Oct 1, 2021 • 10M

Episode 85: The "Return" of Captain America (Strange Tales #114) -- November 1963

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What if the Marvel Universe was real? Mike and Ed are radio commentators in 1961 discussing the ramifications of a world with super heroes, monsters & aliens. Why is no one asking, "Is Ironman a good use of StarkCorp shareholder capital?"
Episode details

In this episode:

Mike and Ed discuss the living legend, Captain America. Or, at least the guy who is impersonating him. Impersonating Capt seems like it would be even easier than impersonating Spider-Man - so why was everyone so eager to believe that the soldier from World War II had returned? And if Captain America truly did return, would he really spend his time selling used cars? Is our society and media truly that naive, or is it that the symbol of Captain America is so powerful that we refused to give voice to our doubts? Also, should the government create a new Captain America, if only as a symbol, or would that be insulting to the original? If we need a new name for a new icon, what should the name be?

Strange Tales (1951) #114 | Comic Issues | Marvel

In This Issue:

The town of Glenville is abuzz with the news that World War II hero Captain America has returned. Not only that, he’s making a public appearance at an antique auto show in town. Johnny Storm heads to the auto show and jumps into action as the Human Torch when he sees a robbery in place. So does Captain America, who treats Johnny pretty poorly. Nonetheless, Cap gets great press after he captures the thugs. We then learn that Cap was in on the robbery, when he breaks the thugs out of jail. Johnny tries to recapture the thugs and succeeds, whereupon he learns that Cap was in on the plan, which was all a smokescreen so that he could rob a bank. Johnny battles Cap once more and, once he defeats him, learns he is his old enemy, the Acrobat.

Assumed before the next episode:

People are wondering if the real Captain America will return.

This episode takes place:

After the fake Captain America has been captured.