Captain America #103-104
Issue(s): Captain America #103, Captain America #104
Cap invades the island but gets defeated and the Red Skull implants a nuclear bomb (now in adhesive tape form!) on the back of his neck, and then allows Cap to free himself and Sharon and escape.
Next issue, after helping SHIELD test some LMDs, the Red Skull contacts him about the bomb (except now it is simply a detonator for a bomb hidden in Washington DC. Last issue it was the bomb and the Skull had the detonator. Now the Skull's detonator is a remote control Neuro Rod. It's all effectively the same thing anyway). If the Red Skull were as bad as he likes to pretend he is, he would simply detonate the bomb and be done with it. Instead he uses the bomb as blackmail to... order Cap to return to the Island of Exiles. The Island that the Skull let Cap escape from in the first place as part one of his plot. That... makes no sense! IT MAKES NO SENSE! And god help me, when i first read it, my brain just sort of accepted it. I have been reading Silver Age comics for too long!
Cap returns to the island, defeats the Exiles, defeats the Red Skull, and gives a patriotic speech.
Meanwhile, Nick Fury gets Tony "Sir not actually appearing in this comic" Stark to defuse the bomb in Washington.
I do love the Murder Chair guy, though.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Captain America vol. 2
Inbound References (5): show
"Instead he uses the bomb as blackmail to... order Cap to return to the Island of Exiles. The Island that the Skull let Cap escape from in the first place as part one of his plot. That... makes no sense! IT MAKES NO SENSE! And god help me, when i first read it, my brain just sort of accepted it. I have been reading Silver Age comics for too long!"
Posted by: David Banes | November 15, 2013 2:51 AM
Are brains are trained to except this madness, unless it appears in a modern comic, then I'm like whaa?
Posted by: Silverbird | July 8, 2014 8:10 AM
The star pattern on the US flag is wrong for either the 60s or the 40s. It's wrong for any historical variation of the flag.
Hard to believe Kirby drew that flag. Very crudely drawn. Altered? If so, I wonder what was originally supposed to be there? Strange panel, looks like a paste-up. Are those Egyptian pyramids in the background?
Posted by: James Holt | October 3, 2016 9:33 PM
The Appendix does a decent job trying to rationalize why a Russian and Chinese guy would be living with exiled fascists, making Krushki a Czarist collaborator and Ching a Manchurian who collaboated with the Japanese. (Which is whole lot more thought than went into them originally). For some reason I've always seen Grunning as Austrian based on no evidence.
Amazingly, the exile who always gave Cap the most trouble in a fight was Baldini and his frightening weighted scarves.
Posted by: kveto from prague | March 12, 2017 7:12 AM
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