- If we have erred, Rogers will be dead within seconds! For, he is drinking the strongest chemical potion ever created by man! But, if we succeed, he will be the first of an army of fighting men such as the world has never known! His reflexes, his physical condition, his courage, will be second to none!
- -- Dr. Erskine
Appearing in "Somewhere Lurks the Phantom!"Edit
- The Phantom (Dr. Birch) (First appearance)
- Sam(First appearance), security guard
- Pete, security guard
- Adams (First appearance), a labor union representative
- Iron Man Armor MK III
- Iron Man's Briefcase
- Stark Industries prototype Moon Missile (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Somewhere Lurks the Phantom!"Edit
Having just arrived home from his battle against Mandarin, Iron Man declines to see Dr. Birch of the New Products Division of Stark International. As he recharges his armor in privacy, Pepper and Happy to further mourn the loss of their boss Tony Stark (whom they are unaware is Iron Man, and believe he is dead, following the events of Tales of Suspense #61.)
In his lab, Tony Stark finally comes up with a solution to his energy output needs that up until now had him stuck wearing his armor all the time, and builds a transistor with triple the output power. Finally able to shed his armor, he shows up in his office as Tony Stark, telling Pepper and Happy that he was absent when his house was destroyed because he was in Boston getting engaged to a debutante that lived there. Alerting everyone at the plant that he's still alive, Stark meets with Dr. Birch about his latest project.
That night a costumed being calling himself the Phantom begins sabotaging the Stark International plant. Soon he has caused a number of accidents that threaten to injure the workers at Stark's plant, prompting the union to pressure Stark to capture the Phantom through fear of a workers strike.
The following night Iron Man confronts the Phantom and after a battle that takes them across the plant and endangers one worker, Iron Man manages to beat the Phantom by trapping him in a rocket. Capturing the Phantom and turning him over to the police, he is revealed to be Dr. Birch, who took up the Phantom guise to sabotage Stark International because he was jealous of both Stark and Iron Man.
Appearing in "The Origin of Captain America!"Edit
Synopsis for "The Origin of Captain America!"Edit
This story is a retelling of Captain America's origins. In the 1940's young Steve Rogers who was rejected from joining the military because of his frail body. However he is chosen for a top secret project to create the perfect soldier. Given a formula by Dr. Erskine his body is transformed into one of peak efficiency. After Steve Rogers is transformed however, Erskine is killed by a Nazi spy, who in turn is killed by Rogers. Erskine's secret formula would die with him, however Steve Rogers would become Captain America.
The tale would gloss over how Captain America would bust up Nazi spy rings as Captain America, but in his civilian guise he'd pretend to be a bumbling soldier under the command of Sergeant Duffy, and the mentor for his units mascot Bucky Barnes.
Bucky would one night stumble upon Steve changing into Captain America and would convince him to join him in combat as his sidekick, Bucky. Their first mission together would be to break up some Nazi's sneaking into the country and using their own explosives to destroy the submarine they arrived in.
- Although there is no known connection, the Phantom demonstrates very similar tactics and modus operandi to the Ghost, who first appears in Iron Man #219.
- The Captain America story is a retelling of his origin in Captain America Comics #1. Due to the short length of the story, a number of key details are omitted. Information such as the composition and creation Captain America's original shield and the exact origin and nature of his powers are glossed over. This was a common practice for all of teh retellings of Cap's origins as originally presented in the golden and atomic ages. Elements of Steve Roger's past will be reworked into a modern era origin for Captain America. These revelations occur much later when reader interest in all of Cap's past necessitated the restablishment of old continuity and working it into the Avenger's long history.
- This marks the first of a number of consectutive World War II Era Captain America stories that will would be published in Tales of Suspense between this issue andTales of Suspense #71. After that time the feature would resume "present day" tales.
- Captain America story is reprinted in Captain America (Pocket Books) and Captain America Sentinel of Liberty.
- The Phantom won't appear again until Iron Age: Alpha #1.
- This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.
- The entire Captain America story spans for months becuase of the early days when Cap was getting started and the months it took training Bucky.
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