Captain America #106-107
Issue(s): Captain America #106, Captain America #107
The LMD eventually self-destructs, as planned by SHIELD when they let the Chinese steal the technology in the first place (they wanted to let the Chinese be the guinea pigs for the LMD test. No, it doesn't make a lot of sense). Features a cameo by a wickedly grinning Mao Zedong himself.
Starting this issue Cap finds himself hounded by a suspicious unnamed SHIELD agent who badgers him into going on missions.
Next, Cap is tortured by horrible nightmares about... go ahead and guess! Did you guess Bucky? Of course you did.
It turns out to be the work of Dr. Faustus, an evil psychologist.
This is the same story as Tales Of Suspense #79, yes?
What's so odd is seeing Cap walk around with his mask pulled down, and everyone knowing that he's Steve Rogers. How did they ever undo that one?
Cap punches out the non-superpowered Faustus on the street, an incident that will be a plot point years later when the Secret Empire tries to discredit Cap's reputation.
Here's a nice shot of Cap practicing with a SHIELD robot:
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Captain America vol. 2
Captain America revealed his dual identity and very briefly gave up on being Captain America in TOS #95, apparently thinking that he could retire and marry Sharon Carter.
The last two Steranko issues (#112-#113) made a point of insinuating that Steve Rogers was a false identity, that there was in fact no Steve Rogers. But the true reversal was detailed in #179 and happened a bit earlier in Avengers #107, when Space Phantom offered to make the whole world forget about Steve's revelation so that his mind would be at ease and more receptive to a body exchange with the Vision.
Posted by: Luis Olavo Dantas | February 21, 2011 2:43 AM
The 11/20/68 issue of the New York underground newspaper East Village Other had a story on Marvel Comics by humor/later National Lampoon writer Dean Latimer that seemed to be the result of research done while stoned. The article praises the Dr. Strange title and Steranko's work in particular, while declaring Frank Springer's work mediocre. Other notations were that Spider-Man became a hero after he "saw his foster parents die", that Clea was "a witchy albino", that the X-Men were "still too fucking lame to warrant mention", and relevant to Captain America, called Sharon Carter "Sharon Tate".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 22, 2012 6:40 PM
Who needs a loser like The Monacle when Dr. Faustus is much more interesting?
Posted by: David Banes | February 18, 2014 10:30 PM
One would think that with all of his hallucinations (or dreams) that Cap was tripping on scarecrow's fear gas. Or for an in continuity explanation, being continually stalked by Mysterio.
Posted by: Silverbird | July 10, 2014 4:53 PM
Ah the possibilities for Doctor Faustus in the Internet age to trap minds in the social media fishbowl could set a frightening scenario for us to enjoy if written.
Posted by: Rocknrollguitarplayer | February 6, 2017 11:04 PM
Doctor Faustus' profession and appearance are both remarkably close to a real life CIA spy-chiatrist of infamous reputation.
Posted by: Flying Tiger Comics | March 11, 2017 2:04 AM
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