Real Name: Sgt. "Dead-Eye" Derrick (first name
Identity/Class: Normal human (World War II era)
Occupation: Flying Sergeant, U.S. Marines
Group Membership: United States Marine Corps
Affiliations: Fellow U.S. Marines, notably his eight-man squadron ("Fixer" Finnigan, others)
Enemies: Imperial Japanese military
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile in the Pacific
Ocean war region
First Appearance: Marines at War#5/4 (April,
Powers/Abilities: "Dead-Eye" Derrick is a trained flying sergeant of the U.S. Marines and a skilled pilot who has combat experience.
Weight: 155 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Dark brown(?)
(Marines at War# (fb) - BTS) - During WWII,
"Dead-Eye" Derrick and his squadron of fellow U.S. flying sergeants in
their Grumman F6F Hellcats were assigned to destroy enemy anti-aircraft
guns on the Japanese-held tiny island of Atsui Atoll.
(Marines at War) - The eight
flying Marines succeeded in their mission with no losses. About to fly
back to base, they saw the Japanese soldiers surrendering (although the
Japanese had secretly called for bombers and troops). Dead-Eye landed first in a clearing while the others
covered him. Finding no resistance, the other flying Marines landed too
and found that the Japanese had used the island as a base to re-arm
planes. However, small Japanese bombers quickly swooped in and
destroyed all eight Hellcats. Expecting Japanese forces to
follow to counter any Marines taking the island, Dead-Eye had fellow
flying sergeant and excellent engineer "Fixer" Finnigan piece together
three working Hellcats from remnants in the wreckage.
A week later, the Japanese forces approached and the flying Marines took off armed
with recovered Japanese bombs, quickly shooting down the clumsy
bombers, then hitting the undefended transport ships. The surviving
Japanese quickly retreated while Dead-Eye and his fellow pilots landed
with low fuel. When the U.S. Marines later arrived to occupy the
island, the commanding officer congratulated them, stating that the war
needed more flying sergeants.
Comments: Created by uncredited writer & Cal Massey.
It doesn't seem like Atsui Atoll exists in the real
world. "Atsui" in Japanese translates to "hot" in English.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Dead-Eye Derrick has no known connections to:
"Fixer" Finnigan was a member of "Dead-Eye" Derrick's
squadron of eight flying Marine sergeants piloting Grumman Hellcats.
They achieved their mission to eliminate enemy anti-aircraft guns on
Atsui Atoll but chose to land when the Japanese soldiers surrendered.
However, the Japanese had secretly called for help and bombers
destroyed the Hellcats. Expecting more Japanese forces, Fixer pulled
together undamaged parts from the wreckage and put together three
planes that the flying Marines then flew against the Japanese forces a
week later. When U.S. Marine foot soldiers arrived to occupy the
island, the team were congratulated for their ingenuity.
--Marines at War#5/4
Marines at War#5/4, p3, pan2 (main image)
p5, pan7 (headshot)
p1, pan1 (Dead-Eye's Hellcat plane)
p5, pan6 (Fixer)
Marines at War#5/4 (April, 1957) - uncredited writer, Cal Massey (pencils & inks), Stan Lee (editor)
First posted: 10/12/2021
Last updated: 10/12/2021
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