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951: U.S.A. Comics #12 [A Story]

" The Toll of Death "
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U.S.A. Comics #12a
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Cover Artists: Alex Schomburg
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1944
Release Date: February 1944
Story Arc: -
Pages: 18
Cover Price: $0.10
Times Read: 26                 Times Rated: 21
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Sub-Mariner Comics #13d
Sub-Mariner Comics #13e
U.S.A. Comics #12a
U.S.A. Comics #12b
U.S.A. Comics #12c
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U.S.A. Comics #12c
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Sub-Mariner Comics #13d
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U.S.A. Comics #12b
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  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in All-Select Comics #3a. Captain America next appears in All-Winners Comics #11b (v1).
Bucky last appeared in All-Select Comics #3a. Bucky next appears in All-Winners Comics #11b (v1).
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Issue Synopsis
On top of a London bus, Steve Rogers and Bucky see a girl comes aboard trying to warn another man she calls Sir Sidney about the bells of the cathedral. And the bells ring, the man drops dead. When the authorities apprehend the girl., a strange man with a cane offers to help which she refuses.

Intrigued, Cap and Bucky decide to change into their costumes and go help the girl they believe is innocent. At the police station, they learn that this death, along with two earlier cases, was caused by poison. All victims had scratches in their faces, and all were working as officials at the War Department. The officer adds that each new victim is higher up in the hierarchy.

Then the man with the cane enters and the officer identifies him as the barrister who supposedly came to defend the girl named Martha Vulpe. However, Cap and Bucky surprise him as he is threatening that she and another man will die for her trying to warn Sir Sidney. Seeing the two heroes, the strange man shoots at them with his cane, which is actually a gun, then he runs away by jumping through a window. Cap and Bucky engage pursuit, but outside the station, some of the strange man's crooks block their way and allow the villain to escape the duo.

Back inside, an officer informs Cap the girl fell into a coma making interrogation impossible for the moment. Finding her address in the police records, they pay a visit to her father who is an optometrist. When he learns of her daughter. Mr. Vulpe takes Cap and Bucky to a workshop at the back of the store and explains that the strange man has been forcing him to help in his plan to murder all high officials. Then he instructs Cap to go to the War Ministry to prevent a certain Lord Mantaigne from wearing his glasses.

Suddenly, the man with the cane comes in with his men, interrupting Vulpe's instructions. Cap and Bucky attack them, but are forced to stop when the murderer threaten to shoot Bucky with his cane. As the heroes surrender, the phone rings and Cap overhears the villain as he pretends to be Vulpe's assistant. He promises to go to Lord Montaigne's office and deliver him new reading glasses.

After the killer departs, leaving his men in charge of holding the heroes captive, Bucky wonders how the glasses are related to the death. Vulpe is about to reply that it has to do with the ringing of the cathedrals bells, but the mugs shut him up. However Cap thinks he understood and at his signal both heroes retaliate and subdue the minions just as the police arrives. They rush to the War Ministry, while in the conference room, the villain has successfully delivered the glasses. At the chime of the cathedral bells, Cap arrives just in time to grab the glasses off Montaigne's face before they shatter.

While preventing the villain from shooting Montaigne, Cap hits the open door and momentarily stunned. Then Bucky rushes in with a guard who shoots the killer. The man crashes through a window and falls to his death.

Some time later, the girl and her father explain to Cap and Bucky how the “Cane” was truly Vulpe's assistant in Germany. At the time, the optometrist was experimenting on glass which could be shattered by sonic vibration. Learning later of his breakthrough, the Cane held him and his daughter captive for two years so that Vulpe would craft glasses that would shatter at the sound of the cathedral bells. The killer would then cover the glasses with poison which would kill its wearer instantly when they shatter.
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  RobinHoodMtl Says:    
  2017-11-29 19:53:44  
  So predictable...  

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   December 4, 2017 RobinHoodMtl Added synopsis for this issue.
   November 27, 2014 Drax Added Bucky to the issue.
   November 27, 2014 Drax Added Captain America to the issue.
   November 27, 2014 TStarnes Added Creator Listing.
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   November 27, 2014 TStarnes Changed comic details.
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