Real Name: John Mason

Identity/Class: Human, technology user

Occupation: Politician, hate-monger

Group Membership: Sons of the Serpent

Affiliations: Wizard

Enemies: Captain America (Steve Rogers), the Falcon

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Sons of the Shield campaign headquarters, Harlem, New York
Sons of the Shield bunker, Harlem, New York

First Appearance: Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty#8 (April, 1999)

Powers/Abilities: Mason was a clever manipulator of information, and had access to a bioethnic virus designed to kill non-whites (in fact, it killed both white and non-white people), and sophisticated energy weapons supplied to him by the Wizard.

History: (Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty#8) - John Mason reorganized the Sons of the Serpent as "the Sons of the Shield," a pro-white political group, and claimed that Captain America was one of his organization's supporters. He sent out black followers to commit crimes in Harlem, just to help win people to his side. He also hired the Wizard to provide the Sons with sophisticated weapons, and had Ajanii Jackson plant a bomb to destroy the First Baptist Church in Harlem. Ajanii then supplied a mob with their weapons to lead them in an assault upon Mason's campaign headquarters, bringing Captain America and the Falcon to Mason's defense. At the right moment, Mason had the mob's weapons shut off by remote, then reactivated a gun when Captain America stepped in front of it. He claimed that Captain America was a martyr to their cause.

(Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty#9) - When Ajanii was followed to Mason's base by the Falcon, Mason had him exposed to his bioethnic virus, a fate he intended for all the black people of Harlem. As the Falcon invaded the facility, Mason sent a mind-controlled Captain America to fight him. A mob began to break into the building, but Mason released the bioethnic virus to kill them-- only to discover that it was just as effective against whites as it was against non-whites. Mason tried to fight back against the Falcon with his dying breath, before exposure to the virus finally slew him.

Comments: Created by Mark Waid, Cully Hamner, Pondscum, and Nathan Massengill.

Mason was mistakenly drawn to look like the Wizard in Sentinel of Liberty#9.

As the leader of his band of the Sons of the Serpent, Mason may be considered a Supreme Serpent, but he was never called by that name.

by Prime Eternal

John Mason should not be confused with:

Images taken from:
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty#8, page 20, panel 2 (not counting ads)

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty#9 (May, 1999)

Last updated: 12/11/04

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