GEORGE MATHERS

Real Name: George Mathers

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Member of the Commission on Superhuman Activities (see Comments)

Group Membership: Commission on Superhuman Activities

Affiliations: Captain America/U.S. Agent, Iron Man (Tony Stark)

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Commission Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

First Appearance: (in shadows) Captain America I#331 (July, 1987); (fully seen) Captain America I#333 (September, 1987)

Powers/Abilities: George Mathers is an experienced politician.

History: (Captain America I#331) - George Mathers joined the Commission in attempting to bring Captain America before them to determine his current status in the U.S. government.

(Captain America I#332) - Mathers joined the Commission in confronting Captain America, revealing to him that the Captain America identity was the property of the government, and demanded that he either become their operative, or surrender his shield and uniform. After considering their offer for an evening, Steve Rogers chose to turn over the costume and uniform, and walked out.

(Captain America I#333) - Mathers joined the Commission in attempting to find a new Captain America. After the others discarded the idea of making Captain America's former partner Nomad the new Cap, Mathers discarded the Falcon for the same reason, noting that the country probably wasn't ready for a black Captain America. The Commission finally chose John Walker, the Super-Patriot, to become the new Captain America, alongside Lemar Hoskins as Bucky.

(Captain America I#344) - Mathers joined the Commission in confronting D-Man, Diamondback and Nomad, who had all been taken captive by Walker and Hoskins.

(Captain America I#345) - Mathers observed as Steve Rogers turned himself over to the Commission, only to be thrown into prison.

(Captain America I#347-348, 350) - Mathers joined with other members of the Commission in being increasingly alarmed at John Walker's actions as Captain America, and repeatedly attempted to have him removed, only to be blocked by the President, and by Commissioner Rockwell. Finally, they attempted to have Rogers reclaim the identity, only for him to refuse, until Walker convinced Rogers that he was the man best suited to the job.

(Captain America I#352) - Mathers joined the Commission in a meeting with Battlestar, hoping to keep him onboard as an operative, but he departed their employ to investigate Walker's death.

(Punisher: No Escape) - Mathers joined the Commission in appointing the U.S. Agent to apprehend the Punisher, but he wound up siding with the Punisher against the Maggia, and disobeyed his orders.

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - After the SHRA had passed Stark worked closely with George Mathers and Everett K. Ross to monitor international reaction to the Registration Act.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Tom Morgan and Dave Hunt.

In Captain America I#332, Captain America recognized the leaders of the CIA and FBI amongst the Commission's ranks. Since Mathers is the only members present whose specific occupation is unknown, perhaps he is (or was) the head of one of those agencies.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
George Mathers should not be confused with:


Images taken from:
Captain America I#333, page 4, panel 2


Captain America I#331 (July, 1987) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Don Daley (editor)
Captain America I#332 (August, 1987) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Tom Morgan (pencils), Bob McLeod (inks), Don Daley (editor)
Captain America I#344-345 (August-September, 1988) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#347-348 (November-December, 1988) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#350 (February, 1989) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#352 (April, 1989) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Punisher: No Escape (1990) - Gregory Wright (writer), Tod Smith (pencils), Dan Bulanadi (inks)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)

Last updated: 10/02/04

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