Real Name: Bob Russo

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Baseball player (third baseman); vigilante (for a good ten seconds)

Group Membership: the Bears (baseball team)

Affiliations: Captain America (Steve Rogers)-idol

Enemies: Brick walls

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: ? (a city known best for its baseball team's contract with Bob Russo)

First Appearance: Captain America I#178 (October, 1974)





Powers: Bob Russo is an athlete, although he is not known to have any special combat training. Swinging on a rope is much harder than it looks, you know! He carried a shield, but it was likely made of a flimsy metal, as it bent pretty badly upon striking a brick wall.
He's much better a fielding baseballs, and that sort of thing.

History: Captain America (Steve Rogers) retired, disillusioned after learning of corruption in the White House at the conclusion of a plot involving the Secret Empire (Captain America I#175, 176).









(Cap#178) - Russo announced that he would be quitting the bears, and would be replacing Captain America. That evening, Russo, as Captain America, prowled the city and spied some criminals robbing a fur store. Leaping from a rooftop, Russo swung down to stop the criminals..but he misjudged his swing and smashed into a brick wall instead.

(Cap#179-BTS) - His left arm broken, Russo announced his retirement from the role of Captain America.

Comments: Created by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema.

Years later, a similar thing happened with the Punisher: when he disappeared, a bunch of bumbling chuckleheads tried to adopt his identity, around the time of "Suicide Run". It's not too far off from Super-Man's "Funeral for a Friend" story (recently mimicked in Deadpool: Funeral for a Freak). In addition, this very idea had previously occurred to Captain America, as well, in Tales of Suspense I#96.



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First Posted: 06/27/2002
Last updated: 08/02/2002

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