Real Name: Samuel "Sammy" Bernstein
Occupation: Organizer for the Jewish Protection Organization
Group Membership: Jewish Protection Organization
Affiliations: Bernie Rosenthal
Enemies: Captain America, Neo-Nazis, Harry Todd
Known Relatives: Bernadette Rosenthal (ex-wife)
Base of Operations: New York
First Appearance: Captain America I#275 (November, 1982)
Powers/Abilities: Sammy Bernstein is an experienced protest organizer, and can handle himself in a fight.
History: (Captain America I#275)- Sammy helped organize an anti-Nazi protest in response to a rally held by Neo-Nazis, and met up with his ex-wife Bernie Rosenthal at the event, along with her friends Anna Kapplebaum, Josh Cooper, Mike Farrell and Steve Rogers, none of whom were aware that Bernie had once been married.
Sammy led his fellow members of the Jewish Protection Organization into riling up the crowd gathered against the Neo-Nazis, and finally broke past the police barricade to assault them. Captain America then intervened to end the violence, and took both Bernstein and Harry Todd, the leader of the Neo-Nazis to task for letting matters run wild. Bernstein then joined Todd in trying to attack Captain America, but he easily sidestepped them.
(Captain America I#276)- Bernstein and Todd each ran away in the aftermath, but Berstein returned in time to see Todd attempt to shoot Captain America, only to fail. Bernstein gave himself up to the authorities, ashamed of his behavior earlier that day.
(Captain America I#284)- Sammy was later invited to a party at Bernie's apartment building. He came up at Steve from behind and put him in a headlock as a joke, but Steve gave him a judo throw, thinking it was an attack. Sammy just assumed that Steve didn't like him because he was Bernie's ex.
(Captain America I#427)- Sammy later attempted to reconcile with Bernie at her law office, but she turned him down and told him to leave. He told her she was making a mistake, then left.
Comments: Created by J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck and John Beatty.
So Bernie's married name was once Bernie Bernstein? There must have been a lot of jokes.
Sammy's sudden reapparance in Captain America I#427 was to serve as a red herring for the true identity of the Super-Patriot.
by Prime Eternal
Sammy Bernstein should not be confused with:
Images taken from:
Captain America I#275, page 12, panel 4
Last updated: 06/23/13
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