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Remember When Captain America Really, Really Wanted to Join SHIELD?

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Remember When Captain America Really, Really Wanted to Join SHIELD?

An interesting aspect of having characters last for as long as Marvel characters have is that quite often, things like “personality” can become extremely nebulous. It’s what often makes stuff like “Character X would never do that!” seem kind of silly to me, as pretty much every Marvel character has had, at one point or another, a pretty dramatic characterization shift. However, since most of these shifts happened decades ago, fans become attached to the characterizations that they’ve read, thinking then that those characterization are “the” characterization for each of the characters.

I think of that when I look at the days when Captain America really, REALLY wanted to join Nick Fury’s counter-espionage group (this was even slightly before Fury was in charge of SHIELD!).

It all began in Avengers #15, when Captain America writes a letter to Nick Fury…

You have to love “you won’t remember me”…no, it’s not like you were Captain freakin’ America! Why would Nick Fury possibly remember Captain America?

So after mailing it…

Cap does not hear any word back…

And it begins to have an effect on him, like doing missions with the goal of impressing Nick Fury (even daydreaming about Fury)…

Getting angry during training sessions over Fury not writing back…

As it turns out, Cap’s letter went to Fury’s old office at the CIA, so that’s why he didn’t hear back from him. Hydra, meanwhile, got a hold of the letter…

After discarding it, a crook finds it and gives it to the Swordsman to help him spring a trap on the good Captain…

Check out Cap’s reaction when he gets a reply from Fury (actually Swordsman pretending to be Fury to get Cap to come to a warehouse alone)…

Cap really, REALLY wanted to be in SHIELD, huh?

Well, Cap finally meets up with Fury in Tales of Suspense #78, and it’s oddly anti-climactic…

Although, he does, at least, acknowledge the letter…

In any event, besides the fact that it is an amusing thing to look back at, I just find it interesting as an example of how people’s personalities change depending on how the writers feel like writing him. Imagine Cap acting today like he did in this storyline! When it comes to personalities of characters, Stan Lee did not mind changing things as they suited him, so I don’t see the problem with writers doing it today, as well.

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