CECIL B. SLINKARD

Real Name: Cecil B. Slinkard

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Military general, conspirator

Group Membership: Control (Edward Harrison, Lewis Haywerth, Thaddeus Ross, Howard Stark, Bolivar Trask)

Affiliations: AIM, Brand Corporation, Cordco, Dr. Octopus, Egghead, Hydra, Osborn Chemicals, Henry Pym, Roxxon Oil, Stane International

Enemies: Captain America, Human Torch (Hammond), Toro

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Various, including Washington DC

First Appearance: Invaders I#3 (January, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Slinkard was a by-the-book officer, distrustful of others, and was said to be particularly anti-Liberal.

History: (Invaders I#3/Conspiracy#1 (fb)) - In 1942, General Slinkard served at an air force base in Washington D.C. When the base was invaded by Captain America, the Human Torch and Toro, come to obtain a craft to pursue the Sub-Mariner, Slinkard brought the base's guards down upon them. Captain America attempted to verify their identities by presenting him with papers from the FBI, but the Human Torch had accidentally burnt them while carrying him into the base. Slinkard ordered his men to arrest them, so the three heroes fought their way past the guards and stole the plane, while Slinkard shook his fist at them.

(Conspriacy#2 (fb, BTS)) - Following the attack of Gormuu, Reed Richards wrote a document advising that an advisory council of the country's top scientists be made able to deal with future incidents such as Gormuu. Richards' proposal wound up being used by the military, who founded Control with Slinkard, General Lewis Haywerth, Colonel Edward Harrison, General Thaddeus E. Ross, Bolivar Trask and Howard Stark. They hoped that with Control monitoring all scientific breakthroughs, alien technologies, and superhumans, they could control the great powers of the future.

(Conspiracy#1 (fb)) - Slinkard served as liaison to several up-and-coming scientists, including Henry Pym, Elias Starr, and Otto Octavius.

(Conspiracy#2 (fb)) - Eventually, the superhuman population became so large and Control was spread so thin that the organization fell out of touch with each other. Funding accidentally wound up in the hands of the Wizard, Ultron and Mad Thinker. Control ultimately collapsed, and Slinkard began working with corporations and subversive organizations. He was later set on fire and thrown from the World Trade Center. Although it was said to be suicide, Colonel Harrison suspected that Slinkard had been murdered.

Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, Frank Robbins and Vince Colletta.

It's entirely possible that one of the military officers seen in Dr. Octopus' origin in Amazing Spider-Man I#3, or one of the government officials who met with Egghead in Tales To Astonish I#38 was Slinkard. If they weren't, they were almost certainly underlings of his.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Cecil B. Slinkard should not be confused with:


Appearances:
Invaders I#3 (November, 1975) - Roy Thomas (writer/editor), Frank Robbins (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Conspiracy#1-2 (February-March, 1998) - Dan Abnett (writer), Igor Kordey (artist), Kelly Corvese (editor)


Last updated: 11/10/03

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