In the latest Legends comic revealed, find out if Isaiah Bradley was originally destined to receive the Super Soldier Serum BEFORE Steve Rogers.
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Isaiah Bradley always intended to have received the Super Soldier Serum AFTER Steve Rogers.
Despite featuring the story heavily in the recent Disney + hit series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Marvel just recently announced that will actually be reprinted Truth: red, white and black (by Robert Morales and Kyle Baker), the story of Isaiah Bradley, the first Black Captain America, in a collected edition (I don’t know why they haven’t done it yet, so I guess there is some logistical problem that kept being out of stock until now (This is almost always the case when a comic hasn’t been reprinted in a long time when there is a clear demand).
Truth was inspired by the terrible Tuskegee Syphilis Study, where hundreds of black sharecroppers in 1932 were told they were receiving free medical treatment while in fact they were part of a 40-year study (a study that ended only when it became public in 1972) to see what would happen to syphilis if it was not treated. It was one of the most horrible medical ethics abuses in American history, which is saying a lot. So Truth is about a group of black soldiers who are treated like lab rats for the Super Soldier Serum, and only one man, Isaiah Bradley, survives the entire experience.
Truth It has to be one of the most confusing comic book stories, in terms of continuity, that you can imagine, since even today, almost twenty years after the book was published, you cannot find a consistent description of the events of the book because the book it was almost inherently confusing, as it seems pretty obvious that it was written one way initially and then altered along the way.
The biggest problem, of course, is that of the various black men that we follow throughout history (not knowing which one will become the first Black Captain America), almost all of whom do not enlist in the Army until after Pearl Harbor, which is where the story begins.
Steve Rogers, of course, became Captain America BEFORE Pearl Harbor. Midway through the series, in a bit confusing, the book seems to acknowledge that Captain America and Steve Rogers HAD been around since 1940 …
Kyle Baker spoke about the apparent continuity conflict to Newsarama in 2003, “With Captain America, people put themselves in my case to ‘change’ Captain America. We got a lot of grief from Captain America fans on that series until issues five and six came out; when it turned out we hadn’t tweaked the continuity. Before that, everyone was very upset, because our story began with Pearl Harbor, and everyone knows that the first issue of Captain America took place before Pearl. Somewhere in the middle of the series, it was revealed that Cap already existed, and we hadn’t tweaked the timeline, and suddenly, the book is fine. “
The late Robert Morales, for his part, noted that the story was originally intended to take place outside of Marvel continuity, noting that in the original commercial paperback collection, “The truth was originally planned to be outside the box. official continuity of the Marvel Universe. The editorial decision “. putting it in continuity meant explaining the first Timely Comics publication of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America in 1940, a year before Pearl Harbor and the very beginning of our story. “
However, even as Truth was launched, its publisher, future Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, was left with the idea that this WAS the story of how the Super Soldier serum, PRE-Steve Rogers, was developed as told EW at the time:
The premise of the story has obvious historical roots in the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study, in which, from 1932 to 1972, the United States Public Health Service studied the effects of untreated syphilis on poor blacks in the United States. rural zones. “The high-concept question was: Would it make sense to think that the super soldier program would have turned its top guinea pigs into Steve Rogers demographics?” Asks Truth editor Axel Alonso. “ If the word Tuskegee sounds familiar to you, you may know the answer. ”
Alonso also went to NPR to tell that same story.
So it seems clear that initially, Truth intended to tell the story of Isaiah Bradley as the man who received the Super Soldier Serum FIRST (probably originally in an out-of-continuity story, sort of an Elseworlds-style story) and at some point. At one point, as Baker points out above, the continuity was altered so that the story would fit into Steve Rogers’ established origin story, but then people noticed that that would mean that Isaiah Bradley would have received his Super Serum. Soldier as part of an attempt to REPLICATE the original super-soldier serum that Steve Rogers received in 1940.
Of course, being these comics, that story could change tomorrow and now the events of Truth could be said to have occurred in, say, 1938 or whatever. Just noting that at first it was clear that Isaiah Bradley was going to be the FIRST Captain America originally … until he wasn’t, which is certainly the reason why it’s hard for people to understand this story well now when people write about her, since the story itself was not clear!
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