Saturday, 11 May 2019

Captain America & The Falcon: Power To The People!



Here's a great little done-in-one from Gary Freidrich & John Romita, where Cap & Falc go all relevant and get involved in a race riot in Harlem. ( Sorry, I mean A Holocaust In Harlem! A Tale Of Today! as Gary says... )
You'll know who the bad guy is from the cover onwards, and his master plan really is a bit crap, but then, he didn't really need to be there at all, the story working perfectly well without him.
None of that matters though, as Jazzy John does a great rubbish strewn slum area and makes even the quiet character moments visually exciting.
Yes, the script is as overwrought as every other 'relevant' saga of the time, but that's why I love it, and you can tell Freidrich means well. Plus, there's no easy wrap up at the end, and Cap & Falc even fall out a little bit over their respective sides of the argument.
And I always loved that title logo with the two of them standing there ready for action.





































11 comments:

  1. An interesting choice, Pete. The real kick-off to 'Cap's lost year' during the Bronze Age, between the very lovely Lee/Colan run and Englehart's epic tenure.

    You're correct, though: It wasn't all bad - what with Romita doing some real ace work here & the interesting characterization being done between Steve & Sam. And yeah, Gary Freidrich - it's weird how his few foray's outside of Sgt. Fury were so short & ill-received. He wasn't a bad writer, by any means, but almost everything he did outside the war stuff - Cap, Captain Marvel, Son of Satan, etc - they were, in the end, just there to keep the books going until another team could come in & take said titles to greatness. And that's a shame.

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  2. He was a bit 'always the bridesmaid' wasn't he? A shame, as you say.

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  3. "Burn, Whitey, Burn" ---- wow!

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  4. Could you scan Luke Cage: Hero for Hire #5? In that one he ia up against Black Mariah who has Kingpin size, strength, and speed.

    - Neil

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    1. I haven't seen that one in ages.

      Gene Poole

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  5. I'll add it to the list, sure.

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  6. Its alright for Captain Whitey to spend his time hanging out with Sharon Carter, but the Falcon meets a chick and suddenly the partnership looks like its over?

    The story is bollocks of course - later the Falcon turned out to be a dupe of the Red Skull too - but Leila is great anyway.
    Fight the power!

    -sean

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  7. Leila shoulda' got her own book, in my opinion.

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    1. At the very least she should have replaced the Falcon as the main supporting character, and got her name on the front cover regularly instead.

      Sadly Englehart mellowed her out though...

      -sean

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  8. Cap's apparent fear that Leila might "radicalize" Falcon probably had more immediacy back in The Day.

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