Real Name: Bill Stern

Identity/Class: Human (World War I Era)

Occupation: Military sergeant;
    former soldier of fortune

Group Membership: The French Army

Affiliations: The French Army

Enemies: The German Army

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: France

First Appearance: Marvel Mystery Comics I#3 (January, 1940)

Powers/Abilities: Bill was an excellent combatant in armed combat, including the use of grenades, pistols and rifles. He usually carried a Colt pistol, grenades and a whistle. He was experienced in baseball and applied his knowledge of the sport to hurling grenades with accuracy.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'1")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 200 lbs.)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Unrevealed

History: (Marvel Mystery Comics I#3/6) - Bill Stern was an American soldier of fortune who went to fight on the side of France prior to his nation's involvement in World War I. He became a top sergeant and was sent to attack Germany's Siegfried Line.

Stern led his men out of their trenches and into No Man's Land but they were spotted by Germans and fired upon. Stern led 20 of his men into a shell-hole but the rest of his squad was reported dead. To prevent further casualties among his men, Stern crawled forward alone until he reached a German fort. Once he was close to the fort, he hurled a grenade into the fort then blew on his whistle to summon his men forward. Thanks to Stern's leadership, the fort was captured.

Comments: Created by David C. Cooke and Bill Everett.

I'm not normally enamored with text stories but this is a rare exception for me because it was illustrated with new art by Wild Bill Everett! I believe the only other text story he drew new art for Marvel was the Devil-God.

Thanks to Ron Fredricks for cleaning up the main image.

Profile by Prime Eternal.

Bill Stern should not be confused with:

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Marvel Mystery Comics I#3/6, page 1 (main)
Marvel Mystery Comics I#3/6, page 2 (in action)

Marvel Mystery Comics I#3/6 (January, 1940) - David C. Cooke (writer), Bill Everett (illustrator), Martin Goodman (editor)

First posted: 06/11/2022
Last updated: 06/11/2022

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

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