C. THOMAS SITES
Real Name: C. Thomas Sites
Identity/Class: Human (World War II era)
Occupation: Newspaper columnist
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Daily Bugle (including "Freddy" and "Old Man" Jameson), Howling Commandos (Isadore "Izzy" Cohen, Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan, Nick Fury, Gabe Jones, Eric Koenig, Robert "Reb" Ralston), Helen Sites
Known Relatives: Helen Sites (wife)
Base of Operations: Daily Bugle, New York, USA
First Appearance: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#110 (May, 1973)
Powers/Abilities: C. Thomas Sites was a gifted columnist, with strong opinions about America's involvement in World War II, and a personal dislike for warfare in general.
History: (Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#110) - C. Thomas Sites became infamous at the Daily Bugle for his anti-war articles, going so far as to call American soldiers "murderers." One Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan took exception to what Sites had to say, and challenged him to come to Europe and see how they operated. Feeling this could be the biggest story of his career, Sites accepted. Old Man Jameson couldn't understand why Sites wanted to go, but approved it. Sites' wife, however, was distressed by his decision, and feared that he wouldn't return.
Sites arrived in France and went to meet the Howling Commandos. As he drove up in his car, he splashed Nick Fury with a puddle, ruining Fury's cigars-- and making him even less welcome. Sites was introduced to the other Howlers, and expressed his wish to see the front lines. Fury refused, but Koenig and Jones convinced him that if Sites saw what they did, it might change his mind.
When Fury and the Howlers finally did set out to a town held by the Nazis, Sites mistook their enthusiasm for bloodlust, but when Fury helped him to some cover, he began to be impressed by him. Sites began to wonder if war could bring both the worst and best in a man, and hoped he would live to see if that was true. Sites continued to monitor the Howlers in action, and was impressed by their willpower, determination, and courage. However, he was also struck by the deaths of American soldiers around them, wondering why they had to die.
As the Nazis began to pull out of the town, the Howlers were sent to a courthouse where the Nazis held 50 prisoners, and Sites accompanied them again. When they arrived, they found all of the prisoners dead, having been killed by the Nazis before they pulled out. Sites was now convinced that the Nazis had to be stopped, but maintained he could never kill a man. But just then, one of the Nazis who had appeared dead rose up to shoot at Fury, and Sites took a gun from a dead soldier and killed him. Sites was immediately overwrought by what he had done, and ashamed of what he had become. The next day, Sites set out back to America, but left Fury a parting gift-- a bundle of cigars. Back at the Daily Bugle, Sites hammered out a new article, declaring that while he still hated war, he now understood it was sometimes necessary.
Comments: Created by Gary Friedrich, Dick Ayers and Vince Colletta.
The character "Freddy" who Sites
visits with at the Bugle before departing to Europe may have been
intended to be Frederick Foswell (the Big Man), but
it would have to be his father, do to the sliding time scale. What was
feasible in 1973 is ludicrous in 2005 or after.
Similarly, "J.J." / Jameson was certainly intended to be Jonah when originally written. See the "Old Man" Jameson profile for further discussion.
by Prime Eternal
C. Thomas Sites should not be confused with:
Helen Sites was the wife of C. Thomas Sites. She was proud that he was a reporter, and shared many of his beliefs, and was thus disturbed when he decided to go overseas, afraid that she would lose him.
--Sgt. Fury and his Howling
Images taken from:
Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#110, page 3, panel 1
Helen- Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos#110, page 6, panel 3
Last updated: 05/14/05
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