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Captain America #156: Review

Dec 1972
Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema

Story Name:

Two into One Won’t Go!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Captain America #156 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Conclusion of a four-part story. “He could have been me” takes on ironic overtones when one realizes that Ultimate Captain America does fit that description. The cover of this issue forms the background to the Captain America Library.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #156 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
When the 1950s Captain America lands the seaplane off the coast of Miami Beach, the original Captain America, the Falcon and Sharon Carter burst into the cockpit to fight for their freedom. The battle spills out onto the wing of the plane and a Coast Guard cutter comes near to investigate. 50s Cap fires an atom-blaster at his counterpart and accidentally blows a hole in the cutter. While the real Cap and Falcon rescue the sailors, 50s Cap and Bucky make their getaway, with the former calling to Cap to meet him in one hour at the Torch of Friendship. (Back in New York, Sgt Muldoon and Bob Courtney search Steve’s apartment to try to find evidence of his involvement in the plot to frame Muldoon.) In Miami, Cap and company warn the police to be on the lookout for the fake Captain and head out to the Torch. On the way, Cap is jumped by the fake Bucky; as Cap continues toward the rendezvous, Falcon and Sharon take on the super-powered sidekick and, with a combination of fighting skills and teamwork, defeat him. At the Torch of Friendship police have the area cordoned off as Cap enters the adjoining woods, deep in thought as he prepares to face a foe who is his own dark side, who began with the same dreams and ended up an insane bigot. 50s Cap leaps out at him and the battle is joined; the fake Cap is stronger than the real one but when Cap reveals that he is the original, the copy goes completely berserk and Cap slugs him into the monument. As he stands over his fallen foe, he realizes that “he could have been me” and asks his partners to leave him alone for a little while.

Sal Buscema
Frank McLaughlin
(Unknown artist)
Sal Buscema (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Bucky (Jack Monroe), Captain America (1950s Version), Sergeant Muldoon.

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