminal: How in his civilian guise as Curtis Carr he was working for Mainstream Motor’s where he invented the alchemy gun. However, when Claymore wanted to claim it as company property. Angered, he quit his job and worked out and developed the Chemistro identity to get revenge against Claymore and his company.
Meanwhile, at the Daily Bugle office, Phil Fox arrives to try to sell J. Jonah Jameson on the information he has on Luke Cage being a con. However, having had just dealt with Cage personally (in the aforementioned Spider-Man story), the angry Jameson kicks Fox out of his office, not wanting to publish any stories that would give Cage publicity. Disappointed, Fox decides to use the information he knows some other way.
While the next day when Chemistro attacks a Mainstream Motor’s board meeting, Luke Cage is there to stop him, however during the fight Chemistro manages to escape.
Returning to his office at the Gem, Luke Cage finds Phil Fox there waiting for him. Fox informs Luke that he knows the truth about Luke’s past. He tries to blackmail Luke into robbing a bank for him, but Luke refuses and throws him out of his office, Fox vowing to get revenge against Luke.
Three days later at a public exhibition of Mainstream Motor’s test track, Chemistro strikes again, and battles Luke Cage. During the fight, Chemistro shoots his foot with his alchemy gun, turning it into steel so he can get an edge in fighting Luke Cage. However, when the effects of the alchemy gun wears off, Chemistro’s foot crumbles away, crippling him. Realizing what he’s done to himself, Chemistro surrenders over to Luke. After all dealt with, Phil (who is a spectator in the crowd) taunts Luke, who only ignores Phil and walks away.
“Not Flesh and Blood!” / SENZA CARNE NE’ SANGUE
Howard Walton hires a mechanic, Karl Luger, to build a robot to murder his business partner.