Real Name: Jason "Jase" Birch
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Hired gang member
Group Membership: None
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile across the USA
First Appearance: Avengers I#80 (September, 1970)
Powers/Abilities: Jason Birch had no superhuman powers but was quite skilled with firearms.
(Avengers I#80 (fb)) – Jason Birch accompanied Cornelius Van Lunt to Wolf Point, Montana, where Van Lunt attempted to pressure the Native Americans there to sell their reservation land. Interrupted during their attempt to pressure the Talltrees family, Birch and Van Lunt were driven from the Talltrees home with Van Lunt warning them that they had made Jason angry and that he couldn't be responsible for what Jason Birch would do. The following night, Jason and another goon drove past the Talltrees home and opened fire, killing Thomas and Rebecca Talltrees, and injuring their son Will. Months later, Will (in his new guise of the Red Wolf) tracked Jason and Cornelius Van Lunt to New York City, where he stalked the two criminals. Choosing to go after Jason Birch first, Red Wolf stalked him through New York.
(Avengers I#80) – Red Wolf continued to pursue the terrified Jason. Fearing for his life, Jason opened fire on Red Wolf but his shaky hands disrupted his aim and he missed every shot. Noticing the strangely garbed Red Wolf, the Avengers’ Vision investigated and prevented Red Wolf from killing Jason. Following a brief fight, the Vision took the defeated Red Wolf to the Avengers to learn more about his story. The battle between the two heroes allowed Jason Birch to escape. Upon hearing Red Wolf’s story of the murder of his parents, the Vision agreed to help Red Wolf bring both Van Lunt and Jason Birch to justice. With Scarlet Witch and Goliath accompanying Vision and Red Wolf, the heroes set off to search for Van Lunt and Birch.
(Avengers I#81) – Gathering a small group of thugs together in Montana, Jason Birch used one of Cornelius Van Lunt’s Zodiac attack crafts to shoot down the Quinjet belonging to Vision, Scarlet Witch, Goliath and Red Wolf. Surrounding Vision and the injured Scarlet Witch, Birch announced his plans to kill all of the heroes present. Vision surrendered to save Scarlet Witch, and the two heroes were quickly taken to Cornelius Van Lunt’s mansion. Van Lunt attempted to bribe the Vision into working for him and when the Vision refused, Van Lunt had Jason threaten Scarlet Witch, forcing the Vision to comply. Not long after, Jason Birch announced that the Cheyenne Nation had arrived at Van Lunt’s mansion door with Goliath. While Goliath was forced to battle the Vision, Jason noticed that Red Wolf and another group of Cheyenne were atop the nearby dam. Figuring that they planned to blow up the dam, Jason accompanied Cornelius Van Lunt to the dam site, where he opened fire on Red Wolf. Scarlet Witch quickly used her hex spheres to prevent Red Wolf from being hit, but the hex also caused the dam to rupture, prompting Jason Birch and many other Van Lunt gunmen to flee.
Comments: Created by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and Tom Palmer.
Profile by Proto-Man.
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Calvin (last name unrevealed) was one of the gunmen working for Cornelius Van Lunt. He accompanied Jason Birch to surround Vision and the injured Scarlet Witch after their Quinjet was downed by the Zodiac attack craft. He then joined Jason as they took the captured Avengers to Cornelius Van Lunt.
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Avengers I#80, p2, pan4 (Jason Birch with gun, main image)
Avengers I#81, p8, pan4 (Jason Birch headshot)
Avengers I#81, p8, pan4 (Calvin)
Avengers I#80 (September, 1970) – Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (art), Tom Palmer (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Avengers I#81 (October, 1970) – Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (art), Tom Palmer (inks), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 04/28/13
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