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GILMORE HODGE

Real Name: Gilmore Hodge

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

Occupation: Military prisoner;
    formerly US soldier (Private)

Group Membership: US Army

Affiliations: Bundists;
    formerly Lt. Col. James Fletcher, Harmon Furmintz, Steve Rogers, Jack Windmere (all very loosely)

Enemies: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Captain Fein (first name unrevealed), Harmon Furmintz, Jack Windmere

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Goose" (nickname)

Base of Operations: Camp Lehigh, New Jersey, USA;
    formerly Washington, DC, USA

First Appearance: Adventures of Captain America#1 (September, 1991)

Powers/Abilities: Gilmore Hodge, while overweight, had the minimal military training for the US Army. An opportunist and bully, he was a racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic bigot, as well as morally corrupt.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 190 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Strawberry blond

History:

(Adventures of Captain America#1 (fb) - BTS) - Gilmore Hodge was one of the four final candidates for Dr. Abraham Erskine's secret Project: Rebirth experiment to augment an American man into a Super-Soldier. 

(Adventures of Captain America#1) - Hodge and the other three candidates' training was observed by Erskine and government propaganda director, Emil Gruber. Trainer Lt. Col. Fletcher kept Hodge in line, but Hodge still expressed his bigotry privately with the other students, the African-American Jack Windmere, the Jewish Harmon Furmintz and the lanky Steve Rogers. Weeks later, at a Christmas Eve gathering of the four with Lt. Cynthia Glass, a drunken Hodge initiated a brawl against his fellow candidates, crippling Windmere's already damaged leg and breaking Furmintz's nose before Fletcher broke up the fight. Self-satisfied, Hodge told Rogers that selection was down to just them. Fletcher later voiced his concern to Erskine that Hodge was dangerous and ignorant, so they agreed the more courageous Rogers would be the final candidate.

(Adventures of Captain America#1 (fb) - BTS) - Hodge was relegated into basic military service and became involved with Bundists, Nazi sympathizers, spying for them. The army began investigations into the Bundists' thefts of army property, assigning military prosecutor Captain Fein to the case.

(Adventures of Captain America#2) - Hodge was selected to drive Fein at night and informed the murderous Bundists of the route; the traitors attacked in a secluded spot. However, Rogers, costumed as Captain America and himself tipped off by Gruber, knocked out the assassins and handcuffed Hodge. Triumphant, Cap disappeared. Hodge was presumably incarcerated for his crime.

Comments: Created by Fabian Nicieza (writer), Kevin Maguire (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks).

A minor character that nevertheless made his way into the 2011 movie, Captain America: The First Avenger.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Gilmore Hodge has no known connections to:


Captain Fein

Captain Fein

Private Gilmore Hodge was the driver for Captain Fein, one of the military prosecutors investigating thefts at Camp Lehigh. Having been advised of the night-time trip, Bundists attacked his car, intending to kill him. However, Captain America, on his first costumed, official mission, leapt and knocked out the Bundists and handcuffed Hodge, identifying him as the traitor. Fein was stunned that his driver was a Bund spy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Adventures of Captain America#2


Jack Windmere

Jack Windmere

Jack "Jake" Windmere was a fullback from Notre Dame and a 1936 Olympic track member, but had suffered a right knee injury. He was one of the four final candidates selected by Dr. Erskine for Project: Rebirth. He was regularly derided by the racist Hodge and defended Steve Rogers against Hodge's bullying. A Christmas Eve fracas saw Hodge tear Windmere's knee cartilage and he was stretchered away, the injury knocking him out of consideration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Adventures of Captain America#1


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Adventures of Captain America#1, p13, pan4 (main image, training gear)
Adventures of Captain America#2, p24, pan3 (headshot, cuffed by Cap)
Adventures of Captain America#2, p24, pan4 (Fein)
Adventures of Captain America#1, p, pan (Windmere)


Appearances:
Adventures of Captain America#1 (September, 1991) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Kevin Maguire (pencils), Joe Rubinstein (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Adventures of Captain America#2 (November, 1991) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Kevin Maguire (pencils), Terry Austin (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)


Last updated: 10/11/15

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