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Plot Details/Summary

As best as I can remember, the story went like this:

A series of murders have taken place involving (I think) key/important agents individuals. There are few clues about the murders, other than the determination that killings were done via a psychic assault. Each of the victims had several plain metal discs or “slugs” in their pocket, which are suspected of having some role in the attacks.

Captain America is recruited (I don’t remember if it was by S.H.I.E.L.D. or some other agency) to investigate and solve the mystery behind the attacks. This involves him traveling to some remote, snow-bound location.

Cap is fitted with a few bits of extra equipment and tools to help him succeed. I recall he has a tiny pop-out jet back under his parka, that he uses to escape danger while scaling a cliff up to the sanctuary/target location. He has a couple of other gadgets too, but I don’t recall what they are.

He eventually discovers (Not sure if this was a single issue or multiple issue story arc) that the killer is a little girl. She has terrible psychic powers and is being forced to use her gift to commit murder. The metal discs turned out to be unrelated to the attacks (forget why).

Cap, good soul that he is, tries to rescue her. But she is aware of what she is and decides that she cannot continue on. She uses her powers to immobilize Captain America while she wanders out into a blizzard wearing only a night shirt or something similar. She is going to let herself die from exposure and put an end to the experiment she has been forced to take part in. Something like that. It was a very creepy and dark story by the standards of the era.

Timeframe/Publication Details

Late 1970s to 1980 at the latest, IIRC. I remember a friend having the comic book in elementary school and reading it at break. I’m not sure if the story was inspired by some other tale – I have seen many variations of the basic story in other medium (the F.E.A.R. video games, and in at least one animated Batman show). I’m positive it was Captain America and probably was one of his ‘regular” comics rather than one of the specialty comics Marvel would release from time to time back then.

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This is a two-part story which saw print in Captain America Vol. 1 #238-239.

The first few paragraphs of your description occur in the first part of the story, and it was indeed Nick Fury who briefed Cap on the apparent telepathic murders of several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and the mysterious metal discs found on each of the victims.

We don't see the little girl (Ginny Snow) in her true form until Cap finally rescues her from the villain's mountaintop fortress in the last few pages of the second part of the story. Prior to that, she communicated with him telepathically, asking him to rescue her, while leading him to believe that she was a grown woman named Snowfall.

Captain America Vol. 1 #238, page 8

Captain America Vol. 1 #238 (October, 1979)

Captain America Vol 1. #239, page 17

Captain America Vol. 1 #239 (November, 1979)

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  • I have owned those issues for many years, and I always found the "tragic ending" to be incredibly unconvincing. A little girl has previously demonstrated the ability to project convincing telepathic illusions into Cap's brain . . . and then he thinks he saw her head toward the edge of a cliff and (implicitly) die . . . but there's never any follow-up (such as a corpse being autopsied), so maybe her heading over the edge of the cliff was all just in his head, and she wanted him to report that she was dead and gone?
    – Lorendiac
    Dec 11, 2022 at 20:57

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