Real Name: Hans Becker
Identity/Class: Normal human (World War I Era)
Occupation: Soldier (Private rank)
Group Membership: US Army
Affiliations: Major Forrest, Sergeant Stone, fellow US soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force
Enemies: German Army
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Hank Becker
Base of Operations:
Mobile in France, USA;
First Appearance: Battlefront#44/4 (January, 1957)
Powers/Abilities: Hans Becker was a trained soldier in the US Army and knew how to use a rifle and trench warfare techniques. He could also speak German.
(Battlefront#44/4 (fb) - BTS) - Hans Becker was born in Germany but migrated with his family to the USA when he was still a child.
(Battlefront#44/4) - Becker was dispatched to France as part of the military American Expeditionary Force (AEF) and in April 1918 was sent as part of the reinforcements in the front line trenches. He sensed the reservations and distrust of his fellow soldiers because of his German parentage and birth, and was constantly sidelined from active duty, especially by Sergeant Stone. Keen to prove himself, he volunteered when Major Forrest told Stone to go on a dangerous mission to capture a German officer. Recognizing his worth due to his German background, Forrest ordered Stone to take him. They crawled across the deadly no man's land but the distrustful Stone was hit by German gunfire. Becker quickly overpowered the German gun nest and took the German officer there prisoner while carrying his sergeant over his shoulder. Ordering the prisoner in German, they crawled to the AEF forces but encountered a German patrol. Hidden, Becker told his prisoner to move them away, telling the German that he could understand what was being said. Despite the weight of the wounded sergeant and the difficulty of keeping the prisoner covered with a gun, Becker made it back to his base. Sergeant Stone then declared before the other US soldiers there that Becker was indeed a "fighting Yank", with one soldier Americanizing his name to "Hank" Becker.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer and artist.
Hans is German for John, so dubbing Becker as Hank had more to do with the sound.
Special thanks to Star-Studded War Comics for the scans!.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Hans Becker has no known connections to:
Sergeant Stone was Private Becker's commander and denied the private opportunities to directly engage the enemy because he distrusted him due to the lad's German heritage. However, he was order by Major Forrest to have Becker accompany him on a mission into German-held territory. Injured by gunfire, Becker carried him back to the American trenches, where he openly stated that Becker was indeed an American soldier.
Battlefront#44/4, p4, pan6 (main image)
Other Appearances: None
Last updated: 01/14/10
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
Non-Marvel Copyright info
All other characters mentioned or pictured are ™ and © 1941-2099 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved. If you like this stuff, you should check out the real thing!
Please visit The Marvel Official Site at: http://www.marvel.com
Back to Characters