|Issue: Truth: Red, White, and Black #1
Additional info about Isaiah Bradley: Isaiah Bradley was one of many Black soldiers who were given serums during WWII in a government attempt to re-create the serum originally given to Steve Rogers as part of a covert experiment that evokes memories of the infamous and unethical, real-life Tuskegee Syphilis experiments conducted on unknowing black men by the U.S. government from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. Isaiah was one of the few soldiers who did not die an excruciating death from the experimental specific serum he received. He gained superhuman power from that serum and eventually single-handedly raids and shuts down a Nazi lab that was also working to produce a supersoldier serum. Despite this heroic and patriotic achievement, Isaiah is imprisoned by the U.S. government for many years because he used Captain America’s uniform in that raid. In actuality, the government kept him imprisoned for several decades to experiment on him and to keep his existence a secret. Once released he was in serious cognitive decline due to neglect and experimentation he was subjected to during his captivity.
Note: It is a common misconception that the Truth: Red, White, and Black series establishes Isaiah Bradley as the first Captain America. This misconception was partially fed by a Wizard Magazine #131 variant cover featuring Isaiah Bradley and the words “The First Captain America” which came out a few months before “Truth”. The article inside Wizard Magazine #131 also supports the same notion.
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