Real Name: Edmund Heidler

Identity/Class: Clone of human

Occupation: Art dealer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Steve Rogers

Enemies: None

Known RelativesAdolf Hitler (genetic progenitor)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: An apartment on 207 21st Street, New York City, New York;
owner of the Heidler Gallery on 135 W 50th Street, New York City, New York

First Appearance: Captain America I#616/6 (May, 2011)

Powers/Abilities: Heidler was a business owner, who dealt with art and liked to criticize other people's work. He was a lackluster painter himself. He had no superhuman abilities. He had the potential to become a tyrannical, genocidal leader due to the partial memories of Adolf Hitler.

Height: 5'6"
Weight: Unrevealed (155 lbs. by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Dark Brown

(Captain America I#616/6 (fb) - BTS) - The man that would become known as Edmund Heidler was created as one of the many spare bodies of Hate-Monger. After the base he was grown at was destroyed, the clone, whose programming was not finished yet, escaped into the world without any idea of who he really was.

   He started his own life under the identity of Edmund Heidler (see comments) and became an arts dealer. At some point he moved to New York City and became the owner of his own gallery. He also bought a German shepherd dog and named it Eva.

(Captain America I#616/6) - Three years later Steve Rogers (he probably didn't tell Heidler who he was) set up a meeting with Heidler at a French coffeehouse in New York City after Heidler was tracked down by S.H.I.E.L.D. as one of the missing Hitler clones. In an attempt to get a reaction from Heidler that would prove that he possessed Hitler's memories, Rogers showed him paintings he drew of Captain America and his battles during World War II. Heidler was not impressed by the cheesy artwork, but agreed to exhibit them because Captain America was always popular with the masses, especially after his recent return from the dead. Heidler liked the whole blond, blue-eyed thing Rogers had going on because many of his clients were women or gay men. When Heidler criticized the coffee and the kind of people working at the coffee shop, Rogers first believed that the reason was because the waitress was black, but Heidler actually just didn't like teenagers that didn't know how to make a good coffee. The waitress promised to get Heidler a new coffee. Outside the coffeehouse Heidler told Rogers that he would be in touch with him and that he thought about an exhibit in July. He gave Rogers his card and then left.

(Captain America I#616 - BTS) - Something cracked in Heidler's mind and he couldn't stop thinking about the Swastikas he saw in the Captain America paintings and started adding Swastikas on numerous replica paintings in his apartment. He eventually started drawing Swastika paintings on empty canvases.

(Captain America I#616) - The next morning Heidler poured himself a coffee, patted his dog on the head and was still shocked that he couldn't get the Swastika out of his mind. He painted the National flag of the Third Reich on a large empty canvas, but didn't know what it meant (probably to him).

Comments: Created by Frank Tieri & Paul Azaceta.

Seems like Steve Rogers accidentally triggered Edmund's incomplete programming to go in the intended direction. Heidler's dog being named Eva (like Hitler's wife Eva Braun) and the choice of his own name is an indication that some memories of Hitler were already there, but probably only subconsciously.

Explanation for his name: Edmund was the name of Adolf Hitler's brother, who died in 1900 as a six-year-old. Heidler, according to Sharon Carter, was the last name of his grandfather, which is not true. His grandfather's surname was actually Hiedler, which was changed to Hitler by Adolf's father for unknown reasons.

It is possible that the base Heidler was grown in was Castle Zola in Switzerland, which was destroyed in Captain America I#212 (August, 1977), but it could've also been another base used by Zola.

Profile by Markus Raymond.

Edmund Heidler should not be confused with:

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Captain America I#616/6, p12, pan1 (main)
Captain America I#616/6, p3, pan5 (head shot)
Captain America I#616/6, p12, pan2 (second head shot)

Captain America I#616/6 (May, 2011) - Frank Tieri (writer), Paul Azaceta (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 02/09/2022
Last updated: 02/09/2022

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