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Captain America (Marvel)(04 - William Burnside)
Real Name: William Burnside
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Having idolized the original Cap to the point of obsession, the future 50s Captain America focuses his life in an intense analysis of American history with Captain America as its best representative. He attains a PhD in American History in the early 1950s (some text say 1952), with a thesis on the life of Captain America. Soon after graduating, he further researches the secret "Project: Rebirth" and finds out private Nazi files revealing the true identity of the original Captain America as well as the lost Super Soldier serum formula.

The man who would later become the Grand Director returns to the United States with this information and legally changes his name. Then he approaches the FBI offering the Super Soldier serum as leverage to become the next Captain America as a symbol during the Korean War.

He undergoes surgery to get the physical appearance and voice of Rogers. But after all of this preparation, the situation in Korea changes and the FBI cancels the project.

The FBI sets up the new Rogers at the private preparatory Lee High School in Connecticut to take advantage of his extensive American history background as a teacher. He began wearing glasses and smoking a pipe and settled into his quiet life as a teacher. But he found an intense advocate in James "Jack" Monroe who shared his obsessive fascination on the wartime exploits of the original Cap. When the Red Skull resurfaces in the mid-1950s attacking the United Nations in an elaborate scheme now promoting Communism, "Rogers" takes matters into his own hands and injects himself and Monroe with a sample of the unproven "Super-Soldier Formula" and goes off with him to confront the Red Skull as the new Cap and Bucky. This communist Red Skull was not the Nazi original but a successor.

Although initially accepted in the roles of the new Captain America and Bucky, the formula they ingested eventually gives them psychotic symptoms. The two become unreliable and even dangerous, attacking innocents. They are arrested and put into suspended animation by government agents.

The "Captain America of the 1950s" and his "Bucky" are kept in suspended animation until they are reawakened decades later. They are sent out to kill the original Captain and his then-partner Falcon. They are defeated and returned to their suspended animation.

They are given over to the custody of the psychologist Doctor Faustus for treatment. Faustus mind-controls the replacement Captain in an attempt to use him against Steve Rogers. The unnamed man returns as "The Grand Director", the leader of a Neo-Nazi group called "The National Force". After being defeated in battle by the original Captain America and Daredevil the character commits suicide.


First Appearance: Young Men (1950) #24

Other Identities:
Grand Director

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Issue Appearances:
Agents Of Atlas (2009)
Captain America (1968)
Captain America (2005)
Captain America (2011)
Captain America Comics (1941)
Captain America Theater Of War: America First! (2009)
El Capitan America. Captain America (2009)
Heroic Age: Villains (2011)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1967)
Marvel: The Lost Generation (2000)
Men's Adventures (1950)
Nomad (1992)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Golden Age (2004)
The Saga of the Original Human Torch (1990)
What If? (1977)
Young Men (1950)

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F.B.I. (Marvel)
Watchdogs (02)

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