Real Name: Gilmore Hodge
Identity/Class: Normal human (World War II era)
Occupation: Military prisoner;
formerly US soldier (Private)
Group Membership: US Army
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,
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
Weight: 190 lbs. (by approximation)
Hair: Strawberry blond
(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.
Gilmore Hodge has no known connections to:
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
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 "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
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)
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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