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Real Name: Sam Reuther

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Television host, journalist and reporter

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Marcia Hardesty, Iron Man (Tony Stark), Edwin Jarvis, Phil Sheldon

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
     formerly New York City

First Appearance: Captain America I#184 (April, 1975)

Powers/Abilities: Sam Reuther possesses no known superhuman abilities. A talented reporter, Reuther has a keen interest in the superhuman, tending to focus on the ups and downs of the superhero community in his reporting. Zealously ambitious and hungry for scoops, Reuther often asks probing questions that occasionally rub his interview subjects the wrong way.

6'2" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Strawberry blonde


(Marvels: Eye of the Camera#3 (fb) - BTS) - Sam Reuther landed a job with local New York station NTN, hosting the news talkshow NTN Newsbeat. It soon became clear to his colleagues, including Marcia Hardesty, that the ambitious Reuther was trying to be as provocative and newsworthy as possible to attract the attention of a major network like CBS.

(Marvels: Eye of the Camera#3) - Reuther welcomed author and photo-journalist Phil Sheldon to NTN Newsbeat to discuss Marvels, the coffee table book of Phil's pictures of the many superheroes that had popped up in the New York area in recent years. While Sheldon tried to highlight the more positive, upbeat elements of the superhero community, Reuther actively tried to focus on the fact that in recent times questionable vigilantes like the Punisher, Ghost Rider and Wolverine had dominated in the news. He even suggested these violent figures represented "the new breed of hero for our modern age". Sheldon became furious when a proselytizing Reuther tried to compare these dangerous vigilantes to the likes of Captain America and Spider-Man. In response, Reuther referenced Spider-Man's implied involvement in the recent death of police captain George Stacy before breaking for a commercial. The segment ended with a furious Phil Sheldon, comforted by Marcia, his old assistant turned NTN producer, assuring him Reuther's confrontational style was mostly a put on to get himself noticed by a network like CBS.

(Captain America I#184 (fb) - BTS) - At an unrevealed point in time, Reuther was hired by CBS as a reporter.

(Captain America I#184) - Acting on a tip that Captain America was back in action (after Steve Rogers quit his Nomad identity), Reuthers took a CBS news crew and actually managed to get an interview with him. The living legend only agreed to talk after Reuther reminded him he was very much a public figure.

(Avengers I#138) - Covering the Avengers' most recent membership drive that ended terribly when the Wasp suffered life threatening injuries, Sam Reuther interviewed Thor. The thundergod revealed his teammate's injuries were severe, while stressing that both Moondragon and Beast were still merely recruits, not full fledged members.

(Avengers I#150 (fb) - BTS) - When news broke that the Avengers had closeted themselves inside their headquarters to pick a new line-up, Sam Reuther and a CBS news crew hurried to Avengers Mansion to report on the matter along with other news teams and a throng of fans who were gathering around the team's Manhattan brownstone.

(Avengers I#150) - Outside of Avengers Mansion, Sam Reuther spotted the arrival of Yellowjacket and the Wasp who had just been released from the hospital. Unaware YJ was actually Hank Pym's latest identity, Reuther got an earful from an angry Wasp who announced they were anything but new Avengers. Before she could go on, Jarvis hustled them inside. Outside, in an attempt to fill airtime until the big reveal, Reuther rehashed the team's colorful history, recounting its halcyon origins and the second incarnation, also known as "Cap's Kooky Quartet".

(Avengers I#151) - Waiting outside Avengers Mansion for the new roster to be announced, Reuther continued his color commentary of the team's storied past. Even as he covered the team's exploits, he also pointed out Hank Pym's various new costumes and identities as well as heroes who refused to join up, like Spider-Man, Daredevil and the Sub-Mariner. He then went on to comment on the current activities of former Avengers like Hercules and Black Widow, who were now with the Champions of Los Angeles, the Black Panther who was ruling Wakanda and the Black Knight who had all but disappeared. Right after Reuther brought up recent associates like Moondragon, Mantis and Hellcat, the doors of the mansion opened and Iron Man came out to make the announcement. Reuther immediately tried to get an exclusive interview, but the proceedings were interrupted when a zuvembified Wonder Man burst from a nearby crate, claiming the Vision stole his mind.

(Avengers I#152) - Sam Reuther tried to get statements from the various Avengers as they dealt with the collapsing Wonder Man. Sam asked Iron Man if it was an imposter, then he tried to get a quote from Captain America who was carrying the unconscious Wonder Man in his arms. Cap calmly and coldly told Reuther that while he normally has a great deal of respect for the news media, that respect right now didn't include him. He then ordered Reuther to move out of the way. Visibly dismayed by the brush off, Reuther turned to the camera and wondered why the Avengers were being so secretive, even going so far as comparing the perceived "atmosphere of deceit" to the White House during Watergate. His report was interrupted by Jarvis who politely told Reuther to leave the premises, slamming the door behind the embarrassed reporter.

Comments: Created by Steve Englehart (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Frank Giacoia & Mike Esposito (inks)

It seems likely Sam was named after Reuters, the international news agency founded in 1851 by Paul Reuter, a British-German reporter who proved himself a pioneer of telegraphy and news reporting.

Profile by Norvo.

Sam Reuther should not be confused with:

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Avengers I#152, p3, pans1,2,3,4 (main image)
Marvels: Eye of the Camera#3, p3, pan2 (interviews Phil Sheldon)
Captain America I#184, p3, pans3&4 (with Cap)
Avengers I#138, p3, pans1&2 (asks Thor about Wasp)

Captain America I#184 (April, 1975) - Steve Englehart (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Frank Giacoia & Mike Esposito (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Avengers I#138 (August, 1975) - Steve Englehart (writer), George Tuska (pencils), Vinnie Colletta (inks), Len Wein (editor)
Avengers I#150 (August, 1976) - Steve Englehart (writer), George Perez (pencils), John Tartaglione & Duffy Vohland (inks), Gerry Conway (editor)
Avengers I#151 (September, 1976) - Steve Englehart & Jim Shooter (writers), George Perez (pencils), John Tartaglione (inks), Gerry Conway (editor)
Avengers I#152 (October 1976) - Steve Englehart & Gerry Conway (writers), John Buscema (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Gerry Conway (editor)
Marvels: Eye of the Camera#3 (March, 2009) - Kurt Busiek & Roger Stern (writers), Jay Anacieto (paints), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Last updated: 06/15/17

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