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GAMECOCK

Real Name: Carlos Cabrera

Identity/Class: Human, citizen of the United States

Occupation: Gang leader, professional fighter

Group Membership: The Brood

Affiliations: Charlotte, Mr. Morgan

Enemies: Asp (Cleo Nefertiti), Nomad (Steve Rogers), Puma (Thomas Fireheart), Red Skull (Johann Shmidt), Scourge, unidentified bazooka wielder

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Rooster Man, Black-Hook

Base of Operations: Harlem, New York City, New York (place of birth)

First Appearance: Captain America I#183 (March, 1975)

Powers/Abilities: Gamecock wore a costume with sharp talons fastened to his wrists and toes.

Height: 5'8"
Weight: 169 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Captain America I#183) - Gamecock and his gang were scouring the rooftops for the Falcon on behalf of Mr. Morgan when they ran into the new crimefighter Nomad (previously Captain America), and they began to fight, with Nomad mistakenly thinking they had harmed the Falcon. However, their fight was broken up when a man with a bazooka fired on the roof, and the Gamecock fled with his gang.

(Captain America I#371) - Gamecock left his turf to see his "woman," Charlotte, in what turned into a minor incident when the police were called in. Gamecock threatened her life in an attempt to drive the police off, but the Asp, trying to protect her friend Diamondback while she was on a date with Steve Rogers (Captain America), shot Gamecock with a venom blast that knocked him down, giving the police the opportunity they needed to arrest him.

(Captain America I#394 (fb) - BTS) - A rogue Scourge who was in the employ of the Red Skull was assigned to kill Gamecock, but Gamecock somehow eluded him. The Scourge was killed by the Red Skull for his failure.

(OHotMU 2006#4) - Gamecock was shortly considered for employment by Nightshade and Erik Killmonger.

(Wolverine II#167) - Gamecock journeyed to Madripoor to participate in the "Bloodsport" competition. In the first round, he was matched up against the Puma, who made quick work of him, seemingly devouring him.

Comments: Created by Steve Englehart (writer), Frank Robbins (artist), Frank Giacoia (inker).

Gamecock was marked for death by Marvel fandom itself, responding to a request from Frank Tieri for victims in his "Bloodsport" story. He could run from Scourge, but not from Tieri!

From Bob Almond: "Anecdote: Originally Gamecock was part of Priest's gang of rogues in Black Panther III#17 (Morgan, Cottonmouth, Stiletto, Nightshade, Cockroach) but, as my editor told me on the phone (in jest?) at the time, with Cockroach already on the team they had to replace GC with someone else...too much 'cock'."

From James Fry (creator of Slapstick): Somewhere out there, in a parallel universe in which Len and I got to do more Slapstick adventures, his Rogues' Gallery would have expanded to include such previously established Marvel villains as: The Black Talon (from The Avengers) and Gamecock (from Captain America). Unable to contain our amusement at the idea that Marvel was home to not just ONE but TWO poultry-themed African-American supervillains, we planned to reveal that these guys were rival siblings. Slap would have teamed up with the Falcon and engaged the Fowl Fiends in an apocalyptic battle that lasted all of, say, a page and a half, four panels of which would have consisted of the heroes doubled over with laughter. Ah, what might have been...

Gamecock received a profile in the 2006 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#4 and the 2008 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC#5, it was in his 2006 profile his group of henchmen were identified as the Brood.

Profile by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Gamecock has no known connections to


the Brood

  Gamecock's gang provided little more than muscle. They wore matching costumes for the Gamecock, but had none of his weaponry.

--Captain America I#183









Charlotte

  Charlotte was Gamecock's "woman." When the two of them had a dispute, it led to a incident with the police, and Gamecock threatened her life in an attempt to drive the police off. She was saved when the Asp, hidden in the crowds, knocked the Gamecock down with her venom blast.

--Captain America I#371









unidentified bazooka wielder

  This unidentified figure was perched across the rooftop from Gamecock, his gang and Nomad while they fought. He suddenly fired into the middle of the altercation, spooking Gamecock and his men, who mistook it as an attack by the police. The figure vanished before Nomad could investigate further.

--Captain America I#371









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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#4 (main image)
Captain America I#371, p23, pan5 (closeup)
Wolverine II#167, p10, pan3 (death)
Captain America I#183, p3, pan3 (the Brood)
Captain America I#371, p23, pan4 (Charlotte)
Captain America I#183, p2, pan5 (unidentified bazooka wielder)


Appearances:
Captain America I#183 (March, 1975) - Steve Englehart (writer), Frank Robbins (artist), Frank Giacoia (inker), Len Wein (editor)
Captain America I#371 (June, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Ron Lim (artist), Dan Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#394 (November, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (artist), Bud LaRosa (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Wolverine II#167 (October, 2001) - Frank Tieri (writer), Dan Fraga (artist), Norm Rapmund (inker), Mike Marts (editor)


Last updated: 11/06/15

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