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2574: Captain America Annual #3

" The Thing From the Black Hole Star "
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Captain America #3
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Editor-in-Chief: Marv Wolfman
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby
Writers: Jack Kirby
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Frank Giacoia, John Verpoorten
Colourists: Janice Cohen
Editors: Jack Kirby
Cover Date: January 1976
Release Date: November 1975
Story Arc: -
Pages: 35
Cover Price: $0.50
Times Read: 179                 Times Rated: 113
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Avengers #149 (v1). Captain America next appears in Marvel Treasury Special #1.
Supporting Characters
  Jim Hendricks
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Jim Hendricks in the mainstream continuity. Dies in this issue.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Commander in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Troga in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by John in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Captive in the mainstream continuity. Captive next appears in Quasar #14.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Stalker in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Combatron in the mainstream continuity.
Group Appearances
This is the first appearance by Epsiloni in the mainstream continuity. Epsiloni next appears in Quasar #14.
This is the first appearance by Magnoids in the mainstream continuity.
United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces last appeared in Thor #244 (v1). United States Armed Forces next appears in Marvel Treasury Special #1.
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  sewixo Says:    
  2012-10-19 11:46:59  
  My problem with giant-sized issues is that in most cases the story within could just as easily be presented in a regular-sized comicbook. They just stretch out the fights, add some unnecessary panels, prolong the dialogues and voilą - a king-size special.
I admit that there are some exceptions, like Giant-Size Avengers' issues. But other than that, it seems like a rip-off. From what I can see, Marvel quit doing giant-size issues after 70s. Glad they did.

  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-12-04 20:20:33  
  Well, the King's back and all that wacky, shiny metal he loves to draw is back too.
I agree with sewixo, this was a "book length" tale stretched out to fill an annual.

  malmantile2729 Says:    
  2012-12-20 15:39:53  
  Kirby is unique. I was exhausted when I got to the end of this. The Light-Year Sling? Hell, yeah!  

  Gecko Says:    
  2013-08-12 17:15:38  
  I'm so happy that Jack is back /irony off  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-08-18 16:45:13  
  I thought the action in this was pretty good.  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-11-13 18:10:36  
  I wonder if Kirby had been frozen in time like Cap, because this sure felt like Silver Age story telling.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2014-07-12 10:49:12  
  Kirby is not at the top of his game, but there were a few pages in there with some crazed brilliance.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-08-08 15:46:26  
  I'm already not impressed after the first page. What will we do when we're finally confronted with life in space? Hmmm, Kree, Krulls, Jupiter's moon, plethora of space robots and aliens throughout the 60's, not to mention Galactus. Yeah, I wonder exactly how we will handle learning about life existing on other planets in space.  

  scottyjrules Says:    
  2015-08-18 01:02:40  
  Did we go back to the Silver Age and no one told me? The last couple of issues have been really weak. On the plus side, the King has returned...  

  heman0420 Says:    
  2015-10-12 22:07:35  
  This was bad. That is all.  

  VirtualAdept Says:    
  2016-06-27 16:50:31  
  Boy I really REALLY did not miss jack kirby...  

  duncanm Says:    
  2016-10-02 22:54:13  
  I had fun with it. Yeah it was a story that belonged in the silver age, but that's Kirby for you. And considering he started out in the golden age, that's still pretty impressive.
You would figure that as soon as Cap saw that, yes there is a spaceship here, he would immediately try to contact Thor or Tony or something. Also Cap's statement that "the captive" deserves his day in court is supremely dumb, considering a) these are aliens beings, who's legal system is no doubt quite different from that of the United States. b) you have no idea what this person did or is capable of. c) He's escaped from a frickin black hole prison, so he has obviously already been found guilty.

  gumchewspit Says:    
  2017-04-21 01:30:17  
  This feels like it was written as a flashback, with only the last page references to Kree, Skrull, etc. tacked on to make it canon. Would make more sense as an early post Avengers #4 solo Cap story.  

  Daredevil Says:    
  2017-06-23 01:35:09  
  Maybe Jack was trying to stay current. There were all the Dracula, Werewolf etc books at the time, so he's created a sort of space vampire.  

  Russ Says:    
  2018-02-08 18:46:04  
  Silver Age plot with Golden Age dialog. Yep, this was bad, but it could've been a lot worse. It wasn't a bad concept; space parasite that sucks out a life force from a living being like we'd suck a milk shake out through a straw. The story itself developed at a nice pace, and the reveal of the true bad guy was well handled. But this read like it should've been a different hero, like maybe a Thor or Iron Man, or maybe even Howard the Duck! Cap didn't seem to belong here, in my opinion.

2 stars. Well, if that security committee wouldn't believe it happened, maybe we don't need to count this story as canon. One can hope, at least....

  Shinderu Says:    
  2018-02-13 04:55:53  
  All those negative comments about the King's return made me really nervous, which in turn made this issue a very pleasant surprise. Maybe it's only because I've been reading so much Golden Age stuff lately, but I actually enjoyed this a lot.

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Date User Name Update
   April 19, 2016 fragsel Added John to the issue.
   December 4, 2015 fragsel Updated the listing for Combatron.
   December 4, 2015 fragsel Added Combatron to the issue.
   December 4, 2015 fragsel Added Stalker to the issue.
   December 4, 2015 fragsel Added Troga to the issue.
   December 4, 2015 fragsel Added Commander to the issue.
   December 4, 2015 fragsel Added Jim Hendricks to the issue.
   December 4, 2015 fragsel Added United States Armed Forces to the issue.
   December 4, 2015 fragsel Updated the listing for Magnoids.
   December 4, 2015 fragsel Added Magnoids to the issue.
   December 4, 2015 fragsel Added Epsiloni to the issue.
   March 11, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Captive.
   March 11, 2014 fragsel Added Captive to the issue.
   November 13, 2013 Drax Changed comic details.
   July 18, 2013 Xythe Changed comic details.
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