Right-Winger (comics)

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Right-Winger
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Captain America #323 (Nov 1986)
Created by Mark Gruenwald
Paul Neary
In-story information
Alter ego Jerome Johnson
Team affiliations Buckies
Partnerships Left-Winger
Abilities Moderate street fighter and wrestler
Superhuman strength, stamina, reflexes/reactions and endurance
Carries a torch-sabre

Right-Winger is a fictional comic book character who exists in the Marvel Universe.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Jerry Johnson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a veteran who had served 4 years in the U.S. Army with his friend, John Walker. Both became disillusioned and grew bored due to the lack of action during peace-time service. They both signed up for the Power Broker's strength augmentation process, and joined the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation. Later, John Walker approached him to form a team of superhumans, known as the B.U.C.s (Bold Urban Commandos) or "Buckies". This team consisted of Johnson, Lemar Hoskins, and Hector Lennox, and they all wore variations of Captain America's costume.

Walker, now known as the Super-Patriot publicly spoke out against the original Captain America, and the Buckies pretended to be Cap's supporters. The Buckies staged opposition to Walker and pretended to attack him at a rally in Central Park as a publicity stunt. Walker defeated these protesters and proclaimed to Captain America that the people should decide who was worthy of being Captain America.[1] Eventually, the Commission on Superhuman Activities selected Walker to replace Steve Rogers as Captain America, and chose Lemar Hoskins to become his partner Bucky (and later as Battlestar).

Lennox and Johnson were left behind, feeling betrayed and angered. They chose the names Left-Winger and Right-Winger respectively. They wore stolen Guardsmen armor and battled Walker and Hoskins.[2] The pair upstaged the new Captain America at a patriotic rally and press conference, attacking him and revealing Walker's identity to the press out of jealousy over his new-found success.[3] As a result, Walker's parents were killed by the militia group The Watchdogs, nearly driving Walker into a mental breakdown. Walker blamed his former partners for his parents' deaths, and he stalked them. When he caught up to Left-Winger and Right-Winger, he tied them to an oil tank which was detonated by a torch-saber and left them to die.[4] They barely survived the explosion due to their bodies' enhanced physiology, leaving them terribly burned and in critical condition.

Later, Walker became the USAgent and joined the West Coast Avengers. Left-Winger and Right-Winger, alongside several others, were plucked from different time periods by Immortus to serve in the third Legion of the Unliving. They battled USAgent, who slew them again not believing them to be authentic.[5]

Eventually, it was revealed to Walker that the pair had survived the explosion and were hospitalized in Houston. After undergoing painful treatment for the burns they received, they had committed suicide. When Walker learned of this, he was remorseful.[6]

Powers and abilities[edit]

As a result of augmentation of his physical attributes by Dr. Karl Malus on behalf of the Power Broker, Right-Winger has superhuman strength, stamina, reflexes & reactions, and endurance.

Right-Winger carries a torch-sabre which would ignite at the touch of a button and projected a foot-long fiery "blade" as hot as a blowtorch. It can burn through 2-inch (51 mm) thick steel within seconds.

Right-Winger had moderate street-fighting experience, basic army training, and rigorous wrestling training.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Captain America #323
  2. ^ Captain America #334
  3. ^ Captain America #341
  4. ^ Captain America #347
  5. ^ West Coast Avengers #61
  6. ^ Captain America #381