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Captain America #160: Review

Apr 1973
Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema

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Enter: Solarr!

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3 stars

Captain America #160 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Cover by Gil Kane and Alan Weiss.

First appearance of Solarr (Silas King). Cap is a fan of ALL IN THE FAMILY.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #160 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
The newly super-strong Captain America and the Falcon are foiling an armored car robbery by the last remnants of the Cowled Commander’s gang. When Cap takes out all the crooks nearly single-handedly, the Falcon feels like Cap no longer needs him. Heading back to Harlem while struggling with his frustration and insecurity, Falcon spies Leila with Rafe Michel. He swings down, ridicules Rafe’s bigoted Black Nationalism and carries off the lady, leaving the angry radical to vow revenge. On a nearby rooftop, Falcon confides in Leila and she advises him to leave Cap. Several blocks away, a huge man in a costume enters a bank and demands money, melting the teller’s cage with his bare hand. When guards come running, the bad guy incinerates them with a blast, then melts the vault door and loads up on loot. Stepping outside, he recharges his power by exposure to the sun, for he is Solarr, Spawn of the Sun. He fries shocked onlookers with fiery blasts from his fingers. Captain America arrives to challenge the volcanic villain, deflecting blasts with his shield and leaping out of the way with enhanced leg strength supplementing his agility. Cap, realizing Solarr needs direct exposure to the sun to recharge his powers, distracts him with his thrown shield so he can douse the villain with paint, enabling the police to hustle him into a closed paddy wagon. The Falcon witnessed this battle and, realizing he was not needed, swung off without a word. Cap tries to follow him and ends up near Sharon’s apartment, but he can’t stop to explain why he abandoned her earlier (last issue). Sharon, meanwhile, has packed her bags and is heading off; she pins a note on the door for Cap to tell him that she is leaving and will never return.

Preview Pages
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Sal Buscema
Frank McLaughlin
Petra Goldberg
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Leila Taylor, Rafe Michel, Solarr (Silas King).

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