CAPTAIN AMERICA #248-249

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First appearance of Bernie, Steve Rogers’ girlfriend to be.  Sure, it’s no “Face it, Tiger, you just hit the jackpot!” but for a girl who is going to be dating the classic all-American male, it fits nicely.

She was one of my favorite side characters.

Dragon Man attacks Captain America, and John Byrne draws the Hell out of it.

Machinesmith, behind the scenes, keeps creating (or in this case reviving) robots to fight Cap.  Cap finally tracks Machinesmith down to his lair, where he fights a whole bunch of superbots.

Before Cap finally gets fist-to-face with Machinesmith, who, it turns out, is also a robot.  The “real” ‘Smith is already dead, with his consciousness housed in a computer, that gets destroyed in the battle–thus ending the life of Machinesmith.  Machinesmith was Starr Saxon, aka Daredevil’s villain Mr. Fear, who died in Daredevil #55–at which time his consciousness went into the computer.

Creators: Roger Stern, John Byrne
Grade: A

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