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914: Captain America #109 (v1)

" The Hero That Was! "
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Captain America #109 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Syd Shores
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Jack Kirby
Inkers: Syd Shores
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: January 1969
Release Date: October 1968
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Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.12
Times Read: 478                 Times Rated: 270
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #8 (v1)
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Captain America #109 (v1)
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Steve Rogers thinks back to one of his last missions with Bucky, and relays the tale of how he came to be Captain America to Nick Fury.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Avengers #60 (v1). Captain America next appears in Captain America #110 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Nick Fury
Nick Fury last appeared in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #8 (v1). Nick Fury next appears in Incredible Hulk #106 (v1).
Bucky last appeared in Avengers #56 (v1). Bucky next appears in Marvel Treasury Special #1.
  General Phillips
General Phillips last appeared in Tales of Suspense #63b (v1). General Phillips next appears in Captain America #247 (v1).
  Mike Duffy
Mike Duffy last appeared in Tales of Suspense #70b (v1). Mike Duffy next appears in Captain America #219 (v1).
  Abraham Erskine
Abraham Erskine last appeared in Tales of Suspense #63b (v1). Abraham Erskine next appears in Captain America #255 (v1).
  Agent R
Agent R last appeared in Tales of Suspense #64b (v1). Agent R next appears in Captain America #255 (v1).
  Heinz Kruger
Heinz Kruger last appeared in Tales of Suspense #63b (v1). Heinz Kruger next appears in Captain America #255 (v1).
Group Appearances
Nazis last appeared in Captain America #101 (v1). Nazis next appears in Thor #205 (v1).
Operation: Rebirth
Operation: Rebirth last appeared in Tales of Suspense #63b (v1). Operation: Rebirth next appears in Captain America #255 (v1).
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #8 (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Iron Man #7 (v1).
United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces last appeared in Silver Surfer #3a (v1). United States Armed Forces next appears in Daredevil #47 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Avengers #60 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Captain America #110 (v1).
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This is a repeat of the Captain America origin story, although it has changed slightly from the previous version by the addition of Vita-Rays.

Many of the things in this issue are retconed later to make up for some of the issues created in this issues.
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  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-19 09:19:50  
  I was prepared to not like this one-another retelling of the origin. But this time it was very well done, took me back to seeing the movie a couple yeaars ago. Well done issue.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-10-12 21:22:09  
  Amazing how close to the origin (minus Bucky) the movie kept to the actual origin if Cap. Good issue.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-05 09:05:04  
  When done right, a retelling of the hero's origin can be as exciting as the first time around. This was a really good issue.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-06-07 16:09:32  
  3 stars for adding a few changes to Cap's origin!!

Cover Me - I like the image of Cap busting out of the paper!

Changes - The General was demoted to a Colonel. Operation Rebirth switched to Project Super-Soldier. The addition of Vita-Rays which will become important in the future. The biggest change though is Dr. Erskine becoming Pro. Reinstein!!!

'Nuff Said - "Bah! Like all freedom-loving fools--you only talk--while we Nazis act!"-Herr Kruger

  Vancelot Says:    
  2015-08-07 23:25:09  
  Another origin story for Cap? OK  

  Shocker Says:    
  2015-11-14 05:05:04  
  3 stars for Cap meeting the BALCO Lab.  

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-08-07 22:33:18  
  I'm with Fury, being frozen and then coming out of it perfectly isn't the worst thing to happen.  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-11-03 19:04:14  
  How ironic... I'm sitting in a coffee shop reading this and realized "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" was playing on their sound system just as Cap and Bucky partner up at the end. Cosmic alignment! :-)

Interesting re-telling of Cap's origin. I think that makes 3 now. I wonder why they keep revisiting it? The first time is obvious... the 2nd was to re-introduce the character after his revival... but what about this one? And why the changes, as Locust75 points out? I also noticed that the Super-Soldier serum went back to being an injection in this re-telling, as opposed to an oral formula like in ToS #63. Although in keeping with the Comics Code Authority the injection happens "off camera."

But why is Erskine changed to Reinstein? That's a pretty big change.

It also seems a little ironic that Reinstein describes blond-haired, blue-eyed Cap as the first "of an army of the most perfect physical specimens on Earth!" when just a few pages before we see the Nazis saying how they are the pure-blooded, superior race. Hmm... awkward.

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-11-03 19:07:40  
  Answering my own question, I'm guessing this retelling was prompted by changing attitudes towards war as a result of the ongoing conflict in Vietnam. Notice how Skinny Steve protests that he hates war and senseless bloodshed. Just a thought...  

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-11-03 19:21:14  
  Oh man, I have my "history" all mixed up! In going back to the ORIGINAL origin it's "Reinstein."

Re-reading my comment to ToS #63 I asked "why did they change Reinstein to Erskine?" D'oh!

  GroovyGolem Says:    
  2016-11-05 07:42:08  
  Also... it's weird how Fury goes from saving the world in the previous Order issue, to just hanging out in Cap's apartment, trading war stories.

Okay, I'm done commenting now.

  Russ Says:    
  2016-11-07 19:14:59  
  I had to go back and reread the origin story as presented in Captain America Comics #1 to see how the stories compare. Kind of interesting to see the differences and how the seeming inconsistencies get ironed out as the origin is retold over the years.

Just imagine being a teenager and walking in on a hero that's changing from his civilian clothes. Poof, instant hero sidekick, with hardly any training on how to fight. Sometimes the stars align just right, don't they?

2 stars. It's a retelling, but doesn't do much else or add anything pertinent. But the mission from 1944 was one of the last Cap did with Bucky? I thought the accident that claimed Bucky and froze Cap happened in the last days of the war; I'm assuming not long before Germany surrendered.

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-08-18 11:23:46  
  I'm experiencing a feeling similar to what I felt during the Green Goblin's debut. I've seen this story so many times, with so many little refinements, that this early version is vaguely disappointing.

I will say I'm very impressed at how many elements and moments the MCU draws from these early comics.

  Urgat Says:    
  2017-11-30 05:53:57  
  This was not bad but I can't give a retelling of an origin more than 2* somehow *shrugs*  

  7hm Says:    
  2018-02-18 21:53:22  
  Normally I would dislike an origin story retelling... but itís Kirby, at the top of his game.  

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   April 7, 2018 TStarnes Changed comic details.
   February 9, 2018 Urgat
   February 2, 2018 TStarnes Added Captain America[appost]s Shield listing.
   January 27, 2017 fragsel Added Operation: Rebirth to the issue.
   July 4, 2014 fragsel Updated the listing for Agent R.
   July 4, 2014 fragsel Added Agent R to the issue.
   July 4, 2014 fragsel Added Heinz Kruger to the issue.
   July 4, 2014 fragsel Added Nazis to the issue.
   July 4, 2014 fragsel Added United States Armed Forces to the issue.
   November 2, 2013 Robareid Updated the listing for Nick Fury.
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