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1139: Captain America #122 (v1)

" The Sting of the Scorpion! "
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Captain America #122 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Stan Lee
Cover Artists: Gene Colan, Joe Sinnott
Writers: Stan Lee
Pencilers: Gene Colan
Inkers: Joe Sinnott
Letterers: Artie Simek
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: February 1970
Release Date: November 1969
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.15
Times Read: 342                 Times Rated: 204
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Steve Rogers continues to think about Sharon Carter. Unable to sleep, he checks out of his hotel and goes for a walk, where he encounters the Scorpion. The Scorpion heads off to kill Agent Thirteen for his employers.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Captain America
Captain America last appeared in Captain America #121 (v1). Captain America next appears in Captain America #123 (v1).
Supporting Characters
  Sharon Carter
Sharon Carter last appeared in Captain America #116 (v1). Sharon Carter next appears in Captain America #124 (v1).
Scorpion last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #29 (v1). Scorpion next appears in Captain America #150 (v1).
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Specs in the mainstream continuity.
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Smiler in the mainstream continuity.
Group Appearances
S.H.I.E.L.D. last appeared in Avengers #72 (v1). S.H.I.E.L.D. next appears in Captain America #123 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Captain America's Shield
Captain America's Shield last appeared in Captain America #121 (v1). Captain America's Shield next appears in Captain America #123 (v1).
Scorpion Armor
Scorpion Armor last appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #29 (v1).
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Issue Review
   February 24, 2014
Wowsers. I really liked this comic. For a bunch of different reasons - and it even had Sharon jumping in and out of the extreme perspective of Steve's life - and hiding in the shadows. And still it was great.

First - let me talk about the art - which was very good. But the layouts - and connectivity from shot to shot and little connections - felt cinematic. Take a look at page 8. Scorpion slides his face out from the shadows - and in the typical Sixties fashion of the face - a snarl lifted on his lips. But then the page turns - and we see a beautiful shot from the feet and showing Steve in the background - puls the added perspective of the lines on the building leading toward him. Beauty.

The fights - although a bit too heavy on the connecting motion lines - really show the movement beautifully - and the turn of the fight moving from spot to spot. Scorpion and Steve's interaction is great - and then it turned away.

But one of the strongest parts of the comic - and we have most certainly seen this in other comics - is the regret of heroism from Steve. He regrets losing much of his life - and tosses and turns. Then after the fight - even has a hurt hand - but then so much of it melted away when he put on the cowl. Great level of character and humanity. For this 'throw away' comic. Excellent writing.
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  Canuck Says:    
  2011-10-17 00:00:00  
  So that is the closest Captain America has come to having his secret exposed... of course, aside from the time he exposed it himself for the whole world to see.
Now he did cover that up successfully, somehow, with a bad plan that actually worked; however, I do believe if he is really trying to maintain his secret identity, he may find it best to not walk into his hotel room as Captain America and then out again as Steve Rogers.

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2013-06-22 02:41:22  
  yuk, this is a bad story; Colan's art does nothing for me(2+)  

  leisch Says:    
  2013-08-23 11:17:05  
  Sharon was a decent undercover agent before she hooked up with Captain Mopery and subsequently needs constant rescuing.
Why does evry Cap story without the Red Skull just feel like the Stan is just marking time until he can bring back the Skull.

  DrBaxter Says:    
  2013-09-05 17:26:08  
  I guess I'm the only one that really loved Cap's soliloquy... great writing.  

  instantdeath999 Says:    
  2013-10-09 22:00:29  
  There was plenty wrong with this issue, but I enjoyed Cap's opening monologue.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-05-30 00:56:39  
  The beginning was good, however, it went bad very fast.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2014-11-06 23:44:10  
  This whole idea that Cap's identity is secret is just stupid. It would be like if Brad Pitt was both a war hero and a costumed crime fighter when he wasn't acting, and he let everyone know about it. Then Brad Pitt apparently "died" without a body ever being found, but the hero he turned into was still around and active, usually in areas where people all see a guy that looks exactly like Brad Pitt...except it couldn't be him because....reasons.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2014-11-07 12:08:48  
  I just watched the 75 year Marvel special last night. They touched on how patriotism started dwindling and how they incorporated that into Caps issues. Gives me done appreciation for this issue. At some point, Marvel stops printing the Comics Code stamp on their comics and that's when things start getting dark and better. I think it should be sometime in the early 70s based on the show.  

  specialque Says:    
  2014-12-22 11:02:11  
  I really liked those first few pages with Cap talking to himself. His battle with the Scorpion was also nice.  

  phogbear Says:    
  2015-06-22 07:13:25  
  More Cap whining should make me hate the issue, but I liked it. Partly because he talks about the lack of patriotism in his speech. Walking into his hotel room in his CA duds was beyond stupid though.

Nice to see one of my favorite villains make an appearance. Been a long time Scorpy.

  MattzLadd Says:    
  2015-08-16 20:13:30  
  Har har, Scorpion was defeated by a twig.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2015-11-10 20:16:54  
  2 stars for Scorpion running into Cap!!!

Debate - I agree with those above about Cap's rap! It really goes well with the all the letters that has been printed in his series lately!!

Spin-Off - I want to see more of Specs & Smiler...Super Spies!!!

Super Patriot - Poor Cap, if only there was a phone booth to change into...

Strong Like Wood - @MattzLadd: To be fair, it was more of a branch then a twig!

'Nuff Said - "No snoopy dame is gonna break up this operation!"-Smiler

  Katryn Says:    
  2016-11-07 05:57:16  
  Wait, Cap dumps Sharon because she won't quit SHIELD, so now he presumes that she's forgotten him? Well I don't know why she hasn't actually, he would have earnt it.  

  Russ Says:    
  2016-12-28 13:09:25  
  From hunting loudmouth spider-hating newspaper publishers to hired muscle for spy rings; Scorpion is starting to move up in the world. I thought he and Cap match up surpringly well. But after giving Spider-Man fits in his first two appearances, his defeat here isn't one any self-respecting villain will be able to live down. A tree sapling? I'm thinking of Adam Sandler's immortal skit "They're all going to laugh at you!"

I'm a bit mixed about Cap's monologue that started the story. It seemed like another long-winded speech that doesn't hold up well, but for the early 70's, it probably meant much more. At the time Vietnam was still going on and all the young people, the bulk of the comics audience, were against it even if it meant being branded non-patriotic. This was one of those you-had-to-be-there moments. Gene Colan and Joe Sinnott did capture the mood very well, however.

3 stars. Poor Sharon; she has such a moody, neurotic boyfriend.

  benmason486 Says:    
  2017-08-23 10:18:21  
  Really, Cap? You can't stand that Sharon risks her life every day when all you want to do is protect her? Do you also think she shouldn't have a job at all, or support herself? Should she be content to pop out a couple of your rug-rats and cook and clean? Maybe you truly are of an older generation.

Go find someone your own (mental) age.

  JonahBlack Says:    
  2017-10-01 17:09:23  
  Cap's 'I've been at this a lifetime' schtick grates on me, because he was a hero in WWII for just a couple or three years, and then was frozen. That means he's only been heroing a smidge longer than the FF, Hank Pym, or Spider-Man.

I agree that Cap's speech may have been more, I dunno, relevant? in 1970, but I find it off-putting now - particularly the assertion that the 'Establishment' brought us MLK. This is true in much the same way Apartheid brought us Nelson Mandela.

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2017-10-12 14:16:23  
  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. Just, okay. On the other hand, it's better than a few of the earlier issues.

3 Stars.

  Marksman Says:    
  2017-12-31 20:44:59  
  The letters page for Captain America has some great debate. Some future Marvel writers weigh in on the comic including Steve Gerber and Don McGregor.  

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Date User Name Update
   February 3, 2018 TStarnes Added Scorpion Armor listing.
   February 3, 2018 TStarnes Added Captain America[appost]s Shield listing.
   February 3, 2018 TStarnes
   February 3, 2018 TStarnes
   October 8, 2017 fragsel Added Smiler to the issue.
   October 8, 2017 fragsel Added Specs to the issue.
   September 10, 2013 skalchemist Updated the listing for Sharon Carter.
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