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Black History Month: In ‘Truth: Red, White and Black,’ Isaiah Bradley Is The First Black Captain America

In 'Truth: Red, White and Black' (2003) #5, Isaiah Bradley is Captain America.
 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH


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IN CIVIL RIGHTS

CAMP CATHCART ENLISTS 300 AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN PROJECT REBIRTH

In 'Truth: Red, White and Black' (2002) #3, Isaiah Bradley and his black-ops team succeed in the Super Soldier experiments.
In Truth: Red, White and Black (2002) #3, Isaiah Bradley and his black-ops team succeed in the Super Soldier experiments. Marvel Comics.

In our Black History Month feature story, we feature Isaiah Bradley, the first African American Captain America. Originally, Sgt. Luke Evans leads Isaiah’s all-black military unit.

During the Second World War, Colonel Walker Price and Dr. Josef Reinstein enlist 500 black military into Project Rebirth. Unbeknownst, the U.S. Army tests them with the Super Soldier Serum to develop additional Super Soldiers.

Previously, Steven Rogers successfully completed the Super Soldier program and became Captain America. Tragically, the majority of the candidates do not survive the experiments.

Only five African Americans, namely, Sgt. Luke Evans, Isaiah Bradley, Maurice Canfield, Damon Larsen and Larry Pitts survive to form a black special-ops team.

Secretly, the Army sends the families of the deceased military letters explaining their deaths as a result of explosions in combat.

In 1942, they deploy in multiple missions in Europe to fight Nazi Germany. On a mission, Larsen is killed and the squad discovers medical supplies for Koch Pharmazeutik. Then, in Sintra, Portugal, only Evans, Bradley and Canfield remain.

There, they await the arrival of Captain America. When Maurice finds out about his parents’ deaths, his enlarged thyroid, rage and PTSD lead to a fight. After the fight, only Bradley survives.

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THE FIRST BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA

In 'Truth: Red, White and Black' (2003) #5, Isaiah Bradley is Captain America.
In Truth: Red, White and Black (2003) #5, Isaiah Bradley is Captain America. Marvel Comics.

Afterwards, Isaiah is sent on his last mission. In fact, it is a suicide mission to kill Doctor Kosh, stop the development of the German Super-Soldier formula and destroy the Nazi camp in Schwarzebitte.

On his way, Isaiah steals a Captain America uniform and shield. To the enemy, he becomes… the Black Captain America! Though Isaiah meets the mission objectives, the Nazis capture him. In the interrogation room, the Fuhrer meets him.

Then, they transport the Captain to Auschwitz. On the way, German freedom fighters save Captain America. After being smuggled in Europe, he is able to report back to the U.S. Army in America.

However, the Army sentence Bradley to life in prison for having stolen the Captain America uniform and shield.

From 1943, during seventeen years, he serves time in solitary confinement where his mind and body deteriorate due to improper medical care.

Later, his wife Faith is able to obtain his pardon after writing President Eisenhower a letter a month for three years. In 1960, he is released on President Kennedy’s Inauguration ceremony.

 

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THE SUPER-SOLDIER SERUM WAS A U.S.-GERMAN ARMS RACE

In 'Truth: Red, White and Black' (2002) #7, the two Captain Americas meet in the Bronx.
In Truth: Red, White and Black (2002) #7, the two Captain Americas meet in the Bronx. Marvel Comics.

In the present, Captain America investigates Bradley’s apparent death after his last mission per the U.S. Army. When he meets with Colonel Walker Price, he finds out the truth about the Super-Soldier Serum.

Originally, it was born out of eugenics, an attempt to improve the human gene pool with “racial hygiene” and enhanced physical traits.1

After the Great War, the U.S., Great Britain and Germany took the lead in the eugenics movement. When Hitler took power in Germany, he recruited Dr. Reinstein and Dr. Koch on Project Rebirth.

To this end, its aim was to create the Super-Soldier. Early, it was a joint U.S.-German business venture. After Hitler’s Nazism arose and he declared the Second World War, Project Rebirth split into two. After, the Super-Soldier race was on.


LINKS

Truth: Red, White & Black Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Truth: Red, White & Black Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Truth: Red, White & Black Vol 1 7 in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Truth, Red, White And Black #7.
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Marvel Day: The Day X-Factor Came Out And Favored The Mutant Registration Act

 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Louise Simonson


Penciler(s)

Walter Simonson


Inker(s)

Bob Wiacek


Colorist(s)

Petra Scotese


Cover

Walter Simonson


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

March, 1988

IN CIVIL RIGHTS

AT THE END OF FALL OF THE MUTANTS, X-FACTOR REVEALED THEIR IDENTITIES

From the beginning, it was a tale about mutant struggle. What other trailblazers had accomplished before, had prepare for this moment.

In front of cameras, pens and interrogators, Scott passionately made his public announcement. Yes, having saved New York from the cataclysmic ambitions of Apocalypse and the bigotry of Cameron Hodge's The Right, it was time to come out.

Jubilantly, the media had celebrated them as heroes. Gloriously, X-Factor had stopped the mutant god from unleashing the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse on the beloved city.

Now, it was time for the truth. For some time, Warren Worthington III alias Angel had used his fortune in order to recruit Beast, Cyclops, Marvel Girl and Iceman to set up X-Factor. 

In fact, X-Factor had operated outside the law as the X-Terminators.

Today, Cyclops revealed both team were one and the same thing. From that day on, X-Factor would reveal the aliases of its members to support the Mutant Registration Act.

Indeed, it was the Fall of the Mutants. But which mutants? More importantly, would humanity finally come to tolerate mutant difference granting them their civil rights?

Only future adventures would tell.

 

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Marvel Day: How Iron Man’s Futurism Correctly Predicted The Civil War If The Heroes Didn’t Work Together

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms.
 

MARVEL DAY

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Alex Maleev


Colorist(s)

Dave Stewart


Cover

Gabriele Dell’Otto


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

March 29, 2006

IN CIVIL RIGHTS

THE HEROES OF EARTH SHOULD HAVE BANDED TOGETHER

In New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms. After the Kree-Skrull war, Iron Man convenes a meeting. In attendance are Mister Fantastic, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, King Namor, Black Bolt and Professor X. As matter of fact, Iron Man and the attendees recognize the war could have been averted. Indeed, it would if the different superhero teams had pooled resources and intel.

Despite their acknowledgements, the meeting highlights the differences among the various factions. For his part, Iron Man favors forming a delegation of superheroes to serve a united front against future threats. However, his idea is opposed by every other attendee, especially Namor. In some sense, Iron Man proves prescient as this move could have averted the major crisis to befall the Marvel Universe: Civil War. Though, the Illuminati forms.

In 'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms.
In New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1, the Illuminati forms. Marvel Comics.

IRON MAN’S FUTURISM COULD HAVE PREVENTED CIVIL WAR

Forward in time, after House of M, the Illuminati convenes. Due to House of M, Professor X is absent. During the meeting, Iron Man informs them of important news. Recently, the U.S. government is planning on passing the Superhero Registration Act. As a result of House of M, 198 and Secret War, this is a likely development. Really, Tony explains how his mind and Reed’s work. As an inventor, industrialist and businessman, Tony is a futurist.

Hence, he is able to predict social trends and what people need. Correctly, he predicts what the New Warriors would later do in their quest for fame. Consequently, he advises the Illuminati to get onboard. However, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt and King Namor forcefully refuse. Only Mister Fantastic agrees. Though Tony’s views are extreme, they highlight the fact he was correct: Early on, the heroes of Earth should have formed a delegation. In the end, the Illuminati were a missed opportunity.

'New Avengers: Illuminati' (2006) #1.
New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1. Marvel Comics.

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THE DIFFERENT TEAMS AT THE END OF HOUSE OF M

X-MEN

At the end of the story, Scarlet Witch uttered the spell “no more mutants.” Only 198 mutants remain on Earth. At Xavier’s Institute, Emma Frost finds out that many mutants are powerless. In the issue, the X-Men find a depowered Magneto in Genosha. About Wanda, here whereabouts are unknown.

NEW AVENGERS

At Avengers Tower, the memories of the New Avengers have been restored. In shock, Doctor Strange feels he has failed his duty to protect Earth. For his part, Spider-Man demands that Strange erase their memories of House of M. To which Doctor Strange declines. Unfortunately, the New Avengers face Hawkeye‘s apparent death.

House of M. Marvel Comics.

TIMES WHEN IRON MAN WAS CORRECT

AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED

In Avengers Disassembled: Chaos, the Avengers are attacked by a mysterious force. First, there is the resurrected Jack-Of-Hearts who attacks Avengers Mansion. Then Tony is inexplicably drunk without having a drink.

This leads to a violent outburst at the U.N. Then, Vision attacks the Avengers. Finally, She-Hulk brutally rips Vision apart. Correctly, Iron Man realizes that the attacks are connected. Though the Avengers disagree.

AVX

In AvX, Tony is correct twice. The first time, he correctly designs a Phoenix-Killer Armor. Powerfully, he detonates it on the moon. Though the Phoenix is destroyed, it splits into the Phoenix Five.

Later, Iron Man correctly deduces the reason for the Phoenix Force’s return to Earth. The Phoenix Force and Chaos Magic are like yin and yang. Indeed, the Phoenix returned because of Scarlet Witch’s “no more mutants.”

CIVIL WAR II

In Civil War II, Tony comes into blows with Carol Danvers. During an invasion by a Celestial Destructor, the Ultimates used information from an Inhuman. Namely, Ulysses provided information to save the day. When Captain Marvel wanted Ulysses to join the Ultimates, Iron Man opposed the decision.

Correctly, he questioned Ulysses’ mysterious powers, whether the future can be changed and the morality of pre-emptive strikes. Though conflict soon followed with several tragedies. Such as the deaths of War Machine and Hulk. After, there was a final battle between Iron Man and Captain Marvel. Apparently, Tony died. In the end, jumping between futures, Ulysses vanished to meet Eternity.

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SOURCES

New Avengers: Illuminati Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Civil War II in Marvel Database.
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“Solo Avengers (1987-1989) #14” Review

In 'Solo Avengers' (1989) #14, She-Hulk tangles with Titania, calling her "cuddles."
 
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'Solo Avengers' (1989) #14.
Solo Avengers (1989) #14. Marvel Comics.

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Critically, Solo Avengers (1989) #14, is a double feature comic. First, Hawkeye teams up with Black Widow to take on the terrorist group known as AIM. Second, She-Hulk battles Titania!

Together, writer Tom Defalco and penciler Al Migrom collaborate on the stories. Moreover, the issue showcases She-Hulk as a powerful superheroine. Amazingly, the writing shines on the relationship between the characters. Beautifully, the art in the book is characteristic of the 80s: anatomically correct, fun and muscular. Moreover, She-Hulk vs Titania!

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Under-Appreciated Heroes/Villains: #WeStandWithLukeCage’s Decision To Stay And Fight During Civil War

In 'New Avengers' (2006) #22, Luke Cage refuses to escape with his family to Canada.
 
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UNDER-APPRECIATED HEROES/VILLAINS

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Leinil Yu


Colorist(s)

Dave McCaig


Cover

Leinil Yu


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

July 26, 2006

IN CIVIL RIGHTS

#WESTANDWITHLUKECAGE AND THE WRONGFULLY ACCUSED

In ‘New Avengers’ (2006) #22, Luke Cage stays and fights the Superhero Registration Act. In Harlem, Iron Man and Ms. Marvel are present at Luke Cage’s home. Urgently, they are coaxing him to sign on to become a member of the Avengers. At the stroke of midnight, the Act becomes law. From then, the Avengers will become a legal team with pay and benefits. In addition, Luke has the chance to expunge his troubled past. Without a doubt, #WeStandWithLukeCage and the wrongfully accused.

Despite their insistence, Luke won’t sign. Disappointed, Iron Man and Ms. Marvel depart. Quickly, the former Power Man decides to send Jessica Jones and baby Danielle away to Toronto, Canada. Desperately, Jessica attempts to convince Luke to seize their money and run away to Canada with his family. But, Luke protests he needs to set an example for his home Harlem and vows to make the people responsible pay. Soon, Jessica departs with the baby for Toronto, Canada. At the stroke of midnight, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents confront Luke Cage.

In 'New Avengers' (2006) #22, Iron Man coaxes Luke Cage into signing the Superhero Registration Act.
In ‘New Avengers’ (2006) #22, Iron Man coaxes Luke Cage into signing the Superhero Registration Act. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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In the dark, Luke Cage is sitting in the living room. Furtively, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrive at his doorstep. Quickly, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Gabriel Jones introduces himself. When he tells Luke he wants a word with him, the hero says he is occupied. However, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents will not go away. In response, Luke busts through the door with the sofa, beating down on S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Soon, they fire at Luke with genetic paralyzers.

After a brave battle, S.H.I.E.L.D. have the rebel on the ropes. Within a moment, Luke falls down the building. Unfortunately, Luke is down on the floor. Shockingly, one of the bystanders in the neighborhood reacts by shooting his shotgun at the agents. As a result, the people rise and start throwing projectiles at S.H.I.E.L.D. At that moment, Captain America, Iron Fist disguised as Daredevil and Falcon fly in. Quickly, these Secret Avengers make short work of the law enforcement. Soon, they depart with Luke Cage.

In 'New Avengers' (2006) #22, Luke Cage is rescued by the Secret Avengers.
In ‘New Avengers’ (2006) #22, Luke Cage is rescued by the Secret Avengers.. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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In ‘New Avengers’ (2006) #22, Luke Cage refuses to escape with his family to Canada. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

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SOURCES

New Avengers Vol 1 22 in Marvel Database.