America (1) #164-167 (1973)
Penciler: Alan Lee Weis (164, Sal Buscema (165-167)
Inker: Frank McLaughin (165-166), Frank Giacola (167)
Colorist: Jim Starlin (164), Dave Hunt (165-167)
Letterer: John Constanza (164), Charlotte Jetter (165,167), Arti Semmeck (166)
America and Falcon investigate an old prison where they find werewolves,
unleashed by Nightshade, the latest ally of the Yellow Claw. S.H.I.E.L.D.
arrives and Fury informs Cap and Falcon that they busted up thier operation
poised to capture the Claw. Later when Cap tracks the Claw down to
his lair, he battle him nearly to the death, but then realizes he's
been fighting Nick Fury all along. .
by Dum Dum, Sharon Carter and the
Claw breaks his ties with China,
having pledged his aid
in Yellow Claw
is the first battle between
the real Claw
and Captain America
and Fury, the prior Claw
a robot duplicate built
by Doctor Doom.
remains of the robot
duplicate of the
Yellow Claw seen in Strange
Tales were housed aboard the helicarrier.
Congressmen perform regular inspection tours of the helicarrier
The Yellow Claw returns, for the first time, again...ahem. In an attempt
to resolve the long gestating mystery of Strange Tales Englehart continues
to infuse Cap's relationship with Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. with unneccsary friction,
and Val's venom agaist Cap borders on making her look scitzo when
compared to her hanging on his every word not so long ago. On the bright
side, the return of the Yellow Claw is actually very well written, with
plenty of nods to both his 1950's appearences and those in Strange Tales.
One wonders what would have happened in a Claw Vs Doom showdown. The
art is quite strong, especially in #164, however why Nick Fury looks
like a gypsy rebel, only to have his regular S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform in the following
issue is never explained. The introduction of Nightshade, Queen of the
Werewolves is fun. The later attack on the helicarrier
is exciting enough with plenty of S.H.I.E.L.D. action there, although Fury
remains sidelined for all of it, but even from bed he manages to save
the day. These are worth getting if and when they show up in some Essential
trade, although one wishes that whatever story Alan Lein Wiess wanted
to draw would have continued.