Real Name: Bill Williams

Identity/Class: Normal human (World War II era)

Occupation: Race car driver

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Ann (last name unrevealed), C.G. Clark (loose, first name unrevealed), Fred Turner

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unidentified city and race track

First Appearance: Marvel Comics I#1/7 (October, 1939)

Powers/Abilities: Bill Williams was a good race car driver.

(Marvel Comics I#1/7) - Bill Williams had entered another race with his car the Blue Bird. The car's shoddy exterior hid a powerful engine, according to Williams' mechanic, Fred Turner.

(Marvel Comics I#1/7 (fb) - BTS) - For years the pair toiled, saving everything they could and scavenge to design and build the Blue Bird. One of the things they worked on was a new model of gas feeder that Bill hoped would be profitable. Fred had some reservations about the design, fearing a possible explosion risk due to the design.

(Marvel Comics I#1/7) - Bill was depressed as the gathered crowd laughed at the patchwork car. A pep talk from Fred perked up his spirits as the race started. Ann, Bill's long-time girlfriend, sat on the edge of her seat as the race started and Fred joined her in the stands. He told her of Bill's plan, namely if the Blue Bird performed well enough he would retire from racing and sell their engine design to C.G. Clark the automotive manufacturer. As the race started, the Blue Bird started out well enough. One quick turn later, however, and the gas feeder began to leak gas. Smoke began to pour out of the car's engine as Ann flagged Bill out of the race. Bill angrily told her off, thinking she was trying to sabotage his race when C.G. Clark arrived and told Bill off for telling Ann off. Clark was impressed enough with the engine design that he decided to buy it from Bill and Fred.

Comments: Created by Ray Gill and Sam Gillman.

The car's name changes between Blue Bird and Lady Bird. Also, there was only one illustration in the text story, but there was nothing to indicate that it was Bill Williams.

Profile by David Lawrence.

Bill Williams has no known connections to:


Ann was Bill’s long-time girlfriend and attended school with Ruth Clark, C.G. Clark’s daughter. Ann flagged Bill out of the race and got Clark to talk to Bill.

--Marvel Comics I#1/7

C.G. Clark

Father of Ruth, C.G. Clark was the head of his own car company, and bought Bill and Fred's engine design.

--Marvel Comics I#1/7

Fred Turner

Bill's friend, Fred Turner was the mechanic for the Blue Bird and had Ann flag Bill out of the race when the car was in trouble. He got the car's designs to C.G. Clark.

--Marvel Comics I#1/7

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Marvel Comics I#1/7 (October 1939) - Ray Gill (script), Sam Gillman (pencils/inks), Martin Goodman (editor)

Last updated: 05/28/15

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