AMERICOP

Real Name: Bartholomew "Bart" Gallows

Identity/Class: Human using conventional weaponry

Occupation: Vigilante, former police officer

Group Membership: Formerly Houston Police Department

Affiliations: Briefly allied with Captain America (Steve Rogers)

Enemies: Damon Dran, Golddigger, Mickey, Kono Sanada, Thunderbolts (Bullseye, Penance)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Place of Birth: Sugar Land, Texas

Base of Operations: Mobile throughout USA

Extent of Education: Police academy training

First Appearance: Captain America I#428 (June 1994)

Powers: Americop possesses near (if not) superhuman strength, as well as relentless determination. He wears a modified police uniform incorporating bulletproof body armor and a face shield. His hat is hard and has pointed edges, enabling him to use it as a throwing weapon. He is skilled with conventional police weaponry, especially firearms and a baton. He drives a large "monster" truck with enhanced bulletproof armor, windows, and tires.

    In his later appearance, he could store and transmit energy (often stating "initiate power-up" as he did so). He also used an electrified net that he could launch from his wrist.

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red

History: (Captain America I#430 (fb), 428-430) - Bart Gallows was originally a member of the Houston Police Department who became disillusioned at the law's inability to protect society from the lawless. He eventually resigned from the force and decided to establish himself as an independent vigilante on a national level. He terminated lawbreakers with extreme prejudice. When he would break up a drug-ring or other profitable criminal organization, he would keep half of the money and donate the other half to programs such as drug rehabilitation. He used his half of the money to purchase his arsenal, truck, and living expenses.

Americop learned of a white slavery ring, which he tracked to New Orleans, Louisiana. In the process, he encountered Captain America, and eventually confronted the head of the ring, Damon Dran, and his agents. Although he was initially subdued by a gas attack, Americop broke free and slew many of Dran's mercenaries. He shot down Dran's helicopter, and left, believing Dran to be dead. Captain America, at that time severely debilitated by a reaction to the Super-Soldier Serum, attempted to stop him, but was unable to catch up with him. Dran, virtually immortal, was unharmed by the explosion and fall, although his operation was broken up, and he was arrested.

(Thunderbolts: Desperate Measures (fb) - BTS) - Americop's killing those high on the FBI's most wanted list kept him low on that same list.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark considered Americop as a potential Initiative recruit.

(Thunderbolts: Desperate Measures) - In Houston, Americop captured and electrocuted(?) drug-dealer named Mickey.
    Norman Osborn sent the Thunderbolts to capture Americop for operating without being registered, though Osborn hoped that Penance would be maimed or driven off the team (since Osborn could not control him via nanochain). Bullseye crashed his motorcycle into Americop's truck then clocked him in the head with a hubcap from Americop's Hummer, but Americop then bound him in an electrified net. He battered Penance and then shot Bullseye in the leg, but then Bullseye began attacking Penance, even breaking his arm to cause him severe pain, which caused Penance to release a massive burst of energy that overloaded Americop's power transfer and left him on the ground, bleeding from the mouth.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald and Dave Hoover.

    I wonder if it coincidence that Americop and the future Punisher of 2099 share the same last name.

    Americop's behavior and powers were a lot different in Thunderbolts: Desperate Measures. Maybe he was taking MGH or got hold of some remote energy-transmitting equipment.

    Thanks to Kyle Sims for correcting a few mistakes from Thunderbolts: Desperate Measures.


Appearances:
Captain America I#428-430 (June-August, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Dave Hoover (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Thunderbolts: Desperate Measures (September, 2007) - Paul Jenkins (writer), Steve Lieber (artist), Molly Lazer (editor), Tom Brevoort (executive editor)


Last updated: 09/08/07

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