Real Name: Hector Santiago Ruiz
Identity/Class: Human, technology user, Dominican American
Occupation: Former criminal enforcer
Group Membership: Dragon Circle
Affiliations: Reverend Addison
Enemies: Leroy Ames(?), Black Panther (T'Challa), Roman Scaggs(?)
Known Relatives: Parents (unnamed)
Aliases: Wind Eagle, Wind-Eagle
Base of Operations: Formerly New York City; formerly Georgia
Appearances: Jungle Action#24 (November, 1976)
Powers: Windeagle wore an anti-gravity costume which enabled him to fly and glide on wind currents. This costume was based on the same technology as that used to create the Falcon's costume. He possessed some fighting experience, and could spray knockout gas from his gloves. He preferred to use this gas only to prevent others from interfering, and apparently believed in the honor of single combat (at times).
(Marvel Premiere#52 (fb)) - Hector Santiago Ruiz was the only son of poor immigrants from the Domican Republic. He joined the local street gang in New York, but eventually struck out on his own, becoming an armed robber and a drug addict.
Hector was in and out of institutions until finally committing an adult charge of assault, and was sent to prison. There he began seeing visitors from a street mission, the Spiritual Light Society (apparently another name for the Dragon Circle). He became a model prisoner and was eventually parolled into the SLS's custody, at which point he was lost to further follow-up.
BTS - BTS-The Dragon Circle somehow acquired the technology used in the Falcon's costume (Wakandan design), and created a similar costume for Ruiz, who became their agent and enforcer -- Windeagle.
(JungAct#24) - As the Black Panther was investigating the death of Angela Lynne (and the possible involvement of the Dragon Circle), he was attacked by Windeagle. However, as they struggled, members of the Dragon Circle ambushed T'Challa, running him down with their car.
The Black Panther was strapped to a water wheel, intended to kill him. The Black Panther broke free, but was again confronted by Windeagle.
BTS - The Black Panther was defeated and recaptured, either by Windeagle, the Dragon Circle, or both. The Dragon Circle brainwashed T'Challa to remove his memory of them, and sent him back to Wakanda.
(BlackPan#14, 15, MarvPrem#51) - Monica Lynne and Kevin Trublood came to Manhattan to see what had happened to the Black Panther. Windeagle followed them.
Windeagle confronted and attacked the Black Panther at the Wakandan embassy. The Panther fought him off, and his agents (including Taku) captured Windeagle in a net. Windeagle soon gassed his guards and escaped to attack T'Challa again. However, as the two fought outside the embassy, a sniper across the street shot and killed Windeagle.
(MarvPrem52) - An autopsy was performed and Windeagle's past was investigated.
Comments: Created by Don McGregor, rich Buckler, and Keith Pollard. Fleshed out by Ed Hannigan.
Jungle Action was discontinued with issue 24, and the story was dropped, and a new, un-connected plot was begun with Black Panther I#1. In the last two issues of that series, the Dragon Circle plot was briefly reintroduced. The plot-line continued into Marvel Premiere which resolved the storyline, although a few things still seemed ambiguous to me, even after reading it a few times.
could never tell for certain who killed Windeagle. They found Roman Scaggs (a member of Dragon Circle)'s gun at the site of the murder, but T'Challa blamed Leroy Ames, who was arrested and charged for it. The Reverend (head of the Dragon Circle) blamed the Ku Klux Klan.
Was it ever determined? If you know, please let me know.
He was first Wind Eagle, but every other appearance (and the OHotMU I Appendix) listed him as Windeagle (or even Wind-Eagle).
Black Panther I#14-15 (March-May, 1979) - Ed Hannigan (writer), Jerry Bingham (pencils), Gene Day (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
Marvel Premiere#51-52 (December, 1979 - February, 1980) - Ed Hannigan (writer), Jerry Bingham (pencils), Gene Day (inks), Roger Stern (editor)
Last updated: 03/22/04
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