Real Name: Lyle Dekker
Identity/Class: Human scientific genius, mind transferred into android
Occupation: Former criminal scientist employed by Corporation;
formerly employed as Director of Special Effects for Democracy Studios, former Nazi scientist and spy
Group Membership: Nazi party
Affiliations: Agent of Red
Skull (Johann Shmidt);
ally of Nihilist Order and Nomad (Edward Ferbel)
Enemies: Captain America, Nomad (Edward Ferbel)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: General Dekker
Base of Operations: Formerly Germany, Newfoundland, and California, USA.
First Appearance: (Dekker and Ameridroid) Captain America I#218 (February, 1978); (Dekker's mind in Ameridroid) Captain America I#220 (April, 1978)
Powers/Abilities: In human form, Dekker possessed no superhuman powers, but was a brilliant scientist able to design all manner of advanced weaponry. Some of his more prominent inventions include: the Memory Machine, able to recover memories or induce false memories in others; his Heat Ray, an early form of the laser (possibly adapted from Zemo's Death Ray); and his Nerve Gas, which could induce unconsciousness and make others subject to his will. He also employed a number of soldiers utilizing conventional weaponry and trained in combat.
As the Ameridroid, he was a twelve foot tall android possessing Captain America's physical capabilities (strength, stamina, agility, etc.) multiplied in direct proportion to his size. He possessed minimal combat training.
History: Lyle Dekker was a Nazi scientist serving under the original Red Skull during World War II. In 1944, he was sent to the United States of America as part of a plot to destroy the original Captain America. He posed as a special effects designer and was hired by Democracy Studios to work in the "The Adventures of Captain America" movie in order to sabotage it. He arranged a number of on-site accidents in an effort to shut it down. The actual Captain America investigated the site, and when the actor playing his role was injured so he could no longer act, Captain America himself volunteered to fill the role. In the final act, Dekker substituted a real laser for a fake heat ray to kill the lead actress. Captain America and Bucky saved the actress and confronted Dekker, who escaped by knocking out Bucky and driving himself and Bucky off a cliff into water.
Dekker was believed to have drowned. However, he had made plans for his escape and boarded a waiting German U-Boat. The Red Skull was aboard the submarine and punished Dekker for his failure by beating and torturing him. They then jettisoned him through a torpedo tube and left him for dead in the waters of Newfoundland. He was rescued by a fishing boat, and set up a new base using secret Swiss Bank accounts. Now hated by both the Allied and Axis powers, Dekker set up an army of followers made up of other criminals without any national affinity.
Dekker may or may not have had a second encounter with Captain America, in 1945. When Captain America fell into the English Channel after the death of Bucky, he is believed to have entered suspended animation and remained there until he was found in the Arctic Circle in the modern era by Namor the Sub-Mariner, and subsequently revived by the Avengers.
In the modern era, Dekker used a "Memory Machine" to allow Captain America to remember a previous encounter. Immediately after hitting the waters in 1945, Captain America was recovered by Dekker's men and brought to his base. Dekker sought to use one of his inventions to transfer his own mind into Captain America's body and use a nerve gas of his own design to turn the victors/survivors of World War II into mindless zombies he could control. However, Captain America broke free and attempted to escape in a plane, which unknown to him was stocked with Dekker's nerve gas. Dekker's soldiers used a heat-ray to cripple the plane to force him to land, but the nerve gas was released, mixing with Captain America's super soldier serum to send him into suspended animation. Captain America slipped out of the plane's wreckage, was not found by Dekker's men, and drifted towards his fate in the Arctic Circle.
In the modern era, Captain America uncovered information that led him to believe he had a previously unremembered encounter in Newfoundland, which led him to investigate. Cap located Dekker's base, defeated some of his soldiers, and confronted Dekker, who knocked him out with his nerve gas. Dekker used his memory machine to stimulate Captain America to remember(?) their previous encounter, and then revealed his plan to siphon Captain America's power into his 3.5 meter tall Ameridroid. He succeeded in doing so and transferred his own mind into the Ameridroid. The loss of his mind caused his body to fail, and his original form died. Dekker briefly reveled in his newfound power until he realized that he was now trapped in a freakish form and could never again interact with normal society. Demoralized and temporarily insane, Dekker returned to his laboratory and attacked his own lifeless body. Captain America convinced him that he had conquered his previous obsession, and now had the opportunity to begin anew. Dekker wandered out into the woods to seek out his soul in solitude.
Dekker, as the Ameridroid, was later found by agents of the Red Skull, who was at the time using in the guise of the Teacher, leader of the Nihilist Order. The Teacher, using Dekker's own memory machine, brainwashed Dekker into believing that Captain America had forcibly transferred him into the form of the Ameridroid. The Ameridroid joined Teacher's Project: Desecration, designed to discredit Captain America and ultimately to brainwash America with special film used in a new Captain America movie.
The Ameridroid succeeded in capturing Captain America by using nerve gas. The Ameridroid also shot and killed Nomad II while Captain America stood paralyzed from the gas, making it appear he had allowed it to happen. However, when Captain America revived in Teacher's base, he forced Dekker to remember that he had placed himself in the form of the Ameridroid, and that Teacher had brainwashed him. Dekker turned on Teacher, who incapacitated him with a pre-designed energy blast. Teacher then revealed himself as the Red Skull and took control of the Ameridroid, forcing it to attack Captain America. Cap again convinced Dekker to turn against the Skull, and he succeeded in breaking out of the Red Skull's barrier, but was apparently destroyed. However, Dekker recovered one final time, and managed to force himself and the Red Skull into some delicate machinery that then exploded, apparently killing them both. The Red Skull managed to escape death, but Dekker apparently met his final fate.
(Captain America I#370) - Red Skull kept Ameridroid's head stored in a room filled with his past glories at his private estate Skullhouse.
Comments: The Ameridroid was created by Don Glut, Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito, and John Tartag.
The ret-con with Dekker pulling Captain America out of the water was designed to explain how Captain America ended up in the Arctic Circle after being dumped in the English Channel following his battle with Zemo. Captain America "remembered" it with the aid of Dekker's Memory Machine. I can't remember if a subsequent story revealed this to be a false memory implant. It's never been mentioned since, so take it for what you will.
Lyle Dekker was named in homage to the Lydecker
brothers, who worked on various serials--docsavage80
Howard and Theodore Lydecker were known for their realistic, miniature special effects work in films while working for Republic Pictures. One of Republic's movie serials featured Captain America. While standing near their miniatures, they, like the Ameridroid, appeared to be larger than life.--Kyle
Profile by Snood
Profile updated/edited by Kyle Sims using info from Per Degaton (docsavage80)
Ameridroid should not be confused with
Captain America I#219-221 (March-April, 1978) - Don Glut (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (#219), Mike Esposito (#220) & John Tartaglione (#220) (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Captain America I#221 (May, 1978) - Steve Gerber & David Kraft (writers), Sal Buscema (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Captain America I#261-263 (September-November, 1981) - J.M. DeMatteis (writers), Mike Zeck (pencils), Quickdraw Studios (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Captain America I#370 (May, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Dan Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 12/26/06
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