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Captain America #193: Review

Jan 1976
Jack Kirby, Jack Kirby

Story Name:

The Madbomb Screamer in the Brain!

Review & Comments

2 stars

Captain America #193 Review by (June 21, 2010)
Review: Kirby’s return to his earliest creation is a ridiculous affair. Instead of the usual mad adrenaline rush, we get an interesting plot marred by absurd episodes, silly dialogue, bizarre characterization, and heavy-handed thematics. What a disappointment.

Comments: “The Madbomb”: part one of eight. Jack Kirby returns to the character he created for the first time since issue #112 in 1969. Henry Kissinger uses Yiddish terms (“furshlugginer”) and asks to be called “Henny.” What?


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #193 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro
Relaxing after the trial of the Falcon, Captain America and the Falcon are having an arm-wrestling match in Leila’s kitchen. Suddenly the two heroes are overwhelmed by feelings of hate and anger and begin to fight in earnest; quickly they manage to overcome these strange emotions. Leila grabs a knife to slay the two and Falcon restrains her. A brick through the window alerts Cap to a riot outside, where it seems the entire populace of New York is at one another’s throats. Cap goes out, trying to quell the violence while dodging gunfire and attack, and spots a device in an alleyway. He fights an overwhelming madness as he gets nearer to the device and manages to destroy the thing, bringing a halt to the chaos around him. A SHIELD agent arrives to take them to Madbomb Central, a secret lab where the government is studying these monstrous devices. Entering the facility, Cap and the Falcon are attacked by gas and missiles. Winning their way through the deadly gauntlet, they come face to face with…Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who orders a gang of thugs to attack them! After the heroes defeat the punks, the Secretary explains that it was a test to ensure that they are the real Cap and Falcon, then moves on to the matter at hand. The first Madbomb, a tiny one called "Peanut" destroyed a small town; the second one, "Dumpling," devastated a medium-sized city and now a large one would have wrecked New York had the heroes not stopped it. Kissinger then shows them a photo obtained from a dying agent: an enormous Madbomb, code-named "Big Daddy," capable of destroying the entire United States at the start of the bicentennial year….

Jack Kirby
Frank Giacoia
Janice Cohen
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
John Romita (Cover Inker)


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Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

(Sam Wilson)

Plus: Henry Kissinger, Leila Taylor.

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