Tales of Suspense #61 (Captain America)
Issue(s): Tales of Suspense #61 (Captain America story only)
...defeating the general, a giant sumo wrestler...
...and rescuing a POW named Jim Baker.
With a few modifications this could have been a Golden Age era war story.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Avengers #11-12, unlike the Iron Man portion of the issue which takes place before Avengers #11 along with Suspense #61 and #63. There's nothing in this issue that dictates placement.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Essential Captain America vol. 1
The general "Sumo" will come back during Gruenwald's era. Also the name of Jim Baker isn't new to me, but I can't remember...
Posted by: Midnighter | January 11, 2014 4:59 AM
Added General Wo. Thanks. This does seem to be the only appearance of Jim Baker.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 11, 2014 11:01 AM
There was an historical figure by the name of Jim Baker, so you might be remembering that person.
Posted by: ChrisKafka | January 11, 2014 4:36 PM
The story has a lot wrong with it but the Kirby action scenes are fun. Also it's nice that a person of color appears in a Silver Age story and his race isn't even mentioned. Speaking of which, Jim is colored grey with light brown hair throughout the story but on the cover he's clearly African American. I'll assume we can chalk up the off-coloring inside to a technical error of some kind.
Posted by: Robert | February 11, 2016 2:58 PM
I had a friend who argued with me that it was Sam Wilson who Cap rescued years before he became the Falcon so I had to track down a copy of this to prove it wasn't him. The only historical Jim Baker I can think of is the disgraced TV evangelist who was sent to prison.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 30, 2016 10:03 PM
@Bobby- The disgraced televangelist and husband of the famously overly made up Tammy Faye was Jim Bakker, spelled with 2 "K"'s.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | February 4, 2018 5:34 PM
Another historical "Jim" Baker would be James Baker, who served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Reagan, Secretary of State under President George H.W. Bush, and as White House Chief of Staff for both Reagan and the elder Bush.
Posted by: Brian Coffey | February 4, 2018 9:43 PM
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