Real Name: Barney Bennett
Identity/Class: Normal human (early 1950s era)
Occupation: US Army engineers (Corporal rank)
Group Membership: US Army (210th Engineers)
Affiliations: Fellow US soldiers, notably PFC Charlie Kovalski
Enemies: North Korean military
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: mobile in Korea;
First Appearance: War Comics#13/3 (November,
Powers/Abilities: Generally sharp-witted in
battle, Barney Bennett received army
training and was an excellent driver of heavy machinery, including
bulldozers and tanks. However, he was susceptible to panic attacks from
claustrophobia, which undermined his self-confidence.
(War Comics#13/3 (fb)) - Barney Bennett joined the
army, proving proficient at driving tanks. While training at the Army's
Fort Knox base, he was adept at driving through mud while the driver's
hatch was open, but when the battleground test with live ammunition
began, he had to stay completely inside the tank. His undiagnosed
claustrophobia took over and he panicked, ramming another tank by
(War Comics#13/3 (fb) - BTS) - Because of the tank
accident, he was transferred to engineering. It undermined his
and he was concerned he was a coward at heart. Sent to the Korean War,
he was assigned bulldozer duty as the driving was similar (using
levers). He was allocated a guard, Private Charlie Kovalski, and tasked
with clearing woodland for troop and supply movements. Bennett was
nervous as it was his first time near a real battleground.
(War Comics#13/3) - An enemy North Korean sniper shot
at Bennett just as the bulldozer hit a landmine. The explosion caused
the sniper to miss, but having seen muzzle flare, Kovalski eliminated
the sniper. A senior officer arrived by jeep and ordered them to speed
up clearing. The officer
warned Bennett of potential enemy ambushes, then drove off. Bennett and
Kovalski fixed the machine and Bennett told of his personal shame
driving tanks. Bennett cleared for hours with much noise. Two North
Korean soldiers attacked from behind, but Bennett saw them in his
and braked hard. He threw a bayoneted rifle like a spear, killing one
soldier, then used his handgun to help Kovalski fighting the other
enemy soldier. Four more enemy soldiers appeared and threw grenades, so
Bennett raised the bulldozer's blade to deflect them. Having stopped
the enemy soldiers, they encountered a North Korean tank, which fired a
warning shot. Bennett rammed the tank with the bulldozer,
pushing it over until it fell off a cliff. The battle action renewed
Bennett's self-confidence as both Americans realized it was
claustrophobia that had held him back.
Comments: Created by Hank Chapman (writer) and Joe Maneely (pencils & inks).
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Barney Bennett has no known connections to:
Private (FC) Charlie Kovalski was assigned to protect
Barney Bennett while he bulldozed a clearway through Korean woods.
Kovalski sat next to Bennett in the bulldozer's open-air seat. An
expert marksman, he shot a Communist sniper hiding in a tree, but had
trouble against another North Korean soldier in hand-to-hand combat,
and had to be rescued by Bennett. He stayed next to Bennett as the
driver used the bulldozer to counter Communist soldiers and a tank.
Kovalski realized that Bennett wasn't a coward in battle, but was just
War Comics#13/3, p2, pan3 (main image)
p7, pan6 (headshot)
p2, pan3 (Kovalski)
War Comics#13/3 (November, 1952) - Hank Chapman (writer), Joe Maneely (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 06/18/18
Last updated: 06/18/18
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