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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So the U.S. Government Actually Secretly Froze Captain America All Those Years?

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So the U.S. Government Actually Secretly Froze Captain America All Those Years?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Edward H., we take a look at the short-lived retcon that it was the United States government who froze Captain America during World War II…

NOTE: This piece had so many images that I decided to split it up over two pages so it wouldn’t take as long to load.

When Captain America made his Silver Age debut in 1964’s Avengers #4 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers, we learn just where Cap has been since World War II…

Cap explains how he got into the ice…

Roughly fifty issues later, Roy Thomas and John Buscema actually let us SEE THIS HAPPEN when Cap and the Avengers travel back in time…

And that was the status quo for decades.

However, in 2003’s Captain America #9 by John Ney Reiber and Chuck Austen (art by Trevor Hairsine), a former friend of Cap’s turned bad gives Cap something that will open up his memories…

And in the next issue (now by Austen solo, with art by Jae Lee), Cap begins to remember the truth while he hallucinates from the stuff the bad guy made him drink…

He defeats the bad guy but he is still haunted by these new memories.

He deals with them in the next storyline “Ice” from Captain America #12-16, where we actually go back in time to see how Cap REALLY was unfrozen.

Read on to the next page to see how Cap was REALLY unfrozen!

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