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Steve Rogers was a gaunt fine arts student growing up at the time of the Great Depression. His alcoholic father died when Steve was a kid, and his mother died from pneumonia after Steve graduated high school. In early 1940, shocked at Nazi Germany’s horrific atrocities, Steve tried to enlist in the army. Failing to meet the physical requirements, he was invited to volunteer for Operation: Rebirth, a project designed to augment US soldiers to the height of physical excellence with the inventions and discoveries of Professor Abraham Erskine. Rogers willingly accepted and became the first test subject. After injections and ingestion of the "Super Soldier Serum," Rogers was exposed to controlled bursts of "Vita-Rays" that activated and stabilized the chemicals in his body. The process successfully altered his physiology from its scrawny state to the maximum of human efficiency, including significantly enhanced musculature and reflexes. Soon after the process, Professor Erskine was assassinated by a Nazi operative, leaving Steve the only remains of Erskine’s genius. Renamed “Project: Rebirth,” variations of the Super-Soldier serum were later tested, under inhumane conditions, on African-American soldiers. The most successful of these was Isaiah Bradley, and Project: Rebirth’s resources were eventually absorbed into a multinational superhuman research project renamed Weapon Plus.

Rogers was assigned to serve in the military as a soldier who served both as a counter-intelligence agent and a symbolic US hero to counter Nazi Germany's propaganda achievements headed by the Red Skull (Johann Shmidt). Wearing a costume based on his own design fashioned after the American flag, Steve was given a triangular bulletproof shield, a personal pis...


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...n #24. Captain America was called "Captain America, Commie Smasher!" Captain America featured during the next year in Young Men #24-28 and Men's Adventures #27-28, as well as in comic issues #76-78. Atlas' struggled superhero revival proved no use and the character's title was canceled with Captain America issue #78 in September 1954.



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Daniels, Les (1991). Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics. Harry N. Abrams. p. 37. ISBN 0-8109-3821-9.

Simon, Joe; Jim Simon (1990). The Comic Book Makers. Crestwood/II. p. 50. ISBN 1-887591-35-4. Reissued by Vanguard Productions in 2003.

Simon, Joe; Jim Simon (1990). The Comic Book Makers. Crestwood/II. p. 51. ISBN 1-887591-35-4. Reissued by Vanguard Productions in 2003.

Thomas, Roy, Stan Lee's Amazing Marvel Universe (Sterling Publishing, New York, 2006), p. 11. ISBN 978-1-4027-4225-5


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