Captain America. Puny Steve Rogers, outraged at the actions of the Germans and Japanese, attempts to enlist in the Army but is rejected because he is "too frail." He begs to be accepted and is taken instead by General Chester Phillips, who hands him over to Professor Reinstein, who gives Rogers a serum which turns him into a super man--a "super agent" for the U.S. government. Rogers puts on a costume and busts crime and Axis attempts at evil wherever he finds them. In his civilian identity he is a private at Camp Lehigh. He is partnered with Bucky and is a member of the All-Winners Squad. He has no superpowers, but is in the best physical shape humanly possible, is an excellent fighter, and has a shield which he uses both defensively and offensively. His Rogues Gallery includes such scoundrels as the Red Skull, the epitome of evil, Herr Kameleon, the murderous Butterfly, the Lord of Death (and his zombies), the Ringmaster, the Hangman, the Yellow Peril the Fang, the foot-high Pygmies of Terror, and Mysto the Magician. Captain America appears in stories with titles like “Horror Hospital,” “Ivan the Terrible,” and “The Canvas of Doom.”
First Appearance: Captain America Comics #1 (Marvel), Mar 1941. 100+ appearances, 1941-1949. Created by Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, and Al Liederman.
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