Tales Of Suspense #91 (Captain America)
Issue(s): Tales Of Suspense #91 (Captain America story only)
He gives the Red Skull the coordinates of a state of the art US atomic submarine, and the the Skull puts him in another death trap. The Skull then heads off and hypnotizes the crew of the submarine.
Cap manages to escape and he gets to the submarine and does something to cancel out the hypnotic ray. But the crew still thinks Cap is a traitor so they attack him. But the Skull's megalomanic rantings convince the crew that Cap is on their side, and they trick the Skull into getting on the ship, which it turns out was scheduled for self-destruction anyway. Oops.
Cap then lets us know that we're all heroes, as long as we cherish liberty and don't let the bitter weed of tyranny take root upon our shores.
Quality Rating: C-
Historical Significance Rating: 2
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place between Avengers #40 and #42.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Double Feature #15
First Gil Kane floating heads page at Marvel!
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 6, 2011 2:30 AM
Wouldn't being so honorable in an attempt to be 'the better man' make more room for the bitter weed of tyranny to come in? I read this years ago and it drove me crazy, Steve was pretty flat back then, reason why I love Chris Evan's Captain America and other modern ones is that he's still a nice honorable guy he is still practical.
Anyway even back then I can see Gil Kane's art style emerging, I hope he did lots of horror comics because I thought his style fit Man-Wolf and Morbius very well in Spider-Man.
Posted by: David Banes | November 15, 2013 2:11 AM
Wow, who knew Gil Kane's nickname was "Sugar Lips"?
Posted by: S | November 15, 2013 1:23 PM
Stan Lee started that by calling him "Sugar" Kane as in sugarcain.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 16, 2013 2:13 PM
From the positioning of his head, this looks like one of the earliest "up-nose shots" of Kane as well. It doesn't feel as dynamic as the "up-noses" of the 70s.
Posted by: Ataru320 | February 4, 2015 3:20 PM
Love Kane's art work here. I'm not sure I got the gist of your remark there, David. I think you're saying that appeasement is dangerous and if that is what you mean then I agree.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 11, 2016 8:59 PM
Funniest thing about this issues was Cap putting on a sailor uniform and hat to sneak on board the Red Skull's ship but still wearing his full costume underneath. You're not fooling anyone Cap!
Posted by: naginalJJ | February 13, 2017 10:48 PM
If one were to title the splash page to this story, my first suggestion would be "Shock, Awe and Nostrils". That kinda sounds like one of Salvador Dali's works (like my personal favorite "Burning Giraffes and Telephones"), but come to think of it, that might make a good title for a book of Kane's artwork: "Shock, Awe and Nostrils: The Gil Kane Collection".
Posted by: Brian Coffey | July 6, 2017 10:13 PM
It seems to me like this story should be grouped with the entries for TOS 88-90 or very soon after. Otherwise, you've got quite a few adventures going on during the 24-hour period between 90 and 91, including Cap's non-traitorous appearance as Fury's sparring partner in Strange Tales 159.
Posted by: Michael Grabowski | February 18, 2018 3:03 AM
Cap's appearance in Strange Tales 159 conflicts with his story here.
Posted by: Michael Grabowski | February 18, 2018 3:12 AM
Agree that this needed to get moved back before Strange Tales #159. Thanks.
(There are still a fair number of non-Captain America stories placed during the 24 hour period between Tales of Suspense #90 and this issue, but that just means a lot of stuff is happening concurrently in the Marvel universe, which isn't unusual. And it's definitely the case that Cap leaves for Suspense #88-90 in the middle of Avengers #38 and TOS #91 takes place immediately after Avengers #40.)
Posted by: fnord12 | February 18, 2018 6:17 PM
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