Namor annual #1 (All Winners)
Issue(s): Namor annual #1 (All Winners story only)
Note that Namor isn't exactly keeping it a secret that this isn't the original Cap.
Anyway, this story is about some weird Nazi scientist whose super-villain name is i think actually the Third Reich.
As with virtually all of the stories in back-ups from the late 80s and early 90s annuals, it's complete garbage, even when it's trying to tackle the more serious issue of the growing schism between the United States and the Soviet Union at the end of the War.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: I've placed this after the death of Captain America, but still during the World War II period (i.e., before All-Winners Comics #19). I would bet that the weird outfit that Namor is wearing was something he actually wore in Golden Age books for a time (e.g.), but i don't know that for sure.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showColdsteel, Red Guardian (Aleksey Lebedev), Spirit of '76, Sub-Mariner
Coldsteel should be listed as a character appearing.
Posted by: Michael | October 16, 2015 7:36 PM
Terrible. If you are going to go to the bother of a historical story using real history, you better understand the history. While many Americans did not trust the Soviets, there are also many who appreciated the sacrifice of the Red Army during the war, and there was genuine hope the Big Three would cooperate in the postwar period. The true meltdown in Soviet-American relations did not happen until 1947.
Was the Spirit of '76 ever previously written as so anti-communist (granted, he has not had many appearances).
Really disliked the presence of a Red Guardian here. I feel the first published appearance should be the first Red Guardian. If I remember correctly, his "origin" is just saving someone from a burning building so Stalin gave him a costume. It should take a little more to be a superhero.
I do like the idea that Namor is attending the Potsdam Conference in his role as a representative of Atlantis, one of the actual Allied Powers in Marvel's history.
Posted by: Chris | October 16, 2015 9:47 PM
What a goofy font choice for the title
Posted by: Bob | October 16, 2015 10:00 PM
The first line from '76 is rather unfortunate. Almost unbelievable in its naivete.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | October 17, 2015 3:27 AM
How is it naive, Luis? This takes place after the atomic bomb was tested. The United States DEFINITELY could have won the war in the Pacific at that point without the Soviets- it would have just taken longer. As for his dislike of the "Communists", keep in mind that the Communists in question were Stalin and Mao.
Posted by: Michael | October 17, 2015 8:54 AM
@Michael, re: Coldsteel -- right! Thanks.
Posted by: fnord12 | October 17, 2015 10:53 AM
Hey Michael, just to add a slight caveat to your "definitely" statement. Most experts agree that Operation Downfall (the proposed invasion of Japan) would have resulted in millions more deaths, possibly doubling the number of casualties in the war. It shouldn't be just dismissed as "it would take longer".
Im sure you know this above info, but I think '76's statement was borne out of anti-communist sentiment, moreso than military knowledge.
Posted by: kveto | October 17, 2015 11:50 AM
It should be noted that Churchill would be accompanied, then replaced, at the Potsdam Conference by Labour leader Clement Atlee, who won the special election and ascended to the PM's office.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | October 22, 2017 8:08 PM
I may be being a little nitpicky in pointing this out, but hopefully I'm also being educational.
Posted by: Stevie G | October 22, 2017 10:42 PM
@Stevie G- No offense taken, and thanks for the clarification.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | October 22, 2017 10:49 PM
This Captain's anti-communist attitude made me think he was William Burnside when reading this story, but apparently that isn't the case. There were so many Cap replacements between the Golden and Silver Ages, no wonder I sometimes get them mixed up. (okay, just three guys, but that's still a lot)
I actually like Namor's outfit, but it does look strange.
Posted by: Nth Wolf | July 3, 2018 5:13 PM
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