America (1) #139-142 (1971)
Lee(#139-141) Gary Friedrich #142)
Penciler: John Romita
Inker: Joe Sinnott
Letterer: Artie Simek
America is asked to go undercover to investigate strange disappearances
in the NYC police department. Working the beat as a rookie street
cop, Rogers uncovers a plot by the Grey Gargoyle to try out a new stone
formula that requires Element X. Soon Captain America and his partner
Falcon team up with S.H.I.E.L.D. to stop the Gargoyle from stealing the world's
supply of Element X from a its mountain fortress facility.
cover appearance on #141 with Sharon
Carter (in stone!)
by Dum Dum and Sharon Carter.
Carter is the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s
psyche squad and has
helicarrier (the original)
is ready at story's
America's bike somehow survives the explosion and is picked up by
Cap in issue #161
in Essential Captain America 3
Silly Silver Age fun with the full Captain America cast, including
Fury, Dugan and rather woeful Sharon Carter. Fury does nothing
more then cameo
for the first few issues, but he soon rounds out
the cast and joins the action
as the setting switches to the Element X facility.
Some great shots of the helicarrier, here called the 'heli-cruiser',
including its evacuation
in light of a self destruct order. The dialogue has
some real groaners, including Cap's "Don't go feminine on me, honey" and
everyone going batty over Fury's order to go to "Plan D".
Well worth a read, although the helicarrier's demise
is rather undramatic.