- Yeah Cap, Believe it our not, I really do feel ---- at peace!
- -- Jeff Mace
Appearing in "The Shadows of the Past"Edit
- Bucky (Jack Monroe)
Synopsis for "The Shadows of the Past"Edit
A cancer sticken Jeff Mace has had an conversation with the Contemplator, an Elder of the Universe. The Contemplator has agreed to pull the four Captain America's from their timeline and battle Adam II in an alternate universe where his robot hordes overthrew the world shortly after World War II. This will allow Mace to re-establish himself as the active Captain America or if he is unsuccessful to at least go out in a blaze of glory.
The Contemplator sends both Rogers and a now 20-ish Mace to the alternate Earth to fulfill Mace's desires. Mace is horrified to see the cost of his own selfish desires in the deceased and robotic converted counterparts of his friends in the former Invaders.
In the end, Adam II's regime is overthrown by Mace sacrificing his chance to defeat Adam II himself in favor of Rogers. Mace accepts that his time as Cap is over and accepts that Rogers is best suited to continue on as the active Captain America. Rogers accepts Mace's decision and helps Mace destroy Adam II which Mace does by crushing his own shield through Adam II's chest.
Mace and Rogers return to 1982 with Mace returned to his true older 60-ish age. Mace states that he is at peace with himself and accepts that his costumed adventuring is now finished and is now focused on confronting his cancer. Rogers accepts Mace as a good successor to the legacy of Captain America and wishes Mace good luck in his battle as Mace walks off to regular life.
- This story formally establishes the first three Rogers' successors in formal canon. Up to this point Mace and Nasland were only successor Captain Americas in alternate realities as stated in What If? series, with the 1950s Cap already established as an official successor in Captain America #153-156.
- The official Captain Americas would be displayed in portrait in Captain America #350 showing the-then seven official Captain Americas of Rogers I (Cap 1), Nasland (Cap 2), Mace (Cap 3), 1950s Rogers (Cap 4), Roscoe the Mechanic (Cap 5), Sam Wilson (Cap 6) and John Walker (Cap 7).
- Both Nasland and the 1950s Cap are killed in this story. But they are both resurrected and returned to their proper place and time without knowledge of this events in this adventure.
- While all four Captain Americas are in this story at no time do all four Caps interact actively. Mace and Rogers only see Nasland and the 1950s Cap in suspended animation but do not interact with Nasland or the 1950s Cap at any time in the story. Nasland and the 1950s Cap basically parallel the story of Mace and Rogers where the 1950s Cap refuses to accept the wisdom of his own Cap counterpart Nasland who tries to get the 1950s Cap to go beyond his own self interest same as Rogers does with Mace. Though Mace finally does accept Rogers I's advice unlike the 1950s Cap which causes both Nasland and the 1950s Cap to be killed and converted.
- No trivia.
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