THE SWINE

Real Name: Hector Santiago

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Dictator of Rio De Muerte ("River of Death")

Group Membership: Leader of his own army

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Captain America, Man-Fish, Donna Maria Puentes

Known Relatives: Donna Maria Puentes (cousin)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: His prison camp, Rio De Muerte, Central America

First Appearance: Captain America I#206 (February, 1977)

Powers/Abilities: The Swine was a forceful commander of his forces and his slaves, but a coward in battle, easily frightened by one with stronger willpower. He wielded a pistol, and occasionally a whip or flame-thrower.

History: (Captain America I#206)- Santiago had two of his slaves who had been disorderly brought to him and heard them beg for more food. He then presented one of them with a banquet table full of food, and told him to eat all that he liked. The slave ate up until he was full, but Santiago forced him to continue consuming food, until the slave died from overeating. The remaining slave accused the Swine of killing him, and Santiago responded by shooting him for calling him "the Swine," his hated nickname.

Later, as Santiago inspected his camp, he came upon a slave who claimed he could no longer lift heavy stones. Santiago responded by ordering the slave to push a piece of fruit with his nose every day for 10 miles a day, then Santiago would return him to lifting boulders after a month. He then met with his cousin Donna Maria, who was sunbathing in view of the slaves, which he disapproved of. Donna Maria continued to irk Santiago, defying his orders in the hopes that one day someone would come who would defeat him.

(Captain America I#207)- Some of Santiago's men brought Captain America to Rio De Muerte, intending for him to serve as a slave, but he escaped his captors and set out through the jungles. Santiago himself set after Captain America, but after seeing him defeat an entire team of soldiers, became afraid and unable to shoot. Finally, when Captain America referred to him as "the Swine," he found his courage, only for Captain America to block his shot with his shield. He then strung him up on a tree branch to humiliate Santiago before his soldiers.

Back at his prison camp, Santiago punished some of his slaves by sending a red hot stove into the cell area, heating the already hot cells. He also helped torture several other slaves who had been heard to call him "the Swine." Donna Maria witnessed his cruelty and, hearing of Captain America having humiliated him, hoped he would be the one to defeat her cousin.

(Captain America I#208)- Santiago successfully led a party of his men to Captain America, trapped him in a pit, and attempted to slay him with a flame-thrower, but Donna Maria used her knife to knock the weapon from his hand. Finally fed up with his cousin, he threw her to Captain America so that he could kill them both. But just as Santiago prepared to roast them both alive with his flame-thrower, the Man-Fish (a creation of Arnim Zola) attacked him and apparently tore him in half, throwing his body into the Rio De Muerte.

Comments: Created by Jack Kirby and Frank Giacoia.

Roger Stern and John Byrne intended to bring back the Swine in a Captain America story where he would have appeared alongside Arnim Zola and the Red Skull, but they wanted a 3 issue-long story to tell it in, which Jim Shooter was against at the time, and they wound up leaving the title before the story could be told. Byrne's first six pages can be seen in the Captain America: War and Remembrance trade paperback. In the opening pages, the Swine attempts to kill Captain America at an airport in England. Maybe some day Stern and Byrne will print the story? It would fit seemlessly into continuity, I'll wager.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Swine should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Captain America I#207, page 31
Captain America I#208, page 23, panel 2


Captain America I#207-208 (March-April, 1977) - Jack Kirby (writer/pencils/editor), Frank Giacoia (inks)

Last updated: 07/07/04

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