Real Name: Woodrow "Woody" McCord, Jr.
Identity/Class: Human advanced technology-user;
likely born around 1914-1920; active circa 1931-1945 and 1946-1958, at least;
he was at least 1/8 Cherokee
Occupation: Warrior (defending Earth and humanity against extraterrestrials)
Group Membership: None, unless he is considered a member of the Men on the Wall due to succession;
Affiliations: Pasha Antipov and his unidentified female friend, Peggy Carter, Hana, Eben Stafford, Howard Stark and a number of unidentified wealthy financiers;
loosely allied with Tania Belinskaya (later Red Guardian and Starlight), Mikhail Uriokovitch (later Ursa Major)
begrudgingly Shareen (aka Firefrost), Anton Vanko (later the Crimson Dynamo);
although he never knew any of them but Stafford, he was the successor to the Men on the Wall, and he was in turn succeeded by Nick Fury Sr., who was succeeded by James Barnes (aka Bucky and the Winter Soldier, although he does not seem to have retained this role);
notably the Ebon Seeker (Xanth), Entari (notably Dreel and various commandos), Entari monsters, Hydra, Teraphin Mox, Skrulls, Soviet forces (led by Igor), Tribellian, unidentified aliens on unidentified space station, unidentified semi-humanoid aliens with tails, unidentified giant robot and flying saucers
brief semi-hostile encounter with Cubby
Known Relatives: Woodrow McCord, Sr. (father,
presumably deceased), unidentified mother (presumably deceased),
Cortland (brother, presumably deceased)
Aliases: The Man on the Wall;
"The Man who Guards the Wall between us and Annihilation" (from Howard Stark);
"The last brick Earth's alien defense wall"
"ape in an overcoat," "Clyde" (from Peggy Carter);
"Boy" (from Stafford)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed (he figured he would end up in Hell);
formerly mobile throughout space on a starship;
formerly a secret base within the Rocky Mountains;
formerly spent a number of evenings at Sam's Diner in an unidentified town with sight of his Rocky Mountains base;
formerly Boones Creek, presumably Tennessee
First Appearance: Original Sin#5 (September, 2014)
Powers/Abilities: As the "Man on the Wall," McCord
served as the first and last line of defense against all those who
would prey on Earth, doing whatever was necessary to protect all of
humanity from the horrors that existed off-world, as well as to ensure
that no on Earth even knew he existed.
Both as part of his job and because of it, McCord was intensely xenophobic, primarily against alien/extraterrestrials, but also against superhumans, including mutants, and against Russians and presumably other communists.
After living a solitary life killing aliens, McCord wondered if it was all worth it. He apparently had enough Christian religious beliefs to believe he was going to Hell for all he had done.
As of 1952, he wore a rocket pack on
his back. Initially, this allowed him to travel very quickly in one
direction (forward from whatever position he started) with no
maneuverability. By 1958, he could redirect himself and perhaps even
hover to some degree.
This rocket also apparently either allowed him to achieve escape velocity and travel through space or, more likely, allowed him to fly in space once his spaceship had brought him out of Earth's atmosphere.
His uniform and his full helmet allowed him to survive in the vacuum and cold (about - 455 Fahrenheit or -270 Celsius) of space. It therefore must have insulated him completely and or had warming mechanisms, a means to maintain an atmospheric pressure near one atmosphere, and an oxygen supply/generator. He had some body armor, notably on his helmet and shoulders/upper chest, but his abdomen and legs had less protection.
He carried a number of weapons, including various rifle-like and/or pistol-type energy blasters. One of these pistols consistently gave him trouble, and he eventually gave the troublesome pistol back to Howard Stark.
He apparently included Entari technology into his
uniform that allowed himself to "cloak himself in shadow," making him
virtually invisible when standing in shadowed regions.
His large Rocky Mountain base allowed storage of his ship (Stafford's).
McCord also had a number of other weapons confiscated from other extraterrestrials.
McCord was large and strong, experienced in armed and unarmed combat, able to pilot an interstellar spaceship presumably equipped with some form of faster-than-light travel.
On trips away from his base, at least, he
apparently went extended periods without bathing, giving him some
significant body odor.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Woodrow McCord
Jr. never knew his father, but he was proud of the man from whom he had
inherited his name, and he was aware of his the stories of his father's
history, although he was also aware that any or all of it may have been be untrue.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Woodrow McCord Jr. thought of his father a lot, especially when he did something dumb.
(Operation: S.I.N.#4 (fb) - BTS) - As McCord grew
up in Boones Creek (presumably Tennessee), the only book in his house was by Mark Twain, and he thought it was
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) -
Extraterrestrials known as the Entari assaulted Boones Creek, abducting
Woodrow's mother and his brother, Cortland.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb)) <June 7, 1931> - The perhaps 15-16-ish Woodrow McCord Jr. thought of his father as he dove out of a tree to attack one of the Entari atop a giant monster. Although he apparently knocked the Entari off the creature, the warrior soon gained the advantage over the young Woodrow.
The combatants both rolled to safety to avoid being stomped on by the monster, after which Woody struggled to his feet to flee the Entari until both the alien and the monster were slain by Stafford (the Man on the Wall who defended Earth from alien invasions).
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Stafford recruited McCord to join him at his base. McCord spent the next five years -- "years as strange as you could ever imagine" -- serving as Stafford's assistant in his base (largely cleaning the facility).
McCord kept his own journal, and he learned of Stafford's history.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb)) <June 7, 1936> -
On the five year anniversary of his working for Stafford, McCord
considered that Stafford had chosen him because he had no place else to
go and was as alone as Stafford was.
McCord further detailed the rise
and fall of the Men on the Wall and how Stafford had stopped being just
a defender and became an attacker after his teammates' deaths at the
hands of the Entari.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - After some years
in Stafford's mountain base, Woody finally came down off the mountain. In the first few nights, Woody drunkenly
told stories around town about what was going on in the mountains, but
after awhile, Woody realized that he should not speak about those
Stafford was aware of but did not react to Woody's activities.
McCord took an interest in Hana,
the waitress at Sam's Diner, and he eventually kissed her, but she told
him not to do that again as she held out hopes that her lover, Sam,
would return home.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb)) <October 3, 1943>
- As locals watched Stafford's rocket ship take off, Woody ate at Sam's,
and Hana noted that he really must have seen some strange days if a UFO
didn't rate a glance from him.
When Cubby asked Woody to tell his friends what
was going on in the mountains, noting that it could mean a lot for the
US government, Woody feigned ignorance. This nearly caused a fight
as Cubby felt that Woody was trying to make him look foolish, but one of Cubby's friends pulled him away.
Later, as Woody drank out in the
parking lot, he apologized to Hana when she came out to dump the trash,
and then he tried to kiss her, but she stopped him. When he asked her
if she really thought her Sam was ever going to come home, she got mad
and asked him if his drunken stories about secret spacemen really were
true, what good were they doing the people down on Earth.
Storming back into Sam's, Hana told Woody not to talk to her about rocket ships and outer space, and if he couldn't do that, not to talk to her at all.
As Woody dropped his head, dejected, another ship flew past in the sky, unnoticed by him (see comments).
Returning to Stafford's base,
Woody considered that he could fix the problem with Hana by showing her
the truth; however, he was then ambushed by an Entari commando who was "cloaked in shadow."
reflection in Stafford's spaceship's metal, Woody dodged an attack and then hurled his
whiskey bottle into the alien's face.
As the alien screamed that its eyes burned like the sun, Woody replied, "Don't like the taste of Tennessee Whiskey, huh? How about Pittsburgh steel?" as he smashed its skull with a
A second Entari then grabbed Woody by the neck and pinned
him against the wall; appreciating that McCord was not Stafford, it
nonetheless considered that he could die, but then Stafford appeared
and beat the alien to death.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - McCord and Stafford apparently adapted the Entari's cloaking technology into a suit worn by McCord.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb)) - Stafford subsequently had Woody accompany him in his rocket ship to travel to some space station, apparently a den of hustlers, thieves, and killers.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb)) - As McCord remained "cloaked in shadow" by the door, Stafford entered some tavern in the
space station and confronted Teraphin Mox, which led the Entari Dreel
-- who apparently had been responsible for slaying the other Men on the
Wall -- and a pair of commandos confronting him, with Dreel blasting a hole in Stafford's gut.
McCord then emerged from the
shadows, blasted and slew the two Entari Commandos, and as Dreel dodged
Dreel's blasts, Stafford lunged forward and impaled her with his blade.
When McCord told Stafford it was over, Stafford countered that all of
these "scum" had seen his face (as well as the wounded Stafford) and
that if they told anyone, the legend of the "Man on the Wall" would die.
McCord argued that the conflict had been with the Entari and that the others were innocent, but Stafford told him that every one of these "scum" was a threat to the Earth. Stafford continued that it was McCord's job to stop them before they got to Earth and that McCord had stayed by his feet" "No one forced you to. You wanted this. Well, the Wall's all yours now, boy. I'm finally done."
After Stafford walked out the
door, Mox begged to be spared, but the other aliens decided that since there
was only one of him (McCord), they should silence him rather than give
him a chance to do the same to them.
As the aliens advanced, McCord
considered that the blood Stafford had left in his wake had led to the
Man on the Wall generating a dark, formless fear, and that now that
they had seen him, they were no longer afraid but instead angry.
blowing a hole in the alien leading the charge, McCord tried to warn
the others back, but -- as they continued to advance -- he recalled Hana's questioning what good his
stories were doing humanity, and he opened fire, slaying the aliens
McCord spared Mox, but then instructed him to tell everyone he
met what he had done and that he was out there, among them in the
shadows, and that if they even thought of coming for Earth, the Man on
the Wall would come for them.
(Original Sin#5 (fb) - BTS) - McCord operated out a secret base -- utilizing scavenged alien technology -- deep within the Rocky Mountains. Presumably this was Stafford's base, as discussed here.
S.I.N.#2 (fb) - BTS) - McCord allied with American industrialist
Howard Stark, who offered to equip him with anything he needed.
(Operation: S.I.N.#4 (fb) - BTS / Operation: S.I.N.#5 (fb) - BTS) - Seeking to escape the eternal darkness of the Black Hole and/or Negative Zone at the side of her once-husband, the Ebon Seeker, Shareen traveled to Earth, arriving in its relative past (circa 1952 A.D.) via a ship...
(Operation: S.I.N.#5 (fb) - BTS) - ...formed out of her energy...
(Operation: S.I.N.#4 (fb) - BTS) - ...in the USSR; she believed the site to be a wasteland and did not expect to encounter people.
(Operation: S.I.N.#3 (fb) - BTS) - The energies of her arrival were detected by Russian and/or Hydra agents.
(Operation: S.I.N.#2 (fb) - BTS) - An older Russian named Pasha Antipov saw "a ghost ship that fell out of the sky in a shower of stars and diamonds" and "a witch made of pure light" who vanished into the forest and whose ship melted into the snow.
(Operation: S.I.N.#2 (fb) - BTS) <A month prior to the main story> - At a tavern, Pasha met Woodrow
McCord, an associate of Howard Stark who was tasked with keeping Earth
safe from extraterrestrial threats, and told him of the "ghost ship
that fell out of the sky in a shower of stars and diamonds" and the
"witch of light" who vanished into the forest while her ship melted
into the dawn.
After drinking too much, Pasha began speaking about all of the loves of his life.
(Operation: S.I.N.#3 (fb) - BTS) <1952 A.D.> - The human-form Shareen accompanied Soviet scientist Anton Vanko, who was considered a criminal by his own government, who turned him over into custody of Hydra forces for unspecified payments. The Hydra agents instructed Vanko and the others to identify the source of a mysterious energy they had detected. Shareen worked with Vanko and the others, helping their efforts just enough so that she could stay with Ivan: Helping just enough to keep him close to the solution but never quite getting there.
(Operation: S.I.N.#1 (fb) - BTS) - Investigating Pasha's story, Woodrow McCord could only find an alien sphere (a beacon to Shareen's ship), and those nearby either were not talking, or they were telling "ghost stories and baloney."
(Operation: S.I.N.#1 (fb) - BTS) - Woodrow McCord requested Howard Stark meet him in Moscow.
(Operation: S.I.N.#1 - BTS) - Stark recruited Peggy Carter to join him in Moscow, Russia, where she was met by the young Tania Belinskaya, who was seeking her father, imprisoned in a Russian gulag, and who had taken out the KGB agent assigned to meet Carter there.
(Operation: S.I.N.#1 - BTS) - At a bar, as McCord approached, Peggy exclaimed, "What's that smell?" Stark invited McCord to sit down, but he asked "Who's the dame?" After Stark introduced the two, McCord suspected her to be O.S.S. or S.O.E.; although Stark vouched for her and assured him that he trusted her with his life, McCord countered that what he had was between the two of them and that he did not need any outsiders poking their noses in, "I don't care how much snap she's got in her garters."
Peggy then confronted McCord, telling that she had been invited and did not have to prove her self to "some ape in an overcoat." Having taken advantage of his under-estimating her by taking both his gun and the alien sphere from his pockets without his knowledge, Peggy threatened him to shoot him in the regions below his chest armor if he did not settle down. She then handed the sphere to Howard, who assessed it as potentially being a short-term beacon and then activated it, after which an energy ship appeared above the city. As the ship's blasts set the bar afire, McCord fled with the others.
(Operation: S.I.N.#2) - The ship released energy blasts that blew up some structures in Moscow.
(Operation: S.I.N.#2 (fb) - BTS) - Stark deactivated the beacon and placed it in his pocket, at which point the ship vanished. The group fled into an underground engine testing facility, after which McCord went out to get his truck.
(Operation: S.I.N.#2) - After McCord returned with the truck and expressed his distrust for both Tania and Peggy, he began driving the group until they ran into Soviet soldiers and a tank, at which point McCord instructed Stark to drive and not stop for anything. He clarified to Stark that the windshield was not bulletproof and that he had not had the chance to install the rocket boost.
Peggy wounded/incapacitated the trio of soldiers present when they fired on them, while McCord used Stark's gun to take out the tank, telling Stark the gun was as "handy as a rope at a hanging."
McCord then drove the four of them
10 hours north to a
village to meet McCord's
connection, Pasha. Although Pasha was gone, Tania spoke with a village
woman who knew Pasha
and agreed to give them shelter for the night. McCord told her of his
meeting with Pasha, noting that she may have been one of the women had
When the woman warned them of the threat right outside their door, McCord assumed she meant Communism, but she smacked him and instead told them of a giant bear. McCord initially disbelieved this, but after Tania saw something outside the window, he went out, armed with a hand-held Stark gun to take care of this "baloney bear."
the bear, McCord aimed the weapon and after some struggling to figure it
out, winged the creature on the right shoulder.
As the bear fled, McCord activated his rocket pack and caught up to and
tackled the creature, which swatted him back, scratching his neck. As
he struggled to fire his weapon again, the bear spoke and reverted back
to the form of a teenage boy. Although the women took sympathy on the boy, McCord argued that "that thing" was not human. Introducing himself as Mikhail Uriokovitch, the boy told them he knew what they
were looking for and would show them the next day.
S.I.N.#3 (fb) - BTS) - Avoiding a herd of reindeer somewhere in Siberia, Stark drove off the road...
S.I.N.#3) - ...sending
the truck -- which had already been pulling to the right -- into a
lake. McCord and the others swam to the surface, although Mikhail was
nowhere to be seen. McCord noted that he would be happy to see the
shape-shifter drowned if they did not need him for a guide, but Peggy
argued that they should judge him by his actions and not his
appearance. Mikhail subsequently emerged, noting that he could not lift
the truck out of the mire, and Stark harassed McCord, noting that had
he installed the rocket-boost...
Mikhail then led the group to the
site, which seemed barren,
and McCord angrily grabbed Mikhail, who advised them to wait until
morning. As everyone was ready to rest, McCord begrudgingly told
Mikhail, "You better be right, boy-o."
At dawn, McCord still saw nothing,
and he grabbed Mikhail by the neck, telling him he had until the count
of five, after which the others were going to find out what bear steak
tasted like. Peggy interrupted McCord, and showed him how, in the
light, the ship had become visible.
While the others were impressed,
McCord considered it a threat to everything, to democracy and
civilization. As he prepared his energy rifle to destroy whoever was
aboard, Stark expressed interest in finding out how the ship worked
rather than going off half-cocked.
McCord angrily advised Stark that he was fully-cocked, and he questioned Stark's motivations and his concerns regarding this "Russian alien."
Stark then produced the alien
beacon and noted that it appeared to fit into an out of reach spot on
the ship. After McCord considered that his jet pack would move too
quickly for a safe placement, he had Mikhail turn into bear form, and
he stood on Mikhail's shoulders and placed the beacon.
Peggy then made a comment that it
was good thing that they were in Russia (where bears were somewhat
symbolic) and not in Canada, as then they would have had to Woody climb
onto a beaver...and nobody wants to see that...
(Operation: S.I.N.#3 - BTS) - Her hands glowing, Shareen realized what the beacon had been placed into her ship.
(Operation: S.I.N.#3) - After Stark and his associates entered the ship, McCord noted that it was empty, after which Stark activated the ship, which was pulled on a course toward Shareen.
(Operation: S.I.N.#4 (fb) - BTS) - The activation of her ship allowed the Ebon Seeker to locate Shareen.
(Operation: S.I.N.#4) - McCord and associates were
unable to stop the ship from crashing them into the Hydra base, and as
the ship shattered, they fled out the back. Tania was injured in the
process, and Stark instructed McCord to stay with and look after the
others while he sought help; Granting Stark five minutes before he
started his own sweep, McCord gave Howard his energy pistol, presuming
he could better figure out how it worked.
As Tania got back on her feet,
McCord planned to find the alien that brought them there and kill it,
and Peggy convinced him to take Mikhail with him and to see if anyone
else there needed help. As they scouted, Mikhail told McCord how he had
been cast out into the woods at age 12 after it was discovered that he
could transform into a bear. McCord noted that people were afraid of
what they did not understand, but he also added that he did understand
aliens and that people should be afraid. They briefly discussed Mark
Twain before Mikhail scented a Russian whom he recognized from long
ago, but McCord parted ways with him when Mikhail went to investigate.
McCord subsequently slew a pair of
guards and set free some prisoners. He reunited with Peggy and Tania
after they had encountered Shareen, who revealed her alien nature by
saving Tania. McCord then leveled his weapon at Shareen, intending to
S.I.N.#5) - Peggy jumped in front of Shareen, but McCord told her to get out of the way, noting "You shouldn't dig up more snakes than you can kill."
When Peggy argued that Shareen had saved Tania's life and was a healer,
McCord countered that she was a "bomb in a nightgown" and "not one of
us." He further suggested that Peggy would not be so quick to defend
her if she had tentacles and spit acid.
Peggy begged him that Shareen
had come to Earth for sanctuary, but he told her that they all say that
(at least the one's with moving mouthparts) and that he was not fooled
by a pretty face (not even Peggy's).
Stark finally instructed McCord to
stand down, noting that they needed Shareen to stop the being coming
through the portal (the Ebon Seeker), and he complied, although grinding his teeth in
frustration. As Shareen and Vanko worked to close the portal, Stark
advised McCord to just wait and they would all get what they want.
Tania subsequently noted that she had not gotten what she wanted, and after she confirmed that she had not found her father, he told her that they had not found anyone worth mentioning in the upper tunnels. He also told her how he had parted ways with Mikhail and that he assumed Mikhail was asleep in a corner somewhere, "dreaming of nuts and berries or whatever the hell gets a bear going."
S.I.N.#5 - BTS) - Unbeknownst to them both, Soviet troops entering the facility located, subdued, and captured Mikhail.
S.I.N.#5) - As Soviet forces -- seeking to sever ties with Hydra -- assaulted the
base, McCord fired his energy blaster to hold them off while Stark delivered the power sphere to Vanko. Placing
her energies into the power sphere, Shareen duped the nearly-mindless
Ebon Seeker into believing it to be her, and he retracted back through
the portal after claiming it, after which the portal closed.
As the Soviet forces, led by Igor, subsequently confronted the group, McCord leveled his weapon at them, hoping to find out what it could really do, but Stark convinced him to stand down due to their being so greatly outnumbered. When the Soviets claimed Tania, McCord argued that she was with them, but Stark argued that she was not, although he ultimately let the Soviets take her. Vanko and Shareen agreed to go with them and travel to a Russia's best laboratories.
When McCord inisted he needed to
go after Shareen and that he would rather see her shot out into space
than working for the enemy (Russia), Stark argued that they weren't
going to win this one and asked him that if he got his head blown off
going after the benign, then who was going to defend against the real
evil that he was so sure was coming.
After they were joined by Carter, another Soviet agent subsequently informed them that the installation was going to be "sterilized" in 10 minutes and escorted them outside in preparation for honors and transport back to the USA.
Having presumably accepted that
"offer," McCord resumed his role in defending Earth against alien
(Original Sin#5 (fb) - BTS) - For every known alien encounter, there were dozens more where the aliens never got boots on the ground, thanks to men like McCord.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Towards the end
of his career, McCord had all but broken away from Stark and his group,
spending way more time out in space than on Earth; although he did not
know why McCord was doing this, as long as McCord's job was done, Stark
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Tribellians
-- a race of conquerors older than Earth's sun -- planned a surprise
attack/secret invasion on Earth. However, unspecified members of that
race bragged about their plans, and McCord learned of them and made
plans to intercept them.
(Original Sin#5 (fb))
<1958> - In Kansas, after the Tribellions had wiped out an entire
town and then taken out a group of soldiers working (including Harden
and Tolliver) alongside Nick Fury in 10 minutes, McCord appeared,
blasting the armored aliens and their warp device.
McCord reported to
Stark that the package had been delivered and that he was clear, and he
instructed Stark to "do it now!" Flying into and taken out a giant
armored warrior, McCord was impaled by a large spike on that armor.
approached, McCord noted that he could not move, and he appreciated that the look on
Fury's face told him what he needed to know about how badly he was injured.
McCord further commented that he had
always thought that it would be the Skrulls who got him, not this bunch
of nobodies. He started to warn Fury to watch out for the Skrulls but
was incapacitated by pain.
Fury asked if he had anyone special to whom
he wanted to get a message, and McCord noted that the only folks
waiting on him were those he would see himself in Hell.
After the portal blew up,
apparently destroying the aliens' world, McCord asked Fury to tell him
it was all worth it in the end, after which McCord died.
(Original Sin#5 (fb) - BTS) -
Stark then brought Fury to McCord's Rocky Mountains base, where he told
Fury of McCord's role and convinced him to succeed McCord as the Man on
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Stark and Fury
tossed the alien (and presumably the human GI) corpses into an
incinerator in the Rocky Mountains base that Stark referred to as "an
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb)) - After Stark and Fury
tossed the last of the aliens into the "alien sun," Fury questioned
throwing McCord's corpse in as well,arguring that McCord had just saved
the Earth and that he deserved to be laid to rest in it.
Insisting that they had to maintain that the Tribellian invasion of Kansas never happened, Stark noted that this was supposed to have been a surprise attack, but thanks to McCord, the whole invasion fleet was gone, silent as the grave. They then cast McCord's body into the incinerator.(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Fury subsequently agreed to succeed McCord on the condition that he learned who McCord was, and Stark showed Fury into his war room and provided him with McCord's journals.
Comments: Created by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato.
Thanks to Donald Campbell for pointing out that McCord had apparently cloaked himself in shadow in Original Sin Annual#1.
I think he was cloaked in shadow until he blasted at Dreel and the Commandos. Probably should have stayed in shadow a little longer.
In Original Sin Annual#1, as McCord hangs his head after being rejected by Hana, a ship flies through the sky, unseen by him. Was that the Entari ship, or was it Stafford's ship returning?
ship seen later in the evening (on the right) was
a different tiny ship shape, and the exhaust is different from the ship
that was Stafford's taking off (on the left), so I’d be inclined
to think that the second ship was the Entari, but it would all look
Sure, easy to miss the rocket behind your head. The sonic boom should have clued him in, but maybe they have the means to silence that, and/or he just assumed it was Stafford returning and thought nothing of it.
The cover of Original
Sin Annual#1 appears to show three of previous adventures of
McCord...it is not confirmed to be McCord, but...why wouldn't it be?
Profile by Snood.
Woodrow McCord should be distinguished from:
| Woodrow McCord Sr. was a legend in Boones Creek (presumably Tennessee), allegedly seven feet tall, 1/4 Cherokee, and able to spit chewing tobacco farther than most men could throw.
He was the father of Woodrow McCord Jr. and (presumably) Cortland McCord. It is unrevealed whether he was married to their mother.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Woodrow spent his time trapping and mapping the hills around Boones Creek.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) <July 1-17, 1898 A.D.> - During the Spanish-American War, Woodrow allegedly participated in the charge of San Juan Hill, near the city of Santiago de Cuba (see note).
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Woodrow then allegedly wrestled bears for money for some time after that.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Woodrow McCord Jr. never knew his father, but he was proud of the man from whom he had inherited his name, and he was aware of his the stories of his father's history, although he was also aware that any or all of it may be untrue.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Woodrow McCord Jr. thought of his father a lot, especially when he did something dumb.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) <June 7, 1931> - A 15-16-ish Woodrow McCord Jr. thought of his father as he dove out of a tree to attack one of the Entari atop a giant monster after the Entari took his mother and his brother, Cortland.
--Original Sin Annual#1 - BTS
Note: The story only said (following the notation about mapping the HILLS) that Woodrow Sr. then charged up one in San Juan. I would presume that was meant to refer to the charge of San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War and that it was also likely that he would have served alongside or under Teddy Roosevelt.
Woodrow McCord Sr. would have been active in the 19th century as well as the early 20th century. As his son never knew him, he would likely have perished or otherwise disappeared circa 1915, not long before or after Woodrow Jr. was born.
There are no pictures of Woodrow Sr. that I saw
Woodrow McCord Sr. was discussed only and has not been pictured at the time of publication of this profile.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - Stafford recruited McCord to join him at his base. McCord spent the next five years -- "years as strange as you could ever imagine" -- serving as Stafford's assistant in his base (largely cleaning the facility). McCord kept his own journal, and he learned of Stafford's history.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb)) <June 7, 1936> - On the five year anniversary of his working for Stafford, McCord considered that Stafford had chosen him because he had no place else to go and was as alone as Stafford was. McCord further detailed the rise and fall of the Men on the Wall and how Stafford had stopped being just a defender and became an attacker after his teammates' deaths at the hands of the Entari.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - In his journal, Woody later considered that despite the fact that he had never seen Stafford again, he could not be certain that Stafford had died that day...and that he would likely even bet against it.
(Original Sin Annual#1 (fb) - BTS) - After 1945, McCord started writing his journals in Kree or Badoonese.
--Original Sin Annual#1
(Operation: S.I.N.#2) - McCord went outside, armed with a hand-held Stark gun to investigate reports of a giant bear.
Seeing the bear, McCord aimed the weapon and after some struggling to figure it out, winged the creature on the right shoulder. As he struggled to fire his weapon again, the bear spoke and reverted back to the form of a teenage boy.
(Operation: S.I.N.#4) - McCord and associates were unable to stop the ship from crashing them into the Hydra base, and as the ship shattered, they fled out the back. Tania was injured in the process, and Stark instructed McCord to stay with and look after the others while he sought help; Granting Stark five minutes before he started his own sweep, McCord gave Howard his energy pistol, presuming he could better figure out how it worked.--Operation: S.I.N.#2
Original Sin#5 (September, 2014) - Jason Aaron (writer), Mike Deodato (artist), Jake Thomas (assistant editor), Tom Brevoort & Wil Moss (editors)
Original Sin Annual#1 (December, 2014) - Jason Latour (writer), Enis Cisic (artist), Jake Thomas (assistant editor), Tom Brevoort & Wil Moss (editors)
Operation: S.I.N.#1-5 (March-July, 2015) - Kathryn Immonen (writer), Rich Ellis (artist), Joe Moisan (editor)
First posted: 04/028/2023
Last updated: 04/28/2023
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