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Real Name
William Burnside
First Appearance
Captain America #153 (September, 1972). (Captain America stories from Young Men #24 (Dec 1953) through to 1964 later ascribed to the character)
Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema, Roger MacKenzie [as Grand Director], Jim Shooter [as Grand Director]
Team Affliations
United States Government, National Force
The Grand Director
Base of Operations
Current whereabouts classified
Superhuman strength
Skills and Abilities
Trained boxer, Peak-level speed, agility, dexterity, reflexes, coordination, balance and endurance
Chainmail costume, bulletproof shield, atom blaster

William Burnside is the Captain America of the 1950's in the Marvel Universe, whose mind has been deranged by evil forces.


A man obsessed with Captain America and the good he did, William Burnside discovered that evil forces were planning to use the super soldier serum to make their own evil Captain America.  Burnside managed to take the formula to the US and convince the FBI to let him become the next Captain America.  However, the serum they took was tainted and resulted in Burnside becoming dangerously insane and a threat to himself and others.


William Burnside was born in 1930 in Boise, Idaho (his parentage has never been revealed).  As a young boy, William idolized the patriotic superhero Captain America and was shocked by Captain America's apparent death in 1945.