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After becoming disillusioned with Adolf Hitler's ideas for the Ayaran race, Erskine fled Germany for the United States where he continued his work for a "super-soldier serum." Given the code-name "Dr. Reinstein" Erksine led Operation: Rebirth, evidently financed by President Roosevelt before America entered World War II. This project's center was located in a gloomy-looking curio shop on a side-street, evidently in Washington. It took months to find the proper 4F specimen whose body would react well with the tissue-building formula. This experiment had been so well-guarded that only Erskine knew the formula and he committed it to memory. There were no written notes for enemy agents to steal...or so it was thought. Actually, he had written it down, only to destroy it afterwards, and at least one enemy agent did get a glimpse of it. However, Erskine later realized the formula would make one mentally unstable without "vita-rays" he invented to stabilize the process.
Unfortunately, despite the unprecendented security, a Gestapo spy broke in and killed Erskine after Rogers became, under the influence of the chemical, a well-muscled paragon of humanity. Rogers killed the Gestapo spy and the U.S. government, finding they had spent all that money to create one superlative soldier, decided to make him into a living propaganda figure and fighter for freedom, called Captain America.
First Appearance: Captain America Comics (1941) #1
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Adventures Of Captain America (1991)
#1 Avengers: The Initiative (2007)
- 'First Flight Of The Eagle'
Blood and Glory (1992)
#3 Captain America (1968)
- 'Establish the Blessings of Liberty'
Annual 08 Captain America (1998)
- 'Tess-One'Annual 10#109
- 'The Hero That Was!'#121
- 'The Coming of... the Man-Brute!'#176
- 'Captain America Must Die!'#215
- 'The Way it REALLY Was!'#218
- 'One Day in Newfoundland!'#255
- 'The Living Legend'#301
- 'All Good Things...'#448
- 'Operation: Rebirth Conclusion: American Dream'#616#695
Captain America (2002)
#14 Captain America (2005)
- 'Ice - Part 3 of 5'
Captain America (2011)
#19 Captain America Comics (1941)
- 'The Final Issue of Captain America'
Captain America Comics (Faksimile) (1999)
Captain America: America's Avenger (2011)
Captain America: Reborn (2009)
Captain America: Sam Wilson (2015)
Captain America: Steve Rogers (2016)
Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strip (2010)
Captain America: The Chosen (2007)
Captain America: The Classic Years (1990)
Captain America: The Legend (1996)
DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC (1996)
TPB#4 Giant-Size Invaders (1975)
- 'DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC: Round Four'
#1 Marvel Limited: Fantastic Firsts (1994)
- 'The Coming of the Invaders!'
Marvel Super Action (1977)
Mythos: Captain America (2008)
Secret Avengers (2010)
#9 Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier (2010)
- 'Eyes of the Dragon, Part 4 of 5'
Tales of Suspense (1959)
The Best of Marvel Comics (1987)
The Great Comic Book Heroes (1965)
HC The Marvels Project (2009)
- 'The Great Comic Book Heroes'
Thunderbolts Presents: Zemo - Born Better (2007)
#4 Young Men (1950)
- 'History in the Making'
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