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Tom Galloway said on August 3rd, 2012 at 5:44 pm

‘Fraid you’re wrong on it being the Tumbler’s only appearance. His second and last appearance was actually pretty significant. In Cap #169, while fighting Cap, he’s killed by the first Moonstone shooting him through the head with a microscopic sized laser beam. This was the start of the epic Secret Empire storyline, as the Empire tried to frame Cap for killing the Tumbler (and which ended with Cap discovering a “high government official” [read: Nixon. This was all going on during Watergate] was head of the Secret Empire).

It later turned out that his brother adopted the Tumbler id to get back at a crooked insurance company who’d insured the original Tumbler’s life, but reneged on the payout. Cap #291 according the Marvel Universe.

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Aw, before I read Tom’s comment, I was going to express a hope that some clever writer might bring him back as a crook with potential who was scared into staying in the little leagues of crime by the righteous beating Cap gave him. A near-superhuman athlete who nonetheless starts at shadows and avoids heroes like the plague.

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I love Silver Age Captain America! Seriously,after reading Essential Captain America Vol. 1, the trash-talking punch-first ask-questions-later version of the character led to friends & I joking “The A is for Ass-Kicking”.

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American Hawkman said on August 3rd, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Yeah, I still can’t quite get over large sections of that run, like the Falcon randomly breaking into Harry Osborn’s appartment and beating him mercilessly, offering no explanation at all, just because he thought he was Spider-Man. Late in the issue, you see a clearly-traumatized Harry, still terrified, trying to explain it to Peter Parker and make sense of it. Suddenly, Harry’s drug and mental problems make a lot more sense.

The second Tumbler’s sole appearance is collected in the recent Captain America: Death of the Red Skull tpb, by the way. Tony Stark had him as a Daredevil replacement suspect during the whole time Danny Rand was busy being Daredevil instead of Iron Fist as well.

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MonkeyWithTypewriter said on August 3rd, 2012 at 11:23 pm

The Tumbler, eh? There’s either a Batman or a social media joke here, but I’m too tired to see it.

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SilverHammerMan said on August 4th, 2012 at 10:51 am

“At first, he assumes that he’s finally succumbed to some sort of PTSD after years of combat,”
I love the mental image of Cap just being like “So this is it, I’ve finally gone crazy” while sitting nonchalantly in his living room.

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Hey, I just read the “Death of the Red Skull” tbp, checked out from my local library. It seems pretty clear that the issue with Tumbler II is an inventory fill-in issue, seeing as how it’s a completely different creative team from the issues around it, and barely makes mention of the ongoing plot.

Trivia: this tbp contains the first appearance of Sin, the Red Skull’s daughter!

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Le Roi Dong said on August 4th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Hi.

In the next issue, TOS # 84, Cap takes on The Super Adaptoid.

It is, IMO, the single greatest Cap story ever.

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I loved the Tumbler for precisely the reason you mention: The novelty of Cap inspiring the bad guy to greatness. It’s played straight and works, but it’s funny at the same time.

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I think “Acaptoid” would have been a better nickname.

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“…Cap pastes one on him for the crime of being mouthy…”

I think I love you. :)

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