Captain America #247
Issue(s): Captain America #247
He's decided to head to SHIELD to get info about his past.
A little too conveniently, Dum Dum Dugan tells Cap that SHIELD has been running its own investigation into Cap's past and they have some results.
Meanwhile, Nick Fury interrogates Baron Von Strucker...
...but Strucker escapes and heads to Fort Dix, where Cap is going through some of his old WWII stuff...
...including a diary that confirms that Cap was born and raised in Manhattan. Other conflicting memories he had were due to memory implants that he received in case he was ever taken prisoner during his time in Europe during World War II.
Strucker shows up and attacks...
...and after a long fight that in part forces Cap to use his original triangle shield...
...Strucker self-destructs, revealing that he was really a robot.
The Machinesmith watches on a view monitor.
Ah, Roger Stern and John Byrne. Very nice.
Note the Magneto and Manipulator robots, among others, in the background of the Machinesmith panel. The implication, not actually stated here but definitely implied in the case of the Manipulator, is that Machinesmith was behind the robot Magneto revealed during the Neal Adams X-Men run as well as the Manipulator.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP has this issue placed earlier than its publishing date to clear the way for Cap's appearance in the Avengers. Must take place after the Avengers' security clearance is restored in Avengers #191. "Less than an hour" passes before the start of Captain America #248, so Cap likely shouldn't appear anywhere else in between.
Captain America's eventual love interest Bernie Rosenthal is formally introduced next issue, but she has a cameo here.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (9): show
The "memory implants" were a plot device used to resolve an extreme continuity violation by Steve Gerber during his brief 1978 run on this title. Gerber stated that Steve Rogers had a brother who died in Pearl Harbor, which spurred him to become Captain America---except it was established many times before that Steve became Cap early in 1941.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 30, 2011 12:00 AM
I'm may use very disfruted not see Baron Von Strucker in this story, it's a really a bad issue if that conceived to
Posted by: Anonymous | September 3, 2012 1:33 PM
Around this time, there were two attempts to revive Nick Fury as the wartime Sgt. Fury. First, the reprint title was supposed to start new stories. Later on, Sgt. Fury by Goodwin/Trimpe was announced for Marvel Spotlight. Neither happened.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 11, 2012 3:20 PM
Roger Stern's first Captain America writing was a career summary in FOOM#8. It wasn't fiction, but significant because John Byrne did the illustrations. The most interesting part is that Stern declared "Erskine" to be a code name for Dr. Reinstein rather than the other way around.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 10, 2013 7:01 PM
When Strucker fought Captain America in #130-132, he was a bit out of character (and IIRC, offered to explanation for his survival), so it makes sense to retcon him as the robot.
You will notice that he went by "Weapons Master" at the time, too. He even recycles that alias in a panel of this Roger Stern story.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | August 4, 2013 6:05 PM
In the references it should be noted that Cap refers to the Avengers having their security clearance reinstated stemming from Avengers 191.
Posted by: Amidon37 | January 11, 2015 1:09 PM
Added the Reference, and it's actually a placement consideration, too. Thanks Amidon37.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 11, 2015 7:42 PM
Ah, two of my favorite storylines ever, both drawn by John Byrne, happening simultaneously. Man, I wish I had actually been old enough to be buying these as they came out in 1979. A great start to a great storyline.
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 18, 2015 7:55 PM
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