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I Love Ya But You're Strange - That Time Captain America Had to Dress as a Woman to Save the Day

Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Ben H., we take a look at the time Cap had to dress up like a woman to save the day.

The Superia Stratagem was an odd comic book story. Since it was a bi-weekly tale, writer Mark Gruenwald didn't seem to be in much of a hurry to get the story going, so it sort of meandered for the first three or four parts before finally kicking into high gear. The art for the storyline was by Rik Levins and Danny Bulanadi. The story took place over Captain America #387-392.

The story begins with a few issues of female supervillains being on a cruise together. Diamondback (Cap's sort of girlfriend at the time) and her two best friends, Asp and Black Mamba, went along on the cruise despite the fact that the three of them were somewhat reformed supervillains at the time (since Diamondback got involved with Cap) and were now more like mercenaries.

It is kind of funny to see how many characters in this series ended up reforming. Check out the future Songbird on this two-page spread!

Anyhow, Cap was working with the mercenary Paladin on this mission. Cap and Paladin are eventually captured (and when I say "eventually," I mean, like at the end of Part 4 of a Six-Part series) and we learn what Superia has planned for them...

We then see that Superia has a very special plan for the women on this cruise...

Luckily for Cap and Paladin, Diamondback's friends, Asp and Black Mamba, rescue them...

You have to love the absurdity of this...

They don't even REMOTELY look like women. It's pretty funny.

Anyhow, Cap (dressed like Black Mamba for the rest of the story), confronts Superia and discovers her true plan...

Cap saves the day by challenging her to a one-on-one fight (playing on her massive ego - the lady DID name herself "Superia," after all)...

Good job, Cap!

This was a fun enough storyline, really. But remember, strange isn't a BAD thing!

Thanks for the suggestion, Ben! If anyone else out there has a suggestion for a future installment, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com

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