Order Listing   Title Listing   Comic Box Listings   Group Listings   Story Arc Listings   Character Listings
CMRO Order Header
Main Reading Order
Core Reading Order
Ultimate Reading Order
Golden Age Reading Order
Expanded Reading Order
All Reading Orders
Issue Detail Header
Core Issue

538: Tales of Suspense #87 (v1) [B Story]

" Wanted: Captain America! "
Comic Star RatingComic Star RatingComic Star RatingComic Star RatingComic Star Rating
Tales of Suspense #87b (v1)
Buy Comic Button
Buy Trade Button
Read Online Button
Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Gene Colan, Frank Giacoia
Writers: Roy Thomas
Pencilers: Jack Sparling
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
Letterers: Sam Rosen
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: March 1967
Release Date: -
Story Arc: -
Pages: 10
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 529                 Times Rated: 300
Plot Flags:  
Go to Issue #86b Go to Issue #87a

Tales of Suspense #85 (v1) [B Story]
Tales of Suspense #86 (v1) [B Story]
Tales of Suspense #87b (v1)
Fantastic Four #54 (v1)
Fantastic Four #55 (v1)
536: Tales of Sus...
#85b (v1)
537: Tales of Sus...
#86b (v1)
539: Fantastic Fo...
#54 (v1)
540: Fantastic Fo...
#55 (v1)
Issue Detail Divider
Issue Blurb
A mysterious new menace known only as the Planner takes to impersonating Captain America while ting on a crime spree, with the aim of incriminating the red, white and blue Avenger in order to force a showdown between the impersonator and original in a battle over weapons.
Issue Detail Divider
Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Tales of Suspense #86b (v1). Captain America next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.
Supporting Characters
Jarvis last appeared in Tales of Suspense #83b (v1). Jarvis next appears in Avengers #38 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Planner in the mainstream continuity.
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Tales of Suspense #86b (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #3.
Issue Detail Divider
Issue Notes
  There are no notes for this issue.

Issue Detail Divider
Issue Review
There is no review of this issue.
Issue Detail Divider
Issue Synopsis
There is not synopsis for this issue.

Issue Detail Divider
  Webslinger Says:    
  2012-12-21 07:09:48  
  He isn't hiding his id, just as Henri Pym, Janet von Dine and even Pietro and the Scarlet Witch doesn't have secret id's, but you see, Stan and the gang can't get that right...  

  chrys Says:    
  2013-04-16 15:34:13  
  One issue was already too much for you, Planner.  

  skalchemist Says:    
  2013-06-03 08:24:14  
  I think this was originally a pitch for a Batman story, but when DC told Stan he would actually have to write out a script for it, he said "Forget that!" and changed Egghead/Clock King/whoever to "the Planner". You can tell by a) the crazy hairdo on the Planner and b) the matching zebra strip uniforms of the goons. Definitely intended to be a Batman story.  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-08 14:03:23  
  An original idea of some kind would sure be welcome at this point. Cap is moving to the "oh God, please no!" portion of the order with Daredevil and X-Men  

  Raistlin903 Says:    
  2014-01-09 00:43:20  
  @leisch - so ture, so ture........  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-02-04 18:10:00  
  Why zebra? What was Planner's plan with that? Also does anyone else think that they look like an '80s band? Stan Lee predicted Devo!  

  dpaone Says:    
  2014-03-05 14:30:56  
  How much thought actually went into this issue. Peerless Planner?? - 'nuff said.  

  marvelcomicslover Says:    
  2014-08-11 00:41:31  
  The Planner's henchmen are dressed like idiots.
This was garbage. I'm so happy to be done with Cap for now.

  specialque Says:    
  2014-08-11 23:01:12  
  I hated this issue. At 10 pages, it felt like 60. Lame villain, lame story, lame resolution.  

  The T Says:    
  2014-08-18 00:07:42  
  It wasn't until I finished the issue and came here to make it read that I realized The Planner was not The Mad Thinker from past stories. They both had the same "down to the second" motif. Did Stan just forget the Thinker's name?  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-08-25 20:12:52  
  2 stars for Stan imitating Cap again for what, the 3rd or 4th time? For a villain that sounds like the Thinker or whatever his name was... For a boring story, no thought into the plot... Bad.  

  Durango55 Says:    
  2014-09-23 11:51:20  
  The past three Cap stories have been total dross other than the reintroduction of Agent 13. Hopefully they will do somthing with her and Cap - soon.

TOS at this point is only saved by the better than average Iron Man stories.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2014-10-14 19:18:25  
  Just 1 star for the Peerless Planner!

Credit Due - For all the Stan bashing...Roy Thomas wrote this filler, with Jack Sparling providing the art.

Stars And Stripes - I agree about the stupid zebra costumes, and are those purple ear symbols on their chests???

'Nuff Said - "You expect more from the planner...and you get it!"-Peerless Planner

  phogbear Says:    
  2014-11-07 07:33:17  
  At least there is no "next appears" next to the planner.  

  Bramwell Says:    
  2014-12-30 14:35:59  
  One star...plus an extra for the sideburns  

  mrcreek Says:    
  2015-05-27 14:57:26  
  Plainly Painful Planner...  

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-07-18 23:37:37  
  I couldn't even read it. The impersonation fascination has to end. Please.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2015-08-31 06:06:14  
  Hated this one. Roy Thomas was doing his best Stan impersonation, but that's just it... it came off as a cheap imitation, much like the Planner in his Cap costume.

I did like the art though, although the Planner has pretty much the exact same expression on his face in every panel. And I had a hard time buying the hairstyle. But still, the detail on the splash page was nice... check out the gloves!

  Big Frank T Says:    
  2016-01-23 08:01:15  
  That was a rough stretch. I have also found there is a direct correlation on how lame the new villains name is with the lameness of the comic.  

  McQueen5150 Says:    
  2016-04-10 19:00:07  
  Rubbish. Worst story in awhile.  

  Zirilian Says:    
  2016-08-20 17:04:59  
  This last batch of Cap stories were all over the place story and quality wise. I think I like him better when he is with the avengers and not off on his own.

This issue in particular was pretty terrible. And what was with those bizarre zebra print outfits?

  Russ Says:    
  2016-09-22 03:21:07  
  Peerless Planner? It fits.....because nobody wants to stoop to his level!

Sure, my quip was lame....I put as much thought into it as the person who came up with this stinkbomb of a story. The only thing that would've made this even somewhat respectable would've been a guest appearance by Adam West.

  kungfufan Says:    
  2016-12-03 04:54:30  
  aww, drat! A few comments ago I claimed everyone knew Cap's alter-ego. I wuz rong. Told you their identities are confusing!

Stars for artwork and that lovely mop of hair only.

  kungfufan @ Webslinger (original post):    
  2016-12-03 05:01:12  
  OK thanks. Stan is a doofus makes more sense than everyone in the city suffering from cap-related amnesia.  

  wingot Says:    
  2017-01-09 20:02:37  
  So, issue before last we had an acrobat story, effectively a repeat of what we'd had 2 issues before it. Then this issue we have the third impersonation of Capt. America in 5 issues (counting the Avengers #33 issue)! What happened, did Stan write a list of plot ideas while he was on holiday and then when they ran out they started reading it backwards?  

  wingot Says:    
  2017-01-10 03:18:59  
  Sigh, I need to learn to read to the end before commenting. He's ALSO an acrobat!  

  Urgat @ TheAmazingGatorMan (original post):    
  2017-02-13 06:52:42  
  what plot ?...oh you mean that "we framed Cap and because of that he will give us his shield"- thingamajig ?...no that was no plot  

  Urgat Says:    
  2017-02-13 06:57:16  
  Maybe Cap should go back to suspended animation for some month to give the Marvel Bullpen some time to come up with interesting Ideas for Storylines for Cap. As of now, Cap is one of my least favoured Marvel-Heroes...  

  StrictSnow Says:    
  2017-07-28 11:40:36  
  Now I wish Cap drowned after fighting the Adaptoid. Maybe these past 3 garbo stories are a coma dream from when he hit the Hudson from. 300 feet up.  

Issue Detail Divider
Issue Letters Page

There are no letter pages submitted for this issue. If you would like to transpose and send at letters page, you can send it to tstarnes@gmail.com. Check in the forums for information about formating the letters page.
Issue Detail Divider
Issue Attachements
There are no attachements for this issue. If you know of something, let us know through the contact page or the forums.
Issue Detail Divider
Trades, Collections & Reprints
Buy Marvel Masterworks: Captain America, Volume 2 Online
Get information on Marvel Masterworks: Captain America, Volume 2
Buy Captain America Omnibus Online
Get information on Captain America Omnibus
Buy Essential Captain America, Volume 1 Online
Get information on Essential Captain America, Volume 1
Issue Detail Divider
Date User Name Update
   November 10, 2017 TStarnes Added Captain America[appost]s Shield listing.
   March 15, 2014 Spider-Borg Changed comic details.
   July 14, 2013 Robareid Changed blurb for this issue.
CMRO Sidebar
CMRO Sidebar Search Top

CMRO Sidebar Support Us


Shop at Amazon
False Signs (John Taylor #2) The Wrong Girl (John Taylor #3)
Marvel Cinematic Universe Order
Star Wars Reading Order
Star Trek Reading Order
Doctor Who Order