Real Name: James Dore, Sr. (see comments)
human technology user (World
War II, post-WW I
era, pre-modern to modern era)
Occupation: Retired at time of death;
Group Membership: Golden Agency (Professor
Imam, Power Princess/Zarda, unrevealed others)
Affiliations: Allied forces, Howard
Shelton (presumably, see
comments), Squadron Supreme
Enemies: Axis forces
Known Relatives: Adrienne Dore
(wife), James Dore Jr. (Blue Eagle, son, deceased)
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly the Dore family estate, Mayflower, Fredonia
First Appearance: (Mentioned) Squadron Supreme I#1
(September, 1985); (seen) Squadron Supreme I#2 (October, 1985)
Powers/Abilities: The American Eagle possessed no known superhuman abilities. A gifted scientist, he developed a pair of wings that allowed him to fly with great maneuverability and at speeds up to dozens of miles per hour. He designed a costume that allowed him to comfortably cope with the rigors and frigid temperatures of high speed air travel.
In his final years, he developed a
heart condition that required medication.
(Squadron Supreme I#1 (fb) - BTS) - At an unrevealed point before World War II, American scientist James Dore used his inventive genius to create a winged harness that allowed its wearer the power of flight. Inspired by his creation, he adopted the costumed identity of the American Eagle and started his career as a crime-fighter.
(Squadron Supreme: Death of a Universe - BTS) - During
World War II, American Eagle joined Power Princess, American Eagle and
unrevealed others in forming the Golden Agency, a wartime superhero team
that fought the Axis.
(Squadron Supreme I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Some time after World
War II, Dore met his future wife, Adrienne. They settled down in
Mayflower, got married and eventually had a son, James, Jr. Over
time, the Eagle retired his heroic persona. When his son came of age, he
assumed the mantle of the American Eagle, initially with Dore's blessing. His son
eventually joined the world's premiere superhero team the Squadron
(Squadron Supreme I#2 (fb) - BTS) - However, a difference of political opinion led to a bitter feud between father and son who relinquished the American Eagle identity, changing his codename to Cap'n Hawk instead.
(Squadron Supreme I#1 (fb) - BTS) - In his waning years, Dore developed a heart condition that was manageable with medication. However, refilling his prescription became increasingly more difficult during president Richmond's tumultuous time in office (Richmond and the Squadron were mentally controlled by Null the Living Darkness through the Over-Mind). Shortly before he succumbed to his illness, Dore decided to give his son one final gift by designing a new costume for him that Adrienne created. He also wrote James Jr. a heartfelt letter in which he reminded his son he was proud of him, despite their differences.
(Squadron Supreme I#1 - BTS) - A week after Dore's death,
his son James returned home after a prolonged battle against Null and
the Over-Mind. He was shocked to hear of his father's demise and moved
when his mother handed him the letter and the new costume.
(Squadron Supreme I#2 - BTS) - Some time later, wearing
his new costume and now going by Blue Eagle, James Junior told his
teammate Lady Lark of his father's recent passing.
Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald (writer), Bob
Hall (pencils), John Beatty (inks)
Seeing as most of Earth-712's inhabitants are (loosely) based on DC characters, it's fairly obvious that the American Eagle was patterned after DC's Hawkman even if he was a bit of continuity implant.
It would be interesting to learn just how American Eagle
even survived the war, given the fact his one super power was flying.
That won't help you much when a battalion of krauts is blasting at you.
Considering his wife Adrienne wielded a crossbow, it stands to reason he
at least had some proficiency with similar weapons. It would also fit
with his DC analog Hawkman, who carried so much heavy weaponry the real
wonder was that he ever got off the ground to begin with. Then again,
the X-Men's Angel and the World War II Red Raven never relied on any
weapons to speak of, and they did just fine.
Since the Eagle served with Power Princess in the Golden Agency, during a time when she met her future husband Howard Shelton, it's possible Dore encountered him too at some point. Also, calling a 1940s superhero team the Golden Age...ncy is a cute little pun on Gruenwald's part.
The Deluxe Edition of the Official
Handbook of the Marvel Universe#10 listed as the Blue Eagle's father as
Jonathan Dore. In the data corrections section of #19, however, it was
corrected to James Dore, Sr.
Unless otherwise specified, all locations and beings related in this profile refer to Earth/Reality-712 versions.
Profile by Norvo.
American Eagle should not be confused with
Adrienne met her future husband James "American Eagle" Dore some time after World War II. They got married and moved to the Dore family estate in Mayflower, Fredonia. There, she eventually gave birth to James Dore, Jr., who would continue his father's heroic career as a member of the Squadron Supreme. Adrienne cared for her husband in his waning years, making sure he took his heart medication. Shortly before his death, Adrienne made James' final wish come true when she created a costume he designed for their estranged son. A week after her husband's passing, Adrienne was startled by an unfamiliar noise in the middle of the night. Armed with a crossbow, she stood ready to defend herself only to find her son Cap'n Hawk had finally returned home. Adrienne told James about his father's death and handed him the new costume and Dore's last letter. Adrienne watched as James Jr. happily accepted the gift. A few months after the Squadron Supreme launched their Utopia Program, Adrienne was kidknapped by the Institute of Evil who planned to use Dore and the family of the other Squadron members to force the team to their knees. In the end, Adrienne and the others were freed by the Squadron.
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Squadron Supreme I#2, p14, pan2 (main image)
Squadron Supreme I#1, p27, pans 5&6 (death)
Squadron Supreme I#1, p27, pan9 (Adrienne Dore)
Squadron Supreme I#1 (September, 1985) -Mark Gruenwald (writer), Bob Hall (pencils), John Beatty (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Squadron Supreme I#2 (October, 1985) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Bob Hall (pencils), John Beatty (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Squadron Supreme: Death of a Universe (October, 1989) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Ryan (pencils), Al Williamson (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 01/31/15
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