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Captain America #327: Review

Mar 1987
Mark Gruenwald, Paul Neary

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Clashing Symbols

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3.5 stars

Captain America #327 Review by (September 19, 2015)
Comments: Cap can recognize the rock star guests but I can’t: I spotted Bob Dylan, Prince, and Tina Turner and of course Willie Nelson and Joan Jett who are identified; I’m told Michael Jackson is also there but I didn’t see anyone with any of his 1970s or 80s looks. There are a couple of other faces I can’t put a name to.

Review: Another heavy-handed issue with Cap and Super-Patriot debating ideology as they fight. The fight is the cool part of the issue. Steve/Cap agonizing over the issues is not. And it looks like Bernie is not going to be the cute and lovable girlfriend she started out to be. At least this builds up to a worthwhile classic story arc.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Captain America #327 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Late one night at a college in Madison, Wisconsin, the Buckies (Bold Urban Commandos) terrorize a dorm for international students, setting the lawn on fire and playing the part of redneck racists. They then link up with their secret partner, the masked hero known as Super-Patriot, and vanish into the night….

Steve Rogers then arrives at the same college to pay a visit to fiancée Bernie Rosenthal who is attending law school there. When word comes of the attack on the dorm, Bernie takes her friends over to see so Steve can show up separately as Captain America. The foreign students recognize him as wearing the costume of the thugs who terrorized the place. Other onlookers assume Cap is connected with the Buckies and scattered fighting breaks out. Meanwhile the police make it clear Cap is not welcome in their investigation. As Steve again, he shares his worries with Bernie over these reactionary bigots who are smearing him by association. Bernie mentions that the Super-Patriot is going to appear at a charity rock concert in Milwaukee….

Interlude: An IRS agent looks into Steve Rogers’ million-dollar windfall (issue #312) and decides to keep digging….

Steve and Bernie attend the concert headed by Willie Nelson to raise money for the homeless; Super-Patriot makes a stirring speech from the stage which goes over well with the audience. Steve changes to his Cap outfit ands seeks out S-P backstage. They repair to the parking lot where Cap warns him that he knows he is working with the Buckies. Patriot taunts Cap offering to confess to anything if Cap defeats him in battle. When Cap doesn’t snap at the bait, Super-Patriot decides to force the issue by attacking Cap with his torch-sword. There follows a grueling battle lasting nearly an hour where Cap is unable to gain any advantage over a foe with greater strength and stamina; soon the Super-Patriot calls off the fight in order to return to the concert. As he drives off with Bernie, as depressed as she has ever seen him, she decides to postpone the talk about ending their engagement….

Epilogue: The dogged IRS agent, after studying Steve’s military records, suddenly realizes that Steve must be Captain America….

Paul Neary
John Beatty
Ken Feduniewicz
Mike Zeck (Cover Penciler)
John Beatty (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)


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Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)

Plus: Super-Patriot.

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