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Captain America #146: Review

Feb 1972
Gary Friedrich, Sal Buscema

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Mission: Destroy the Femme Force!

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3 stars

Captain America #146 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Part two of a four-part story. Harold Howard is based on real-life millionaire Howard Hughes. The exact same plot device was used the previous year in the James Bond movie DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER by Blofeld and SPECTRE; there the millionaire recluse is named Willard Whyte.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #146 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Out of his mind with rage at the thought that Sharon is dead, Captain America attacks the Hydra agent. Val slaps him to snap him out of his frenzy and reminds him that the plane is crashing. Cap breaks into the cockpit, overpowers the terrorists, and revives the pilot Eric Koenig who manages to wrestle the plane back under control. Cap radios for an Air Force escort and they land in Las Vegas and rush the critically injured Sharon to the hospital. Watching this on a viewscreen, the panicked Supreme Hydra reports to his mysterious superior, who is ensconced in the Vegas penthouse of reclusive millionaire Harold Howard. The Supreme Hydra hastily outlines a new plot to destroy Cap and the Femme Force, and his outraged superior grudgingly allows him 24 hours to execute this new scheme. Back in New York, Nick Fury tries to recruit the Falcon to aid in the SHIELD effort to support Captain America but the Harlem hero refuses, citing his need to help his own people first. In Vegas, while Steve is at dinner with a flirtatious Val, trying to take his mind off of Sharon’s condition, Hydra agents invade the hospital and carry off the comatose Sharon. When Steve is notified of the kidnapping he changes to his Cap gear and heads to the hospital where a note instructs him to go alone to Hydra’s desert headquarters. Cap rides out into the desert and is levitated into a trailing Hydra aircraft; both hero and villains are unaware that Cap was being tailed by the Femme Force on rocket packs. When the craft carrying Cap descends into a secret entrance in the desert floor, the female agents zoom inside and attack the Hydra forces. When the action breaks out Cap takes on the Supreme Hydra and his flunkies. Watching on a remote viewscreen the mysterious leader concludes Supreme Hydra has failed and presses the button that will completely destroy Hydra headquarters and Captain America….

Sal Buscema
John Verpoorten
(Unknown artist)
John Romita (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

(Wilson Fisk)

Plus: Eric Koenig, Femme Force One, Supreme Hydra (Richard Fisk).

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