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Quote1 I've been watching too many scary T.V. movies late at night! I'm beginning to imagine things! Quote2
-- Victoria Bentley

Appearing in "The Human Torch Meets... Captain America"Edit

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  • "Captain America's" Aerial Platform

Synopsis for "The Human Torch Meets... Captain America"Edit

After a training session with his sister, the Human Torch learns of an antique car show which boasts that Captain America will make an appearance. While there seeing his childhood idol, some thieves steal the box office receipts for the show, and Torch and Captain America manage to stop them, however Cap tells the Torch to go away, and steals all the glory.

Later that night "Cap" springs the crooks out of jail. When the Torch learns of this he goes after the criminals who admit that "Cap" planned the whole thing. After a chase across the city, the Torch manages to catch "Captain America" and unmasks him, revealing him to be the Torch's old foe the Acrobat. Afterwords, the Torch wonders what became of the real Captain America.

Appearing in "The Return of the Omnipotent Baron Mordo"Edit

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Synopsis for "The Return of the Omnipotent Baron Mordo"Edit

Karl Mordo calls on Dr. Strange disguised as Strange's old friend Sir Clive Bentley and asks for help. Strange travels to Bentley's castle in England. Inside the castle Strange is trapped by the paralyzing vapors of Mordo's magical candles. The Ancient One contacts Dr. Strange, but Strange wishes to overcome Mordo alone. He issues a mental command to a nearby girl to come to the castle and extinguish the candles. The girl is actually Victoria Bentley, daughter of Lord Bentley who has been dead for ten years. Mordo returns, attacking Strange with his mental powers and orders Strange to kill Victoria who possesses a latent mystical talent. Just then Strange arrives in his mortal form. it was only his projected image that had been in the castle until then. Strange and Mordo do battle in a mystical dimension until Mordo gives up and disappears.

Continuity Notes

The Human Torch Meets... Captain America

  • At the time of this story, Steve Rogers was still in suspended animation since he was first put in that state in 1945, as later explained in Avengers #4.
  • Sue refers to Captain America as a "old comics magazine hero", Sue's opinion that Captain America is nothing more than a myth seems out of place considering the number of stories that have (since) been published that establish that Captain America was indeed a real person. The point fairly punctuated in Marvels #1 that shows Captain America's exploits were well documented, including his disappearance in 1945. As well as Captain America: Man Out of Time #3 which shows an entire exhibit on Captain America and the three individuals who succeeded him at the Smithsonian. Still to the point she could be referring to the fact that, per Young Allies Comics 70th Anniversary Special #1} states that the United States Military commissioned Timely Comics to create propaganda in the form of comic books to boost America's support on super heroes. As such Captain America Comics Vol 1 would have been published in the Earth-616 universe.

The Return of the Omnipotent Baron Mordo

  • Referred to here as the master, the Ancient One is not referred to by his more common name until Strange Tales #115.
  • Strange is using the Amulet of Agamotto in this story, which should not be confused with the Eye of Agamotto which Strange is not gifted with until Strange Tales #126.

Publication Notes

  • This issue marks the very first appearance of the Captain America character since the Golden Age of comics.
  • The Human Torch story was written to test readers interest in a return of Captain America, who would later make a return in Avengers #4
  • This issue is reprinted in other comics and books, see references for more info.[1]
  • The interior of this issue has Captain America's shorts colored red yet correctly blue on the front cover.


  • This is the first time the Ancient One appears under that name. Previously he had been called "the Master"


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