Characters Appearing: Captain America
Marvel Fanfare #26
Issue(s): Marvel Fanfare #26
Often i enjoy the Editori-Al cartoons that appear on the inside cover of Marvel Fanfares more than i enjoy the stories themselves. But this issue just depressingly tells us that the writer and artist for this issue's Captain America back-up, Will Jungkuntz, died at age 30 before seeing the issue completed. Jungkuntz had previously done some work on a Blood & Gutz feature (which i know nothing about) in Marvel's 1985 Savage Tales series, and was apparently thought well of by Frank Miller and Howard Chaykin.
The story gets into semi-fictional Caribbean politics. Captain America goes to a West Indies parade in Brooklyn and meets a photographer from a place called St. Cyril that has been through a series of revolutions and counter-revolutions.
The photographer is dating the daughter of the Governor-General, the ruler prior to the most recent revolution, and she's appearing in the parade. And a costumed madman called Deathmask has decided that the daughter will be his queen.
Deathmask also has conscripted a few people to work for him.
Despite a close call with a grenade...
...Captain America manages to fight off Deathmask and his goons...
...but Deathmask remains uncaptured.
My knowledge of the West Indies is such that when i first read this i assumed St. Cyril was a real place and that the historical events described here were real, but that doesn't seem to be the case so i assume it's more of an amalgam.
Like a lot of back-up stories, this is underdeveloped and no one has much of a personality. But Jungkuntz manages to pack a lot of information and action into each page and it's a shame he never got to develop further.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this in the same break in Cap's stories as New Mutants #40.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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